China's first domestically developed cruise ship will be delivered by the end of next year under the new brand "Adora," which was unveiled in Shanghai on November 25th.
The 135,500 GT first Adora Cruises vessel will set off on her maiden voyage from her homeport at Wusongkou International Cruiser Liner Terminal (Baoshan District, Shanghai).
The cruise ship, being built at the Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co (Shanghai), will feature Chinese culture, cuisine, and performances.
A sailing route along the Maritime Silk Road is to be launched, CSSC-Carnival Cruises announced at Friday's annual Wusongkou Forum in Baoshan.
Reaching a height of 72.2 m, the 16-story liner will boast a variety of entertainment/recreational facilities, including a dining room, a shopping plaza, performance and amusement centers.
Construction also started on the 142,000 GT 2nd ship at the Waigaoqiao shipyard. A 3rd vessel, weighing 80,000 GT, received an "approval in principle" certificate at the forum.
They will compose Asia's largest cruise fleet, with multiple homeports in eastern/southern/northern China, according to CSSC-Carnival, a joint venture between China State Shipbuilding Corporation and the US-based Carnival Corporation.
Image: Port of Shanghai (China)
Despite the COVID crisis, 375 cruise ships across 85 companies/brands restarted operations around the world as of November, accounting for 86% of the world's total number, a survey report released on the forum revealed.