Taiwan Straits cruise trip adds leisure to travel

Taiwan Straits cruise trip adds leisure to travel

Travel between Fujian province and Taiwan is nothing new.

But how about crossing the Taiwan Straits on a cruise ship?

Mainland tourists now have the chance to do so, with the launch of the latest tourism project in Fujian.

SuperStar Gemini, a 50,764-ton passenger cruise vessel of Star Cruises, started its first trip from Xiamen to Taiwan on Friday. The trip is taking 1,200 tourists to Taiwan's Penghu county and Kaohsiung city.

The four-day voyage, initiated by the Fujian Tourism Bureau, is the bureau's latest cross-Straits tourism project, which plans to take 100,000 tourists to travel between Fujian and Taiwan on cruise ships in two or three years. All trips will start from a port city in Fujian such as Xiamen, Quanzhou or Pingtan.

Fan Youxuan, a 61-year-old native of Changsha, Hunan province, said it was such a great chance to visit Taiwan. Fan lives with his son in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province.

"It's my dream to see the other side of the Straits. I gave myself the go-ahead when I learned about this voyage," Fan said.

Zhuang Wenxian, a Fujian native, said he expects his first trip on a luxury ship to be pleasant. It's Zhuang's first trip to Taiwan

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