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UK tourists to arrive for island-hopping cruise


A party of 100 people from the United Kingdom is set to arrive in Taiwan for a cruise tour that the Tourism Bureau hopes will become a new model for visiting the country.


The party will fly in to Taiwan and spend a couple of days in Taipei before boarding the small private cruise ship Noble Caledonia in the northern port city of Keelung. The ship will take the group on a counterclockwise tour around Taiwan, also taking in the outlying islands of Penghu and Kinmen in the Taiwan Strait.


The Tourism Bureau this year is promoting the idea of seeing Taiwan from the water. The country boasts over 1,500 kilometers of coastline and a tremendous diversity of marine life in its coastal waters.