Asia’s largest cruise ship Voyager of the Seas, arrived in Jeju Island on Saturday. The ship was carrying 3,470 passengers, including 3,120 Chinese tourists. More than 80 buses were required to shuttle them through the southern resort island — a number so big that half of the tour guides had to be hired from other parts of the country. The visitors spent six hours touring the island, including Seongsan Sunrise Peak and Jungmun Tourist Complex in Seogwipo city, and Yongduam, a volcanic rock shaped like a dragon’s head in Jeju city, before shopping at the duty free shop.
Voyager of the Seas weighs 137,000 tons and measures 311 m in length and 51 m in width at its widest section. It also stands 14 stories high, making it the 10th-largest cruise ship in the world. It is three times larger than the Titanic, can carry up to 3,840 passengers, and has a crew of 1,181. It is the largest cruise ship to anchor in Korea.
It has a swimming pool equipped with its own water slide, a three-storey theater, casino, rock-climbing facility, miniature golf course, multi-floor night club, ice skating and in-line skating rinks, and a shopping strip that rivals a department store in size.
The arrival of the cruise ship helped set a new record of 10,878 visitors to Jeju in a single day, surpassing the previous high of 8,396 on Oct. 3. Until October, Voyager of the Seas will operate 17 trips linking Shanghai, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Jeju and Busan.