Cruise Ship

Woody Island cruises to start in Hainan this month amid sea disputes

A China Marine Surveillance worker heads to Woody Island, Sansha city, Hainan. Island tours will start this month, but visitors cannot stay overnight. Photo: Xinhua

The Hainan provincial government will begin sightseeing cruises to China's newest city, Sansha on tiny Woody Island, this month, a deputy governor of the province said yesterday.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 5:56pm 1 comment

Cruise ships must use cleaner fuel at Kai Tak

Celebrity Millennium cruise ship docks at Kai Tak cruise terminal. Photo: David Wong

Because of the filthy, high-sulphur bunker fuel cruise ships are known to be burning, at locations virtually at the heart of the city and close to Hong Kong's population centres and commercial districts, environmental groups have been vocal in recent months about cruise ship emissions and the adverse impact on public health.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Cruise passengers arrive in Kai Tak, 15 years after airport closure

Kai Tak is a gateway to Hong Kong for international passengers once again as Celebrity Millennium becomes the first cruise liner to berth at the new terminal on the former airport site. Arriving passengers praised the as yet incomplete facility. Photo: David Wong

Passengers said the government's investment in the new terminal could not prevent teething problems for Asia's new cruise ship industry - such as the long distances between berths and onshore attractions.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

French shipyard sends 4,300-berth MSC Preziosa on first voyage

The stern of the Preziosa towers over spectators as it departs the STX shipyard after Thursday's christening ceremony. Photo: AFP

Europe's largest cruise ship, the MSC Preziosa - a behemoth longer than the Eiffel Tower - has cast off on its first voyage, from Saint-Nazaire in western France to the southern port of Marseille.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

QE2 liner may return to Hong Kong as a floating hotel

The QE2 in its heyday, docked at the Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong in 1994. Its maiden voyage, from Southampton to New York in May 1969, took five days. Photo: SCMP

The iconic luxury passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to return to Hong Kong this summer on its way to a mainland shipyard, where it will be refitted to become a floating hotel.

14 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

Boat cruises for pampered Singapore dogs

Pet Cruise boss Joe Howe tends to dogs on his boat. Photo: AFP

The guests lean over the side of the boat to catch the morning breeze as their catamaran eases off from a jetty in Singapore. A typical cruise - except for the fact the passengers are dogs.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:30am

QE II for Kai Tak?

The buyer and destination of the historic Queen Elizabeth II passenger liner is currently one of the best kept secrets in shipping. Rumours abound, ranging from it being bought to go to China to be scrapped – but then there was a story that a Russian Aircraft carrier would suffer the same fate and nothing came of that.

23 Jan 2013 - 12:26am

Going Greek

The picturesque harbour and village of Kastelorizo island in Greece's Aegean Sea. Photo: Alamy

So many islands, so little time. Robin Gauldie goes island hopping on board some of the country's most luxurious yachts.

5 Oct 2012 - 12:52am

US$50 billion waters await cruise market

Three years after assuming the post of president of Star Cruises, David Chua Ming Huat can confidently say he does not really care anymore what people say about the world's third-largest cruise company.

20 May 2010 - 12:00am

Bear essentials

When you look directly over the railing of your cruise ship into the piercing black eyes of a polar bear, it suddenly doesn't matter that the cruise has no chocolate buffet or that the swimming pool is used as storage space. The bear doesn't care about chocolate buffets either; it would rather the ship moved on so it can get back to hunting ringed seal.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Terminal will give HK capacity to host five liners simultaneously

When the first phase of Hong Kong's new cruise terminal opens at the former Kai Tak airport site in 2012, Victoria Harbour will be capable of accommodating up to five cruise liners at any one time.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Expand your vocabulary

Do you know the difference between 'board' and 'broad'?

board (n) - a group of people who make decisions in an organisation/company

(v) - When you are on board something, you are usually travelling on a bus, ship, train or an aeroplane.

broad (adj) - widely spread or extensive

The word can also mean wide (as in a wide road)

17 May 2006 - 12:00am

Murder mystery on high seas

It could have been the script of an Agatha Christie whodunnit - the mystery of a young honeymooner tumbling from the balcony of a luxury ocean liner and plunging to his death in the Mediterranean Sea.

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Mean streets

It has a reputation as a city of high achievers, of go-getters, of self-starters. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere, goes the Sinatra song New York. But I wonder increasingly whether that doesn't apply more to those who complain, bitch and blame ... and to the thousands of lawyers who make a few million dimes representing them.

25 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Cruise terminal

Cheung Kong (Holdings) proposes building a terminal in Hunghom for cruise liners. Its 1999 plan, for North Point, was opposed by environmentalists and others. Do you agree with the Hunghom plan? Share your views: write to us.

17 Aug 2004 - 12:00am