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Hong Kong is a city with many different parts, people, cultures, languages and influences. The city is a hub of East Asia for commerce, culture, transport, tourism and more, and it welcomes huge numbers of visitors each year. Cruise passengers will find plenty to do during a port stop in Hong Kong.
The Port: Hong Kong Cruise Terminals
Hong Kong has two cruise terminals. Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui is a finger pier which can accommodate ships up to 50,000 tonnes. Telescopic gangways, fuel and reprovisioning barges and stevedoring services allow cruise ships to restock and refuel whilst berthed in Hong Kong. It is within walking distance of many of Hong Kong’s delights, and easily reachable by the underground transit system.
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is Hong Kong’s newest dock for cruise ships visiting Hong Kong. Open from September 2013, it is built for ships with a displacement of up to 110,000 tonnes. This means that Kai Tak can serve the biggest cruise ships in the world, the Allure and Oasis of the Seas. Located at the former Kai Tak Airport runway, the terminal is within reach of attractions including the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Kowloon City Walled Park and the Festival Walk.
The City: What to Do in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is the name of an island on which part of the city sits, and also the entire Special Administrative Region of China. Much of Hong Kong’s urban development is on the northern shore of the island, with the peninsula and urban area of Kowloon not far across Victoria Harbour. North of Kowloon are the New Territories, and surrounding Hong Kong’s CBD are the Outlying Islands. The official spoken languages are Cantonese and English, with Cantonese being the most widely spoken.
Cruise passengers who are in Hong Kong for a day have the option of many attractions to explore via the great public transport system- or they can just wander and enjoy the people watching and shopping which the city provides in great abundance. Victoria Peak gives a great view of the city, and is also home to Peak Tower which is a shopping mall and restaurant complex. Museums with different themes can be found all over the city. Dialogue in the Dark is perhaps the most interesting of these, an exhibition in complete darkness which requires punters to use their other senses.
Disneyland Resort is a big draw for visitors to Hong Kong, but it is not the only theme park. Ocean Park is popular with locals and tourists alike, packed with rollercoasters, aquariums and the iconic cable car. Hong Kong also has a Buddhist-themed park, Ngong Ping 360. Hong Kong does have beaches, which are only a bus ride from the CBD areas.
Cruises to and from Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a major transport hub and holds a very central position on the coast of Asia. Almost every line which cruises internationally will offer Hong Kong cruises. Princess offers many itineraries in Australia and Asia which dock at Hong Kong. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Holland America all offer Asia itineraries which often are one-way between Hong Kong and Singapore, or similar journeys. Small-ship luxury lines such as Azamara Club, Silversea and Seabourn also schedule stops in Hong Kong during their in-depth Asia itineraries. For P&O UK and Cunard, many of the visits to Hong Kong take place during World Cruises.