Carnival Cruise Line has announced plans to commit two ships to the China cruise market: Carnival Miracle and Carnival Splendor.
Both ships will be based in China year-round, with Carnival Miracle to begin China sailings in spring 2017 and Carnival Splendor to begin in spring 2018.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, gave the following statement: “Carnival is the world’s most popular cruise line and our style of cruising appeals to guests of all ages and particularly families. We attract more than 4.5 million guests a year and, as the family cruise leader, we also carry more than 700,000 children each year."
"Multi-generational families also choose to vacation with Carnival more than any other cruise brand. We look forward to bringing our one-of-a-kind, exceptionally popular cruise experience to the Chinese market,” Christine added.
Carnival Miracle has a capacity of 2,124 passengers, with 60% of its cabins featuring a private balcony. It also has a range of facilities for children, including a large water park. Carnival Splendor meanwhile, can carry just over 3,000 passengers.
Carnival will be establishing operations in China in partnership with sister company Costa Asia
, which has operated in the Chinese market for the past nine years.