Liner stays extra day for shops

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 March, 1994, 12:00am

AN interesting story lay behind the QE2's three-day sojourn in Hong Kong, which ended yesterday when the majestic liner sailed languidly away to Thailand on the next leg of its ocean meandering - with its load including outgoing Singaporean commissioner Gordon Seow and wife Elaine.

Executive cruise director John Butt told Keeping Posted that the ship was originally meant to stay here only two days but there had been something of a genteel revolt among the 300 or so wealthy hardcore of regular passengers who pay anything up to US$515,000 (HK$3.97 million) to make the ship their winter home during the three-month world cruise.

Said Mr Butt: ''They felt they'd rather have an extra night in Hong Kong than visit some other port for a day.'' Quite. What's the point of having all that money if one can't do a spot of decent shopping.