As previously reported, Carnival Corporation announced the addition of two ships to line's China fleet in 2016, which makes it the first global company with six total vessels based in China with the arrival of Costa Fortuna and Golden Princess. The move will increase Carnival's total capacity in China by 58% in 2016.
Across the Costa and Princess brands, Carnival Corp. will have 3 year-round and 3 seasonal ships in the Chinese market, representing the largest presence there in 2016. Together, the two brands will potentially offer 4 million passenger days in 2016.
Included in the new deployment is today's announcement in Beijing, during a press conference, that in 2016 Princess Cruises will send Golden Princess to northern China, to sail from Tianjin on a seasonal basis. The itineraries include a variety of interesting destinations in northern Asia.
Sapphire Princess, the first China-based ship of the brand, has been homeported in Shanghai since 2014. In 2016 the ship will start offering year-round cruises in China. The two-ship deployment of Princess, with Golden Princess joining in 2016, will more than double the total available passenger capacity of the brand compared to 2015.
In April 2016 Costa will debut its Costa Fortuna as brand's fourth ship to be based in China. The Fortuna joins Costa Atlantica, Costa Victoria and Costa Serena, already based in China, increasing the total available capacity by 43%.
Carnival Corp. recently announced that its latest ship under construction for the Princess brand will be based year-round in China, when introduced in 2017 summer. Based in Shanghai, the cruise ship will be the first international year-round luxury vessel built specifically for Chinese passengers.