China’s First Purpose-Built Cruise Ship – Viking Star To Offer Transatlantic Voyage – Peace Boat’s Ecoship Project

The Cruise Examiner for 14th December 2015

Viking Star

Viking Ocean Cruises’ 930-berth Viking Star will cross from Bergen to Montreal in September 2016

After several years of discussion and development, China is finally close to ordering its first purpose-built cruise ship, which could be delivered in 2010 under the auspices of the recent Carnival-inspired round of negotiations with China State Shipbuilding and shipyard group Fincantieri of Italy. Meanwhile, like Royal Viking in the 1970s, Viking Ocean Cruises is expanding its itineraries to North America and the Caribbean, starting with a Transatlantic voyage to Montreal in 2016. And in the Far East again, Japan’s Peace Boat organisation, which has for several years been chartering cruise ships for round-the-world itineraries, has announced that it intends to build a ship of its own, known as the Ecoship project.

FOR THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                                                 (See previous columns)

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