Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Royal Caribbean forms partnership with Chinese company

By Donna Tunney
Royal Caribbean International will charter the Legend of the Seas to China World Cruises for four months next year.

China World Cruises is a unit of Shan-Hai-Shu, a property and theme park developer.

Royal Caribbean said the charter agreement is supported by the Xiamen municipal government as part of the development of Xiamen as the fourth home port for Royal Caribbean International in China, following Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong.

During the charter, Royal Caribbean will operate and market 21 sailings ranging in length from three to eight days. The Legend of the Seas will depart from Xiamen, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tianjin, and call in Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan and Korea.

The first sailing will depart from Hong Kong on March 20 for a five-day cruise. The first departure from Xiamen will be on March 26.

The 1,804-passenger Legend of the Seas has been sailing from Singapore since 2008 and from Shanghai since 2010.http://www.royalcaribbean.com.au/home.do?wuc=187827&StickToDomain=AUS