Following Explorer Dream’s christening ceremony in Shanghai last week, Dream Cruises is offering savings of up to 30% on cruises departing Sydney between October 27 and February 23, 2020.

Costa Venezia, designed for the Asian market, made its maiden call at Singapore over the weekend, where more than than 2,000 passengers embarked.

‘Asia is a region of mammoth proportions, dynamic cultural variances, huge source market opportunity and challenging operating constraints so what needs to be done to propel Asia Pacific into becoming the second largest source market in the world, and maybe even challenging for the top spot?’

Meyer Werft delivered the first Quantum-Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas, to Royal Caribbean International in Bremerhaven. This vessel is customized for the China market.

Viking Cruises and China Merchants Shekou, representing China Merchants Group, signed a memorandum of understanding to form a joint venture focused on building a cruise line with worldwide offerings for the Chinese market.

Cruise tourism in Asia has been identified as one of the fastest-growing sectors in tourism development, with the number of passengers increasing by an estimated annual average of 33%, from 775,000 in 2012 to nearly 4.26m in 2018.

Guangzhou Nansha International Cruise Homeport Operation & Management Co. held an opening ceremony to mark the commencement of operations.

Genting Hong Kong's growing cruise segment helped boost revenue and EBITDA in the second half of 2018, however the company posted a net loss of US$72m, up from the $41.1m loss in 2H 2017.

The southern Chinese city Wenzhou is to have three homeport cruises by Costa Atlantica this year, starting April 12. It is the largest cruise ship to call at Wenzhou.

Lim Keong Hui has been appointed deputy CEO of Genting Hong Kong. He also continues as an executive director, a role he has held since 2013.

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