Star Cruises Launches Weekly Cruise Service From China To Japan – While CMA CGM Offers Regular Passenger Service By Container Ship


Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo is to sail weekly from the old port of Canton to Japan

Hong Kong-based Star Cruises will launch a direct cruise service to Japan next month to cater to the growing Chinese cruise market. The service will be in operation for a period of five months.

Starting on April 17, the line’s 1,870-berth SuperStar Virgo will enter service from the Pearl River port of Nansha, in the Chinese city of Guangzhou (formerly Canton), to make calls at Okinawa and Miyakojima in Japan. With a population of 13 million, Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai. The 5-night service will depart every Sunday and return to Nansha on Fridays.

After a long cruise to Australia and back at the end of last year, SuperStar Virgo was put into service from Hong Kong and Guangzhou to Vietnam in January, and more than 17,000 people have travelled in her to Halong Bay and Da Nang in the past two months.

China’s cruise travel market is forecast to become the largest outside of North America by 2020, with an estimated 4.5 million passengers a year. At the moment, about 1 million Chinese travel overseas on cruise ships every year.

CMA CGM Bougauinville

CMA CGM’s new mega container ships carry up to 10 passengers each to visit ports throughout China

Meanwhile, for those wanting to travel to China by container ship, The Cruise People Ltd offers regular passenger service in ships carrying up to ten (10) passengers each. One line alone, French-based CMA CGM, now offers year-round service to eleven ports in China from ports such as Southampton, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Fos-sur-Mer, Brisbane, Vancouver, Oakland, Long Beach, Buenos Aires and New York.

For further details please call Miri Lopusna at The Cruise People in London on +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or by e-mail at

German Cruise Market Set To Hit 2 Million This Year – Winter Finishes Without A Single Florida-Cuba Cruise – China’s Norwegian Joy

The Cruise Examiner for 14th March 2016


The AIDAprima was completed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and left Nagasaki for Hamburg today

At the ITB travel show in Berlin last week it was confrmed that Germany is now Europe’s largest cruise market and second in the world after the United States. Not only that, but with the addition of the new AIDAprima and Mein Schiff 5 this year, the number of German cruisers is expected to reach 2 million. Meanwhile, across the seas in Florida, winter will end next week without a single cruise having departed that state for Cuban waters. Eighteen cruises had been planned for the 2016 winter season but not one has yet departed. Finally, we have a brief look at Norwegian Cruise Line’s new China ship, the Norwegian Joy.

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