Carnival Corp. to add ships in Asia

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Corp. said it will expand its presence in Asia, with an announcement of new itineraries early next year.

The Costa Victoria sailed a full year in 2012 in China, and will be joined by the 2,680-passenger Costa Atlantica next summer.

Elsewhere, plans call for Princess Cruises to operate a ship for several months in Japan next year. The Carnival Spirit will continue cruising in 2013 from Australia, where it is deployed year-round.

Costa Cruises this year achieved a profit in China for the first time, said Howard Frank, Carnival's vice chairman, in a conference call with analysts to discuss 2012 results. Costa has been cultivating the cruise market in China since 2006.

Carnival is putting more resources into emerging markets.

"By the end of the first quarter, we should have more deployment announcements in [Asia]," Carnival Chairman Micky Arison said.

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