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The German-operated Amadea, with around 500 passengers and 300 crew, docked at the Port of Shimizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on 1 March. It is the first foreign cruise ship to arrive in Japan in around three years, after the government-mandated suspension of cruises was lifted. Some 212 foreign cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in Japan in 2023, with some expected to make multiple port calls. The Japanese government has set a target to expand the number of ports that accept foreign cruise ships to 100 by 2025, with the aim of increasing tourist numbers to more than 2 million. Before the pandemic, cruise ships made 1,932 port calls in Japan in 2019, bringing 2.15 million tourists who spent an estimated $590m.
A foreign cruise ship docked in Shizuoka Prefecture port Wednesday, becoming the first such vessel to arrive in Japan in around three years due to COVID-19 border control measures that were eased only recently. The anticipated arrival came after the country reversed its government-mandated suspension of cruises, and now seeks to expand the number of ports that accept foreign cruise ships to 100 by 2025, as well as boost the number of tourists to a pre-pandemic peak of more than 2 million. Amadea, the first foreign cruise ship to […]
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