POHANG, June 7 (Korea Bizwire) — A trial operation of an international cruise ship was launched on the route connecting Pohang in the South Korea’s southeastern city with Japan and Taiwan.
The Costa Serena, a 114,500-ton cruise ship, on Monday departed from Youngil Bay in Pohang, carrying some 3,000 tourists bound for Okinawa in Japan.
After making stops at Miyakojima in Japan and Keelung in Taiwan, the cruise ship is scheduled to return to Youngil Bay on Sunday.
The Italian-flagged vessel measures 290 meters in length and 36 meters in width, with a capacity to accommodate 3,780 passengers and 1,100 crew members.
Previously, the Youngil Bay Port had primarily served 50,000-ton cruise ships.
The North Gyeongsang provincial government and the city of Pohang intend to assess the potential for developing Youngil Bay Port as a home port or port of call for cruise ships.
Additionally, they plan to analyze potential issues through the ongoing trial operation.
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