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International cruises to resume

CHINA’S Ministry of Transport has released a plan for the resumption of international cruise ship transportation, which will be implemented in a pilot program.

The pilot program will commence in Shanghai and Shenzhen ports, and will cover cruise ship transportation between ports in China and neighboring countries and regions.

To participate in the program, cruise ship operators must meet certain conditions, such as strong market demand, sound epidemic prevention and control systems.

The pilot program will last for six months to one year, and will be subject to adjustment based on national epidemic prevention and control policies, inbound and outbound tourism policies, and market conditions.

Royal Caribbean China said its return of international cruises to China is in prospect following the announcement yesterday.

“We have been awaiting for the return of our ships to China for more than three years, and we will be actively participating in MOT’s resumption of cruise programs with a view to return to service with sailings to neighboring countries,” the leading cruise operator said in a statement.

China is a significant source and destination market for international cruises with a potential, it said, adding that the spectacular growth of the Chinese cruise market in the 10 years before COVID shows that cruising is extremely popular with Chinese consumers as a brand new vacation style.

“We remain confident about the long-term prospect of the Chinese cruise industry,” it said.


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