In a significant development, an international cruise ship, carrying more than 1,800 passengers, made its port call on Monday at the bustling international cruise terminal in Sanya, a picturesque resort city located in the southern reaches of China’s Hainan Province. This arrival marks the long-awaited return of international cruise routes to and from Sanya.
Customs authorities in Haikou, the provincial capital of Hainan, revealed that these cruise routes had been dormant for nearly three years and eight months, owing to the prolonged disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cruise ship that gracefully docked in Sanya had embarked on its journey from the vibrant metropolis of Hong Kong. Following this eagerly anticipated resumption, cruise vessels are slated to traverse the scenic route connecting Hong Kong and Sanya on a regular basis.
Liu Chun, a distinguished official associated with Sanya’s customs administration, expressed the commitment of customs authorities to continually enhance customs clearance procedures. Their objective is to expedite the revitalization of the cruise industry, thereby propelling it towards a trajectory of high-quality development.
Earlier this month, China’s Ministry of Transport delivered the encouraging news of the complete reinstatement of international cruise ship transportation to and from various ports within the country. This momentous step follows extensive trial runs carried out earlier this year at key ports located in Shanghai and Shenzhen, signifying China’s steadfast determination to reinvigorate its international cruise industry.