South Korea releases impounded China cruise ship
SEOUL (AFP) - A Chinese luxury cruise ship impounded in South Korea for days due to a legal dispute has been released and returned to China, an official said on Tuesday.
The 47,000-tonne cruise liner Henna - that was carrying 1,600 passengers - had been held at South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju since arriving on Friday.
It had been scheduled to return to China after sailing around the Korean peninsula.
But a Jeju court banned the ship from leaving after a seizure request was made by Hong Kong-based Shagang Shipping, citing an apparent debt default.