This marks the start of Resorts World One's (ex Explorer Dream) two- and three-night program with Wednesday and Sunday departures every fortnight.
A celebratory event was held on the ship in Hong Kong prior to its departure. Attendees included Li Zhongguang, deputy director-general Department of Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Sports of Hainan, together with Hong Kong’s Acting Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, Lau Chun; and Michael Goh, president of Resorts World Cruises.
The governor of Hainan and the Sanya Tourism Board are on the cruise to Sanya, where festivities will welcome passengers for Monday's inaugural arrival in Sanya.
Goh said the inaugural cruise 'marks a new chapter for our company and our ship, as we continue to innovate new itineraries with popular destinations that will boost the regional tourism sector and provide exciting choices for travelers.'
Cruise fares start at HK$1,200 (US$153) per person, twin share.
With Hong Kong’s highly connected network of flights, land and high-speed transportation, sea and ferry links with mainland China and internationally, overseas travelers and mainland Chinese residents, especially those from the Greater Bay Area, will have easy access to embark the cruises.
Options include cruising one way to or from Sanya and flying in the other direction. Travelers may also stay and explore Hong Kong or Sanya pre- and post-cruise with a cruise and hotel package.
Visa-free entry for 59 countries
International travelers from countries in Hainan’s 59 Visa-Free Entry Eligible Countries do not need a Chinese visa when cruising, subject to terms and conditions.
Michael Goh is among the keynote panel speakers at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, Oct. 24-26.