Costa Cruises is following up its Venetian-themed ship for the Chinese market, this year's Costa Venezia, with the Florence-inspired Costa Firenze in October 2020. It, too, will be dedicated to China.
A steel-cutting ceremony for the L3 mock-up project was held at CSSC Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding as China State Shipbuilding Corp. prepares to build a large cruise ship for Carnival Corp. & plc's Chinese joint venture.
More cruise ships and passengers than ever before visited Xiamen in southern China in the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest statistics from China's Ministry of Transport.
Following Explorer Dream’s christening ceremony in Shanghai last week, Dream Cruises is offering savings of up to 30% on cruises departing Sydney between October 27 and February 23, 2020.
Costa Venezia, designed for the Asian market, made its maiden call at Singapore over the weekend, where more than than 2,000 passengers embarked.
Meyer Werft delivered the first Quantum-Ultra ship, Spectrum of the Seas, to Royal Caribbean International in Bremerhaven. This vessel is customized for the China market.
Cruise tourism in Asia has been identified as one of the fastest-growing sectors in tourism development, with the number of passengers increasing by an estimated annual average of 33%, from 775,000 in 2012 to nearly 4.26m in 2018.
Guangzhou Nansha International Cruise Homeport Operation & Management Co. held an opening ceremony to mark the commencement of operations.
Genting Hong Kong's growing cruise segment helped boost revenue and EBITDA in the second half of 2018, however the company posted a net loss of US$72m, up from the $41.1m loss in 2H 2017.