China’s first large domestically built cruise ship, the Adora Magic City, left a port in Shanghai on Monday afternoon for its maiden commercial voyage, opening a new chapter for the country’s shipbuilding and cruise industries.

Carrying more than 3,000 passengers, the ship departed from the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and is expected to reach tourist destinations in Northeast Asia, including Japan and the Republic of Korea, before returning on Sunday.

The Adora Magic City can accommodate more than 5,000 passengers in 2,000 rooms, according to its construction company, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). The cruise has 16 floors and a total of 40 thousand square meters of public living and leisure space.

The construction of large cruise ships like the Adora Magic City marked a major breakthrough in China’s overall shipbuilding capacity, said Chen Gang, general manager of SWS. After eight years of scientific research and five years of design and construction, the ship was delivered in November 2023.


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