Posts Tagged ‘Hong Kong’

Cruise lines bear extra costs and anger in turbulent Hong Kong typhoon season

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Virgo at Hong Kong (Click to enlarge)Cruise line president Kent Zhu Fuming can hardly be blamed for not wanting to talk about typhoons.He was still reeling from an usually powerful typhoon season in Hong Kong that cost his industry millions of dollars of loss. “Don’t ask me about typhoons. I haven’t rested for the past four weeks,” Zhu said. (

CLIA Australasia’s Masters Conference to cruise on Genting Dream

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The Genting Dream  (Courtesy Meyer Werft)This Saturday, 29 travel agents from across Australia and New Zealand will set sail on Dream Cruises Genting Dream for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s 2017 Masters Conference. (more…)

Kai Tak Celebrates Majestic Princess Call with Milestone

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT), has celebrated the arrival of its one millionth cruise ship passenger during the inaugural call of the Majestic Princess in Hong Kong, according to a statement. (

Opinion: How Hong Kong government’s poor maths sank Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas (Photo credit - years ago, way back in May 2010, the South China Morning Post published an analysis of the Hong Kong government’s claims for its planned cruise ship terminal on the site of the old airport at Kai Tak. (

Few ship calls, low passenger spending: Hong Kong cruise terminal needs to boost usage, auditor says

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

SuperStar Virgo at Hong KongIs Hong Kong’s much-hyped cruise terminal a white elephant of an underused facility that resembles a ghost town more than the bustling hub for luxury tourism it was billed as? (

Four Ship Day at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong

Monday, March 20th, 2017

SuperStar Virgo at Hong KongFor the first time ever, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals, welcomed four cruise ships at two berths on the same day on March 19 in Hong Kong. (

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal: A Year of Milestones in 2016

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

SuperStar Virgo at Hong KongThe Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT) said it had achieved a year of milestones in Hong Kong in 2016. Kai Tak doubled the number of cruise lines welcomed from nine in 2015 to 18 in 2016. Over 70 percent of ship calls in 2016 were turnarounds, with 95 ship calls in total, yielding more than 370,000 passengers over 120 ship-days. (more…)

Star Cruises Announces the First Cruise Ship to Homeport in Manila for Filipinos to Cruise to Taiwan and Hong Kong

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

SuperStar Virgo at Hong KongStar Cruises has announced the first-ever homeport deployment of SuperStar Virgo to Manila, providing another tantalizing option for the booming Philippines outbound tourism industry. (more…)

Taxiless cruise terminal a Hong Kong turn-off

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

SuperStar Virgo at Hong KongEver since the Norman Foster-designed, HK$8.2 billion terminal opened three years ago, it has attracted complaints, mostly concerning its underutilisation and transport limi­tations. (

Kai Tak Preparing for Growth

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

SuperStar Virgo at Hong Kong“So far, so good,” said Jeff Bent, managing director, Worldwide Cruise Terminals, which is the manager of the Kai Tak complex, describing the quickly growing cruise call portfolio in Hong Kong. (

Hong Kong set to benefit as global cruise lines eye mainland Chinese market

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas (Photo credit - cruise liners are sailing to Asia to meet growing demand from mainland China, which could potentially give a boost to the city’s sagging tourism industry, according to Commerce Secretary Greg So Kam-leung. (

New guide launches for Hong Kong cruising

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Australians love to cruise and Hong Kong is fast becoming a favourite cruise destination. With world-class terminals, exciting shore excursions and not to mention sailing into the magnificent Victoria Harbour – why wouldn’t you cruise to or from Hong Kong! (

As Hong Kong seeks to boost its cruise industry, mainland Chinese ports are becoming strong competitors

Monday, April 18th, 2016

SuperStar Virgo at Hong KongThe government is boosting the cruise industry to diversify tourism amid growing interest by international cruise operators in expanding their presence in the region. But the city is facing fierce competition from mainland ports thanks partly to the easing of visa policies. (

WCT Celebrates Kai Tak Ferry Pier Opening

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Today (March 29) marked the inaugural use of the renovated Kai Tak Ferry Pier, at the site of the former Kai Tak Airport fire station and near the new cruise port in Hong Kong. (

Bent: Kai Tak Terminal Expecting to Double Cruise Business In Next Year

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas (Photo credit - Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is set to help drive growth for the Asia-Pacific market, offering a multi-berth megaship terminal in Hong Kong.

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Closes Strong Year of Milestones

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas (Photo credit - Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT), closed out the 2015 season with a strong year of cruise traffic also winning the Best Port Management Award from the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association, and being certified for ISO 9001 Quality Management. (

Star Cruises Celebrates Its Fourth Consecutive Win As ‘Asia’s Leading Cruise Line’

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Star Cruises was once again recognized and named ‘Asia’s Leading Cruise Line’ at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015 held in Hong Kong on 29 October 2015.

More ships and locals are visiting Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Royal Caribbean International's Mariner of the Seas - Photo credit - Chinanews.comThe Kai Tak Cruise Terminal handled 100,866 itinerary cruise passengers in 2014, will handle around 220,000 in 2015, and about 350,000 in 2016. (

Quantum of the Seas makes history as largest cruise liner to dock in Hong Kong

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Like a floating skyscraper, one of the world’s biggest ocean-going liners sailed into Hong Kong yesterday, making history and a statement about the city’s aspirations as a truly global cruise hub. (

Hong Kong pulls plug on on-shore power supply for cruise ships

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Plans for plug-in power at the Kai Tak terminal have been temporarily shelved as it would be a costly system few cruise liners around the world could or would use. (

Asia Cruise Fund Welcomes Hainan and the Philippines as New Members

Friday, November 28th, 2014

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) welcomed two new members to the Asia Cruise Fund, Hainan and the Philippines, last week.

Star Cruises to homeport its 2016 new ship in Hong Kong

Monday, November 24th, 2014

SuperStar Virgo in Hong KongDuring the session on the state of the cruise industry in Asia at this year’s Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, Michael Hackman, Star Cruises’ EVP, Marine Operations and New Shipbuilding, divulged that the line’s new ship, currently on order at Meyer Werft in Germany, will be homeporting at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak International Cruise Terminal. (

Former CLIA Exec Bob Sharak Joins Hong Kong Tourism

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Bob Sharak, a long-time, well-known former executive with Cruise Lines International Association, has joined the Hong Kong Tourism Board as its North American cruise representative. (

Hong Kong well placed to further develop cruise ship business

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Big-spending projects tend to invite attacks rather than praise. The new cruise terminal at Kai Tak is an example. (

Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal celebrates simultaneous berthing of Sapphire Princess and Voyager of the Seas

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT), celebrates its first successful simultaneous berthing. (

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific to provide travel agent training in Hong Kong convention

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific will once again host a comprehensive travel agent training program, presented by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). (

Second annual Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Drawing on the success of the inaugural award at last years Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific event, UBM is now accepting nominations for the second annual Rama Rebbapragada Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry in Asia. (

Star Cruises and Taiwan Tourism Charity Cruise for Hong Kong students

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Star Cruises has joined with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau Hong Kong Office to organize a charity cruise to Taiwan for 60 Hong Kong underprivileged students. (

LR Statutory Alert: Hong Kong Limits Dark Smoke Emissions

Friday, August 1st, 2014

The Hong Kong Marine Department has issued Notice No. 92 of 2014 detailing amended requirements for the control of dark smoke emissions, according to a statutory alert from Lloyd’s Register (LR). (

Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific 2014 Conference to Feature Comprehensive Sessions

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

UBM, organizers of Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific, slated for November 20-21, 2014, presents the 2014 conference program for the event’s fourth edition.

Royal Caribbean Opens HK Office, Voyager Set for Summer 2015 Season

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it is expanding its presence in the Asia-Pacific region and establishing an office in Hong Kong, augmenting the cruise company’s already established Chinese offices in Beijing and Shanghai. (

Hong Kong’s Pricey New Cruise-Ship Terminal Doesn’t Have Many Cruise Ships

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

SuperStar Virgo in Hong KongAs Bloomberg Businessweek reported last month, Royal Caribbean is one of many cruise operators expecting big things from China. (