Royal Caribbean International is looking to continue its investment into ASEAN regions, especially Vietnam, after pumping US$5 million into Chan May Port in Thua Thien-Hue Province.
John Tereck, vice president of commercial development at RCCL told Tuoi Tre newspaper that Vietnam has become an attractive destination for cruise ship tourists and more investment is necessary.
The upgrade is to help the ports cater for RCCL’s larger vessels carrying up to 4,000-5,000 passengers
It is believed that Royal Caribbean will be looking at investing money into other ports like Nha Trang and Phu Quoc, to cater for the lines Quantum class ships which are more than 360 metres long.
A spokesperson from RCCL said Mr Tercek signed a berthing preferential agreement with the president director of Chan May Port, Mr Ngyuen Huu Tho in June 2015 to upgrade the port facilities to be able to accommodate the world’s largest ships.
“The upgrading has been completed in September. So far, Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas has successfully called at this port twice with the completed upgrading and with the most recent one on September 21 during which a ceremony was held at the pier to commemorate the upgrading,” saod the spokesperson.
Mr Tereck also said cruise guests boost the local economy and when Quantum of the Seas, the world’s second largest ship, berthed in Vung Tau earlier this year, more than 2,000 out of the 4,500 passengers onboard signed up for one-day tours.
But while RCCL is investing and improving ports, Mr Tercek said Vietnam needs to promote itself as a cruise destination to attract tourists.
Chan May is one of Vietnam’s busiest ports and is expected to attract 68,113 visitors by the end of the year.