China’s First Indigenous Cruise Ship, Adora Magic City, Sets Sail

Embarks on Inaugural Journey, Showcasing Technological Excellence and Maritime Prowess.


China celebrated a significant milestone in its maritime industry as the Adora Magic City, the nation’s inaugural domestically manufactured cruise ship, embarked on its maiden voyage on January 1, 2024, departing from the Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Port for a seven-day excursion.

Constructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the Adora Magic City boasts an impressive 135.5K Deadweight Tonnage (DWT), a length of 323.6 meters, and a commendable top speed of 22.6 knots. With a nominal capacity of 5,246 passengers, the vessel commenced its maiden journey with 3,000 passengers on board, charting a course that included stops at Jeju Island in South Korea, as well as Nagasaki and Fukuoka in Japan.

This historic voyage follows a successful trial expedition in July 2023, during which the Adora Magic City underwent stringent tests and emergency drills subsequent to its undocking on June 6, 2023. The rigorous testing process ensured the cruise ship’s adherence to the highest safety standards.

Playing a pivotal role in the vessel’s advanced technological infrastructure, Finnish maritime technology firm Wärtsilä delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions. This encompassed state-of-the-art automation and control systems, low-location lighting for enhanced safety measures, a sophisticated navigation system, and intelligent motor control units.

Zhou Qi, the project manager at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, underscored the symbolism of the Adora Magic City, emphasizing its significance in showcasing China’s growing global maritime prowess. The successful launch of this domestically produced cruise ship not only marks a monumental achievement for the country’s shipbuilding industry but also positions China as a formidable player in the international maritime arena. The Adora Magic City stands as a testament to the nation’s commitment to technological excellence and its burgeoning influence in the global maritime sector.


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