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Dalian welcomes Zhong Hua Tai Shan

Dalian welcomes Zhong Hua Tai Shan

Dalian: The northeastern Chinese cruise port city of Dalian expects to operate the domestic cruise ship Zhong Hua Tai Shan from 17 August as its port of departure. The ship will be deployed on six-day and five-night cruise routes from Dalian to Japan.

Genting Hong Kong disposes casino asset for cruise

Genting Hong Kong disposes casino asset for cruiseHong Kong: The cruise and casino business operator Genting Hong Kong is to sell equity interest in its Jeju Island casino business and quit from the shareholder position to focus on cruise business. “The disposal transaction, if...

Norwegian Cruise Line eyes Asia with new HK office

Norwegian Cruise Line eyes Asia with new HK office Hong Kong: Norwegian Cruise Line is establishing an operations base in Hong Kong to promote the local cruise business and the Asian market. The company’s president and coo, Andy Stuart, has also revealed plans to take one of his...

Thailand to upgrade Phuket cruise facility

Thailand to upgrade Phuket cruise facilityBangkok: The government of Thailand has decided to upgrade the facilities of Phuket Deep Seaport to accommodate bigger cruise ships. The government is also considering developing a new cruise port in Krabi province or Samui Island...

New cruise web service launched in Dubai

New cruise web service launched in DubaiDubai: A NEW cruise website, www.CruiseXplore.com, is to be launched in Dubai to service for the fast growing demands of the cruise business in the region. The website is available for visitors to book cruises online and make plan...

New Century Maritime purchases cruiseship

New Century Maritime purchases cruiseshipHong Kong: New Century Maritime announced that Kingston Maritime, a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Century Maritime, will buy the Aegean Paradise from Hainan Cruise. The company is principally engaged in the provision of cruiseshi...

Fujian offers funds to support local cruise business

Fujian offers funds to support local cruise businessShanghai: The southern Chinese province of Fujian will add a cruise industry development project into its provincial and municipal financial budgets for the coming four years to fully support it. Xiamen municipal financial authori...

Pandaw announces new itinerary

Pandaw announces new itineraryHanoi: Asia river cruise specialist, Pandaw River Expeditions, announced the launch of new cruise itinerary calling at Halong Bay and the Red River. The 11-day and 10-night new cruise trip departs from Hanoi, will offer the experi...

Xiamen to launch regular cruise service across the strait

Xiamen to launch regular cruise service across the straitShanghai: The southern Chinese city of Xiamen has announced plans to open its first regular cruise service across the Taiwan Strait. The service will be carried out by Star Cruises’ cruiseship Super Libra. The trip will depart f...

Tongcheng cooperates with Royal Caribbean

Tongcheng cooperates with Royal CaribbeanShanghai: One of the leading Chinese travel service providers, Tongcheng, has inked a strategic cooperation agreement for next year with Royal Caribbean Cruises. The two parties will jointly develop cruise home port voyages from S...

Japan to boost domestic cruise tourism

Japan to boost domestic cruise tourismTokyo: Japan plans to promote the cruise travel sector among the domestic market, according to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. The authority will establish a team to focus on the promotion of cruise trave...

Princess Cruises marks new cruiseship construction, targets China

Shanghai: The world leading cruise liner operator, Carnival, has marked the beginning of construction of Princess Cruises’ third new generation of ships with the official keel laying ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard. The new ship will showca...

Tongcheng cooperates with Costa

Shanghai: One of China’s leading travel service provider, Tongcheng, has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Costa Cruises to jointly develop the cruise market in China. The two parities will focus on cruise voyages home-ported from Ch...

Tongcheng invests RMB100m in cruise promotion

Shanghai: China’s leading travel service provider Tongcheng announced it will invest RMB100m to promote its cruise business. The RMB100m will be used to provide better cruise travel packages to passengers.

Korea tries to get back on track post-MERS

Seoul: Korea is making entry into the country easier to attract more tourists following a big drop caused by the MERS virus. The Korean government is allowing tour groups from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to not to pay the $15 ...

Star Cruises introduces new services

Guangzhou: The cruise liner operator Star Cruises announced in Guangzhou it will launch several new cruises based in China. Star Cruises will offer cruise trips from Xiamen to Taiwan and Japan with its cruiseship SuperStar Libra,plus another sai...

Lotte to build port casino to attract cruise calling

Seoul: The multinational food and shopping corporation, Lotte roup, is planning to develop a large-scale casino resort in North Port of Busan to diversify its services in the port area. The casino project will be located at the North port area of ...

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

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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>>