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Star Cruises to open new Taiwanese routes with big cruise liner
Central News Agency
2014-02-02 05:29 PM
Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's main cruise hubs should soon get more visitors as Star Cruises plans to offer new routes between Hong Kong and Taiwan on the biggest ship in its Asian fleet later this year to satisfy rising demand. From April 7 to Oct. 26, Star Cruises will offer three to four four-day/three-night cruises per month from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung and Taichung and one seven-day/six-night cruise a month from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung, Taichung and Keelung on the 15-ton SuperStar Virgo.

The new routes are expected to bring in a combined 50,000 additional passengers to the three port cities. Bookings for the Hong Kong-Taiwan cruises have begun, with most of the passengers Chinese travelers, Star Cruises said. To accommodate the new routes, the SuperStar Virgo will be homeported in Hong Kong in 2014 instead of Singapore, its home port in 2013, the world's third-largest cruise line said. Taiwan has actively encouraged cruise visits as part of its overall strategy to boost the economy through tourism. The Port of Keelung, a prime cruise hub in northern Taiwan, handled more than 500,000 passengers in 2013 as of Oct. 25, eclipsing the previous full-year record of 461,112 set in 2011, according to Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd. statistics. (By S.F. Wang and Flor Wang)

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