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Friday Photo Fest: Waiting for the off in Dalian

Friday Photo Fest: Waiting for the off in Dalian

Dalian: Our editor recently crossed the Yellow Sea from Dalian in northern China to Incheon in Korea - a 17 hour journey. Ferries leave from near Dalian's older shipyards at a port where cruiseships continue to call although the city has now set about building a dedicated cruise terminal to get away from this very industrial setting for cruise visitors to Dalian.

Cambodia looks at easing visa requirements

Cambodia looks at easing visa requirementsBangkok: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism is looking at the possibility of relaxing visa requirements for cruise visitors. Moreover, as cruise tourism across Southeast Asia takes off, the ministry is planning to add a restaurant, ...

RCCL plans Shandong office

RCCL plans Shandong officeDalian: Royal Caribbean Cruises plans to set up an office in Jinan in China’s northeastern Shandong province to promote cruise business in the region. The international cruise line recently held a roadshow in Jinan.

Cruise line reps tour Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas Island

Cruise line reps tour Abu Dhabi’s Sir Bani Yas IslandAbu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has hosted its first-ever familiarisation tour for international cruise line representatives on Sir Bani Yas Island, the first beach stopover destination in the Arabian Gulf. ADPC announce...

Indonesian charged with theft

Indonesian charged with theft Miami: An Indonesian national working on a Holland America cruiseship has been arrested and charged with 11 counts of grand theft after more than $10,000 went missing during three cruises out of Port Everglades. Anthonius Novi Har...

JD and Tuniu cooperate

JD and Tuniu cooperate Beijing: China’s online travel agency, Tuniu has inked cooperation agreement with a leading Chinese online shopping platform, Jingdong, to jointly develop cruise business. Jingdong announced in Beijing that the company has inked...

STX to build cruiseships for MSC Cruises

STX to build cruiseships for MSC CruisesSeoul: STX Europe, a subsidiary of the South Korean shipbuilding company STX Corporation, is to build two cruise ships for MSC Cruises, a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company. MSC Cruises has invested EUR1.1bn to purchase th...

Cruise ship runs aground in the Philippines

Cruise ship runs aground in the PhilippinesManila: The Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) is preparing to salvage a 23,000-tonne Panama-flagged cruise ship that ran aground off General Santos City, Philippines, on Friday. The MV Victory Pacific was heading from Mexico City to S...

Spring Travel charters 15 cruises next year

Spring Travel charters 15 cruises next yearShanghai: Chinese travel agency, Spring International Travel, has revealed it has chartered 15 cruises in 2015 to meet the growing demands of cruise tourism in China. Eleven of the 15 charter cruises will depart from Shanghai and ...

Henna to launch new routes to Taiwan and Japan

Henna to launch new routes to Taiwan and JapanShanghai: China's first luxury cruise liner, Henna, operated by HNA Tourism Cruise, is to provide new cruise services to Taiwan and Japan next year. The new cruise route, Xiamen-Taiwan, will be launched on 29 March 2015, and the new...

CMV purchases Astor

CMV purchases AstorHong Kong: UK-based private Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has announced that its parent company, Global Maritime Group, has acquired the cruiseship Astor and signed a long-term charter of the vessel to CMV. The company bought As...

DP World inaugurates world's largest cruise terminal

Dubai: DP World’s third cruise terminal in Dubai has been inaugurated by Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal is set to be the world’s largest cruise facility, capable...

Taiwan promotes cruise tourism with China

Taipei: A Taiwanese delegation consisting of Kaohsiung City Marine Bureau and local cruise industry experts have visited Beijing to promote cruise tourism between the two sides. Taiwan and China are expecting to finalise a 72 hours free pass for c...

Costa Serena makes first call to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The Costa Serena called at Abu Dhabi for the first time yesterday, in what is the port’s second maiden call of the cruise season. “Costa Serena is particularly impressive as the ship is one of the largest calling at Zayed Port this ...

Azamara launches 2017 itineraries

Miami: Azamara Club Cruises has unveiled its 2017 itineraries. In 2017, Azamara will offer 65 voyages to 203 ports in 68 countries, including the addition of four new ports; Kaikoura, New Zealand; Mahe, Seychelles; Yucatan, Mexico and George Town, G...

Qatar joins Cruise Arabia partnership

Doha: Qatar Tourism Authority is to become the fourth regional member of Cruise Arabia, alongside existing members from Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Cruise Arabia was formed in 2013 to promote the growth of cruise tourism in the Gulf Cooperation Cou...

Azamara may skip India calls in favour of Dubai

New Delhi: Azamara Club Cruises may remove India from its future itineraries if the procedures at ports, immigration and customs can not be improved, according to Jose Vilarinho, the captain of cruise ship Azamara Quest. "We may not be calling on ...

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Asia is the most exciting region for the cruise shipping industry with year-on-year growth in passenger numbers of more than 20% since 2007. In the next three years the number of Asians expected to take a cruise will double.
To harness this growth the major lines are deploying larger and larger ships in the region, while Asian port cities are vying with one another for ever more impressive cruise facilities. 
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Chinese yards enter the fray

The People’s Republic has moved a step closer to building its first cruiseship

Chinese yards enter the fray

Cruiseships are the Holy Grail for shipbuilders, something that have largely eluded Asian shipyards with the exception of Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on/off flirting with the sector. Cruiseships costs hundreds of millions of dollars to build, require extremely diverse and competent subcontractors and suppliers and take years to perfect. To date they have been the meat and drink of Europe’s otherwise withering shipbuilding scene. Now, however, the Chinese are ready to make an impact.

State-run China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has announced plans to develop China’s first self-built cruise ship together with the world leading cruise operator Carnival and the Italian shipyard Fincantieri.

Hu Wenming, president of CSSC, is confident his firm can get the job done.

CSSC’s own ship design arm, CSSC Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI), is working to get plans together.

“As the major shipbuilding conglomerate in China, we should not be satisfied with building the traditional ships like bulk carriers, containerships, and tankers, the cruise market in China is huge and it is a wise step of the company to get into,” an official from the R&D department of SDARI tells Asia Cruise News, “We believe we have the ability to complete the development and construction of a luxury cruiseship, although it might take five or 10 years, maybe even longer.”

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