There has been one ship, the Star of Beibu Gulf, from Hainan Strait Shipping, running from Sanya to the islands.
"We are also considering a cruise around the South China Sea at the appropriate time," China Daily reported Cai Chaohui, the owner of the new liner, the Dream of the South China Sea, as saying.
He expressed confidence about the prospects of this tourism, saying that, “many people are interested in having a look at the mysterious islands,” website China Daily reported.
The journey will take 13 hours to arrive at the Paracel Islands and the company also plans to start more cruises connecting Sanya with Southeast Asian nations throughout the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, the construction of the Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise Terminal is in its second phase. The project has an investment of 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) and will enable the port to receive 2 million tourists annually, making it one of the busiest cruise ports in Asia.