Japan’s Venus Cruise brand will shut down its cruise business in early 2023, according to a statement from the one-ship line. The company said that the 1998 built 720 passenger capacity liner PACIFIC VENUS will sail a farewell voyage at the end of the year, cruising from Kobe on Tuesday 27th December calling in Okinawa and returning on Wednesday 4th January, 2023.
The ceasing of operations comes after a 33-year history, with the PACIFIC VENUS being one of just three Japanese-flagged cruise ships. The one-ship line is owned by a consortium of Japanese ferry operators, and she’s is the newest of the three Japanese-flagged ships, having been built in Tokyo at Ishikawajima (now IHI Corporation).
Prior to the pandemic, the company carried around 25,000 annually on roughly 80 sailings, including short preview cruises and also longer grand voyages. The one-ship operator plans to carry around 25,000 passengers on 80 sailings in 2013 on a variety of itineraries sailing from a selection of Japanese homeports, starting at one-night preview cruises. The company was launched in 1989 and started cruise service in 1990 with the ORIENT VENUS which was sold in 2005.
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Published – Saturday 5th November, 2022