Hong Kong Launches New Luxury Cruise Terminal

The Mariner of the Seas, right, one of the Voyager-class vessels

Hong Kong opened a $1.1 billion cruise terminal at the site of its former airport on  Wednesday in a bid to become Asia’s hub for luxury liners. The new terminal, built on the runway of the old airport, will be able to  accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world — liners of up to 220,000  gross tonnes.

“Kai Tak was the site of our legendary airport and is now turning a historic  page by connecting Hong Kong with the rest of the world through the seven seas,”  Commissioner of Tourism Philip Yung said.

“With the addition of this new facility, Hong Kong is in full gear to receive  mega cruise ships,” Yung said.

Hong Kong new cruise terminal interior

Royal Caribbean’s 1,020 feet (311 metres) long “Mariner of the Seas” was the  first mega luxury cruise liner to dock at the two-berth terminal, which boasts a  360-degree panoramic view of the city.

A troupe of lion dancers welcomed more than 3,000 passengers as they  disembarked the ship.

Kai Tak Airport

The former Kai Tak International Airport was considered one of the most  challenging places to land an aircraft due to its central location in the city  and tall mountains surrounding it.

The airport closed in 1998 after being in service for over 70 years and was  replaced by the current Chek Lap Kok International Airport.

The cruise terminal will open to the public in the third quarter of the year  with its second berth opening in 2014.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal rendering

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