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Vietnam expects Chinese cruise tourist boost

Vietnam expects Chinese cruise tourist boost

Hanoi: Vietnam is expecting to welcome more cruise tourists from China this year, and is looking to provide more cruise travel products and increase convenience to Chinese tourists. Local cruise tourism industry players are calling for more attentions on Asian tourism markets, especially the Chinese market, as luxury cruise tours to Vietnam become a popular travel choice for Chinese tourists.

Bali eyes more cruise ships this year

Bali eyes more cruise ships this yearJakarta: The hot tourism destination of Indonesia, Bali, is scheduled to welcome 60 cruise ships throughout the coming year at its main port, Benoa, with more than 90,000 tourists. “We have seen a continuous increase in the numb...

Abercrombie & Kent debuts Asian river voyages

Abercrombie & Kent debuts Asian river voyagesMumbai: The luxury holiday specialist Abercrombie & Kent has announced that the company will run small-journey river cruises to adventurous locations, including visiting India with a cruise tour on the Ganges river and Southeast Asia...

Next step for Philippines cruise market is inter-island intineraries

Next step for Philippines cruise market is inter-island intinerariesManila: A key proponent of cruise market development in the Philippines, tourism undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr, has praised the country’s burgeoning cruise market and says this paves the way for inter-island itineraries in the f...

Princess Cruises offers discounts on Southeast Asia trips

Princess Cruises offers discounts on Southeast Asia tripsSingapore: Princess Cruises is offering a ‘buy two, get two free’ deal for voyages to Southeast Asian destinations. As part of the promotion, two passengers can be joined by two friends or family members for free.

Shanghai to further expand Wusongkou Cruise Terminal

Shanghai to further expand Wusongkou Cruise TerminalShanghai: Shanghai, China’s largest cruise port, is to launch an expansion project of Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal this year. According to a report released by Shanghai Baoshan district government, the city will impro...

Scenic Tours adds new cruise ship for Myanmar

Scenic Tours adds new cruise ship for MyanmarBangkok: River cruise specialist Scenic Tours has announced that the company is to launch a river cruise service on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River from September 2016 with its new vessel Scenic Aura.

Malaysia to offer free visas for tourists from China

Malaysia to offer free visas for tourists from ChinaKuala Lumpur: Malaysia is to offer free visas for tourists from many countries including China from next year onwards, in an effort to boost Malaysia’s tourism industry and economic growth. Malaysia’s prime minister, Datuk Ser...

Hainan to build bridge to connect to cruise island

Hainan to build bridge to connect to cruise islandGuangzhou: The south China port city, Haikou on Hainan Island, is planning to build a bridge to connect the city and a man-made island dedicated to cruise tourism. The 2.3 km bridge project includes the construction of the main br...

Immigration procedures speed up in Vietnam

Immigration procedures speed up in Vietnam Hanoi: Following the prime minister’s personal interjection to improve immigration procedures for cruiseships calling at Vietnam, reports have emerged that it took just 90 minutes, instead of the normal 10 hours, to complete immigr...

Call for shore power at Kai Tak

Call for shore power at Kai TakHong Kong: Hong Kong-based NGO Clean Air Network (CAN) is urging the government of Hong Kong to adopt shore power at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal to reduce air pollution. "Marine emissions have become the major source of air pollut...

Mina Rashid handles five ships simultaneously

Dubai: For the first time ever, Mina Rashid welcomed five cruiseships at the same time last week. Over 25,000 passengers and crew of the Costa Serena, AIDA diva, Amadea, MSC Orchestra and Costa neoRiviera, docked at the port over the weekend. In nin...

ABB to kit out Star Cruises’ newbuild pair

Zurich: ABB has won orders worth $60m to deliver complete electrical power plant and propulsion systems for two new vessels for Star Cruises operated by Genting HongKong and to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Germany.

Indonesia’s Tanjung Perak Port triples cruise passengers

Jakarta: Indonesia’s Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java, has posted a 300% increase in cruise ship passengers arriviving at the port in 2014 over 2013. In 2014, cruise ship tourists numbered 7,218 people, up from 1,762 tourists in 2013, a...

Goa welcomes more cruise liners

Mumbai: The Tourism Department of Goa expects more than 30,000 cruise tourists to arrive in Goa by May this year. Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said the area is receiving a good response from luxury cruises. “We are looking forward to a succe...

Azamara offers India trip in 2017

New Delhi: Azamara Club Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises, has announced a new itinerary for 2017 from India to the Seychelles. The company will offer a single sailing on the 20-night ‘Pearls along the Indian Ocean’ itinerary on...

Phuket port must be expanded for cruise vessels, governor says

Bangkok: The governor of Phuket, Nisit Jansomwong, says Phuket’s deepsea port must be expanded if the region is to receive more cruise traffic. The port currently suffers from delays because cargo ships cannot moor until the cruise ships leave t...

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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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