Abu Dhabi eyes more cruise visitors from India

Abu Dhabi eyes more cruise visitors from India

New Delhi: Abu Dhabi intends to boost cruise tourist arrivals from India by a further 30% by 2020, according to Saeed A Al Dhaheri, Cruise Sector & City Tour Development Section Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). TCA Abu Dhabi will also launch a cruise specific training module in association with the Abu Dhabi Tourism, India Office by next year.

Star Cruises strengthens Vietnam market

Star Cruises strengthens Vietnam marketHanoi: Star Cruises is planning to increase its cruise trips to Vietnam and develop the local market. The two ships, SuperStar Libra and SuperStar Virgo, are expected to be deployed on cruise routes from Hong Kong and mainland Chi...

MSC renovates cruiseship for China

MSC renovates cruiseship for ChinaShanghai: MSC Cruises is renovating its cruiseship MSC Lirica through a strategic partnership with Chinese company, Caissa Touristic Group, to better service the Chinese market. The ship will be totally renovated to service the lo...

MSC Cruises expands Middle East market

MSC Cruises expands Middle East marketDubai: MSC Cruises plans to expand its Middle East cruise service for the 2016/17 winter season. The cruise line will send its cruise ship MSC Fantasia to the Middle East from December 2016 to March 2017. MSC Fantasia will offe...

Thomson Cruises to start Dubai service

Thomson Cruises to start Dubai serviceThomson Cruises is to visit Dubai for the first time next winter onboard the Thomson Celebration cruiseship The itineraries will stop overnight in Dubai and visit Khasab and Muscat, Manama, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Khorfakkan. “Du...

Genting Hong Kong buying Lloyd Werft

Genting Hong Kong buying Lloyd WerftHong Kong: Genting Hong Kong, the owner of Star Cruises and a shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Lines, has entered into an agreement to purchase the German shipbuilder, Lloyd Werft for EUR17.5m . Lloyd Werft is to build the river cr...

Vietnam makes changes to visa policy

Vietnam makes changes to visa policyHanoi: The Southeast Asian travel destination Vietnam has announced that it plans to change its tourism visa policy to attract more visitors from America, according to Vietnam’s Tourism Minister. Vietnam plans to increase the am...

Guangzhou offers free visas for cruise passengers

Guangzhou offers free visas for cruise passengersGuangzhou: The southern Chinese port city of Guangzhou is to offer 72-hour free visa passes to international cruise passengers. The city is considering to attracting more departure routes and calls of the cruise ships of leading c...

Hyundai Merchant Marine eyes cruise return

Hyundai Merchant Marine eyes cruise returnSeoul: The Korean shipping company, Hyundai Merchant Marine, is considering getting back into the cruise business. Hyundai Merchant Marine is currently negotiating the details with Panstar Group, which currently runs a cruise betw...

Cunard plans world cruise

Cunard plans world cruiseSingapore: Cruise line Cunard is to launch an around the world cruise to 39 ports in 2017. The 120-day cruise trip, aboard the Queen Elizabeth, will depart from England in January 2017.

Shanghai extends cruise facilities at Wusongkou

Shanghai extends cruise facilities at WusongkouShanghai: China’s biggest cruise port city of Shanghai plans to adjust the terminal deployment of Baoshan district to better service its cruise terminal at Wusongkou. According the programme approved by the municipal government,...

Sanya to purchase two cruise ships

Shanghai: The southern Chinese cruise destination, Sanya, is planning to purchase two cruise ships to operate on nearby cruise routes. The city is negotiating with unnamed related parties to purchase two cruise ships, including one 30,000 tons-cla...

Seoul plans cruises to North Korea

Seoul: South Korea is planning to launch cruise services to North Korea, whereby South Koreans could travel across the maritime border between North and South for the first time, according to the Jeju Cruise Industry Association. South Korea will ...

NCL makes plans for Asia return

Singapore: Norwegian Cruise Line announced details of its sailing to Asia for the first time since 2001. The cruise line will start Asia cruises from October 2016, and will be offering 11- and 14-day Southeast Asia sailings out of Hong Kong, 11- a...

Cruise exploration on Sanya

Beijing: China’s state-run China Communications Construction and CTS (HK) Group Corp, announced that the two companies will jointly develop a cruise business in Sanya with the local municipal government. The two companies will set up a jv in San...

MSC to make first Shanghai call

Shanghai: MSC Cruises has officially announced plans to make its first sailing to Shanghai onboard MSC Lirica. MSC Lirica will make MSC’s maiden call in Shanghai on May 1, 2016 after a 60-day round-the-world Grand Voyage, which departs on March ...

Pandaw offers new Burma cruises

Yangon: The river cruise specialist Pandaw has launched four new voyages to Burma’s Deep South and remote Mergui Archipelago. The sailings will depart in February and March 2016 onboard the ship MY Drenec, which has been refitted and upgraded in...

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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>>