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.