According to Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal, Star Cruise’s Sanya to Vietnam route has faced low demand among travelers after its inaugural operation from November.
The cruise, offering seasonal deployment from Sanya to Vietnam‘s popular ports Danang, Halong Bay and Hue, has been temporarily in a dilemma due to the drop in demand. With the maximum passengers of 1,500, the cruise occupancy rate has reached less than 60%.
Wang Wanmao, the Deputy General Manager of Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal expressed his worries that the low demand on the Sanya-Vietnam route will affect the Hainan cruise industry market since five more cruise liners plan to use Sanya as a homeport to open new routes to other destinations.
The relative shortage of berths is another bottleneck for the cruise industry development.
“We will carry out more supporting policies such as passengers with Chinese ID cards can easily get through boarding procedures”, Wang added.
At present, the second-phase construction of Phoenix Island is still ongoing. Upon its completion, it will be able to handle the world’s largest cruise liner with a displacement of 22.5 tonnages.
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