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RCCL boss sees Chinese market growing 66 percent this year

RCCL boss sees Chinese market growing 66 percent this year

Shanghai: Royal Caribbean’s capacity in China grew 45% last year and will grow 66% in 2015. “Our strategy for China is very clear. We want to be synonymous with cruising in China. The Chinese consumer is clearly loving the Royal Caribbean product there.

Goa tourist numbers soar 30 percent in 2014

Goa tourist numbers soar 30 percent in 2014Mumbai: Goa welcomed a total of 4,058,226 domestic and foreign tourists in 2014, a 30% increase year-on-year. Shri Ameya Abhyankar, the local director of tourism, said, “The statistical graph showing a 30% increase in tourist ar...

Myanmar targets 5m tourists this year

Myanmar targets 5m tourists this yearBangkok: The government of Myanmar is looking to welcome a significant jump in tourists this year. Htay Aung, the minister of hotels and tourism, has said the aim is to crack the 5m mark this year, a big jump from 2014’s 3.08m figu...

Indian and Chinese cruise tourists get multiple-entry visas to Dubai

Indian and Chinese cruise tourists get multiple-entry visas to DubaiDubai: The Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) has begun issuing multiple-entry visas to cruise tourists visiting the UAE from China and India. The DCTCM expects the new multi-entry visas to increase the l...

Carnival’s JV to have ‘immediate impact’ on China market

Carnival’s JV to have ‘immediate impact’ on China marketHong Kong: More details have emerged of yesterday’s big announcement of two cruise joint ventures between Carnival and China Merchants. As the world’s top two cruise brands – Carnival and Royal Caribbean – fight it out for Ch...

Fourth ship makes first call at Zayed Port in busiest cruise season

Fourth ship makes first call at Zayed Port in busiest cruise seasonAbu Dhabi: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ biggest cruise liner, MS Balmoral, has made its first call at Zayed Port, marking an uptick in cruise traffic to Abu Dhabi. The vessel is the fourth vessel to make its maiden call into Zayed s...

Europa 2 visits Bohol again

Europa 2 visits Bohol againManila: The province of Bohol in the central Visayas region of the Philippines is to welcome the international cruiseship M/S Europa 2 belonging Hapag-Lloyd today. This will be the third time that the ship has visited the port. Th...

Emeraude returns to Halong Bay

Emeraude returns to Halong BayHanoi: Hanoi-based investment firm, Openasia, has acquired the 37-cabin Emeraude cruiseship and launched a series of upgrades on the ship to improve the passenger experience in Halong Bay.

Carnival and China Merchants collaborate on cruise

Carnival and China Merchants collaborate on cruiseBeijing: Carnival Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Merchants Group to explore the possibility of establishing two joint ventures to accelerate the development and growth of the cruise industry in China....

Tianjin cruise port to improve facilities with boarding bridge

Tianjin cruise port to improve facilities with boarding bridgeBeijing: The north Chinese cruise port of Tianjin is adding a second boarding bridge at the cruise terminal this year to further improve passenger and ships handling capacity. The second cruise boarding bridge is to help the port ...

Vietnam expects Chinese cruise tourist boost

Vietnam expects Chinese cruise tourist boostHanoi: Vietnam is expecting to welcome more cruise tourists from China this year, and is looking to provide more cruise travel products and increase convenience to Chinese tourists. Local cruise tourism industry players are callin...

Bali eyes more cruise ships this year

Jakarta: The hot tourism destination of Indonesia, Bali, is scheduled to welcome 60 cruise ships throughout the coming year at its main port, Benoa, with more than 90,000 tourists. “We have seen a continuous increase in the number of cruise ship...

Abercrombie & Kent debuts Asian river voyages

Mumbai: The luxury holiday specialist Abercrombie & Kent has announced that the company will run small-journey river cruises to adventurous locations, including visiting India with a cruise tour on the Ganges river and Southeast Asia with cruising on...

Next step for Philippines cruise market is inter-island intineraries

Manila: A key proponent of cruise market development in the Philippines, tourism undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr, has praised the country’s burgeoning cruise market and says this paves the way for inter-island itineraries in the future. Bengzon...

Princess Cruises offers discounts on Southeast Asia trips

Singapore: Princess Cruises is offering a ‘buy two, get two free’ deal for voyages to Southeast Asian destinations. As part of the promotion, two passengers can be joined by two friends or family members for free.

Shanghai to further expand Wusongkou Cruise Terminal

Shanghai: Shanghai, China’s largest cruise port, is to launch an expansion project of Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal this year. According to a report released by Shanghai Baoshan district government, the city will improve the handling c...

Scenic Tours adds new cruise ship for Myanmar

Bangkok: River cruise specialist Scenic Tours has announced that the company is to launch a river cruise service on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River from September 2016 with its new vessel Scenic Aura.

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Asia is the most exciting region for the cruise shipping industry with year-on-year growth in passenger numbers of more than 20% since 2007. In the next three years the number of Asians expected to take a cruise will double.
To harness this growth the major lines are deploying larger and larger ships in the region, while Asian port cities are vying with one another for ever more impressive cruise facilities. 
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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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