China’s first domestically-built large cruise ship, Adora Magic City, completed its formal delivery on 4 November 2023, marking a breakthrough for China’s high-end manufacturing as well as international cooperation.

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co – a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation – signed the

relevant documents formalizing the delivery of Adora Magic City with CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co and Adora Cruises Limited in Shanghai, with preparation for commercial operation fully underway.

The large cruise ship, which is 323.6 meters long and of 135,500gt, has 2,125 guest rooms, 22 restaurants and bars, and can accommodate 5,246 people.

Tickets for the maiden voyage, which is expected to depart on 1 January 2024, have been available since 20 September.

The delivery of the first domestically-built large cruise ship marks a significant milestone as it not only enhances the international status of China’s shipbuilding industry, but also shows China’s open attitude and strength in international cooperation, which is a perfect example of engineering project in the runup to the 6th China International Import Expo (CIIE), experts said.

Large cruise ships, most of which have been made by European shipyards, are dubbed one of the “three pearls on the crown of shipbuilding”, with the other two being aircraft carriers and large liquefied natural gas vessels.


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