Three years later, Hong Kong hosted the first international cruise

Three years later, Hong Kong hosted its first international cruise

Silver Spirit arrived in Hong Kong just after sunrise on Wednesday, January 18, for a two-day port call during the Lunar New Year Asia cruise. The 39,500-tonne cruise ship operated by Silversea Cruises (part of the Royal Caribbean group) will remain in the region until March, when it begins its “move” to Europe for the summer season.

Many travelers dream of visiting Hong Kong because of its cultural attractions. Arrival on a cruise ship — the best way to see the harbor and easy access to the center. 

Ocean Terminal is conveniently located on the north side of Victoria Harbour, close to Kowloon Park and surrounded by delicious restaurants and attractive shopping. On the way to the terminal, tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of the cityscape and historical sites.

Silver Spirit with a total displacement of 39,518 tons can accommodate 608 passengers at double occupancy and 648 passengers at maximum capacity. This ship underwent an extensive facelift in 2018. With flights still limited in the region, the ship is carrying just over 300 passengers this time around. Among the guests — tourists from 20+ countries.

China has maintained strict quarantines and restrictions on overseas travel, only recently gradually easing restrictions. When cruise ships finally return to the region, more tourists will be able to explore this magnificent destination. 

Silver Spirit made port calls in Thailand and Vietnam before arriving in Hong Kong. He is on his way back to Singapore on a cruise expected to end on January 29, with three stops in Vietnam along the way: Ha Long Bay, Da Nang and Saigon.

China is gradually opening up to international cruise tourism, and several cruise lines are planning to visit Hong Kong in the coming months. Along with Silversea, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Oceania Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Azamara Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Cunard have planned stops in Hong Kong.

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