Royal Caribbean sending 2 cruise liners to China, says they will be Asia's largest

BEIJING, China – Royal Caribbean Cruises is sending what it says will be Asia’s two biggest cruise liners to serve China’s growing tourism market.

Royal Caribbean said Friday its 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas is due to arrive in Singapore this weekend en route to Shanghai.

Its sister ship Mariner of the Seas will be sent to China next year. The two ships are due to carry Chinese passengers on routes to Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.

Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain said the company is taking the unusual step of committing a second ship to a new market before its first vessel has arrived because it sees tapping Chinese tourists as a “major strategic objective.”