New cruise link in Thailand

New cruise link in Thailand

Bangkok: Thailand is to launch a cruise route across the Gulf of Thailand linking Pattaya in Chon Buri to Cha-am in Phetchaburi to boost local tourism, according to the nation’s deputy transport minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith. The route will enable tourists with limited time to spare to visit both resort cities by cutting overland travel time by half. The project will help promote tourism in Thailand, Arkhom said.

Seabourn Encore to debut in Asia

Seabourn Encore to debut in AsiaSingapore: Small-ship luxury cruise specialist Seabourn has announced that its newest ship Seabourn Encore is to debut in Asia. The ship will have a naming ceremony in Singapore on 7 January 2017 before embarking on its official i...

NYK sells Crystal Cruises to Genting for $550m

NYK sells Crystal Cruises to Genting for $550m Hong Kong: Japan’s shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha is selling Crystal Cruises to Genting Hong Kong for $550m. The deal for the cruise line is expected to be concluded in the next quarter.

Pelindo III to add a new cruise terminal

Pelindo III to add a new cruise terminalJakarta: Indonesian port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo III) plans to construct a new terminal at Labuan Bajo port in East Nusa Tenggara for yachts and cruiseships. The design and land acquisition is to be started this y...

Avalon launches Mekong river cruise

Avalon launches Mekong river cruiseHanoi: Avalon Waterways has launched a new river cruise service on the Mekong River sailing through Vietnam and Cambodia. The service will be provided by its new 36-guest Avalon Siem Reap, which contains 18 suites.

Thailand to build two new cruise terminals

Thailand to build two new cruise terminals Bangkok: The popular Southeast Asian tourism destination, Thailand, is to build two new cruise terminals in the southern region of the country. The number of tourists arriving in Thailand aboard cruise liners stands at about 100,0...

Abu Dhabi cruise figures soar

Abu Dhabi cruise figures soarAbu Dhabi: The current cruise season in Abu Dhabi has been the busiest ever, with around 185,000 expected passengers, an increase of 48% year-on-year and 94 confirmed cruiseship calls, according to Abu Dhabi Ports. In order to sup...

Costa celebrates first Asian targeted world cruise

Costa celebrates first Asian targeted world cruise Shanghai: Costa Cruises celebrated its first World Cruise voyage from Asia with Costa Atlantica at a launch event before its departure from Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal at its homeport in Shanghai yesterday. Distinguished...

Bali working on cruise promotion

Bali working on cruise promotionJakarta: The hot Indonesian tourism destination, Bali, is looking for more cruise tourism agents. Bali expects to attract more cruiseships and passengers through promotion and marketing packages from professional travel agents.

MSC Cruises adds Arabian trips

MSC Cruises adds Arabian tripsDubai: Italy's MSC Cruises has added Arabian cruise trips for its 2015-16 winter season. The sailings will feature Abu Dhabi, Khor al Fakkan, Muscat, and Khasab. Its cruise vessel MSC Musica will offer 16 eight-day, seven-night cr...

Tianjin cruise season extended

Tianjin cruise season extended Dalian: The northern cruise port of Tianjin is to extend its homeport cruise season to November this year for the first time. The international homeport cruise voyages from Tianjin are expected to grow threefold this year. “The ...

Dubai expecting 115 calls in 2015

Dubai: Dubai forecasts 425,000 cruise tourists from 115 ship calls in 2015, compared to 358,000 passengers from 94 cruise ship calls in 2014, according to Hamad bin Mejren, executive director of Dubai Tourism. The cruise terminals in Mina Rashid h...

Sabang to boost cruise industry

Jakarta: The government is to speed up development of the free trade zone in Sabang to promote the cruise industry. The government is investing $217.7m to build both the free trade zone and a free port in Sabang, including the construction of the ...

Chan May Port upgrade close to completion

Hanoi: Vietnam’s Chan May Port in Thua Thien Hue is nearing completion of an upgrade with works expected to be complete by the end of April. The upgrade project cost VND85b ($4m) and will facilitate the port to receive large sized cruise ships, ...

Palawan first for Azamara Quest

Manila: Azamara Club Cruises’ ship Azamara Quest called at the port of Puerto Princesa on the western island of Palawan in the Philippines for the first time yesterday. The ship is on a 16-night voyage starting from Bali which features an overnight...

Kai Tak starts Year of the Ram with a roar

Hong Kong: The Year of the Goat got off to an auspicious start for Hong Kong’s top cruise terminal. The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals, celebrated its successful simultaneous berthing over the Chinese New Year of tw...

Government departments to jointly develop cruise initiatives

Mumbai: The Narendra Modi-led government is determined to boost cruise tourism and is bringing various departments together to establish a national strategy on cruise development. The the Bureau of Immigration, Customs, Ministry of Shipping and Min...

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Chinese yards enter the fray

The People’s Republic has moved a step closer to building its first cruiseship

Chinese yards enter the fray

Cruiseships are the Holy Grail for shipbuilders, something that have largely eluded Asian shipyards with the exception of Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on/off flirting with the sector. Cruiseships costs hundreds of millions of dollars to build, require extremely diverse and competent subcontractors and suppliers and take years to perfect. To date they have been the meat and drink of Europe’s otherwise withering shipbuilding scene. Now, however, the Chinese are ready to make an impact.

State-run China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has announced plans to develop China’s first self-built cruise ship together with the world leading cruise operator Carnival and the Italian shipyard Fincantieri.

Hu Wenming, president of CSSC, is confident his firm can get the job done.

CSSC’s own ship design arm, CSSC Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI), is working to get plans together.

“As the major shipbuilding conglomerate in China, we should not be satisfied with building the traditional ships like bulk carriers, containerships, and tankers, the cruise market in China is huge and it is a wise step of the company to get into,” an official from the R&D department of SDARI tells Asia Cruise News, “We believe we have the ability to complete the development and construction of a luxury cruiseship, although it might take five or 10 years, maybe even longer.”

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