Ultra luxury cruiser pays maiden port call

Local | Cissy So 31 May 2019

The largest and most expensive cruise vessel in Asia - Spectrum of the Seas - has made her maiden port call in Hong Kong.

Royal Caribbean International's Quantum Ultra Class vessel, which can carry 5,600 passengers, arrived in the SAR yesterday in the middle of a 47-day voyage, and leaves today for Shanghai.

It will return to Hong Kong in December, using the city as its home port for six trips.

Spectrum of the Seas, built at a cost of US$1.25 billion (HK$9.75 billion), weighs 168,666 tonnes. It is 41 meters wide, 348 meters long and 16 decks in height.

It boasts a Sky Pad, which is a bungee trampoline fitted with virtual reality technology on the aft of the ship. The vessel is the first one in Asia with this facility. At North Star 360, guests can ascend over 91.5 meters above sea level to admire the view.

There is also a three-bedroom "ultimate family suite," which accommodates up to 11 people.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah said the new vessel will help bring tourists from the Greater Bay Area to Hong Kong.

"We like operating in Asia and from Hong Kong, and we're very encouraged by everything that we see in terms of the Greater Bay Area development," said President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley.

"We think it's really going to simulate further growth for our company and for the cruise sector from Hong Kong. We are very enthusiastic about bridging into south China."

The company said for Hong Kong outbound cruises, local and mainland customers each make up 40 percent of passengers.

cissy.so@singtaonewscorp.com

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