Carnival's Princess Cruises brand is collaborating with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries on a 37-day cultural tour from Rome to Xiamen, stopping along the way to tell "the Chinese Story along the Silk Road Sea Route."
The goodwill cultural tour aboard the Majestic Princess (or 盛世公主号, "Grand Spirit") will bring performances by the Chinese National Orchestra, the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater and other musical ensembles to guests in 40 countries. The vessel will follow the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” route, the seagoing component of Beijing's "Belt and Road" initiative.
"The Friendship Association aims to enhance international cooperation and promote common development between China and other countries," said Madam Li Xiaolin, the association's president. "Our efforts support the economic development of the 'Belt and Road' initiatives and boost the cultural communication between countries along the route."
The Majestic is Princess’ newest ship and just completed her maiden voyage from Trieste to Rome. She is designed with the rapidly growing Chinese cruise market in mind, with amenities like an upscale Chinese restaraunt by award-winning chef Richard Chen. She will be homeported in Shanghai and will be among the first international vessels to be based in China year round.
"The Chinese market is important to us and we are honored that Majestic Princess . . . which has been tailored for the Chinese market, will become a key part of this cross-cultural people to people program between the East and West," said Anthony Kaufman, Princess' executive vice president of international operations.