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Costa Romantica pictured at Tianjin port

Passenger numbers expected to rise 50% at Tianjin in 2016

China’s Tianjin cruise terminal is projected to see increased business this year, backed by the addition of 24,500gt Chinese Taishan (ex-Costa Voyager), according to Tianjin Cruise & Yacht Association.

From June, homeport numbers will be further boosted by the arrival of Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas.

The association estimated that in 2016 a total of 146 cruise ships will call at Tianjin, bringing some 600,000 passengers, an increase of 50% compared to 2015 numbers.

On Monday, Bohai Ferry’s Chinese (or in Chinese Zhonghua) Taishan made its maiden call at the Tianjin terminal, and officially commenced the 927 passenger’s cruise itineraries to South Korea.

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