Pay attention to the G7 Summit! What is the Setouchi sightseeing high-speed cruiser “SEA SPICA”?

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A new sightseeing high-speed cruiser “SEA SPICA”, which is most suitable for island hopping, will be released in summer 2020 so that more customers can enjoy the beauty of the Seto Inland Islands in a more luxurious way! It has been attracting a lot of attention since it was used by the leaders of v...

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1. Vessel name

"SEA SPICA" SPICA is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. It is one of the first-magnitude stars that shines blue-white on spring nights, forming a large spring curve in the night sky, and is called the Pearl Star in Japan. A ship that beckons people on a free and open journey while emitting a beautiful glow on the blue waters of the Seto Inland Sea. That is the Setouchi sightseeing high-speed cruiser "SEA SPICA".

The logo mark is expressed by superimposing SPICA, the pearl star that makes up the Great Spring Triangle in Virgo, which is the origin of the ship's name "SEA SPICA", and the sea route connecting the islands of the Seto Inland Sea.

2. Facilities on board

Completely different from traditional high-speed ships, the seats are custom-made sofa-shaped, and each seat is equipped with a table and drink holder. In addition, in order to allow more passengers to enjoy the view from the window, the seats facing the windows are tilted slightly outward, and the backrests are also slightly lower.

3. Onboard equipment

The Spica Terrace on the second floor is equipped with a sofa shaped like the Setouchi Islands and a counter table, allowing you to relax and enjoy the view of the Seto Inland Sea while feeling open. It is also barrier-free, with a lift provided so that people with disabilities can access it.

4. Setouchi Shimatabi Line

The Setouchi Shimatabi Line is ``SEA SPICA'' and is a boat trip that goes around the islands of the Setouchi Inland Sea.

The route is to travel around Okunoshima, which is famous as ``Rabbit Island'' floating in the Seto Inland Sea, Ondo Seto, and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. You can also make reservations for the Setouchi Sea Steamship “Setouchi Shimatabi Line”

5. Use at the G7 Summit

It was used as a means of transportation for the leaders to Miyajima during the G7 Summit held in Hiroshima from May 19th to 21st this year.

They were also seen chatting on the deck.

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