Taipei--Two cruise ships arrived in Hualien Port on Saturday, carrying a total of 1,600 passengers.
On arrival in the eastern Taiwan port, the cruise ships were greeted with a water salute and performances by indigenous dancers.
L'Austral, which is operated by French cruise line company Compagnie du Ponant, was carrying 200 passengers, while the Volendam, operated by the American/British owned Holland America Line, had 1,400 tourists on board.
The 1,600 tourists will visit mainly Taroko National Park, Harbor Master Lee Shun-i (???) said, adding that the prospects for cruise tourism were looking good this year.
He said nine foreign cruise liners are expected to call Hualien Port this year, including the Ovation of the Seas, which will bring 4,700 tourists.
To better serve cruise ship passengers, the port on Saturday opened its new Customs Processing Office, which was renovated and expanded at a cost of NT$22.7 million (US$74,818).
The new facility has an immigration area twice the size of the previous one and a passenger lounge with 12 booths that offer specialty local products and travel services.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel