SkySea Cruise Line, the Smart Contemporary cruise line, is the most preferred local brand for Chinese travelers wanting a cruise vacation experience that offers the best East-Meets-West product design and friendly service; innovative and unique onboard and shoreside experiences; a focus on customization and personalization providing a sense of community.
The leader for MICE business, THEME CRUISES and recognized for its high quality FOOD & SERVICE with cruise vacations operating from home ports in Shanghai, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Keelung.
SkySea Golden Era deployed to record five seasonal home ports in 2018 including marquee homeport of Taiwan and offers new SkySea Nights program SHANGHAI, China, July 19, 2017 – SkySea Cruise Line, the first contemporary cruise line specifically created for the Chinese market, is proving once again that a vision based on unique hardware, flexibility and customization has its advantages as the brand officially released its 2018 deployment schedule, its most expansive to date. In its ongoing commitment to offer guests new and exciting opportunities, the company announced that 2018 will mark the first year SkySea will visit Taiwan, and SkySea Golden Era will operate from a record five seasonal homeports - Shanghai, Xiamen, Qingdao, Keelung (Taiwan) and Shenzhen. More than ten destination ports in four countries and regions will be visited throughout the year, catering to the markets of eastern, southern and northern China as well as Taiwan.While operating out of five home ports, SkySea plans to increase the number of overnight and late night stays and has established new themed evening shore excursions and unique activities named SkySea Nights. In addition, the brand will host six repositioning cruises throughout the year building on a Cruise+ concept where guests can take advantage of the best that sea and land have to offer by departing from one home port, enjoying a specialized theme cruise which will be offered on each repositioning, and ending at a different home port that offers outstanding land options providing the ability for guests to extend their vacation.Bookings for 2018 sailings open on Tuesday, August 8th. From August 8, 2017 thru December 31, 2017, guests can take advantage of early bird discounts on 2018 cruises by calling SkySea at 400-920-6666, visiting SkySea.com or contacting their travel agent.Operating from Five Seasonal Home Ports, SkySea will Visit Four Countries and Regions Since its maiden voyage in May 2015, SkySea Cruise Line has operated nearly 200 cruises, established two home ports in Shanghai and Xiamen, served hundreds of thousands of guests, and become the most well-known local cruise brand in China.In 2018, SkySea will set a new record with Shanghai, Xiamen, Qingdao, Keelung and Shenzhen all serving as seasonal home ports. More than 80 cruises will be run during the full year, visiting more than ten destination ports in four countries and regions throughout east and southeast Asia. SkySea will also visit Vietnam for the first time, docking at Halong Bay, Da Nang and other destinations. Other popular cruises to places such as Sasebo, Okinawa, Manila and Boracay will continue to be offered by the line.Ken Muskat, CEO of SkySea Cruise Line, said operating from 5 seasonal home ports in 2018 is a great indication that SkySea Golden Era has been well received by Chinese cruise guests. Among the 5 seasonal home ports, the inclusions of Qingdao, Shenzhen and Keelung demonstrate SkySea’s expansion into new markets, which now covers eastern, southern and northern China as well as Taiwan. “A number of cruises in Keelung will be mainly aimed at Taiwan guests, it is a solid step forward in the implementation of the greater China strategy of local cruise brands.”New SkySea Nights to highlight 2018 SeasonOvernight cruises and SkySea Nights evening shore excursions are additional highlights for the 2018 season. According to industry experts, cruise shore excursions currently face two main problems, insufficient time and a lack of unique features and activities. As an industry leader, SkySea will further optimize its routes in 2018, with even some short voyages (5 Days/4 Nights or 4 Days/3 Nights) docking overnight to ensure guests have plenty of time to enjoy their onshore excursions. Guests aboard the Golden Era to Okinawa for example, will have time to stroll through the local commercial streets on the first day, and then visit Okinawa Aquarium and Shuri Castle the following day, with enough time to enjoy the delicious food and beautiful scenery in between.In addition, SkySea will extend its late night stays at some ports, launching themed evening shore excursions known as SkySea Nights. According to the 2018 schedule, SkySea will launch more than 10 cruises which dock until 10:00 PM or later. Guests can enjoy dinner and sunsets from the shore before heading back aboard. The result is that guests visiting Kagoshima, Japan will have enough time to climb the hill overlooking the city at night for a spectacular view unlike anywhere else in the country.SkySea will continue to promote its Cruise+ strategy through its best of sea and land programs focused on repositioning cruises to accommodate the increasing number of cruise guests in central and western China. This will perfectly complement the already established SkySea Forum onboard activities. Repositioning cruises are already very popular with guests and travel agencies. The six repositioning cruises complete with themes and unique activities are expected to be highlights for SkySea in 2018.To facilitate guests arranging their travel plans as soon as possible, from August 8th thru December 31st, SkySea will run its Early Bird promotional activities, where guests can reserve 2018 cruises from both SkySea and major Chinese travel agencies at fantastic prices. Contact SkySea Cruise Line at 400-920-6666, www.skysea.com or contact your travel agent.
SHANGHAI, China, September 7th, 2017 – SkySea Cruise Line, the first contemporary cruise line specifically created for the China market, announced that it will cooperate with Alipay, one of China's leading third-party payment platforms, to begin accepting mobile payments on the SkySea Golden Era since September 17th, bringing contemporary cruising and mobile payment together for the first time.SkySea will also launch its new website on September 12nd, it will not only offer direct booking, but also new features such as Quick Booking and Online Room Selection, bringing an improved booking experience. Guests will have more choices to book with www.skysea.com directly or through one of valued travel agent partners, which will greatly improving the cruise booking experience.Pay with Alipay at Sea for A Smarter Cruise ExperienceIn the past when cruise guests spent money on board, they needed to link a credit card to their room card or pay a fixed deposit. This rather cumbersome process meant than many transactions were not processed instantly.To cater to the growing demand for mobile payment from cruise guests in the mobile Internet era, SkySea Cruise Line introduce more flexibility and convenience with onboard mobile pay with Alipay, one of China's leading third-party payment platforms, to begin accepting Alipay as a payment method on board the SkySea Golden Era since September 17th.Guests will be able to use their mobile phone-bound Alipay accounts to pay across most of the ship, including at the service center, restaurants, bars, and duty-free shops. According to SkySea, guests that use Alipay on board can instantly see their daily expenses, which is significantly more convenient than linking a credit card to a room card like in the past. It also suits the payment habits of cruise guests in the mobile Internet era. Guests using the Alipay mobile app to pay on board will not be restricted by access to the Internet. The only difference is that guests who have access to the ship's Wi-Fi can enjoy a higher payment limit.This is the first time SkySea will accept third-party mobile payments on board. Ken Muskat, CEO of SkySea Cruise Line, pointed out that cooperation with Alipay is an important strategic alliance for SkySea to improve the guest experience, and a contemporary cruise is also the perfect landscape to drive the mobile payment trend. "In the past, we’ve relied on our high quality product and outstanding value, with guests experiencing the four specialties of SkySea—Gourmet Foods, Themed Activities, Five-Star Service and MICE. In the future, we will continue to place enhancing the guest experience at the forefront, constantly improve the quality of products and services, and further build SkySea as the preferred international cruise brand for Chinese tourists”, Ken Muskat said.SkySea Website Becomes More Powerful with Quick Booking and Online Room SelectionAt the same time as providing more convenience for guests on board, SkySea is also working to enhance the booking experience. On September 12nd, SkySea’s upgraded website will be launched, which will introduce two new functions - Quick Booking and Online Room Selection.Guests will be able to participate in online sales events, and using the new Quick Booking function, they will be able to book without filling in all the passenger information. It can then be added at a later, more convenient time. In addition, online room selection will be added, so that much like selecting a seat for a flight, guests can choose their preferred room in advance. This will make it much easier for guests travelling in groups to select rooms near friends and family.SkySea’s upgraded website will begin accepting direct bookings from September 12nd, offering more choice to guests to book with SkySea directly or through one of valued travel agent partners. From then, guests are not only able to book through travel agencies and partner OTAs, but also can make their reservation directly on the SkySea website.
August 23, 2017, Shanghai - SkySea Cruise Line, the first smart contemporary cruise line specifically created for the Chinese market, has won “Cruise Operator for MICE Innovation of the Year” in the 2017 China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by M&C China Magazine, took place in Beijing, August 22, 2017. Since 2011, the China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards has recognized outstanding business enterprises in China’s tourism industry.SkySea Cruise Line’s flagship SkySea Golden Era has successfully undertaken more than 10 large MICE projects so far in 2017, a 20% growth over 2016. Recognized for its ability to tailor programs to tens of thousands of MICE guests, SkySea prides itself on being the MICE leader in the market due to its ability to deliver flexible, customized and cost efficient MICE programs on a ship that is ideal in size for MICE business in the China cruise market.Frank Yan, Vice President of Sales for SkySea Cruise Line, accepted the award on behalf of the company.SkySea Golden Era has been referred to as a shining star amongst the China MICE cruise market since her maiden voyage in May 2015, and has successfully served numerous MICE business partners from all over China and East Asia. The 1,058 seat Grand Restaurant and the 850 seat Grand Theater on SkySea Golden Era, which are very suitable for large meetings and dinners, have become some of the most popular annual conference venues at sea.Ken Muskat, CEO of SkySea Cruise Line, said “SkySea is honored to be awarded Cruise Operator for MICE Innovation of the year by M&C China Magazine. Being recognized for our ability to deliver outstanding MICE programs for corporate clients and their employees is something we take great pride in. Our shipboard and shoreside Sales and Operations teams do everything in their power to provide personalized service and customized programs for each and every one of our MICE customers”.SkySea Golden Era Grand TheaterMedium size ships amongst most popular due to "tailor-made" services It is widely reported that the China cruise industry has been expanding rapidly in recent years, attracting many companies to move their MICE activities from land to sea. It has become a popular way for many enterprises to display their company's strength and brand image through holding annual meetings or entertaining important business partners at sea.Industry experts say compared to other MICE methods, cruise ships have a complete range of facilities, rich theme activities and the advantage of privacy so guests will not be disturbed by the outside world. In addition, the cost effectiveness and flexibility of MICE activities on cruise ship are greater than land based conference centers and luxury hotels.According to industry experts, MICE customers choose cruise programs based on a number of characteristics such as a ship size that can meet the personalized needs of their clients, outstanding food and services on board and a wide range of facilities for meetings and large group activities.SkySea Cruise Line will customize programs based on where the customers are sourced. For example, when the customers come from western China, SkySea will add Sichuan cuisine and when the customers come from northern China, the brand will arrange Cross Talk Shows and Perking Opera to meet their preferences. This kind of flexible and efficient management, with tailored and considerate service, has been well received by MICE customers.SkySea Golden Era Grand Restaurant
June 26, 2017 - Shanghai, China – SkySea Cruise Line has announced an extensive line-up of star entertainers to enhance its already busy entertainment offering on a number of Summer sailings. Music Talent -Mr. Li Quan; World Piano Master-Mr. Song Siheng; Crosstalk Combination-Mr. Fang Hedi & Mr. Tai Rongjian; Argentine Singer-Daniela Bessia and The Singing Group of Black Ducks will all be performing on a variety of sailings this Summer.In the last decade, cruise ship entertainment has moved far away from stereotypical shows of years past and has boasted celebrity entertainment, Broadway style shows and performances that utilize the main theater but also now move to other parts of the ship to entertain guests of all ages at all hours in multiple locations. In addition, A list celebrities today are actually including cruise ship performances into their annual tour calendar whereas in the past this was only meant for B or C tier celebrities.Ken Muskat, CEO of SkySea Cruise Line, noted that "Cruise and Entertainment" go hand in hand and is quite popular and appreciated in China. This is expected to be yet another element of cruising as a vacation experience that will drive popularity and growth of the cruise industry in the China market.Stars on SkySea Golden Era this SummerSkySea Cruise Line, the first contemporary cruise line specifically built for the China market, recently announced that, Mr. Li Quan, the famous music talent, who has had excellent performances on a variety of popular TV shows, will hold a personal concert on the SkySea Golden August 24th cruise, performing dozens of popular songs to celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day,Concert tickets will be free to all suite guests as well as guests who book the first 100 balcony staterooms. Other guests will also be able to enjoy this fabulous concert for only $30. During the cruise, SkySea will also organize a music party for the fans of Li Quan, to create a hot music carnival while cruising the open seas.Besides Mr. Li Quan, many other stars will perform on SkySea Golden Era this summer. These include world piano master Mr. Song Siheng (GE0712 voyage), famous Argentine singer Daniela Bessia (GE0721 voyage), singing group“black ducks”(GE0803 voyage), and the crosstalk combination Mr. Fang Hedi & Mr. Tai Rongjian (GE0707, GE0712, GE0819 voyages). Celebrities love SkySeaExperts point out that celebrities love to perform on cruises due to the popularity of cruise travelling. According to《Cruise Report of China》, guest capacity grew by 70% in China, which is higher than the world average 4.4%. As of 2015, China become the fourth largest cruise market and has potential to become the second largest cruise market by the year 2020.The boom in Chinese cruisers has attracted the attention of many industries including the entertainment industry. Currently, almost all cruises that operate in China are newly renovated or brand new ships with high standard performance equipment, which can accommodate many types of performances. The performance areas on a cruise ship are more conducive to the interaction between stars and fans, creating a fiery performance atmosphere. Broad prospects for cruise and entertainmentKen Muskat, the CEO of SkySea said: “Although we have only just celebrated our 2nd Anniversary, we have a history of being a leader in theme cruises and celebrity entertainment”. SkySea has been fortunate to host the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants as well invited celebrities such as Zhengjun. In 2016, the Voice of SkySea became very popular amongst our guests and in 2017, SkySea created SkySea Forums where invited experts and celebrities perform onboard every cruise everything from enrichment to entertainment.Muskat continued“China has a growing market for the cruise industry, and cruise entertainment has become valued by our guests. The bar keeps being raised, so in the future we will continue to provide more forms of entertainment on board, to satisfy our valued guests. I believe shortly China will customize its own cruise entertainment culture differentiating it from the rest of the world, which is very exciting” Muskat said.
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