China's first domestically-built large cruise ship, "Adora Magic City," has started its "floating-up process" early Thursday morning and is expected to be undocked in Shanghai on June 6.
Measuring 323.6 meters in length, the 135,500-metric-ton cruise ship has 2,125 guest rooms and can accommodate up to 5,246 passengers.
The 16-deck ship is known as a mobile "modern city at sea" with many leisure facilities like theaters, restaurants, shopping centers, galleries and water parks.
Construction of the ship began in 2019 and the construction team has made breakthroughs in three core technologies that span its entire life, involving weight control, vibration and noise reduction and port safety.
A series of technological innovations have been made in the past three years. The ship's building is seen as an important step forward in national technological self-reliance, as the large cruise ship is the only type of advanced, high-value-added ship that China had not previously constructed.