First Chinese luxury cruise liner starts maiden voyage

First Chinese luxury cruise liner starts maiden voyage

This new luxury cruise liner, owned by HNA Cruises, can accommodate 1965 passengers in 739 cabins including nine suites with balconies. Facilities aboard include restaurants, designer shops, casinos, cinemas, spas and pools amongst others.

From January to April, Henna will sail between Sanya, Ha Long Bay and Da Nang, while its itinerary from May to September will see it cruise through Tianjin, Incheon and Jeju Island.

The inauguration of this first Chinese cruise liner means that China is now competing with other international cruise companies offering voyages in the region.

This year, Costa will launch its second liner in the region thus quadrupling its transport capacity compared to the past two years. In total, Chinese clients will spend about a million nights aboard the company's two liners operating in the area.

The Royal Caribbean, which currently owns and runs the largest cruise ships in the world, has also set up routes in Asia with its Voyager of the Seas. It will also be launching a new ship soon.

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council (ECC), China is set to dominate the cruise market in a few years.