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Guangxi to launch cruise routes to Redang Island

Guangxi to launch cruise routes to Redang Island

Shanghai: Following the successful operation of the cruise vessel Beibu Gulf Star from Guangxi to Vietnam, Guangxi Beibuwan Cruise terminal is to launch a new route to Redang Island, Malaysia, on 1 May. The new cruise service will also be provided by the cruise vessel Beibu Gulf Star, and will stop at Vietnam during the trip.

India and Bangladesh to cooperate on cruise shipping

India and Bangladesh to cooperate on cruise shippingMumbai: Shipping authorities from India and Bangladesh have agreed to share a draft agreement for the regular movement of passenger and cruise vessels. Both India and Bangladesh believe that the deliberations would go a long way i...

New cruise ship on Tokyo-Chichijima route

New cruise ship on Tokyo-Chichijima routeTokyo: Japanese cruise ship operator Ogasawara Kaiun has announced a plan to launch a new regular service route between central Tokyo and Chichijima Island of the Ogasawara island chain in July 2016 for the first time. As the numb...

Japan eases visa policy towards Vietnam cruise visitors

Japan eases visa policy towards Vietnam cruise visitorsTokyo: Vietnamese visitors travelling to Japan by cruiseship will not need to get a visa before departure if the cruiseline completes procedures for them to obtain a landing visa. They will also enjoy a simpler visa application proce...

Europa 2 adds new Asian port of calls

Europa 2 adds new Asian port of callsTaipei: The cruise vessel Europa 2 is heading to the Asia Pacific region for its 2016-2017 season and will add new Asian destinations. The new ports include Taiwan and Thailand.

New York welcomes first Chinese-only cruiseship

New York welcomes first Chinese-only cruiseshipNew York: Costa Cruises' Costa Atlantica made a historic call in New York City on Tuesday, and became the first cruiseship carrying only Chinese passengers to arrive in the US. "Costa Atlantica's arrival in New York carrying only ...

Prince Bay Cruise Terminal expects to commence operations next year

Prince Bay Cruise Terminal expects to commence operations next yearGuangzhou: The newly developed Prince Bay Cruise Terminal in Shekou, Shenzhen is expected to commence operations by the end of next year, according to Yang Tianping, general manager of China Merchants Shekou Industry Zone. The Pri...

Phuket considers easing visa policy

Phuket considers easing visa policyBangkok: Authorities in Phuket are planning to make easier visa policies to improve marine tourism, tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul told the Phuket Gazette. “We are working together to come up with suggestions for chan...

Royal Caribbean launches cruise promotion in Guangzhou

Royal Caribbean launches cruise promotion in GuangzhouGuangzhou: The world leading cruise liner operator, Royal Caribbean International has jointly launched six months cruise promotion activities in Guangzhou with the Chinese travel agency CITS. The marketing activities start in Apri...

China, Korea and Japan to jointly promote tourism

China, Korea and Japan to jointly promote tourismTokyo: Authorities of China, South Korea and Japan have made a joint statement to promote regional tourism The three countries plan to jointly expand flight routes and improve cruiseship operations to attract more tourists.

Japan adds two more visa-free cruise ships

Japan adds two more visa-free cruise shipsTokyo: Japan has added two more visa-free cruise ships to attract more cruise tourists to the nation. The two new members are SkySea Cruises’ Skysea Golden Era and Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess, with 29 and 19 voyages de...

Boracay expects 20 cruise visits this year

Manila: Boracay, one of the most famous beach destinations in the Philippines, is expected to welcome 20 cruiseship visits this year. The Western Visayas office of the Department of Tourism plans to develop more port calls for cruiseships.

Princess Cruises announces 2016 Japan cruise season

Tokyo: Princess Cruises is to provide cruise services from Tokyo and Kobe in 2016 with its cruise vessel Diamond Princess, including two new ports of call on the island of Kyushu, along with visits to Korea, Taiwan and Russia. The voyages, ranging...

Goa welcomes three international cruise liners this week

Mumbai: Three international cruise liners, Century, AIDAsol and Albatross, have visited Mormugao Port Trust this week, bringing 3,600 cruise tourists to Goa. MPT expects 25 cruise vessels to dock at its cruise terminal this year, with a total of 3...

Haimark appoints new president for small ship cruise business

Hanoi: Southeast Asia luxury river cruise travel specialist, Haimark, has appointed Hans Rood to take over its small ship cruise business and further expand its positioning in river cruise in key regions. The river cruise line will launch the new ...

Genting HK selling more Norwegian Cruise Line shares

Hong Kong: Genting Hong Kong announced that the company may continue to dispose of the remaining shares of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Star NCLC, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Hong, has disposed of 6.25m NCLH shares pursuant to the 2014 disposa...

Kochi calls for better cruise services

Mumbai: Industry players are calling for better services towards the cruise industry in the port of Kochi as the cruise ship calls and the passengers have been increasing. Currently, the cruise tourists have to face with delays in immigration clea...

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Cruise jackpot

The recent drydocking of the Costa Atlantica just outside of Shanghai was a very significant event for the nation’s repair industry

Cruise jackpot

Diversification of ship types is clearly important for China’s repairers if they are to get back into the black. Few sectors offer bigger returns than cruise, something Chinese yards have hitherto had little access to. China is developing itself to be a major cruise travel destination and is diversifying the whole industry chain to service every facet of the cruise sector. All the major cruise lines have identified China as the cruise source market with the greatest growth potential in the coming years. Cruiseships are being repositioned to the People’s Republic as never before.

At the beginning of the Chinese new year, Costa Atlantica, a luxury cruiseship belonging to Costa Cruises went in for repairs and refrurb at Shanghai Huarun Dadong Dockyard.

It is the first cruiseship repair work at the Chinese shipyard, one of the top names for ship repair in the country.

The 18-day renovation was designed to make the cruiseship offer more China-centric services for its upcoming China season. 

Costa Atlantica was built in 2000 in Finland. The ship is readying a series of Asian cruises from its homeport of Shanghai.

“The materials for the repair work of the cruiseship were transported from Europe, our yard is in charge of repair work of the cruise ship,” the official in charge of the cruiseship repair project of Huarun Dadong tells SinoShip.

“The cruise industry in China is developing so fast, especially in Shanghai, the city we are based in. More cruiseships are docking at Sha ...   More>>