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Seoul plans cruises to North Korea

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 launch a cruise service - Peace Cruise Line - to North Korea departing from the island of Jeju, with stops at the North Korean port cities of Nampo, Wonsan, Rajin and Sonbong.

NCL makes plans for Asia return

NCL makes plans for Asia returnSingapore: 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...

Cruise exploration on Sanya

Cruise exploration on SanyaBeijing: 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 s...

MSC to make first Shanghai call

MSC to make first Shanghai callShanghai: 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 ...

Pandaw offers new Burma cruises

Pandaw offers new Burma cruisesYangon: 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 refitte...

Wusongkou cruise terminal extension project delayed

Wusongkou cruise terminal extension project delayedShanghai: The extension project of Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal has been delayed, according to Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and put into op...

Kai Tak expects more cruise ships

Kai Tak expects more cruise shipsHong Kong: Kai Tak cruise terminal of Hong Kong expects more cruise ships and visitors this year. The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will handle around 220,000 in 2015, and about 350,000 in 2016, an increase from 100,866 cruise passenger...

Xiamen invests RMB1bn in cruise terminal construction

Xiamen invests RMB1bn in cruise terminal constructionShanghai: The local reform and development commission of Xiamen announced that the city is to invest RMB1bn to reform the current cargo terminals for cruise use. According to the plans, the city will reform the four terminals at t...

Tianjin’s cruise terminal still operating

Tianjin’s cruise terminal still operatingDalian: The operation of the cruise terminal of Tianjin has been barely affected by the explosion. The cruise terminal is 10km away from the accident site, the major damages of the cruise terminal are glass shards, which might slo...

Genting Hong Kong eyes European river cruises

Genting Hong Kong eyes European river cruisesHong Kong: Genting Hong Kong plans to launch European river cruises services in March 2017. The cruise services will be carried on new ships to be built in Germany, which will have 70 suites on each vessel. Singapore and Hong K...

Carnival strengthens Asia team

Carnival strengthens Asia teamShanghai: Carnival Corporation, announced that Michael Ungerer, currently president of Germany-based AIDA Cruises, has been appointed as coo-shared services for Carnival Asia, effective September 1. Ungerer will move to Shanghai, ...

Chinese state-owned companies enter sector

Beijing: The state-run China Communication Construction Company and China National Travel Service announced the plans jointly develop a cruise business. The two partners will set up a jv and cooperate with the city of Sanya to promote the developm...

AIDAprima faces delay

Tokyo: The cruiseship AIDAprima, owned by German cruise liner operator Aida Cruises, will not be delivered on time from Japanese shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The AIDAprima, constructed at the Nagasaki shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industri...

Dalian welcomes Zhong Hua Tai Shan

Dalian: The northeastern Chinese cruise port city of Dalian expects to operate the domestic cruise ship Zhong Hua Tai Shan from 17 August as its port of departure. The ship will be deployed on six-day and five-night cruise routes from Dalian to Ja...

Genting Hong Kong disposes casino asset for cruise

Hong Kong: The cruise and casino business operator Genting Hong Kong is to sell equity interest in its Jeju Island casino business and quit from the shareholder position to focus on cruise business. “The disposal transaction, if completed, will ...

Norwegian Cruise Line eyes Asia with new HK office

Hong Kong: Norwegian Cruise Line is establishing an operations base in Hong Kong to promote the local cruise business and the Asian market. The company’s president and coo, Andy Stuart, has also revealed plans to take one of his ships to Asia.

Thailand to upgrade Phuket cruise facility

Bangkok: The government of Thailand has decided to upgrade the facilities of Phuket Deep Seaport to accommodate bigger cruise ships. The government is also considering developing a new cruise port in Krabi province or Samui Island to strengthen th...

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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>>