Thursday, June 6, 2013

Royal Caribbean to deploy Mariner of the Seas to Hong Kong and Taiwan

Asian Cruises are increasingly getting popular and to cut a slice from the pie, Royal Caribbean International will deploy cruise ship Mariner of the Seas to Hong Kong and Taiwan on 29 October and 2 November 2013 according to an agreement with The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.

Mariner of the Seas will cruise from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung and Keelung on a five-night, four-day itinerary on October 29 and on November 2, she will cruise from Hong Kong to Kaohsiungand return to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal on 5 November.

Hong Kong's new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will have a soft launch in June 2013 and open to the public in the third quarter. The cruise ship terminal is at the site of the former Kai Tak Airport (at the tip of the Ex-Kai Tak Airport runway 31) and will have capacity to berth two large 360-metre-long vessels, which disembark a total of 5,400 passengers and 1,200 crew, as well as anticipating the demands of cruise liners currently on the drawing board.

Mariner of the Seas, a second generation of Voyager-class cruise ship, is relocated to Asia in summer of 2013 servicing cruises out of Singapore and Shanghai, China. The cruise ship has a capacity of 3,114 passengers and offers glass balconies, an outdoor movie screen, digital signage, ship-wide Wifi, a new diamond lounge, restaurants, etc.

Royal Caribbean to deploy Mariner of the Seas to Hong Kong and Taiwan
Mariner of the Seas is cruising in Asia in summer 2013 and will serve two cruises from Hong Kong
to Taiwan on on 29 October and 2 November.
HKTB Chairman Dr Peter Lam said, “When Kai Tak Cruise Terminal begins service this month, Hong Kong will offer a wider range of cruise facilities for the world’s cruise liners. But in addition to world-class hardware and software, regional co-operation is crucial to the promotion of cruise tourism. This collaboration between the HKTB and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is a model of such co-operation. The HKTB looks forward to working closely with Taiwan and other neighbouring ports to promote the development of regional cruise tourism and to attract more cruise companies to design itineraries featuring Hong Kong, in order to consolidate Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s Cruise Hub.”

Dr Wayne Liu, Deputy Director General of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, said: “The rapid growth of the Asian tourism market has caused intense competition among countries and cities in the region. But to foster the healthy development of this market, it is vital for these competitors to achieve synergy by promoting the region’s tourism together, leveraging their unique tourism strengths. The joint cruise promotion between the HKTB and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau serves as an important collaborative model, as Hong Kong and Taiwan partner to tap the cruise potential of the region. We believe there will be ample collaborative opportunities for the two destinations to bring the region’s tourism to the next level.” 

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