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Plain sailing for city's cruise ship business

SHANGHAI is enjoying booming business from cruise ships this month despite the global downturn, according to immigration police.

More than 30 cruise vessels will dock at local ports this month, an increase of 40 percent from the same period last year.

Nearly 25,000 passengers and sailors will visit Shanghai on these vessels, 2.5 times more than last March.

Tahitian Princess, a luxury passenger liner, pulled into a local berth near the Bund at dawn yesterday, carrying more than 800 passengers and crew on its first visit to Shanghai.

The 10-deck cruise ship features facilities and services equal to a five-star hotel. The ship docked at the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal at 6am, having sailed from South Korea carrying 528 visitors from the United States, Canada, Britain, Japan and German, immigration police said.

The tourists were due to take a tour of the city and visit Zhujiajiao, an ancient watertown in suburban Qingpu District, before sailing off for Hong Kong late last night.


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