Contact Us

North Korea (?!) Launches A Cruise Ship

North Korea launches cruise ship
(Photo by South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

Imagine the drinks with umbrellas, white sandy beaches, watching the sunset on the horizon.  Not images you would associate with North Korea.

In an attempt to perhaps draw Asian tourism, North Korea has launched it’s first ever cruise ship.  Before you start comparing it to the Sapphire Princess (the majestic ship Townsquare Media use for the DJ Cruise a couple of years ago)  the North Koreans have a bit of catching up to do.  It’s a 49 year old converted freighter, The Man Gyong Bong. And it’s on the small size, only about 9,700 tons–making it smaller than a US Navy Destroyer.   But give the Koreans credit for trying.  About 100 Chinese businessmen recently took a tour of the beautiful North Korean resort of Mt. Kumyang, featuring  mountain views, waterfalls and scenery.   The Mt. had once been open to South Koreans and that could happen again as the North Korean government realizes that to enhance their economy, tourism is one of the best ways.   Grudgingly, they have created a bureau of tourism, and have begun efforts to attract visitors-not just ones to see Kim Jung Il resting in state.

Best of Newstalk 870

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Newsmembers quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Newsmembers contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.