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Keel-laying for Adora's 2026 newbuild set for April

Sister ship Adora Magic City launched on Jan. 1, 2024 from Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Port
The keel-laying for Adora Cruises’ second China-built cruise ship will take place next month at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao shipyard. 

The vessel will be delivered at the end of 2026 – almost a year later than originally anticipated. 

Bigger than its sister ship

At 142,000gt, the Vista-class ship will be larger than the line’s first newbuild – the 135,500gt Adora Magic City, which launched on Jan. 1 from Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Portsailing to Jeju in South Korea, and Fukuoka and Nagasaki in Japan.

The number of lower berths on the so far unnamed ship is 4,288, versus 4,250 on its sister ship. 

Production update

H1509, as it is today known, has been under design and construction at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding since August 2022, and was expected to launch in autumn 2025. So far, it is estimated that the shipyard has finished 77% of the workload for detailed design and 58% of the production design.

Last year at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, Hong Wang, president, China Europe International Business School and director, Shanghai International Cruise Business Institute, said: 'China's economy is highly resilient, has great potential and is full of vitality.'