Presidents Xi, Mattarella witness signing of Carnival’s first China-built ships

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Representatives of Carnival as well as CSSC and Fincantieri executing the agreement on behalf of their respective joint ventures; presidents Mattarella (left) and Xi in the background

Carnival’s cruise joint-venture in China has formalised an MoA with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Italy-based Fincantieri for the building of the world’s first China-built cruise ships.

Terms of the initial MoA signed last September were updated, and the Carnival joint venture will order two new cruise ships with the option for four additional builds. The first ship is expected for delivery in 2023.

The signing ceremony was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, attended by Chinese president Xi Jinping and Italian president Sergio Mattarella.

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