Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruises will introduce the first year-round luxury cruise ship built and designed specifically for Chinese guests when it debuts in summer 2017.
The yet-to-be-named 3,600-guest capacity ship is being built in Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard and will have a homeport of Shanghai once completed, according to Travel Daily News Asia.
“Deploying our next new ship in China underscores our strong commitment to growing the China cruise market and providing discerning travelers with amazing vacation experiences at sea,” said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz.
The ship is based on the company’s popular new ships, Royal Princess and Regal Princess, which include a multi-story atrium, a SeaWalk extending over the water, the Princess Live! interactive studio, the water show Princess Watercolor Fantasy, a special Chef’s Table, and much more.
Princess Cruises’ new ship will go even further in catering to Chinese travelers with the Princess Class experience. This includes cultural, culinary, and entertainment programs, such as the World Leaders Dinner, traditional English afternoon tea, a lobster grill, “Ultimate Balcony Dining,” and an ocean-view hotpot dinner.
“And as this ship is still in the design phase we are looking forward to creating other new and exciting venues and experiences catering to the Chinese vacationer, which we will reveal in the coming months,” Swartz remarked.
The company introduced homeport cruises in China last year, disembarking from Shanghai aboard the Sapphire Princess. The ship will begin its second season of Shanghai-homeport cruises beginning June 4th.
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