China’s Guangzhou is to open its new Nansha International Cruise homeport on November 17, offering one 100,000gt berth and one 225,000gt berth, and a 50,000sq mtr terminal building which is expected to handle 750,000 passengers annually.
Two new ports in the Philippines
Bloomberry Cruise Terminal, based in the Philippines, is to open Ilocos in mid-October. A tender facility with a small terminal building displaying historic artefacts, it is set to welcome Spectrum of the Seas on December 26 when it will become the largest cruise ship ever to call the Philippines. Additionally, Solaire Cruise Center in Manila will start operations in 2021 with bookings opening in 2020.
Malaysia moves ahead
Melaka International Cruise Terminal, situated in Malaysia's Melaka Gateway, is under construction with phase one set to open in second quarter 2021, offering two berths (west outer and west Inner). The outer berth will handle ships up to 362mtr LOA while the inner berth can take vessels up to 348mtr LOA. The ultimate goal is to offer four cruise berths.
In Taiwan, Keelung port is investing $24m in its east terminal and $20m in its west terminal renovation and facility expansion, which are expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021, respectively.