Carnival Cruise Line has pushed back their entrance into the Chinese cruise market until early 2018. As a result, Carnival Miracle will continue to sail to Hawaii and the Mexican Riviera throughout 2017.
Back in October, Carnival announced that they will be sending Carnival Miracle to China in 2017, and Carnival Splendor in 2018. Now, the cruise line has pushed back those dates by one year. Vance Gulliksen, a spokesman for Carnival Cruise Line, gave Cruise Fever the following statement:
“Following a recent review of our fleetwide deployment plans over the next few years and the best formula for balancing capacity needs, we have decided to enter the Chinese market in early 2018 and remain excited about expanding our operations to this part of the world.
Carnival Miracle, which was originally scheduled to begin service in China in spring 2017, will now continue to operate Mexican Riviera and Hawaii cruises throughout 2017 and will be repositioned to China in early 2018.”
Carnival Miracle is a 2,100 passenger, 88,500 gross ton ship that debuted in 2004. The ship recently underwent extensive enhancements where many features of Funship 2.0 were added. Carnival Splendor, which debuted in the summer of 2008, is a 3,000 passenger, 113,000 gross ton ship.