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At Cruise Shipping Miami, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced plans for an extensive new cruise terminal — large enough to handle two Oasis-class ships at the same time — to open in mid-2013. The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, designed by Sir Norman Foster, will be located along Victoria Harbour in Kai Tak Airport’s old runway area.
“Construction is already well underway,” said Bill Flora, U.S. director of the HKTB. “In typical Hong Kong fashion, Kai Tak is not designed to be just a cruise terminal. It’s being designed as one of the newest architectural marvels on the Hong Kong skyline.”
The three-story terminal will feature one of the largest rooftop gardens in Hong Kong, which can be used for outdoor dining and more formal events such as wedding banquets. The baggage handling area, customs hall and back office functions will be located on the ground floor, with the arrivals hall on a mezzanine level above. A check-in and waiting area will be located on the second floor, along with a public colonnade, shops and cafes.
The building will be designed for year-round use with sections that can be converted for various functions. The concourse areas, for example, can be converted into a venue for performances, events and exhibitions.
Flora is optimistic about Victoria Harbour’s newest addition and predicts that cruise lines will follow suit.
“I believe that Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will help develop more cruise itineraries that will visit cities on the coast of China,” said Flora.