Royal Caribbean's SkySea Cruise Line Sails Final Cruise

By ,   September 4, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

SkySea Cruise Line, owned by Ctrip and Royal Caribbean, sailed its final voyage this weekend.  The two companies unveiled plans to shut down the cruise line operating one cruise ship in early spring.

The first smart cruise line specifically developed for Chinese cruise market, SkySea Cruise Line has been operating the SkySea Golden Era ship since May 2015. SkySea sailed nearly 300 cruises and carried about 500,000 passengers in just over 3 years of its existence.

SkySea Golden Era cruise ship

TUI AG’s Marella Cruises purchased Golden Era, with delivery due in December 2018. The vessel originally sailed as Celebrity Century under the Celebrity Cruises brand. SkySea Cruise Line is owned by Ctrip, Royal Caribbean, SkySea management, as well as a private equity fund.

The final voyage for SkySea was a 4-night cruise from Shanghai with a port call in Fukuoka, Japan.