Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
The cruise liner Costa Allegra will set sail from Shanghai on July 2, the
first time for the city to be the homeport for an international liner.
Italy-based Costa Crociere S.p.A., one of the world's leading cruise companies
and owner of the Costa Allegra, commences its July to October summer program of
24 five-day tours from Shanghai to Nagasaki in Japan and South Korea's Jeju
It is a landmark for Shanghai, as the city was previously just a
temporary port rather than a homeport to international cruise liners, said an
industry analyst, adding that the economic returns accruing to a homeport are
usually 10-14 times that of a temporary berth.