Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hong Kong's Old Airport Reborn As Hong Kong's New Cruise Ship Terminal

The Kai Tak Airport, better known as Hong Kong International, dutifully served the island city for nearly three quarters of a century before shutting down in 1998. But rather than let that prime civic real estate fallow, the Hong Kong government has transformed it into a dazzling new cruise ship port.

After a billion-dollar (US) renovation and conversion, the new Kai Tak cruise terminal opened to passengers yesterday. In total, the 19 acre facility can simultaneously accommodate a pair of 50,000 ton ships—such as Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class vessels—as well as their 5,400 passengers and 1,200 crew members.


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