• Henna charts new course for China’s cruise tourism

    Henna charts new course for China’s cruise tourism

    Sanya, January 31, 2013

    EARLIER this week, China's first luxury cruise ship Henna set sail on her maiden voyage from Sanya Phoenix Island International Port, becoming the first Chinese company to enter the cruise market.

    Operated by Cruise Yacht Management, which is owned by HNA Tourism, Henna features 739 passenger cabins, including nine suites with balconies, 432 ocean-view staterooms and 298 interior staterooms. It has a maximum passenger capacity of 1,965.

    The cruise ship is outfitted with a range of facilities, ranging from restaurants, duty-free shops and casinos to cinemas, meeting rooms, and a swimming pool.

    Homeporting in Sanya and Tianjin from January to April, Henna will sail between Sanya and Vietnam’s Halong Bay and Danang from January to April, and between Tianjin and South Korea’s Incheon and Jeju Island from May to September.

    According to the China Daily, the 223m vessel was first built in 1986 for Carnival Cruise Lines, before being bought over by HNA Tourism from Pacific Sun P&O Cruises Australia last year. It underwent a refurbishment to become Henna.