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China's second large cruise ship to be delivered in 2026

By WANG YING in Shanghai | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-02-28 22:38

China's first domestically made large cruise ship, the Adora Magic City, officially starts its commercial maiden voyage in Shanghai on Jan 1, 2024. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's second domestically-produced large cruise ship, which is currently under construction, will be named and delivered by the end of 2026, its builder said on Wednesday.

The ship's construction schedule has been largely confirmed and the vessel is set to be floated in May 2025, which means its construction is at the halfway point and that it should be ready for undocking in March 2026, said Chen Jianwei, assistant to the general manager of China State Shipbuilding Corporation's, or CSSC's, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co Ltd.

The vessel's trial voyage should take place in June 2026 before it is delivered to its operator by the end of that year, added Chen, who is also the construction director of Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding's large cruise ship project.

In comparison to the first-home grown cruise ship, Adora Magic City, the second home-built vessel has been optimized and its construction efficiency will be enhanced by 20 percent, said Chen.

The 142,000-gross-tonnage ship will be 341 meters long and 37.2 meters wide, which means it will be 17.4 meters longer than the first vessel. The second ship will have 19 more guest rooms than the first, taking its total to 2,144.

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