China Merchants Heavy Industries, part of China Merchants Group, has won an order to build two, option two, 37,000 gt luxury cruise vessels for Shanghai Style Cruise Industry Development Co Ltd.
The 600-pax ships will be built for the Chinese market and will operate under the Style Cruise brand. When delivered in 2022, the first ship will be classed by CCS and Bureau Veritas, and be deployed on the South China Sea.
China Merchant Group General Manager, Xianfu Gu, said: “Shanghai Style Cruise Industry Development is a cruise management company set up by an array of private enterprises, state-owned enterprises and investment funds with a passion to develop the domestic cruise industry. It will in the purest sense, the first entirely China designed, built and operated luxury cruise ship.”
Style Cruise Chairman and President, Zhouli Zhao, said: “Currently, Chinese passengers are cruising on foreign cruise ships and China’s cruise tourism economy remains at a ‘passing economy’ status. Realising Chinese designed and built cruise ships does not only address China’s 2025 Made in China strategic goal, but is also CMG’s industry pursuit and also represents our investors patriotism and dream to repay our motherland.”