Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
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|Kai Tak Cruise Terminal|
|Location||South-eastern end of the former Kai Tak Airport runway|
|Address||33 Shing Fung Road, Kai Tak, Kowloon,|
|Opening||12 June 2013|
|Cost||$7.2 billion Hong Kong dollars|
|Owner||Government of Hong Kong|
|Floor area||184,000 square metres,
(with about 5,600 m2 of commercial area)
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Foster + Partners|
|Main contractor||Dragages Hong Kong Limited|
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is located on the runway of the former Kai Tak Airport, which was officially closed on July 1998 and demolished in 2004. The government made the new cruise ship terminal at Kai Tak the initial focus of its development plans for the district, which will eventually include parks, hotels, a metro station, stadium, pediatric hospital, and housing.
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is designed to simultaneously handle two of the world’s largest cruise vessels, of up to 220,000 gross tons, 362 meters long, and carrying up to 6,000 passengers and 2,300 crew.
- Berthing facilities – an alongside berth of 850 x 35 meters dredged to 13 meters, 200T bollards, 5 passenger boarding bridges. Separate road access for apron and passenger areas of the terminal.
- Support facilities – customs, immigration, port health and port health offices onsite. Restaurants, shops, foreign exchange and tourist information services. Free WiFi in public areas.
- A total of 40 coach pick-up/ drop-off bays, 30 coach queuing bays, public minibus stop, franchised bus stop, public car park with 120 spaces.
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (“KTCT”) commenced operation in 2013 and has since welcomed cruise ships from a wide variety or cruise lines. Lines calling or scheduled to call at the KTCT include:
- AIDA Cruises
- Azamara Club Cruises
- Carnival Cruises
- Celebrity Cruises
- Costa Cruises
- Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
- Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Peter Deilmann Cruises
- Phoenix Reisen
- Plantours Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Royal Caribbean International
- Seabourn Cruise Line
- Silversea Cruises
- Star Cruises
- Transocean Cruises
- Voyages of Discovery
Year on Year Development and Future Outlook
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is operated by Worldwide Cruise Terminals (“WCT”). Since the terminal commenced operation, the number of passengers, ship calls, and lines calling have risen steadily. Ship calls take place throughout the year, and approximately 80% of calls are homeported.
- In 2014, there were 8 Cruise Lines, 28 Total Ship Calls (17 turns and 11 transits), 10 Ship Call Months, 49 Ship Days and 100,866 Passengers.
- In 2015*, there is an estimated 9 Cruise Lines, 58 Total Ship Calls (44 turns and 14 transits), 11 Ship Call Months, 76 Ship Days and 220,000 Passengers.
- In 2016*, there will be an estimated 17 Cruise Lines, 100 Total Ship Calls (79 turns and 21 transits), 12 Ship Call Months, 124 Ship Days and 350,000 Passengers.
Booked Berths as of July 2015*.
Passenger numbers are based on ship’s declaration and do not include crew.
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal has ancillary commercial areas of about 5,600 square meters. The commercial areas at both ends of the second floor feature shops and restaurants including a Chinese banquet restaurant that seats up to 960 persons. Foreign exchange and visitor information facilities are present to support tourist arrivals.
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal has a number of large event venues, and hosts some 10-20 private and corporate events every month. The terminal has served as an event venue for:
- Audemars Piguet
- Calvin Klein
- Construction Industry Council
- Cruise Holiday Expo
- Cruise Shipping Asia Pacific
- Hennessy VSOP
- Hong Kong Jockey Club
- Slide the City
- Vocational Training Council (VTC)
- White Party
- World Skills Competition Hong Kong
Television and Film appearances
The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal has been featured in a number of local and overseas film and television productions such as:
- Little Big Master
- Vol 920
- Triumph in the Skies
Situated at the roof of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal building, the rooftop park occupies an area of approximately 23,000 square meters with amenities including a central lawn, a viewing platform, a fountain plaza and a water garden. It attracts approximately 4,000 visitors daily on weekends and holidays and offers a panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour.
THE RUNWAY PARK:
Situated adjacent to the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal building, the Runway Park is located at the tip of the former Kai Tai Airport Runway. Featuring a grand lawn over 1 ha in size, it provides views of the Victoria Harbour and distant features of the Lion Rock, Kowloon Peak and Lei Yue Mun. Also as a tribute to the aviation history of Hong Kong, a portion of the original Kai Tak Runway is retained and integrated into the planning of the Park.
Architectural Design and Construction
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal was designed by Foster + Partners. The main contractor of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal was Dragages Hong Kong Limited.
The interior of the terminal can be used as a venue for performances, events and exhibitions, supported by the terminal’s restaurants and shops. The sustainable design features include a number of energy-saving measures, power generated from renewable sources, as well as making use of recycled rain water for irrigation. The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal was awarded a provisional Platinum BEAM Plus rating by the Hong Kong Green Building Council.
- Minibus: Green minibus No. 86 operates between the cruise terminal and Kowloon Bay MTR Station (Telford Gardens) from 06:40 to 23:00 daily with a fare charged at $5.5. First minibus departs at 06:40 from Telford Gardens. The headway of the minibus route service will be approximately 8 to 25 minutes.
- Bus: KMB bus route 5R provides a Saturday, Sunday and public holiday service between the cruise terminal, Ngau Tau Kok and Kwun Tong MTR station from 11:00am-19:00pm with a fare charged at $6.7. The headway of the bus route service will be approximately 30 minutes.
- Ferry: The Hong Kong Government has announced that an adjacent ferry pier will be renovated to provide additional connectivity to other points in the harbor from 1Q2016.
Awards and Acknowledgements
- The terminal was described by Departures magazine as “The Rolls-Royce of Cruise Terminals”
- Provisional Platinum BEAM Plus rating by the Hong Kong Green Building Council
- GBA Merit Award
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.|
- Kai Tak Cruise Terminal official website
- Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong, 2010–2013 Foster + Partners. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong, 2010–2013 Dragages Hong Kong Limited.