The number of cruise passengers from China surged 91% in 2016 to a record high of more than 2.12 million. Yet the industry has to grapple with issues of deteriorating experience and homogenized itineraries.
In November 2017, the Princess Cruises’ ship Regal Princess will debut wearable technology for guests.
China's cruise liner ports reported 629 cruise liners leave for trips in 2015, up 35%, with cross-border cruise travelers up 44%.
China is projected to become the world’s most important cruise market with 10 million cruise passengers in 2030 in the “2016 China Cruise Industry Development Report”.
Value-added output of China's marine tourism sector hit RMB 1.087 trillion (USD 163 billion) in 2015, up by 11.4% YoY, according to a government report.
The first batch of homemade luxury cruise vessels will be built at the shipyard of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and the first delivery is expected in 2022.
Geneva-based operator MSC Splendida will visit ports in China, Japan, and Korea, even as the market struggles to adjust to huge increases in capacity.
Chinese cruise passengers grew 40% in 2016 to 986,000. Throughout Asia, capacity grew 51%; next year, capacity on oceangoing ships in the region will reach 3.2 million.
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