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Ships Built in Finland

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.

Wednesday, 25 July, 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

HK slow to join Asian cruise ship gravy train

Hong Kong is among the last of the major Asian ports to develop a terminal that can handle the world's largest cruise ships, which means planning the itineraries for such liners is not likely until 2011 at the earliest.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

HK pair rescued from liner that hit iceberg

Three Chinese tourists, two of them from Hong Kong, were among 100 passengers and 54 crew members evacuated from a Canadian cruise ship that sank after striking an iceberg off Antarctica, the adventure tour's operator confirmed yesterday.

The Chinese embassy in Chile said it would offer full assistance to the three to help them return to Hong Kong and mainland China.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Shanghai bets on Bubble to fulfil cruise ship hub dream

Space-age glass building scheduled to open next year

A multibillion-yuan terminal nearing completion on the Huangpu River in the heart of Shanghai could help fulfil the city's ambition to become the top cruise ship hub in Asia.

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Cruise firms want locals all at sea

HK demand the key to growth of industry, say tour operators

Boosting Hongkongers' appetite for holidays at sea is the key to growth of the local cruise business, say industry experts and the head of the newest entrant to the market, which from next year will operate the biggest liner in Asia from the city.

6 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Cruising for adventure

Asian holidaymakers are becoming more demanding in their choice of destinations, and travel companies have come up with itineraries to fit the mood

The cruise boom in Asia is just beginning, according to MSC Cruises chief executive Pierfrancesco Vago.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Carnival time on the love boat

A new ship cruised into Victoria Harbour yesterday. The Costa Allegra, owned by a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise ship operator, will start operating from Asia this summer. Small compared to some mega-liners, it still has eight decks and can take 1,000 passengers.

30 May 2006 - 12:00am

Passenger leaps off cruise ship

A man was missing, feared dead, after he jumped from the Star Pisces cruise ship yesterday.

His shoes and a suicide note were found by a crew member on the deck at 6am.

11 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Hyundai buys passenger vessel

Hyundai Merchant Marine has bought passenger cruise ship SuperStar Sagittarius from Singapore's Star Cruises. The vessel will be delivered in Port Klang, Malaysia, on September 20. Hyundai will also charter the SuperStar Capricorn for four years, with delivery in Keelung, Taiwan, on September 5.

31 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Airtours buys cruise vessel

Royal Caribbean Cruises says it will sell its 1,400-passenger Song of America cruise ship to the British company Airtours for US$95 million as it replaces older ships with more modern ones.

The Miami cruise operator earlier sold its Song of Norway and Nordic Prince cruise ships to Airtours. It will lease Song of America and operate it until March 1999.

17 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Silja forecasts sales slip

Finland's Silja expects its Baltic sea ferry operator Silja Line's 1997 gross sales to be more than 3.3 billion markka (about HK$4.25 billion), compared with 3.35 billion markka in 1996.

It said the number of passengers carried last year by Silja Line dropped 3 per cent to 5.71 million from 5.9 million a year earlier.

16 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Vessel orders for Kvaerner

Anglo-Norwegian conglomerate Kvaerner has won shipbuilding orders totalling 1.35 billion krone (about HK$1.35 billion). The first contract has been placed by Germany's Hapag-Lloyd for a 410-passenger cruise ship for delivery in 1999. The second is for two ice-breakers for Dutch shipyard Wagenborg Shipping for delivery late next year.

5 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Search halted

AN aerial search for Chan Siu-chun, 32, resident singer on the cruise ship Star Pisces, and Patrik Arne Nils Dahl, 23, the ship's security director, was called off yesterday.

27 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Unitor orders

UNITOR'S marine contracting division has won a contract to install 900 pre-fabricated passenger cabins aboard two 74,000 grt (gross registered tonnes) vessels.

The ships, being built at the Helsinki New Shipyard of Kvaerner Masa-Yards for Royal Caribbean Cruises, are Grandeur of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas.

The contract is worth about US$4 million.

19 Jun 1995 - 12:00am