TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hong Kong-based Genting Cruise Lines said on Monday (Feb. 23) that the company will arrange 34 cruises to Taiwan’s outlying island county of Kinmen this year, with the first Explorer Dream cruise to depart from Keelung Harbor March 7 and arrive in Kinmen two days later.
Genting Cruise Lines Vice President Liu Hsiao-ning (劉曉寧) said it was impressive that last year, the Kinmen County Government arranged large boats to transport passengers from the ships as well as welcoming activities. She added that she hopes the county government will do the same this year, CNA reported.
The county government said that since there are 1,400 passengers on each Explorer Dream cruise ship, and with 34 cruises from March to September, a total of 45,000 passengers will visit Kinmen. The local government added that it expects a second cruise line to sail to Kinmen this year, as Taiwanese cruise companies have been in talks with the county’s tourism department.
Kinmen saw the arrival of nine cruise ships last year, which brought in more than 11,000 passengers who spent a total of NT$33 million (US$1.14 million), the department said. It added that 45,000 passengers will contribute about NT$135 million to the island.