China Boost

China World Cruises (CWC) will be chartering Royal Caribbean International’s Legend of the Seas for four months in 2012, operating 21 three- to eight-night sailings from Xiamen, Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong.

The charter arrangement forms part of the Xiamen municipal government and CWC’s strategy to develop Xiamen as the fourth cruise homeport for Royal Caribbean International in China –­ following Shanghai, Tianjin and Hong Kong.

CWC aims to invest $5 billion in developing the Xiamen waterfront area, which will include the construction of a four-berth cruise terminal.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Royal Caribbean International, the Xiamen municipal government and China World Cruises, and is truly unique to the fast-growing cruise industry in Asia,” said Dr Zinan Liu, group managing director for China and Asia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Have you ever visited Xiamen? If so, do you think it will make a good homeport?