SkySea Cruise Line will add three more Chinese homeports to its operation in 2018 in addition to a plan to homeport in Keelung, Taiwan, as the Ken Muskat-led brand continues to mature with more than 80 cruises on offer in 2018.
“A number of cruises in Keelung will be mainly aimed at Taiwanese guests, it is a solid step forward in the implementation of the greater China strategy of local cruise brands,” said Muskat, CEO.
While Shanghai will still feature as a key turnaround port and source market, the Chinese brand, which is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises and Ctrip, will add Xiamen, Qingdao, and Shenzhen.
More than ten destination ports in four countries and regions will be visited throughout the year, catering to the markets of eastern, southern and northern China as well as Taiwan, the company said, in a prepared statement.
There will also be more overnight and late night stays in ports as bookings for 2018 sailings will open on August 8. Overnight stays in Okinawa are among the highlights.
In addition, SkySea will extend its late night stays at some ports, launching themed evening shore excursions known as SkySea Nights.
SkySea will also visit Vietnam for the first time, docking at Halong Bay, Da Nang and other destinations.
SkySea will continue to promote its Cruise+ strategy through its best of sea and land programs focused on repositioning cruises to accommodate the increasing number of cruise guests in central and western China, the company said.