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Global cruise lines set sail for China

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HONG KONG - Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.

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In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, Chinese tourists play mini golf on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Mariner of the Seas during her voyage from Shanghai, China, to Jeju, South Korea. Cruise operators have traditionally sent older vessels to developing countries while saving their most advanced ships for U.S. and European customers. But surging growth in China means it’s a market operators can no longer ignore. The race for China underscores the growing strength of the leisure and travel industries in the world’s No. 2 economy as authorities try to spur domestic spending rather than trade and investment as an engine of growth. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT Show/Hide caption

In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, Chinese tourists play mini golf on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Mariner of the Seas during her voyage from Shanghai, China, to Jeju, South Korea. Cruise operators have traditionally sent older vessels to developing countries while saving their most advanced ships for U.S. and European customers. But surging growth in China means it’s a market operators can no longer ignore. The race for China underscores the growing strength of the leisure and travel industries in the world’s No. 2 economy as authorities try to spur domestic spending rather than trade and investment as an engine of growth. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

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