Princess adds Diamond to Singapore plans

Princess adds Diamond to Singapore plans

Princess Cruises has launched its second season in Singapore with Sapphire Princess. Diamond Princess will begin her first Singapore season in November 2016. “The cruising industry continues to grow quickly in Asia, and Princess Cruises strives to invest in the future of cruise travel in Asia markets, including Singapore, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea.

Queen Mary 2 on world cruise

Queen Mary 2 on world cruiseBusan: Cunard announced that it will send its flagship, Queen Mary 2, on a new world cruise in 2017. After departing New York in January 2017 for the East-West voyage, Queen Mary 2 will operate on a round trip to Hong Kong and Sha...

Dream Cruises to build two new ships

Dream Cruises to build two new shipsHong Kong: The newly established cruise brand of Dream Cruises will build two new ships focused on the Asia market. The first ship, Genting Dream, will debut in November 2016, and its sister ship World Dream will be launched in No...

Taiwan vows to improve cruise facilities

Taiwan vows to improve cruise facilitiesTaipei: The island of Taiwan is planning to improve its integrated cruise services facilities to meet growing market demands. The country should work to improve its port facilities and land transportation services to make travel m...

Genting Hong Kong launches new cruise brand

Genting Hong Kong launches new cruise brandHong Kong: The fast growing entertainment service provider, Genting Hong Kong, has launched a new cruise brand, Dream Cruises, to focus on the Asia market. “Dream Cruises will be Asia’s premium cruise brand. The ship will be b...

SuperStar Virgo heads to Guangzhou

SuperStar Virgo heads to GuangzhouShanghai: The southern Chinese port operator, Guangzhou Port Group, has signed a cooperation agreement with Genting Hong Kong to launch the first regular cruise service from Guangzhou. SuperStar Virgo will be deployed on this regu...

Norwegian Cruise Line counts on Asian market

Norwegian Cruise Line counts on Asian marketHong Kong: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is to keep increasing investment in Asia to build stronger markets for the company in the region. “The company will ramp up its spending in Asia to build a stronger infrastructure for it...

Crystal Cruises expands river fleet

Crystal Cruises expands river fleetHong Kong: The luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises, has announced plans to establish a fleet of five river ships in Europe by 2017 and continue to expand its river cruise business. Crystal Cruises has purchased a river cruise ship...

Carnival commits more ships to China

Carnival commits more ships to ChinaShanghai: Carnival Cruise Line is to send two cruise ships to the China market in 2017 and 2018. Carnival Miracle will start service in spring 2017, and Carnival Splendor will be launched in spring 2018, the two ships will both be...

Insider Journeys adds Asia cruises

Insider Journeys adds Asia cruisesHanoi: Insider Journeys, formerly known as Travel Indochina, is to add new cruise services in Asia in the coming year. The newly developed cruise itineraries will focus on the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers. The 16-day Mekong & Be...

First Cruise Arabia ship to dock in Doha

First Cruise Arabia ship to dock in DohaDoha: Qatar Tourism Authority announced that the cruiseship, Island Sky, will be the first to dock at the old Doha port on November 18. The cruiseship will also stop at Oman, the UAE and Bahrain. “We expect this docking to ma...

Carnival adds cruise lines to China market

Shanghai: Carnival Corporation announced the addition of two cruise lines to the China market in 2017 to expand its market presence to four brands. AIDA Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line will join Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises in the Chinese c...

Norwegian Cruise Line expands China market

Shanghai: Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the company is to send a new ship to China in 2017. The ship is currently being build by Meyer Werft shipyard, which will be delivered in 2017. The 4,200 passenger ship will cater specifically to the ...

Uniworld to launch new ship in India

Mumbai: The river cruise specialist Uniworld is to send a new luxury cruise ship to India in 2016. The service is scheduled to be launched in January next year to offer a series of river cruises on the Ganges, including the 13-day India’s Golden...

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 A...

Star Cruises strengthens Vietnam market

Hanoi: 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 China to Ha Long Cit...

MSC renovates cruiseship for China

Shanghai: 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 local passengers’...

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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>>