CruiseThe government has extended WCT's lease on Kai Tak Cruise Terminal by five years to ensure operational continuity when cruising returns.

WCT steers Kai Tak Cruise Terminal forward

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With the lease extension, WCT will assist the industry comeback for Hong Kong, according to managing director Jeff Bent.
With the lease extension, WCT will assist the industry comeback for Hong Kong, according to managing director Jeff Bent. Photo Credit: Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Hong Kong government has extended Worldwide Cruise Terminals' (WCT) operating lease on Kai Tak Cruise Terminal for another five years till May 2028.

Vivian Sum Fong-Kwang, commissioner for tourism, said at a virtual Legislative Council meeting on 12 April that the authorities decision to extend the lease was to ensure operational continuity. This extension would also allow more cruise lines to use the terminal should they wish to sail to Hong Kong.

"We look forward to assisting the industry comeback in the coming years, and building on past achievements," wrote Jeff Bent, managing director of WCT in a LinkedIn post.

Earlier in the year, Hong Kong imposed a two-week ban on air and sea arrivals until 21 January. When more Omicron outbreaks followed, the country extended its cruise suspension to 21 May.

After the suspension was announced, Royal Caribbean International cancelled its existing Spectrum of the Seas sailings in Hong Kong, choosing to sail to Singapore instead.

Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess which was initially scheduled for deployment from Hong Kong to various ports in Australia in late August also shifted course and redirected the ship to Los Angeles for summer.

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