China's Second Homegrown Large Cruise Ship Enters Final Assembly Phase

China's second homegrown cruise ship enters final assembly, showcasing the country's growing manufacturing prowess and ambitions to become a major player in the global cruise industry.

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China's Second Homegrown Large Cruise Ship Enters Final Assembly Phase

China's Second Homegrown Large Cruise Ship Enters Final Assembly Phase

China's second domestically-built large cruise ship has entered the final assembly phase at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. on April 20, 2024. The 141,900-gross-tonnage vessel, measuring 341 meters long and 37.2 meters wide, is expected to be delivered by the end of 2026. This significant milestone showcases China's growing manufacturing capacity in building top-class cruise ships and contributes to the development of its cruise ship industry.

The new cruise ship has 2,144 guest rooms, 17.4 meters longer than China's first self-made cruise ship, the Adora Magic City, which launched its maiden commercial voyage on January 1, 2024. The Adora Magic City has successfully completed 26 trips and served more than 100,000 passengers so far, demonstrating the potential of China's domestic cruise ship industry.

Compared to the first China-made cruise ship, the second vessel was built more efficiently in terms of design and construction, with higher quality and standards. The efficiency improvement came through design optimization, supply chain development, and process innovation. The construction of the cruise ships has also brought together 500 suppliers from around the world, establishing a robust cruise supply chain and laying a solid foundation for the mass production of large cruise ships.

Why this matters: The development of China's homegrown large cruise ships not only strengthens the country's manufacturing capabilities but also contributes to the growth of its domestic tourism industry. As China continues to build top-class vessels, it aims to become a major player in the global cruise ship market, potentially reshaping the industry landscape.

The Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. has also accelerated the research and development of ultra-large as well as medium and small cruise ships, further expanding its product range. The successful construction and delivery of China's second domestically-built large cruise ship will mark another significant step forward in the country's path to becoming a world-class shipbuilding nation and a key contributor to the global cruise industry.

Key Takeaways

  • China's 2nd domestically-built large cruise ship enters final assembly phase, to be delivered by 2026.
  • The new 141,900-gross-tonnage vessel is 17.4m longer than China's first self-made cruise ship, Adora Magic City.
  • The 2nd vessel was built more efficiently through design optimization, supply chain development, and process innovation.
  • China aims to become a major player in the global cruise ship market, reshaping the industry landscape.
  • The successful construction of China's 2nd large cruise ship marks a significant step in its path to becoming a world-class shipbuilding nation.