TAIPEI (CNA) – Ovation of the Seas, Asia’s largest cruise ship, arrived at Hualien Port on Saturday, bringing over 3,700 international tourists to Hualien City in eastern Taiwan.
Weighing 168,666 tons and 347 meters in length, Ovation of the Seas is the largest ever cruise liner to berth at Hualien Port, which has already welcomed eight cruise liners so far this year, said Chang Tzu-ying (張自英), an official from the Taiwan International Ports Corp.’s Hualien branch.
Port facilities have been renovated several months ago to prepare for the arrival of the gigantic vessel, Chang said.
Indigenous dance performances were given at the port on Saturday to welcome the arrival of the ship and the visitors on board.
The vessel, operated by Royal Caribbean International, arrived at Keelung Port in northern Taiwan from Hong Kong a day earlier. It will return to Hong Kong after stopping by Hualien Port and central Taiwan’s Taichung Port.
More than 3,700 tourists on the ship are expected to visit Hualien’s Taroko National Park, as well as a local shrine, a railway culture park and other scenic spots.
By Lee Hsien-feng and Christie Chen