Luxury journey boat to act as ‘floating hotel’ for Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — A outrageous journey boat featuring restaurants, pools and a museum will be used as a oppulance hotel at Yokohama Port during a 2020 Tokyo Olympics to assuage an approaching necessity of accommodations for a event. 

The 261-meter Sun Princess will wharf during a port’s Yamashita post between Jul 23, 2020, a day before a games open, and Aug. 9, a games’ final day.

The vessel, operated by U.S. journey company Princess Cruises, has around 1,000 cabins. A total of 36,000 overnight stays are approaching during a Olympics, according to a transport group JTB, that summarized a devise on Monday. 

“Our devise would assistance palliate a necessity of accommodations during a Olympics,” JTB President Hiroyuki Takahashi pronounced during a news conference.

The smallest required stay on a Sun Princess will be two nights.

Tokyo-based genuine estate services company CBRE estimates there will be a necessity of around 3,500 bedrooms in Tokyo in 2020.

The JTB devise has a merits of providing bedrooms for a Olympics while avoiding a bolt of additional hotel space afterward. In further to a building bang in midrange business hotels, many high-end unfamiliar hotels have also entered a market.


The Sun Princess has a pool deck like the one seen here on a Diamond Princess.

For two-person, single-room bookings on the Sun Princess, a cost per chairman will operation from 30,000 yen to 300,000 yen ($273 to $2,730) a night. Guests can sup on house and suffer journey practice such as live entertainment.

Located south of Tokyo, Yokohama is scheduled to horde soccer, ball and other Olympic events, creation it a plea to find adequate accommodations for spectators and eventuality officials.

Using journey ships reduces the need to build some-more hotels. The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took a identical approach.

It is also a way to foster Japan as a journey destination.

“The JTB devise will be a great event to expostulate a recognition of cruises,” Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi told reporters. “I wish guests to knowledge a attracts of newcomer vessels.”

Around 2.53 million journey boat passengers visited Japan in 2017, adult 27% from a year before. Cruise ships done 2,765 pier calls in Japan, an boost of 37% from a year earlier. Both total were record highs. Cruise ship visits make poignant contributions to a internal economy.

In further to Yokohama, other municipalities, including Tokyo, Chiba and Kawasaki are gearing up to horde such floating hotels.

The Tokyo civil supervision has selected Switzerland-headquartered MSC Cruises, Europe’s biggest journey line, to operate a floating hotel during a Port of Tokyo with roughly 1,000 cabins. Details are to be worked out by a finish of Mar 2019.

The Japanese government, meanwhile, is operative to transparent regulatory hurdles to such facilities.

The law on inns and hotels, for instance, requires that any room have a window. Because journey ships have a certain series of windowless cabins, such ships can't routinely operate as hotels.  

In May, however, a Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare released a notice allowing internal governments to confirm either to concede windowless bedrooms to be used as hotel bedrooms for a generation of special events.

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