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Cruise Lines

HK, Singapore co-operate to attract more cruise lines to Asia

Hong Kong will work with Singapore to draw cruise lines to Asia, including promoting cruise tourism and coming up with new itineraries tailored for the Asian consumer, said organisers of a forum that ended yesterday.

Friday, 25 January, 2013, 4:13am

Setting course for Sanya

Cruise tourism is booming in Sanya, which has seen a sharp increase in the number of visiting ships and passengers since the beginning of this year.

The numbers are set to grow even more with the return of Star Cruises this November.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Just perfect for cruising

Long a favoured destination for international hotels and resorts, Sanya is receiving a growing number of international cruise passengers.

Costa Cruises and Holland America call at the Sanya Phoenix International Cruise Terminal, bringing a variety of visitors to the city. Hong Kong-based Star Cruises does not visit Sanya.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ho sells ship to firm with 'cruise empire' dreams

A one-of-kind, twin-hull cruise ship has been sold by casino magnate Stanley Ho to mainland tycoons, and will set sail from Hung Hom in Hong Kong on Thursday - its maiden voyage under new ownership.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Safe on the ocean wave

Despite concerns after the Costa Concordia tragedy in Italy, major travel agents in Hong Kong haven't seen massive cancellations.

They believe cruising is still one of the safest modes of travel compared to other means of transport.

'On the whole, travel is safe - aircraft, cars, trains and cruises,' says Sef Lam, managing director of Via Vai Travel.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Relax on the ocean wave

Full schedules and options for next year have been announced by major cruise lines, with more regional destinations and long-range voyages departing from Hong Kong than in previous years.

There will be three- to seven-night excursions to neighbouring ports, such as Keelung in Taiwan, Sanya in Hainan and Hanoi in Vietnam, by cruise lines such as Costa and Royal Caribbean.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Word travels

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

PLAIN sailing

Cruises of four to six nights are proving increasingly popular in the MICE sector. One attraction of short-haul itineraries is that no air travel is required. Cruises also offer flexibility.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Plain sailing

Cruise ships used to be the preserve of the elderly. However, lower fares, more flexibility and enhanced facilities are attracting a new and younger generation of cruise enthusiasts. Nowhere is this truer than in Asia.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Learn at your leisure

Taking a cruise is no longer confined to pleasure seeking, as travellers eye new opportunities to learn and experience something unique.

As a result, operators are taking their floating hotels to the next level by introducing versatile and experiential programmes.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Cruise market is starting to boom

Asia is a booming market for cruises, with more in the region having the financial capacity to travel. But local travel agents say that international cruise companies need to do more to appeal to Asian customers.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Young keen to explore new horizons

Gone is the stereotype of retirees taking in the views on deck before descending to their cabins for an afternoon nap. Today's cruise-goers are younger, with a yearning to explore new cultures when docked, and to enjoy more entertainment and activities aboard.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

US$50 billion waters await cruise market

Three years after assuming the post of president of Star Cruises, David Chua Ming Huat can confidently say he does not really care anymore what people say about the world's third-largest cruise company.

20 May 2010 - 12:00am

Travel firm launches talent programme

Wing On Travel Service has initiated a talent development programme aimed at enhancing the professionalism of its tour consultants.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Visa snags force mainlanders to miss historic Taiwan cruise

The first cruise to take mainlanders to Taiwan from Hong Kong left Victoria Harbour yesterday but about 600 mainlanders were unable to go because of visa problems.

3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am