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Lotte to build port casino to attract cruise calling

Lotte to build port casino to attract cruise calling

Seoul: The multinational food and shopping corporation, Lotte roup, is planning to develop a large-scale casino resort in North Port of Busan to diversify its services in the port area. The casino project will be located at the North port area of Busan, including duty-free shops and tourist-only casinos.

Genting Malaysia offloads cruise assets

Genting Malaysia offloads cruise assetsKuala Lumpur: Genting Malaysia Bhd announced that it has decided to sell its entire interests in the cruise operator Genting Hong Kong at a price of $472.2m. New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority is the leading p...

Cambiaso & Risso strengthens Middle East cruise position

Cambiaso & Risso strengthens Middle East cruise positionDubai: The Italian shipping company Cambiaso & Risso announced it is opening a new office in Dubai to strengthen its services for cruise companies in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. The office will mainly service for ...

Haimark launches new Mekong cruise service

Haimark launches new Mekong cruise serviceHanoi: River cruise specialist Haimark is to launch a new cruise service on the Mekong River on 17 September. The cruise ship, Mekong Princess, will offer a seven-night cruise experience in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Shanghai offers tax refunds to attract more overseas tourists

Shanghai offers tax refunds to attract more overseas touristsShanghai: China’s biggest cruise port city of Shanghai is planning to offer tax refunds to overseas tourists calling at the Wusong International Cruise Terminal and the Shanghai Port International Passenger Center. The city is o...

China and Vietnam extend border service time

China and Vietnam extend border service timeShanghai: The southwest Chinese province Guangxi is to extend working hours at the Youyi Guan and Dongxing border gates to Huu Nghi and Mong Cai gates to its neighbour Vietnam from July 1. The service time extension is to attract ...

Emerald Waterways offers new Mekong river cruise

Emerald Waterways offers new Mekong river cruiseHanoi: River cruise specialist, Emerald Waterways, is to offer a new 16-day cruise service through Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong river. The cruise will cover Hanoi, with stops at Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City and and an...

Indonesia to implement new visa policy in July

Indonesia to implement new visa policy in JulyJakarta: Indonesia is to implement its visa-free policy to 30 more countries from 1 July this year. The 30 new countries are expected to increase around 5% tourist arrivals to the nation this year, including the Asian countries of...

Japan to open new tourism routes

Japan to open new tourism routesTokyo: Japan is going to open seven new tourism routes to meet the growing demands of tourism. Japan Tourism Agency is working with local governments to promote seven new sightseeing routes from Hokkaido to Kyushu, featuring luxur...

Singapore and Thailand cooperate on cruise

Singapore and Thailand cooperate on cruiseSingapore: The two Southeastern Asia cruise destinations of Singapore and Thailand are planning to jointly develop cruise business after the meeting of the two countries’ prime ministers. The two nations have signed an agreement...

Zhong Hua Tai Shan on new Japan route

Zhong Hua Tai Shan on new Japan routeDalian: Bohai Ferry’s cruise ship Zhong Hua Tai Shan is going to open a new route between Yantai and Japan later today, and will become the first cruise ship to operate direct routes to Japan from the port of Yantai. “The comp...

Imagine Cruising offers new Dubai service

Dubai: UK-based Imagine Cruising is offering new winter cruise services to Dubai including a one-week experience on board a Royal Caribbean International’s cruise vessel. The seven nights cruises will be carried out by the cruise ship Splendour ...

Thailand discusses cruise tourism with neighbours

Bangkok: Thailand is planning to develop its so called ‘Asean Connectivity Project’ and jointly develop cruise tourism with its neighbours to boost its tourism business. Thailand and Singapore have been discussing plans to develop cruise ports...

Regent Seven Seas features Asian themes in new ship

Shanghai: Regent Seven Seas Cruises is to feature Asian flavours and designs in its new cruise ship Explorer, which will start its first voyage in 2016. The Asian design elements and the menu of a new Asian restaurant Pacific Rim will provide a go...

Quantum of the Seas makes maiden calls in Asia

Shanghai: One of Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ships, Quantum of the Seas is to make several maiden calls in Asian ports. Quantum of the Seas, the 18-deck, 168,666 gt cruise vessel, has visited its first Asian port in Cochin, Ind...

Azamara to upgrade vessels

Singapore: Azamara Club Cruises is to upgrade two of its cruise vessels to improve its cruise service. The two vessels, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, will be drydocked in the Bahamas and Singapore in January and April 2016 respectively.

Bangladesh to launch cruise service

Dhaka: Bangladesh is to launch its first luxury cruise service in October this year. The Bangladesh Shipping Corporation will cooperate with Afroz Shipping Lines to operate luxury cruise ships in the Bay of Bengal.

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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>>