The eye-catching radome has already become a Hong Kong landmark, sitting 50 metres high on top of the new cruise terminal building at Kai Tak. A radome provides a weatherproof casing “transparent to radar” and is usually a golf ball.Friday, 18 October, 2013, 2:50pm
Leaving a good impression for visitors is crucial in tourism. This is the way to build up a reputation and to attract more tourists in an increasingly competitive market. The soft launch on Wednesday of our HK$8.2 billion new cruise terminal at the old airport site appears to have passed the test, although some arrangements such as transport connections still leave a lot to be desired.14 Jun 2013 - 2:50am
Tourists who arrived with the first cruise vessel to dock at the new Kai Tak terminal gave a mixed review of their experience in the city, with some complaining of transportation confusion, taxi overcharging and too little time to take in the attractions.14 Jun 2013 - 4:14am 2 comments
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
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".13 Jun 2013 - 3:06am 1 comment
Kai Tak cruise terminal opens
The Kai Tak cruise terminal opens its doors and welcomes its first "guest" - the 5,000-berth Mariner of the Seas. The HK$8.2 billion terminal has struggled with a leaking roof in recent weeks and business is expected to be slow in the early months of operation. The government and Tourism Board say they are working together to tackle the problems.12 Jun 2013 - 1:27am
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, which opens today, will be a magnet for attracting big-spending visitors, say retail landlords and travel industry operators. "Cruise ship tourists used to be wealthy Western retirees, but this has changed and a growing number of younger people with higher spending power are joining tours," said Joseph Tung Yao-chung, executive director of the Travel Industry Council.12 Jun 2013 - 4:07am
Shopping malls in East Kowloon are pulling out the stops to lure 3,000 cruise passengers when they sail into the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on Wednesday.
Ocean liner Mariner of the Seas' visit will mark the terminal's soft opening.7 Jun 2013 - 3:55am
A week before the HK$8.2 billion Kai Tak Cruise Terminal welcomes its first vessel, it is largely functional but not quite ready to face the world.
The immigration counters, connecting bridges, waiting halls and one of the two planned berths are completed ahead of the arrival of cruise passengers on board the Mariner of the Seas ocean liner on Wednesday.6 Jun 2013 - 7:30am
Royal Caribbean International will be the first cruise line to organise round trips from the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal after the new facility launches its soft opening next week.
From autumn, Royal Caribbean will run return trips of its voyager-class ocean liner, Mariner of the Seas, out of Hong Kong - the first cruise operator to announce the use of the city as a home port.5 Jun 2013 - 3:34am
The head of the Tourism Board has offered reassurances the government will fix the water leakage problems at the new Kai Tak cruise terminal "very soon".
Speaking after a media briefing yesterday on the annual Dragon Boat Carnival, Peter Lam Kin-ngok said the board met the government on Thursday to discuss the issue.1 Jun 2013 - 3:38am
Officials have admitted to an "uneasy" start for the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, with ships making just 37 bookings for berthing between its official opening in June and April 2015.
By comparison, Singapore's Marina Bay Cruise Centre, which opened in October, is booked to handle 89 dockings between June and April next year.23 Apr 2013 - 4:13am
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
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
New Premier Li Keqiang unveils his new cabinet team as the National People's Congress plenary approaches its conclusion. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying touches down in Beijing for meetings with new ministers and senior officials.16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am