Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

Egg-shaped houseboat, anyone?

The houseboat model of BMT Asia Pacific's new design. Photo: Handout by BMT Asia Pacific/Henry Ward Design

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

Cruise terminal passes first test

Cruise liner Mariner of the Seas is berthed at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua

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

Cruise ship tourists let down by Hong Kong visit

The main dining room aboard the Mariner of the Seas. Some passengers complained their one-day stay was too short. Photo: Nora Tam

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

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".

13 Jun 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

Talking points

Kai Tak cruise terminal opens

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

Kowloon malls eye Kai Tak cruise visitors

The cruise terminal at Kai Tak will welcome its first vessel, the Mariner of the Seas, today, and shopping malls expect to do good business. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

Malls pull out the stops to lure new terminal passengers

Malls pull out the stops to lure new terminal passengers

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

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal's rough and ready take-off

Heavy rain has spoiled the grand appearance of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal overlooking Victoria Harbour. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

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

Kai Tak port goes big with ocean liner from Royal Caribbean

Mariner of the Seas. Photo: Royal Caribbean International

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

Vow to fix cruise terminal leaks soon

Peter Lam Kin-ngok. Photo: Edmond So

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

Cruise terminal set for rocky start

Cruise terminal set for rocky start

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

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

Talking points

New Premier Li Keqiang unveils his new cabinet team as the National People's Congress plenary approaches its conclusion.

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