The delivery marks the operational start of CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping and is a significant step for the cooperation between CSSC and Carnival Corporation, said Yang Guobing, chairman of CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping.
Costa Atlantica will be deployed on itineraries to Southeast Asia and Japan in the initial operating stage, and is also planned to open new routes.
Costa Mediterranea will also transfer
A second cruise ship, Costa Mediterranea, will also transfer to the jv CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping in due course.
The jv is also constructing two 133,500gt newbuilds at CSSC Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, with technical and design support provided by Fincantieri. The first ship is scheduled for delivery in 2023.