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Carnival considers more ships for China

Carnival considers more ships for China

Shanghai: The leading cruise liner operator, Carnival Corporation, announced that the company plans to build nine new ships during from 2019 to 2022. The new ships are expected to serve established cruise markets in North America and Europe, as well as newer markets, including China.

India develops inland waterways for cruise tourism

India develops inland waterways for cruise tourismMumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Cabinet have approved plans to declare 101 inland waterways as national waterways for improvement of navigation. The new inland waterways are expected to be used for cruise tourism.

Royal Caribbean sends one more ship to China

Royal Caribbean sends one more ship to ChinaShanghai: Royal Caribbean International announced that Tianjin will be the new home port for its third Quantum-class ship, Ovation of the Seas. Launching in April 2016, Ovation of the Seas will be the cruise line’s fifth cruises...

Indonesia pushes forward with visa policy

Indonesia pushes forward with visa policyJakarta: As a part of cruise industry promotion plan, the government of Indonesia is accelerating the decision making of the visa-free policy for 30 countries starting in April, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said at a press conference...

South Korea vows to boost the cruise industry

South Korea vows to boost the cruise industrySeoul: South Korea will expand the cruise industry and marina facilities this year in a bid to become a cruise tourism hub in Northeast Asia, the new maritime minister Yoo Ki-june said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisher...

Krabi to build a cruise terminal

Krabi to build a cruise terminalBangkok: Thai tourism hotspot Krabi has set out plans to build a cruise terminal as it sets out plans to become the fourth most visited place in the kingdom.

Japan offers visa-free cruises to Chinese tourists

Japan offers visa-free cruises to Chinese tourists Shanghai: Chinese cruise passengers will be able to enjoy a visa-free policy to visit Japan for travel purposes only. The passengers are required to board specific cruiseships approved by the Japanese minister of justice, and to r...

Tuniu launches cruise festival

Tuniu launches cruise festival Beijing: China’s leading online tourism and entertainment company, Tuniu, announced that the company is to launch its 2015 Cruise Tourism Festival running all this week. The travel service provider is to hold several cruise-focu...

Indian government vows to promote cruise industry

Indian government vows to promote cruise industryMumbai: The India government plans to develop dedicated cruise terminals outside ports to boost the development of the cruise industry. "India's long coastline imparts a natural advantage to attract international cruise lines. Exp...

Philippines identifies eight ports for cruise development

Philippines identifies eight ports for cruise developmentManila: The Philippines had identified a network of ports to develop as cruise destinations. The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to develop a select number of ports. The ports are M...

CLIA reports on Asia’s cruise boom

CLIA reports on Asia’s cruise boomMiami: The release of Asia Cruise Trends study compiled by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) suggests the region’s cruise industry is likely to see double-digit growth for cruiseships, passengers and ports in the region...

NCL intends to send latest vessels to China

Miami: Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is considering to deploy its newbuilding to China in 2018. “We have four newbuildings, and we are developing a skunkworks internally to evaluate China, and we’ll make a decision in the next few months on whet...

Study claims there are 83m potential Chinese cruise passengers

Hong Kong: Greater China is emerging to be one of the most important cruise markets with a potential 83m cruise passengers, according to a cruise market study released by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). According to the Asia Cruise Potential a...

AmaWaterways and Backroads to jointly develop Mekong cruise

Hanoi: AmaWaterways and Backroads have teamed up and established a business alliance this year to expand the cruise business together in 2016. AmaWaterways and Backroads will introduce new tours along the famous Southeast Asia cruise river, Mekong...

New cruise service between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada

Mumbai: The local government plans to introduce a new cruise service between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada to offer tourism service in the waters of Bay of Bengal. The authority plans to develop a cruise terminal at Bhimili or at Yarada for cruise ve...

Celebrity Cruises launches vacation packages

Singapore: Celebrity Cruises has launched the Celebrity City Stay vacation package, offering vacation services combined with cruise and city tour experiences at some major Asian tourism destinations, including Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Singapore. ...

Guangzhou cooperates with Royal Caribbean

Guangzhou: The southern Chinese port city of Guangzhou is looking to cooperate with leading cruise liner Royal Caribbean to develop the local cruise business. The city is actively developing the international cruise home port at Nansha new area an...

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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>>