Offering Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao passengers 2 and 3-night cruises with extensions on land.
On 13 January, Resorts World Cruises announced Resorts World One will commence high seas cruises from Hong Kong, starting 10 March 2023. With Taiwan lifting all travel restrictions on Hong Kong and Macao residents, Resorts World Cruises is pleased to add Kaohsiung as a destination. Beginning 2 April 2023, the Resorts World One will sail from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung offering 4-day/3-night cruises departing Sundays and 3-day/2-night cruises departing Wednesdays. The 3-day/2-night weekend high seas cruises departing Fridays will continue.
Besides the round-trip cruises, vacationers departing from Hong Kong on Sundays will have the flexible option to debark at Kaohsiung on Mondays to enjoy a 4-day/3-night land stay in Taiwan; and re-embark on Thursdays to arrive Hong Kong Friday, making this a memorable 6-day/5-night holiday. Vacationers can make their own land accommodation arrangements in Taiwan or via travel agents.
Kaohsiung will also become a double homeport for the Resorts World One. Vacationers from Taiwan can embark the ship in Kaohsiung from 4 April 2023 onwards, starting with a special 3-Day/2 Night cruise to Hong Kong. Subsequently, the Resorts World One will offer weekly round-trip cruises to Hong Kong that include the 4-day/3-night cruise departing on Mondays and the 5-day/4-night cruise departing on Thursdays.
Vacationers departing from Kaohsiung on Thursdays for the 5-day/4-night cruise will also have the option to debark at Hong Kong on Fridays for a 3-day/2-night land stay in Hong Kong. Vacationers will re-embark the ship on Sunday to arrive in Kaohsiung on Monday. Similarly, vacationers can also make their own weekend accommodation arrangements in Hong Kong or via travel agents. These cruises from Kaohsiung will support the “Hello Hong Kong” campaign by the Hong Kong government to increase the number of tourists.
“Resorts World Cruises pioneered the dual homeport ship model for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang) with the Genting Dream, bringing increased tourists and economic benefits to both destinations,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Executive Chairman of Resorts World Cruises. “Similarly, Hong Kong and Kaohsiung will both benefit from increased number of passengers carried by Resorts World One and increased Fly-Cruise and Rail-Cruise passengers, who will have pre and post cruise stays in either destination,” he added.
With a capacity of over 1,856 passengers, the Resorts World One is set to contribute and open-up a new stream of potential inbound tourists, reigniting the cruise sector and the various tourism industries in Taiwan and Hong Kong. With 2 sailings a week to Kaohsiung, there will be 78 calls in 2023, which is a substantial increase compared to approximately 20 cruise ship calls pre-COVID in 2019. And with 3 sailings a week from Hong Kong, Resorts World One will make 126 calls in 2023, which will be 60% of the calls that Hong Kong had pre-COVID in 2019.
The homeport deployment in Kaohsiung is timely as the Kaohsiung Cruise Terminal has developed an integrated shopping, dining and entertainment district that is being completed with a waterfront boardwalk, connecting it with the Maritime Cultural and Pop Music Center. A new futuristic cruise terminal is also being completed.
“We would like to thank the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Tourism Bureau, the Kaohsiung Government, the Port of Kaohsiung and the relevant authorities in Taiwan for extending their support towards Resorts World Cruises. The homeport deployment is a clear testament of our unwavering commitment in rejuvenating the cruise tourism sector in Taiwan and the region,” said Mr. Michael Goh, President, Resorts World Cruises.
As “A Resort Cruising at Sea”, the 13-storey Resorts World One will further stimulate the travel trade as vacationers now have more holiday options that go beyond land and air travel. The cruise ship itself is the perfect holiday alternative as she also features 18 food and beverages venues, world-class facilities with best-in-class services and hospitality, including the signature “The Palace” – a luxury ship-within-a ship exclusive enclave with 42 luxury suites and European style 24-hour butler services, private facilities and amenities.
All enhanced safety and precautionary measures on the Resorts World One are enforced and applied in accordance with prevailing local and international guidelines to safeguard vacationers, as well as to provide peace of mind.
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