Adora Magic City: China's first homegrown large cruise ship to undock in Shanghai

China's groundbreaking cruise ship, Adora Magic City, the world's first domestically made large cruise vessel with 5G capabilities, is scheduled to be undocked in Shanghai on Tuesday.

After completing comprehensive tests in the dock, the ship will transition to the wharf construction stage. The plan is to initiate the trial voyage in July, followed by a second trial voyage in August, with the ultimate goal of completing and delivering the ship before the year's end.

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Upon its anticipated delivery by the end of this year, the vessel will embark on an array of international routes connecting Shanghai as its home port to neighboring countries and regions, including Japan and Southeast Asia.


To ensure safe and efficient customs clearance, the local immigration checkpoint has developed advance exit plans.

Collaboratively designed and constructed by Cruise Technology Development Co., Ltd., affiliated to China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., this cruise ship boasts an impressive length of 323.6 meters and a gross tonnage of 135,500 tonnes, offering accommodation for up to 5,246 passengers.

Through more than three years of endeavors, the project team successfully addressed three crucial technologies: weight control, vibration and noise reduction, and safe return to port. These significant achievements have paved the way for a range of technological innovations, effectively bridging the gap in the production of domestically built, large-scale cruise ships.

Lifeboats tested

On June 3, lifeboat release mechanism tests were conducted on the ship to ensure the safe evacuation of passengers and crew members in emergency situations. 


Xue Yabin, deputy director of the No.2 Final Assembly Department at CSSC, explained the testing process, which involved measuring the time taken for a lifeboat to drop and return over a distance of nine meters, ultimately calculating the speed. 

Equipped with 20 lifeboats, the cruise ship has the capacity to evacuate all passengers in case of an emergency. These lifeboats are stocked with signal shells, an ample supply of food, and drinking water, ensuring sustenance for those aboard for three to five days.

Additionally, the cruise ship will be outfitted with advanced wireless communication technology, providing passengers with a seamless network experience comparable to that on land. Both Wi-Fi 6 and mobile 5G networks will be available onboard.

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