The Chinese Market

On our last cruise, the skipper proudly announced that the new Majestic Princess (Princess Cruises’ 3rd Royal class ship) will homeport in Shanghai, China year-round for a series of Asia cruises to Japan and Korea. She is the first Princess ship designed specifically for Chinese guests and the Chinese market. Like her sister ships (Royal and Regal Princess), Majestic Princess will have a large multi-story atrium, live music venues, plenty of specialty dining and SeaWalk, the “exclusive glass-floored extending out beyond the edge of the ship.”

Wow – wouldn’t that be a unique experience for a non-Chinese speaker…

And - I wonder if China-specific innovations (no tip policy? ) might bleed over to the industry at large?

Tags: Princess Cruises China market Majestic Princess No tip policy

3 Answers

Other cruise lines have branched out to home port in Asia. It is after all the new emerging market for cruisers.

Asia is the new hot trend.

I have been on Cruises set for the China Market. It can be a challenge, the entertainment and food is very different. Also they can be a battle. When the ship had a special 1 hour sale it was like a war zone. Also understand gaming and smoking are two major parts of this market, along with drinking. I would say if you want to cruise this area do not make your first cruise from a mainland China Port. Hong Kong is fine because it is not mainland China and the cruise will be Western Style.

But take a cruise from Shanghai and things change. I believe it was Shanghai that had two problems a few months ago with cruises. One cruise the passengers would not get off the ship when it returned to port. They had some issues and went to the pool and did a sit down protest. Another cruise had a problem due to fog in the port and a riot was started by passengers on the ship. Not the normal way passengers act.


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