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Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Hundreds of cruise passengers who arrived on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas got a taste of Hong Kong after their ship docked at the new cruise terminal at the former Kai Tak airport.

At apm in Kwun Tong, a group of 800 passengers were treated to a kung fu demonstration, a "switching mask" play and some local milk tea.

Another 100 tourists watched a lion dance at Mikiki mall in San Po Kong, while about 400 passengers were given gift coupons at Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill.

Susan Rajan, 62, from Vancouver, said: "The boarding procedure is easy and the terminal is comfortable."

Alex Kent, 65, from Australia, said he would like to visit "the older Hong Kong island" on this trip to the territory - his fifth.

Caroline Rankin, from Scotland, said: "I will go shopping everywhere in Hong Kong."

But Brad Gonyer, 63, and his wife, Nell, said they intend to go on a city tour on their own.

"We are Americans, we figure things out. We want to know the real city and its real people."

But Fred Lutjens, 72, also from the United States, said getting off the liner was "very chaotic."

He and some of his friends had also wanted to go to the Temple Street night market but were unable to get a taxi as there were about 100 people queuing up in front of them. They were forced to go on a shopping mall trip instead.

"The terminal is fine, the building is fine but there is no good connection to the city," he said.

After Hong Kong, the ship leaves for Japan, South Korea and Shanghai.


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