According to sources, a Chinese group is set to sail a 100,000-ton newbuild in 2018. The group consists of Shan-Hai-Shu, Xiamen Shipbuilding and Xiamen International Cruise – Xiamen being a Royal Caribbean International port.

The investment is reported at just under 400 million euro, and Asia operation is set to begin with routes including Japan, Singapore and Korea in late 2018.

Cruise Industry News was not able to confirm the reports.

The cruise ship is reported to be the first designed specifically for Chinese passengers, with eight of nine restaurants onboard serving Chinese food.

Furthermore, China State Shipbuilding Corporation and Finland-based Deltamarin are said to be involved, Deltamarin most recently being mentioned as a consultant on the Titanic II project headed by Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer.