The chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is welcoming the news of the “safe and orderly” resumption of cruising from Hong Kong by Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean.
Hong Kong is targeting the end of July for the restart of cruising, allowing the two cruise companies to operate short sailings.
Dr Pang said: “Cruise tourism is an integral part of Hong Kong’s tourism and the resumption of high sea cruises is the first step to the recovery of the cruise sector. Therefore, the HKTB will first promote the experience of ‘Staycation at Sea’ in Hong Kong under the ‘Holiday at Home’ platform.”
The Genting Dream features accommodations in the Balcony Staterooms and the “all-inclusive, all-suite” The Palace. Offering 2- and 3-night Super Summer Seacations, the cruise will bring international experiences and themed festivities for surrounding the Japanese Festival, Oktoberfest, Night Market, Halloween, and a Nordic Christmas. Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Sea, Asia’s largest and newest ship, will operate at 2- to 4- night Summer Ocean Getaways featuring the Bionic Bar, The North Star, The FlowRider surf simulator and the RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea.
Dr Pang noted: “At the same time, the tourism board will also communicate to consumers the newly established safety and hygiene protocol as well as the anti-epidemic measures adopted by cruise lines to rebuild visitors’ confidence in travelling on cruises.”
And he added: “When cross-border travel resumes, The HKTB will then gradually market our cruise experience to Mainland and international visitor sources.”