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Cruise & Maritime Voyages is to launch world cruise covering Asia

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is to launch world cruise covering Asia

Singapore: Cruise & Maritime Voyages, UK-based cruise service provider, is to launch its round-the-world cruise in 2017. The cruise trip will be carried out by its vessel Magellan, covering Southeast Asia, Far East, India and other popular destinations.

Korea eyes more Chinese cruise tourists

Korea eyes more Chinese cruise touristsSeoul: South Korea’s Oceans and Fisheries Minister Yoo Ki-june will visit Shanghai on Wednesday to host a marketing event targeting Chinese travel agencies and port operators to attract more Chinese cruise travellers, as China has ...

Ctrip appoints WSS as general agent for cruiseship venture

Ctrip appoints WSS as general agent for cruiseship ventureShanghai: China’s leading travel services provider Ctrip has strengthened its expansion into the cruise market with the appointment of Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) as its general agent in China. The partnership, which was anno...

Pandaw updates 2016 and 2017 itineraries

Pandaw updates 2016 and 2017 itinerariesHanoi: Asia river cruise specialist, Pandaw River Expeditions, has announced the details of its 2016 and 2017 program and is offering discounts for bookings before the end of July. The itineraries include sailings to Burma, Vietna...

China’s first cruise line to launch duty-free onboard

China’s first cruise line to launch duty-free onboardShanghai: China’s newly established cruise ship operator, Skysea, a joint venture between Royal Caribbean Cruises and Ctrip, is to launch duty-free services on its new vessel, Golden Era. The Golden Era is the starting point for...

Tianjin to launch cruise routes to Russia

Tianjin to launch cruise routes to RussiaDalian: The northern Chinese cruise port of Tianjin is to launch a cruise route to Russia this year and further improve cruise services to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Tianjin is also trying to get the approval of the permission...

Korea to set up domestic cruiseline this year

Korea to set up domestic cruiseline this yearSeoul: The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that the government is planning to establish at least one domestic cruiseline within the year to further improve the cruise business of the nation. The plans also include allow...

Busan Port eyes more cruise ships

Busan Port eyes more cruise shipsSeoul: Busan Port is providing various incentives to attract more cruise ships to promote the cruise tourism business of the city, Lim Ki-tack, the president of the Busan Port Authority, said in an exclusive interview with Asia Cruis...

Philippines eases visa requirements for Indian tourists

Philippines eases visa requirements for Indian touristsManila: Philippine authorities are easing visa requirements for Indian tourists. Indian nationals with valid United States, Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Singapore or the United Kingdom (AJACSSUK) visas or permanent residence permi...

Princess Cruises to send new ship to China

Princess Cruises to send new ship to ChinaShanghai: Carnival Corporation announced that its latest ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises will be based in China year-round when introduced in summer 2017. "Deploying our next new ship in China underscores ou...

RCCL former executive joins Tongcheng

RCCL former executive joins TongchengBeijing: Tongcheng Travel, one of the leading travel service providers in China, announced that the ex-deputy general manager for China of RCCL, is joining Tongcheng as the vice president of travel business. Shou Xiaoyuan, has bee...

Bhaya Cruises strengthens position in Australia

Hanoi: Bhaya Cruises, the largest luxury cruise operator in Halong Bay, Vietnam, is expanding its positioning in Australia with the appointment of an official representative for the Australia and New Zealand market. The Australia sales office assu...

China-funded Gold Coast cruise ship terminal project shuts down

Queensland: The Queensland government has stopped ASF China Consortium 's bid to build a cruise-ship terminal as well as a casino on a man-made island in the Gold Coast Broadwater. The ASF China Consortium planned to build a large cruise ship term...

Tauck unveils 2016 Asia cruise trip

Ho Chi Minh: Travel specialist Tauck is to offer Southeast Asia packages in 2016. The company will provide the ‘Treasures of Southeast Asia’ itinerary in 2016, which begins with a two-night hotel stay and guided sightseeing in Hong Kong. A nin...

Kerala cooperates with Sri Lanka on cruise tourism

Colombo: Kerala is planning to cooperate with Sri Lanka to establish a new tourism circuit, with the introduction of a new cruiseship. “We are looking forward to developing circuits that link tourism destinations in Kerala and Sri Lanka, with th...

Assam to develop river cruise with private investors

Mumbai: Assam Tourism is to jointly develop niche tourism products with private investors and develop river cruise services on the Brahmaputra. According to V S Bhaskar, additional chief secretary of tourism & transport development, government of ...

Guangxi to launch cruise routes to Redang Island

Shanghai: Following the successful operation of the cruise vessel Beibu Gulf Star from Guangxi to Vietnam, Guangxi Beibuwan Cruise terminal is to launch a new route to Redang Island, Malaysia, on 1 May. The new cruise service will also be provided...

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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>>