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Friday, June 14, 2013

Inaugural Berthing Of Mariner Of The Seas At Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong


The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong received Royal Caribbean International’s cruise liner Mariner of the Seas last night (12 June), marking the maiden call to Hong Kong by the cruise ship.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) organised a ceremony featuring lion and dragon dances, and drum performances to welcome the more than 3,000 passengers.

Attending the welcome ceremony were Mr Philip Yung, Commissioner for Tourism of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Ms Daisy Lui, HKTB Deputy Executive Director; Mr Barry D Nassberg, Chairman of Worldwide Cruise Terminals (WCT); and Mr Chan Kam Foo, General Manager of shipping agent Wallem Shipping (HK) Ltd. A plaque and key ceremony was also held for the guests and captain of Mariner of the Seas.

Ms Daisy Lui also presented souvenirs to the first batch of the cruise ship’s passengers to show them the hospitable culture of Hong Kong and to encourage them to fully experience Hong Kong, Asia’s World City, during their stay.

Riding on the opportunities brought by the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the HKTB has been promoting Hong Kong’s world-class cruise facilities and appeal as a cruise destination through different channels, with a view to strengthening the city’s image as Asia’s Cruise Hub and attracting international cruise companies to feature Hong Kong in their itineraries. In addition, the HKTB is working closely with the travel trade to develop new onshore excursions to enrich the experience of cruise passengers while they are in Hong Kong.
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Mr Philip Yung, Commissioner for Tourism of the Hong Kong SAR Government (third left), Ms Daisy Lui, HKTB Deputy Executive Director (third right), Mr Barry D Nassberg, WCT Chairman (second left), Mr Chan Kam Foo, General Manager of cruise agent Wallem Shipping (HK) Ltd (second right), and Dr Zinan Liu, Regional Vice President, Asia and Managing Director, China, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (far left) pose for a group photo with the first batch of passengers of Mariner of the Seas.
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Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas is the first cruise liner to officially berth at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. The HKTB arranged dragon and lion dances, and drum performances to welcome the passengers.
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