Carnival said Friday it has signed an agreement to offer Alipay payment services onboard its cruise ship fleet in Asia, including multiple ships in China. The company said the partnership will enable Chinese guests sailing with Carnival’s brands in Asia to pay for onboard products and services using the convenience of Alipay, a popular mobile payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, a related company of Alibaba (BABA).
As part of this agreement, Carnival’s first and largest brand in China – Costa Cruises – will give passengers the option to use their existing Alipay accounts as a payment method for cabin folios. All onboard spending, including shopping, activities, excursions, food and drinks, will be added to each guest’s cabin folio as the purchase is made, and then cleared on a nightly basis via their Alipay account. Alipay will debut on Costa Serena in China starting in 2017 before potentially expanding to additional ships in the Costa Asia fleet.