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Cruising is back in Hong Kong as Resorts World sails into town

Hong Kong cruising restarts next month on board Resorts World One.

Cruising is coming back to Hong Kong with the announcement that Resorts World Cruises (RWC) will begin sailing from the city next month.

RWC’s Resorts World One will leave its home port of Singapore on March 3, offering a repositioning cruise from Singapore and calling at Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang before arriving in Hong Kong on March 8. It will then begin regular cruises from Hong Kong from March 10, with two- and three-night voyages departing every Friday, Sunday and Wednesday.

Resorts World One, formerly known as Explorer Dream, is a 13-storey cruise ship able to accommodate up to 1,856 guests. Room categories include Balcony, Oceanview and inside staterooms, which all come inclusive of dining, entertainment and recreational activities. Guests who upgrade to The Palace will have access to a 24-hour butler service as well as dedicated dining areas and a separate pool.

This is the first time cruising has returned to Hong Kong since the fated ‘cruises to nowhere’ were cancelled early in 2022 due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the city. Hong Kong banned all cruising and the two cruise lines operating pandemic cruises, Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises, were forced to cease operations immediately. Dream Cruises’ parent company Genting Hong Kong went into liquidation and its vessels were bought up by Singapore-based RWC. RWC started up cruise itineraries in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand last summer.

“We are pleased that Resorts World Cruises will have the first cruise ship to homeport in Hong Kong after the resumption of normal travel with the Mainland and overseas,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of RWC. “We hope to support the growth of Hong Kong tourism as we have done for both Singapore and Malaysia.”

The company believes Resorts World One will increase tourist arrivals into Hong Kong and generate economic benefits, particularly for hotels, transport companies and suppliers.

As a gesture of goodwill, those who were impacted by the sudden cancellation of cruises on board Genting Dream between January and April last year will be offered a complimentary cruise (same category, cruise itinerary and duration) and an onboard credit of HK$350 per cabin before December 23.

Bookings for Resorts World One will open online from February 1.

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