The ferry between Nagasaki and Shanghai that we have been oh-so-excited about officially launched yesterday.
The service will run once a week for the first few weeks, then expand to twice a week through the end of May. Price for the ferry runs 13,000 yen (1,010RMB) one-way for the cheapest tickets. Normal price, something they are calling “comfort seats”, cost 15,000 yen (1,165RMB) one-way. Unfortunately, that’s almost double the prices we were hearing last year.
The whole venture was set up by an amusement park company looking to draw more people to their park near Nagasaki. The ship itself, a Greek ex-cruise ship by the name of Ocean Rose, is also run by one of their subsidiaries. Their goal is to draw around 100,000 passengers annually.
We still can’t yet get a read on the specific passenger accommodation. If this is a 26-hour ride with no bed for $350, then our initial enthusiasm may be slightly dampened. But it’s still cheaper than a flight, and there’s also supposed to be okay food, booze, and gambling on board. Sounds like a great chance for alcoholics and gambling addicts looking to indulge
our- themselves…on a boat.