South Korea Opens New High Speed Line, Introduces Second Operator

South Korea has opened the new Suseo high-speed line, a branch on the busy Seoul – Busan and Seoul – Mokpo rail corridors that provide a third terminus in the South Korean capital and better connectivity for Gyeonggi province.   Constructed over 4 years from 2011 to 2015, the 61.1-kilometer branch runs from Suseo station … Continue reading

Shanghai Homeport For Costa Serena

Costa Cruises, the Italian cruise line owned by industry giant Carnival Corporation, today announced it is scaling up its presence in the Far East. The line is sending the 114,500-GRT Costa Serena to China for a year-round deployment, joining fleet mates Costa Atlantica and Costa Victoria.   From April 2015, the ship will be based … Continue reading

Mariner Of The Seas And Voyager Of The Seas To Continue Cruising Asia In 2014

Royal Caribbean International has announced that the Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas will continue to cruise in Asia next summer, sailing from Beijing (Tianjin), Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. The 138,000-GRT ships are the largest to be based in Asia and are part of the line’s push towards the region as … Continue reading

Inaugural China Season For Sapphire Princess Revealed

Princess Cruises has announced details of its upcoming Chinese debut in 2014, naming Shanghai as the home port for Sapphire Princess during a 4-month season expected to carry 70,000 passengers. The news follows Princess Cruises’ earlier reveal of the ship’s Southeast Asian deployment, where she will spend November 2014 to February 2015 cruising the region … Continue reading

Holland America Line Increases Capacity In Asia For 2013/2014

Holland America Line is increasing its focus on Asia with a capacity increase and new itineraries for the region during the 2013/2014 cruise season. The ms Rotterdam and ms Volendam will be operating a selection of itineraries and 4 extensive Collectors’ Voyages from ports including Hong Kong, Kobe and Singapore.   19-day Great Barrier Reef … Continue reading