CruiseHong Kong’s Victoria Harbour is her first port of call.

Spectrum sails into her homeporting in China

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Spectrum of the Seas, the first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships of Royal Caribbean, berths in Hong Kong.

She was in Hong Kong as part of her inaugural sailing through Barcelona, Dubai and Singapore, and before heading to Shanghai, where she will homeport.

The world’s biggest, newest and most technically advanced cruise ship graced Hong Kong’s harbour on Thursday.

Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s first Quantum Ultra class and 26th ship, called in at the increasingly popular cruise hub.

She was in Hong Kong as part of her inaugural sailing through Barcelona, Dubai and Singapore, and before heading to Shanghai, where she will homeport.

“Bringing Spectrum to Hong Kong with its maritime history is very symbolic for Royal Caribbean,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International in his speech on board to 600 government, corporate, travel agent and media guests.

“We’ve been operating from Hong Kong for over 20 years and we hope we’ll be operating from Hong Kong for the next 20.”

Spectrum, which is tailored to family and Asian cruising, will be home porting in Hong Kong for the 2019 and 2020 winter seasons.  

“We are very encouraged by everything we see in terms of the Greater Bay Area development,” Bayley added.

“It offers a great opportunity for Royal Caribbean and we anticipate it will stimulate further growth for our company and the cruise sector from Hong Kong. We are also very enthusiastic about the rail links and bridge connecting Hong Kong with South China, and think this is a game changer for the region.”

With the links to the Greater Bay Area come increased opportunities for multi-destination tourism and shore options for passengers disembarking in Hong Kong, said Edward Yau, secretary of commerce and economic development, who also attended.

He said that the government is currently in discussions to facilitate cruise passenger movement into the mainland.

He also added that HK$20 million has been allotted to support Hong Kong’s cruise industry this year, especially the fly-cruise and rail-cruise sectors.


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