Though Asian-sourced cruise numbers hit another record in 2017, topping 4m, China—accounting for 59% of all Asian passengers, or 2.4m—experienced a slower growth rate due to regulatory issues and some reductions in ship deployment.

As many as 15 cruise ships per annum could be delivered by Chinese yards by 2030 if all planning falls into pace, according to Raoul Jack, regional gm, passenger ship & ferry services, North Asia for Bureau Veritas and moderator of the 'Made in, and for, China' session at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2018.

Following the recent end of the SkySea Cruise Line joint venture and Norwegian Cruise Line’s decision to move its built-for-China ship, Norwegian Joy, to Alaska in spring 2019, there are concerns China’s cruise industry is on the decline after a decade of double-digit growth. However, the central government authorities and major cruise lines gave a differing and more bullish view during Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific on Wednesday.

The new owner of Oriana is a joint venture company between China Travel Service (CTS) and China Ocean Shipping Group Company (Cosco), which recently purchased the 1995-built vessel from P&O Cruises.

Three vice ministers from China's National Customs, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of National Culture & Tourism will address this year's Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific taking place next week in Baoshan, Shanghai between October 23-25. In addition, Lei Fan Pei, president of CSSC is among keynote speakers as well as Madam Wong Hong secretary general of the CPC Baoshan District of Shanghai Municipal Committee.

Genting Cruise Lines—comprising Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises—signed a new memorandum of understanding with Indonesia’s state-owned terminal operator, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (PERSERO), as part of an ongoing commitment to develop the country's cruise industry.

Crystal Cruises jumped out by announcing its full 2021 deployment, which features extensive exploration of Southeast Asia, China and Japan, four sailings to/from Dublin, and the Holy Land.

Costa Cruises has entered its second tripartite partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Changi Airport Group (CAG).

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT), celebrated the arrival of its two millionth cruise ship passenger, Ms Mu from Taiwan, during World Dream’s turnaround call.

The appointment of Stewart Williams as regional manager Asia Pacific is ‘a core component’ in the company’s plans to expand throughout the region,’ Chris Theophilides, ceo of Celestyal Cruises, said.

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