The Adora Magic City is the first major cruise ship to be built in China. Credit: AkzoNobel.
The ship was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. Credit: WARTSILA.
The vessel features 15 decks and can accommodate 5,246 guests. Credit: China News Service/

The Adora Magic City, also known as Aida Modu, is a notable addition to Adora Cruises’ fleet, being the first large cruise ship constructed in China. Adora Cruises, formerly known as CSSC Carnival Cruises, is a flagship Chinese cruise company and operates the vessel.

Developed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the vessel represents a significant milestone in the country’s shipbuilding capabilities.

Adora Magic City will sail on international voyages from Shanghai’s Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal. The vessel completed its maiden voyage in January 2024, embarking on a seven-day and six-night trip to Jeju, South Korea; and Fukuoka, Japan.

Adora Magic City’s design and features

Adora Magic City measures 323.6m in length with a moulded breadth of 37m and a gross tonnage of 136,201t.

The vessel can accommodate up to 5,246 guests at full occupancy, supported by a crew of up to 1,292. Adora Magic City features 15 decks and promises an exceptional maritime experience.

The ship’s painting design includes the integration of Intersmooth fouling control technology, renowned for its durability, eco-friendly low volatile organic compounds (VOC) content, and excellent application characteristics. The application of Intersmooth on the hull is a strategic choice to enhance performance and minimise marine fouling.

Accommodation on Adora Magic City

Accommodations aboard the Adora Magic City are diverse, with 2,125 guestrooms ranging from luxurious panoramic suites to inner cabins.

Panoramic suites offer expansive living space with a separate living room, private bathrooms, and large balconies, along with premium ACQUA DI PARMA toiletries.

Bavarian rooms, available with or without balconies, provide exclusive access to the ship’s sea-view bar.

Balcony rooms feature private outdoor spaces for guests to relish the oceanic panorama while ocean-view rooms boast large windows for sea-gazing.

The ocean view and inner cabins are tastefully decorated and furnished for comfort.

Adora Magic City dining and bar venues

Adora Magic City boasts an impressive array of dining venues, restaurants and bars.

The Palace restaurant, spanning decks three to four, is the main onboard restaurant with accommodation for up to 1,470 guests. The two decks are connected by a central light sculpture. The restaurant features a bold colour combination of gold, black and brown.

The vessel features six speciality restaurants, which include a Cantonese cuisine speciality restaurant called the Shiweixuan, with seating for 34 patrons. The Shujie Hot Pot restaurant features a Sichuan-Cantonese fusion hot pot, complete with a selection of premium seafood, meats, and fresh ingredients.

Other speciality restaurants include the Sushi with 36 seats; the Japanese Teppanyaki, serving traditional Japanese fare for 40 guests; the Crown Steakhouse; and the Azure restaurant, which serves authentic Thai cuisine.

The casual onboard restaurants include Miracle Garden Buffet restaurant, which serves local specialities, Asian snacks, and a selection of Chinese and Western dishes. The Naples Pizza House features pure Neapolitan-style pizza while the Carbon Grill Hut serves a variety of burgers. Other casual restaurants include No 68, an all-day venue for coffee, tea, creative cocktails, and fine wines, the Qiyu Coffee Bar, and the construction scene-themed Café 1508+.

Adora Magic City offers a wide array of bars and lounges. The Munich Square offers a German beer experience, paired with classic German dishes such as grilled sausage, roasted chicken, and crispy pork knuckle. The sea view bar offers freshly brewed beer and special cocktails. The Avaria Lounge provides a private setting with a selection of world-class whiskeys and live music.

Onboard bars include Enjoy it, Beach Bar, Ocean Current Bar, Aida Plaza Lobby Bar, and Explorer Bar, serving a variety of drinks, including places to rest, wait, and enjoy tea, coffee, wine, and snacks.

Entertainment and other amenities

The cruise ship features the Marco Polo Silk Road Love, an original song and dance production with stunning stage effects that bring to life the cultures of ancient Persia, India, and China. The Happy Twist Comedy Double Theatre hosts performances by the original Happy Twist cast offering a rich comedy experience.

Magic City offers an immersive dreamland experience with a blend of lighting, sound, and 3D holographic projection. The Eclissi D’Amore features a mix of acrobatics and romantic legends under moonlight, in a theatrical setting.

The Metropolitan Theatre offers seating for 1,000 guests and features a variety of shows ranging from singing and dancing to comedy performances.

Guests can enjoy leisure time at the jogging track, playground, gym, karaoke, Fengheli Bay, Courtyard spa, and two shopping centres.

The ship also enriches its cultural offerings with the Dunhuang Maritime Art Exhibition, Maritime Silk Road Art World. The Aida Plaza is the ship’s main lobby that extends three decks, connecting public areas such as the main restaurant, shopping centres and more.

Contractors involved

Wärtsilä ANCS, a division of the Wärtsilä technology group, supplied an array of comprehensive solutions, including the NACOS Platinum Valmatic automation and control system, a valve control system, low location lighting, a navigation system, engine and bridge control room consoles, and a smart motor control unit.

Wärtsilä also supplied the bow thruster system and a dynamic trim system, including the requisite cables and steel components.

AkzoNobel’s marine, protective and yacht coatings business, renowned for producing superior protective coatings and finishes, supplied the paint for Adora Magic City.