Costa Cruises will launch two more ships developed particularly for the Chinese market, following the placement of a significant order by its parent company, Carnival Corporation. The deal will see Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri develop 2 4,200-passenger ships for Costa, which will be provided in 2019 and 2020. Along with the Costa ships, Carnival has ordered 2 vessels for Princess Cruises and one for P&O Australia.
We enjoy continuing our enduring strategic collaboration with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, stated Costa s CEO, Michael Thamm. This new order will permit us to continue considerably build the Chinese cruise market, which will become the second largest in the world at the end of the decade.
Costa was the very first global cruise company to enter the Chinese market back in 2006 and it currently bases three ships in China and Asia year-round: Costa Atlantica, Costa Victoria and Costa Serena. A 4th ship, Costa Fortuna, will be included later this month.
The 2 brand-new ships will be the 13th and 14th Costa vessels built in Italy by Fincantieri, with an overall investment worth more than EUR6 billion (US$ 6.8 bn).