Seatrade Cruise News is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Hainan issues first cruise trial operation permit to Astro Ocean Cruise

Piano Land will operate the program
Hainan provincial communication and transportation authority, Sanya municipal government and Astro Ocean Cruise signed an agreement to jointly run a local cruise business.

The first cruise trial operation business license was issued to Astro Ocean Cruise, allowing the company to develop routes and cruise travel products locally.

Piano Land to start with cruises to nowhere, then expand

Astro Ocean Cruise will take Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Port as its homeport and deploy its vessel Piano Land for Hainan and international cruise routes.

At the initial stage, the company will provide cruises to nowhere from Hainan, then will develop overseas routes when the COVID-19 pandemic is well controlled, said Li Ming, general manager of Astro Ocean Cruise.

In addition, Astro Ocean Cruise will work with local authorities to develop cruise ship maintenance and repair and further promote Sanya's cruise homeport development.

Earlier this year, China’s Ministry of Transport approved a pilot scheme for a cruises to nowhere operation out of Hainan.