China’s first domestically built large-scale cruise ship, Adora Magic City, has successfully completed a series of tests on its second trial voyage. The ship, which is also the world’s first 5G cruiser, is set to return on Tuesday as planned.
During its second sea trial, the Adora Magic City underwent five major tests, including speed, maneuvering, vibration, and noise. The ship is now awaiting the final inspection data before docking at the pier in Shanghai.
Equipped with a podded electric propulsion system, the Adora Magic City can sail silently and smoothly in all conditions. It also features an integrated operating system in the cabin, which collects and displays key indexes of the entire vessel’s data.
Providing stable and high-speed internet service during a cruise journey is essential for Chinese tourists. Adora Cruises’ CEO, Chen Ranfeng, highlighted the importance of reliable Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers.
In January 2023, Adora Cruises announced a collaboration with China Telecom, a Chinese mobile broadband provider, to build the world’s first 5G-wired large-scale ocean liner. This partnership aims to offer passengers a seamless and fast Wi-Fi experience comparable to on-land connectivity.
Previously, cruise ships relied on satellite connections for internet access, which were often unstable and costly. With the implementation of 5G technology, Adora Cruises aims to provide passengers with improved internet connectivity throughout their cruise journey.
The successful completion of the Adora Magic City’s sea trials signals another milestone in China’s cruise industry. As the country continues to invest in domestic shipbuilding capabilities and technological advancements, it is positioning itself as a key player in the global cruise market.