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Passengers praise 'magnificent' Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on opening day

The Mariner of the Seas, paying its first visit to Hong Kong, docked at the newly opened Kai Tak cruise terminal. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Mariner of the Seas, on its maiden visit to Hong Kong, was the first cruise ship to dock at the Kai Tak cruise terminal - which its passengers described as "magnificent".

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 3:06am 1 comment

Overseas passengers return to Kai Tak with official opening of HK$8.2b cruise terminal

Passengers disembark from the Celebrity Millennium at Kai Tak, when it docked at the terminal during a trial run in March. Photo: Felix Wong

Built at a cost of HK$8.2 billion, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal finally welcomed its first visitors yesterday after years of planning and construction. Carrying more than 3,000 passengers and making her maiden voyage to Hong Kong, the 310-metre, 15-deck Mariner of the Seas would have been too big to berth at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:19am 1 comment

Switch to cleaner fuel to much cleaner air: think tank

Noxious exhaust emissions from cruise ships calling at the city will be cut significantly if the vessels switch to using low-sulphur fuel or shore power, local think tank Civic Exchange says.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:46am

Delay won't sink Titanic II, says mining magnate Clive Palmer

Blue Star Line executives promote their Titanic dream at the Grand Hyatt yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Clive Palmer, the Australian businessman planning Titanic II, a modern-day replica of the ill-fated passenger liner, is confident it will sail into New York on its maiden commercial voyage in 2016.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 1 comment

Most cruise ships not equipped for shore power at Kai Tak

Friends of the Earth activists make their point about ship emissions outside a cruise forum in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Major cruise lines have reservations about being required to plug into electric power from land when their liners berth at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in future - because most ships are not equipped for it.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:23am 1 comment

Cruise operator NCL launches Nasdaq bid

NCL Corporation, which is half-owned by Genting Hong Kong, would list on the Nasdaq and launched an IPO on Tuesday, Genting announced yesterday.

NCL, a Norwegian cruise operator, would offer up to 27.06 million shares at US$16 to US$18 apiece, announced Genting, a Hong Kong-listed cruise operator and casino investor.

9 Jan 2013 - 4:08am

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8 Oct 2012 - 3:56pm

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Passage to India Hard on the heels of Dragonair's new service to Calcutta, which starts on November 2, Cathay Pacific will be launching its first flights to Hyderabad, on December 1.

2 Sep 2012 - 1:57pm

Setting course for Sanya

Cruise tourism is booming in Sanya, which has seen a sharp increase in the number of visiting ships and passengers since the beginning of this year.

The numbers are set to grow even more with the return of Star Cruises this November.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Just perfect for cruising

Long a favoured destination for international hotels and resorts, Sanya is receiving a growing number of international cruise passengers.

Costa Cruises and Holland America call at the Sanya Phoenix International Cruise Terminal, bringing a variety of visitors to the city. Hong Kong-based Star Cruises does not visit Sanya.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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Crystal Cruises makes HK a regular port of call

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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13 May 2012 - 12:00am

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18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ho sells ship to firm with 'cruise empire' dreams

A one-of-kind, twin-hull cruise ship has been sold by casino magnate Stanley Ho to mainland tycoons, and will set sail from Hung Hom in Hong Kong on Thursday - its maiden voyage under new ownership.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Safe on the ocean wave

Despite concerns after the Costa Concordia tragedy in Italy, major travel agents in Hong Kong haven't seen massive cancellations.

They believe cruising is still one of the safest modes of travel compared to other means of transport.

'On the whole, travel is safe - aircraft, cars, trains and cruises,' says Sef Lam, managing director of Via Vai Travel.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am