(9:20 a.m. EDT) — Carnival Cruise Line has named the two ships it will be sending to China. The line previously announced it would be sending ships from its fleet to the country in 2017, but had not specified which ships. The line’s foray into China begins with Carnival Miracle in spring 2017 and is followed by Carnival Splendor in spring 2018.
The line’s China deployment will be done through a partnership with sister company Costa Asia, which has been operating in China for the past nine years.
Carnival’s president, Christine Duffy, noted that the line’s “interactive and participatory style of vacation” will “resonate very well with our Chinese guests and allow us to exceed their expectations.”
Specific details on China itineraries will be announced at a later date; reservations for Carnival Miracle’s Asia sailings are expected to open in 2016.
The decision by Carnival Cruise Line to put ships in China is only the latest in a series of moves by the line’s parent company Carnival Corporation. Most recently, Carnival Corp. announced it will be creating a brand new China-based cruise line.
Carnival Cruise Line’s announcement is just one of many regarding expansion into China. New-builds like Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess and Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ship in its Breakaway Plus Class have all been pegged for China deployment.