There were 66 ships deployed in Asian waters this year, representing an increase in capacity of 31% from the previous year.
SkySea Cruise Line, a joint venture by Royal Caribbean and Ctrip, announced 2018 deployment, highlighted by new homeports, including a one-month stint for the New Golden Era sailing out of Taiwan.
Major cruise lines will cut back in the Chinese market next year, as market capacity is estimated to be down 13.3 percent, according to the 2018 China Market Report by Cruise Industry News.
The Philippines and China’s Hainan province are exploring ways to enhance cooperation in tourism by opening maritime cruise tours to further boost tourism between Manila and Hainan.
Cruise.co.uk has completed the deal to buy German cruise travel agency Kreuzfahrtberater.de, in a transaction totalling €25 million，making it the number one online cruise retailer in Europe.
China will become the world's largest cruise market by 2030, with 8 to 10 million customers each year, according to figures by the Shanghai International Shipping Institute.
Genting Cruise Lines and China Southern Airlines have signed an MoU on a strategic fly-cruise partnership in China.
China's cruise market continued to disappoint Carnival Corporation in the second fiscal quarter, but the cruise operator's CEO sees long-term potential in the market.
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