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More Cruise Brands Headed to the Chinese Market

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The world’s second largest consumer market – China – continues to be an exciting source of potential opportunities for the cruise industry, in spite of the country’s recent economic woes. Kemplon Engineering has been following news of how the big names are making big plays here (see related articles, “Cruise Shipping Miami 2015: Highlights”; and “MSC Cruises’ Debut in China”), and in this latest development, Carnival Corp. & PLC steps up its presence in the country via the introduction of two more lines, and a joint venture to launch a Chinese cruise brand:

The Chinese market is appealing to the cruise industry for its prosperous and growing middle-class, a government willing to invest in related infrastructure, , and a growing demand for leisure travel. Particularly for cruising, industry watchers have noted that from the years 2012 to 2014, mainland Chinese passengers reportedly grew by 79% a year.

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MSC Cruises’ Debut in China

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Europe-based MSC Cruises heads to China for the first time, on board the newly-renovated MSC Lirica.

The newly-renovated, 65,000-ton, 2,679-passenger MSC Lirica is set to make its comeback in a big way – via a “Grand Voyage” that will bring passengers around the world, including the cruise line’s maiden call to China when it stops in Shanghai in May, 2016. The comprehensive renovations to the MSC Lirica, under MSC Cruises’ Renaissance Program, is set to finish by November of this year. Read More

China’s Tianjin Port Disaster

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121 Dead, 54 missing and hundreds injured in China’s Tianjin Port disaster.

 The Explosion. August 12 proved to be a tragic day for Tianjin in China, where an explosion at a waterfront chemical warehouse in the northern port led to hundreds of injuries, at least 121 lives lost, and 54 missing. Among those who perished were 67 firefighters, while 37 more of the heroic men are missing. 11 policemen are also said to be either dead or missing – a big blow for first responders in the country. Read More

Over 400 Dead in China Cruise Tragedy

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Over 400 perish in China, when the Eastern Star capsizes on the Yangtze River with hundreds of passengers on board – many of them elderly tourists.

Jianli, China was the site of a horrific tragedy early this June, when the Eastern Star, a 2,200-ton river cruise ship, overturned on the Yangtze River in the midst of a storm. There were 456 passengers and crew on board at the time of the accident. The survivors? Just 14, leaving over 400 dead and a few passengers still missing. Read More