Shanghai’s new cruise terminal opened last week, and the Costa Allegra embarked on its 100th cruise in China.

The Costa Cruises ship arrived in Shanghai for its first call of the summer season to be part of events celebrating the opening of the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal. 

The new terminal can accommodate three cruise ships.

Costa became the first international cruise company to operate regular cruises in China when it launched service from Shanghai in July 2006 with the 28,000-gross-ton Allegra.  It has since completed 121 cruises in Asia, 100 in China and 40% of them from the Port of Shanghai.

This year, the Allegra will operate 19 cruises, 14 from Shanghai, including four during the Beijing Olympic Games. The Olympics will be broadcast onboard the ship on large screens in public areas and in cabins.

Costa plans to bring a second ship, the 53,000-gross-ton Costa Classica, to China in March 2009.

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