Princess Cruises and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Partner to Present Cultural Exchange Program on Voyage from Rome to China
Rome (May 24, 2017) – Princess
the world's largest premium cruise line, and the Chinese People's Association
for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Friendship Association) officially began
journey from Rome to China which will feature a cultural exchange program
themed "Telling the Chinese Story along the Silk Road Sea Route." During
the 37-day voyage, performance groups including the Ansai Youth Waist Drum team
and the Luochuan Youth Yangge Dance team, the China National Orchestra and the
China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater will entertain and educate more
than 6,500 guests from more than 40 countries.
Princess Cruises and the Friendship
Association held a press briefing and luncheon aboard prior to the ship's
departure. Madam Li Xiaolin, President of the Friendship Association, David
Dingle, Chairman of Carnival UK, Roger Chen, Chairman of Carnival Asia and
Malcolm Morini, of Rome's Civitavecchia cruise port, among other officials,
attended the event. The Ansai Youth Waist Drum team and the Luochuan Youth
Yangge Dance team presented an authentic Shannbei style performance during the
sail-away ceremony to celebrate the start of Silk Road Sea Route voyage.
"The Friendship Association aims to enhance
international cooperation and promote common development between China and
other countries," said Madame Li, "We continually develop innovative ways to
communicate the China story by utilizing more active and engaging programs to
present China's diverse culture along the Sea Silk Road. Our efforts support the
economic development of the ‘Belt and Road' initiatives and boost the cultural
communication between countries along the route."
"Our partnership with The Friendship
Association and celebrating Chinese culture reinforces our brand promise to
provide authentic international experiences to our guests and reflects our
commitment to the China market," said Anthony Kaufman, executive vice president
of international operations, Princess Cruises. "The Chinese market is important
to us and we are honored that Majestic Princess, our newest cruise ship
which has been tailored for the Chinese market will become a key part of this
cross-cultural people to people program between the East and West."
will visit some important Silk Road ports in countries including Greece, United
Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia before arriving in its first
Chinese port of Xiamen. Majestic Princess will arrive in Xiamen on June
26 and begin her first home-port season in Shanghai on July 11.
In 2018, two 14-day
Grand Asia voyages sailing between Shanghai and Singapore on the fleet's newest
ship, will be available to guests throughout the world on Majestic Princess.
These sailings will visit Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand, including
spending more time ashore on the late night call in Hong Kong. The first voyage
departs Shanghai on February 25, 2018, with the second departing Singapore on
March 11, 2018.
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About Princess Cruises:
One of the
best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour
company operating a fleet of 18 modern cruise ships renowned for their
innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. A
recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries two million guests
each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on more than 150
itineraries ranging in length from three to 111 days. The company is part of
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).
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