Hong Kong’s $1 billion Kai Tak Cruise Terminal opened on Wednesday and welcomed its first arrival, Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas.

The terminal was built at the end of a runway at the old Kai Tak Airport, which closed in 1998. One berth is completed, and the other is scheduled to open in 2014.

The terminal was built with the goal of making Hong Kong a cruise hub in Asia.

“Together with the two existing berths at Ocean Terminal, the completion of the Kai Tek Cruise Terminal will greatly enhance the berthing capacity for cruise ships in Hong Kong, thereby enhancing our competitiveness and attractiveness," said Gregory So, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development.

The terminal can accommodate Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Allure of the Seas, the largest ships in the cruise industry at 220,000 gross tons.


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