Carnival and CSSC Joint Venture Set to Launch China’s First Domestically Made Large Cruise Ship

During its inaugural season, the ship will be based in Shanghai, China. It will offer a variety of cruises, including routes to Japan, and Southeast Asia, and round trips. Specific itineraries for the ADORA MAGIC CITY are yet to be announced. Carnival’s Chinese market brand, Adora, will operate the ship.

The construction of the ADORA MAGIC CITY involves a consortium of companies, including China State Shipbuilding Corporation, Shanghai Waigaoqiao, Carnival, and Italian cruise shipbuilder Fincantieri. Fincantieri has provided the vessel’s design and technology under license, as well as supply chain services and key interior fittings for all cabins. The sponsors of the ship have also stated that it will be the world’s first cruise ship with 5G mobile broadband connectivity for passengers.

Once completed, this ship will mark the first full-size cruise ship ever constructed in China. With a gross tonnage of 135,500, it can accommodate 5,446 passengers. The vessel is designed to cater to a diverse mix of Chinese and international passengers, with a particular focus on retail shopping. It will feature the largest selection of duty-free shops in the region.

Furthermore, there is an as-yet-unnamed sister ship currently under construction, expected to commence operations next year.

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