SHIPPING & MARINE | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Hong Kong to open new cruise terminal in 2013

The Hong Kong Tourism Board has set aside a budget of US$2 million to promote the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and cruise tourism to Hong Kong.

The government said it would focus on the development of the new cruise terminal to help Hong Kong become a regional transport hub for cruise liners. HKRB has campaigns promoting the cruise terminal in south China, Asia, Australia and the USA.

The cruise terminal, located at the site of the old Kai Tak at Victoria Harbour, East Kowloon, is currently under construction and will open for business in 2013. Its location at the south-western tip of the old runway gives dramatic unobstructed views of the eastern entrance to Hong Kong Harbor.

Designed by the famous architectural firm Foster+Partners, the terminal is three times the size of the existing Ocean Cruise Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. It covers three main levels and is dominated by four atria that let daylight deep inside the building.

The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is open for berth bookings by cruise lines from mid-2013, when the first berth will be in operation. The second berth will be ready in mid-2014.

Once completed, Kai Tak terminal will have the capacity to disembark a total of 8,400 passengers and 1,200 crew. It will accommodate the newest generation of larger cruise liners.

The cruise terminal is located, less than 10 km away from all major attractions in Hong Kong.

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