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Luxury cruise ship to dock in Keelung in August

2012/06/14 10:58:35

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) A U.S.-based luxury cruise line will include the northern Taiwanese port city of Keelung in its Asian itinerary in late August when one of its large liners, that can accommodate 3,800 passengers, will dock there, the operator said Wednesday.

Lin Kai-ti, chairman of Royal Caribbean International's Taiwan branch, said the cruise line has sent its "Voyager of the Seas" -- a 140,000-ton liner previously based in the Caribbean -- to Asia this year.

He said the ship is the largest cruise liner ever to operate in Asia. The ship has already been to Singapore in May and will travel to Keelung on three separate cruises from late August to September, he said.

In addition to Keelung, the liner will take travelers to China's Shanghai and Tianjin, Japan's Fukuoka, and Jeju Island in South Korea, he added.

Lin said the ship features a variety of amenities, including a climbing wall, a miniature golf course and an ice rink.

Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Wayne Liu said his bureau set up an incentive program this year to encourage operators to include Taiwanese ports on their cruise itineraries.

He said the bureau will subsidize operators based on the number of travelers on cruise liners that dock in Taiwan and that five operators have submitted applications for the subsidy program.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Jamie Wang)