New Chinese-serving cruise line receives first ship
中船嘉年华首船交付 开启中资邮轮时代
SOURCE: China Daily |UPDATED: 2020-01-15Visit Statistics:

CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd received its first ship, Costa Atlantica, on January 11, which marks the beginning of the China-based cruise company’s endeavor to exclusively serve domestic cruise guests with its own fleet. 

The company is a joint venture between the largest shipbuilding conglomerate, China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), and the world's largest leisure travel company, Carnival Corp.  

Costa Atlantica, which entered service in 2000, has been dedicated to the Chinese market since May 2013. It was refurbished from its original Italian design to feature Chinese elements. Onboard catering, entertainment and shopping will be specifically tailored for the taste of Chinese travelers. Chinese-language service will also be offered.

The 85,861-ton, 2,210-passenger vessel will be deployed on itineraries to Southeast Asia and Japan in the initial operating stage, and more new routes are expected.

The new Chinese cruise line aims to have a fleet of eight ships. Costa Atlantica is the first of two existing ships purchased from Carnival Corp’s Costa Group, and will be followed by the 2,114-passenger Costa Mediterranea by the end of this year. Six Chinese-made Vista-class newbuilds are also expected to join, with the first scheduled for delivery in September 2023.

“We will strive to become a flagship and full-service Chinese cruise company, focusing on the construction and operation of cruise vessels," said Chen Ranfeng, chairman of the CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping. "China is the fastest growing cruise market in the world. We will continue to develop and optimize our products and services, together with staff training, to boost the local cruise economy.”

Editor: Pauline Tai 

1月11日晚,中船嘉年华邮轮有限公司旗下第一艘邮轮歌诗达大西洋号在上海吴淞口国际邮轮码头交付运营。歌诗达•大西洋号的交付标志着公司已整装待发,蓄势开启中国邮轮发展的新篇章。 

2018年,世界最大的造船集团——中国船舶集团所属中船邮轮科技发展有限公司与世界最大邮轮公司——嘉年华集团合资成立中船嘉年华邮轮有限公司。 

当年上海进博会期间,这两大全球海洋经济巨头签署了两艘在役邮轮的相关购买合同,根据该合同,歌诗达大西洋号将由嘉年华集团交付给中船嘉年华邮轮有限公司。 

作为一家中资控股的邮轮合资公司,中船嘉年华以打造中国邮轮的旗舰企业为使命,管理运营一支为中国游客打造的邮轮船队,在中国建立完善的邮轮生态系统,助力中国发展成为全球领先的邮轮市场。 

歌诗达大西洋号已运营了十多年,充满浓郁的意大利风情。中船嘉年华接手运营后将为其注入东方文化特色,增加中文服务,并在餐食选择、购物和文化活动上设计更受中国消费者喜爱的旅游体验。在更换东家运营初期,歌诗达大西洋号将以东南亚和日本航线为主,同时在新航线方面寻求突破。 

歌诗达大西洋号的交付意味着中国船舶集团与嘉年华集团的合作正按计划稳步开展。根据计划,载客 2114人的歌诗达地中海号将于今年年底加入船队,2艘在建的VISTA级13.5万吨邮轮和4艘优先订造VISTA级邮轮也将从2023年起逐年加入,预计到2028年中船嘉年华将拥有8艘大型邮轮,成为中国最大的邮轮公司。 

“我们将充分利用嘉年华集团和中船集团的雄厚实力和庞大资源,竭力打造一家全面发展的邮轮公司,”中船嘉年华邮轮有限公司董事总经理陈然峰表示,“中船嘉年华的业务不仅将涵盖邮轮运营,同时还将不断地在中国订造新的邮轮,并以此促进邮轮经济在中国乃至全球的升级和进步。中国市场作为全球增长最快的市场之一,其日趋成熟的消费者亦将成为我们服务并定制专属休闲度假产品的重要对象。”