China has released further information about its domestic cruise industry development plans. A new joint venture between CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation) and Carnival Corporation was launched, and preliminary designs for a smaller, more luxurious cruise ship were shown. China’s growing presence in the international cruise business is being facilitated in part by a banking syndicate.
Shipbuilder CSSC has formed a joint venture with Carnival Corporation for a new brand, which they revealed would be named Adora Cruises when it starts in 2023. This is part of China’s strong push to expand its domestic capabilities. The CSSC has also partnered with Fincantieri, guiding the building of China’s first major cruise ship to be manufactured domestically.
Though most ships have not returned to China since the outbreak, these attempts continue. China’s largest domestic cruise ships are also waiting for a relaxation of the zero COVID policy before they can begin sailing, which has prevented all foreign cruise companies from resuming operations.
But work is progressing rapidly on the first mega-cruise ship, with CSSC claiming delivery by year’s end. Its corporate design, used by Carnival Cruise Line and Costa Cruises, was adapted for this vessel. There will be 2,125 staterooms on board, making the ship 1,060 feet long and 135,000 gross tonnes.
The Chinese have also altered the concept for a second, bigger cruise ship. The ship, which will be 142,000 gross tonnes, has been under construction since the beginning of the year. The length of this cruise ship will be 1,119 feet, and it will have 2,144 staterooms.
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