Carnival Adding Splendor To Chinese Market In 2018
In addition to the recently announced deployment of Carnival Miracle to the Chinese market starting in spring 2017, the line has announced that Carnival Splendor will also be dedicated to China in spring 2018. Both ships will be based in China year round.
In making the announcement, Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line said, "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."
Carnival is expected to offer a variety of short duration sailings of 3 to 5 days. Specific details on the company's China itineraries will be announced at a later time.
Carnival Miracle has a 2,124 passenger capacity with a guest to crew ratio of nearly 2 to 1 with 60% of accommodations offering private balconies. The ship underwent upgrades earlier this year with the addition of the RedFrog Pub and the Alchemy Bar was added, as well, and skilled bartenders create custom drinks with unique fresh ingredients based on guests' individual tastes and preferences. Several other areas of the ship, including the casino, shopping and dining offerings will be enhanced prior to the start of China service to cater to Asian tastes.
Carnival Splendor is a larger vessel with a passenger capacity of just over 3,000.
Carnival will be establishing operations in China in partnership with sister company Costa Asia, which has operated in the Chinese market for the past 9 years. "Given the combined experience of Costa Asia, along with other sister companies either already in the market, such as Princess Cruises, or entering the market, such as AIDA, the collective scale of Carnival Corporation's Asia operations is unparalleled and enables us to tap into an immense network of resources and expertise as we launch our China program," said Duffy.
Reservations for voyages on Carnival Miracle are expected to open in 2016.