Chinese cruise ship visits Okinawa for the first time since Senkaku Islands dispute

Chinese cruise ship visits Okinawa for the first time since Senkaku Islands dispute

Chinese tourists on the charter cruise ship Costa Atlantica arrive at Naha Port on December 5.


December 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The charter cruise ship the Costa Atlantica (about 85,000 tons), carrying 2,389 Chinese tourists, called at Naha Port on December 5. Visits by Chinese charter cruise ships were cancelled when the Senkaku Islands dispute occurred, so this is the first visit in a year and five months.

The Costa Atlantica is an Italy-flagged vessel owned by the Costa Cruises Company.
A woman from Zhejiang who came with three friends said, “This is my first cruise to Okinawa. I have heard that it is known as the Hawaii of Asia. The air is nice and fresh. We will visit tourists spots like Manzamo.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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