Quantum of the Seas arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday, June 20. The monster is currently the largest cruise liner to visit Asia. The spectacular Quantum docked at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the site of former Hong Kong airport.
The 168,666-ton, 16-deck vessel is as long as 3 soccer pitches, and accommodates 5,000 passengers. At 348 metres, Quantum is the fourth-largest liner in the world and the biggest ship to have berthed in the city. Quantum of the Seas is in Hong Kong as part of a 54-day global cruise which started last month in New York and will end in Shanghai.
Since the Hong Kong $8.2 billion terminal Kai Tak was opened in June 2013, it has often been criticised for its remote location. However, while only 9 voyages docked there in 2013, the number grew to 28 in 2014. In 2015 it is expected to reach 58 and to almost double to 100 next year.
According to official data, more than 319,000 visitors and 185,000 Hong Kong people passed through terminal's immigration checkpoints during the period between April 2013 - March 2014.
The number of visitors over doubled to 692,800 from April 2014 to February 2015, while the number of Hong Kong visitors quadrupled to more than 702,000. International cruise companies realize the potential of Hong Kong market and the figures reflect the pace of cruising industry's development in the region.
By the end of 2015, Royal Caribbean expect 35,000 Hong Kong people to board its cruises, double the figure of 2 years ago.