Ctrip has commented that they are “open to various options” when it comes to acquiring cruise ships, but would not comment on a specific plan, they said in a statement to Cruise Industry News.

Ctrip is a major online Chinese travel agency which says it sells 10 percent of all cruise tickets going to Chinese passengers. In July, various sources suggested the company would be soon acquiring a 2,000-passenger ship.

For a full in-depth picture of the Chinese cruise market, see the upcoming edition of the Cruise Industry News Quarterly Magazine (Autumn edition), due out October 15.

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