The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (China) has extended Worldwide Cruise Terminals’ (WCT) Kai Tak Cruise Terminal lease contract for another 5 years to ensure continuous operation when flights resume.
Under the newly renewed contract, the Hong Kong Government will allow Worldwide Cruise Terminals’ (WCT) to continue operating at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal until May 2028.
At the Legislative Council meeting held online, Vivian Sum Fong-Kwang, Commissioner for tourism, said the decision to extend this lease was to ensure uninterrupted operation as well as allowing more cruise lines to use the pier if they wish to dock in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bent, Executive Director of WCT, expressed his delight at the decision of the Hong Kong Government, thanking for “assisting the industry comeback in the coming years”, from there “building on past achievements”.
Earlier this year, Hong Kong imposed a two-week ban on arrivals by air and sea until January 2. However, as there are more and more new Covid-19 outbreaks, this special zone has extended the temporary suspension of entry by sea until May 21.
After the announcement was made, Royal Caribbean International diverted to Singapore for the Spectrum of the Seas ship, instead of Hong Kong as it is now. Meanwhile, Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess, originally scheduled to sail from Hong Kong to other ports in Australia at the end of August, has also diverted to Los Angeles this summer.