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RCCL former executive joins Tongcheng

RCCL former executive joins Tongcheng

Beijing: 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 been the deputy general manager of RCCL's China operations from November 2012 to the beginning of 2015, responsible for the sales, operation and marketing business.

Bhaya Cruises strengthens position in Australia

Bhaya Cruises strengthens position in AustraliaHanoi: 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 ...

China-funded Gold Coast cruise ship terminal project shuts down

China-funded Gold Coast cruise ship terminal project shuts downQueensland: 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...

Tauck unveils 2016 Asia cruise trip

Tauck unveils 2016 Asia cruise tripHo 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...

Kerala cooperates with Sri Lanka on cruise tourism

Kerala cooperates with Sri Lanka on cruise tourismColombo: 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 S...

Assam to develop river cruise with private investors

Assam to develop river cruise with private investorsMumbai: 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 developmen...

Guangxi to launch cruise routes to Redang Island

Guangxi to launch cruise routes to Redang IslandShanghai: 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...

India and Bangladesh to cooperate on cruise shipping

India and Bangladesh to cooperate on cruise shippingMumbai: Shipping authorities from India and Bangladesh have agreed to share a draft agreement for the regular movement of passenger and cruise vessels. Both India and Bangladesh believe that the deliberations would go a long way i...

New cruise ship on Tokyo-Chichijima route

New cruise ship on Tokyo-Chichijima routeTokyo: Japanese cruise ship operator Ogasawara Kaiun has announced a plan to launch a new regular service route between central Tokyo and Chichijima Island of the Ogasawara island chain in July 2016 for the first time. As the numb...

Japan eases visa policy towards Vietnam cruise visitors

Japan eases visa policy towards Vietnam cruise visitorsTokyo: Vietnamese visitors travelling to Japan by cruiseship will not need to get a visa before departure if the cruiseline completes procedures for them to obtain a landing visa. They will also enjoy a simpler visa application proce...

Europa 2 adds new Asian port of calls

Europa 2 adds new Asian port of callsTaipei: The cruise vessel Europa 2 is heading to the Asia Pacific region for its 2016-2017 season and will add new Asian destinations. The new ports include Taiwan and Thailand.

New York welcomes first Chinese-only cruiseship

New York: Costa Cruises' Costa Atlantica made a historic call in New York City on Tuesday, and became the first cruiseship carrying only Chinese passengers to arrive in the US. "Costa Atlantica's arrival in New York carrying only Chinese guests ma...

Prince Bay Cruise Terminal expects to commence operations next year

Guangzhou: The newly developed Prince Bay Cruise Terminal in Shekou, Shenzhen is expected to commence operations by the end of next year, according to Yang Tianping, general manager of China Merchants Shekou Industry Zone. The Prince Bay Cruise Te...

Phuket considers easing visa policy

Bangkok: Authorities in Phuket are planning to make easier visa policies to improve marine tourism, tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul told the Phuket Gazette. “We are working together to come up with suggestions for changes to visas and ...

Royal Caribbean launches cruise promotion in Guangzhou

Guangzhou: The world leading cruise liner operator, Royal Caribbean International has jointly launched six months cruise promotion activities in Guangzhou with the Chinese travel agency CITS. The marketing activities start in April and will run th...

China, Korea and Japan to jointly promote tourism

Tokyo: Authorities of China, South Korea and Japan have made a joint statement to promote regional tourism The three countries plan to jointly expand flight routes and improve cruiseship operations to attract more tourists.

Japan adds two more visa-free cruise ships

Tokyo: Japan has added two more visa-free cruise ships to attract more cruise tourists to the nation. The two new members are SkySea Cruises’ Skysea Golden Era and Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess, with 29 and 19 voyages departing from Shan...

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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>>