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Resorts World One restarts year-round cruising from Hong Kong's Kai Tak

Resorts World One's Michael Goh, left, presents a ship model to Hong Kong Tourism Board's Kenneth Wong at the inaugural festivities
Resorts World One (ex Explorer Dream) today became the first cruise ship to resume year-round service from Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

Resorts World Cruises' second ship had arrived Wednesday.

It will offer three sailings a week, consisting of two- and three-night cruises to nowhere through March. Destinations cruises with a variety of options start April 2.

A celebratory event was held onboard today with more than 400 attendees, including local travel and business partners, media and influencers. Resorts World Cruises President Michael Goh and COO Raymond Lim officiated.

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra performs

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra performed for the first time on a cruise ship. The performance on Resorts World One's helipad during the inaugural sailing out of Victoria Harbour was broadcast live on Resorts World Cruises’ Facebook page.

Reigniting Hong Kong's tourism

Goh called this maiden voyage 'an important step forward in reigniting Hong Kong’s cruise tourism,' adding that Resorts World One will open new opportunities for inbound and outbound travel in Hong Kong for cruises and fly-cruises.

The arrival of Resort World One on March 8 alone brought more than 1,000 cruise visitors from various Southeast Asian countries, noted Kenneth Wong, general manager, MICE & cruise, Hong Kong Tourism Board.

'As cruising in Asia further resumes we look forward to collaborate with international cruise lines as well as trade partners in both Hong Kong and source markets to diversify our cruise products, so as to not only enrich our visitor profile but also promote the growth and opportunities in the Asian cruise market,' Wong said.

Penghu, Taiwan calls added

In other news, Resorts World One will call at Penghu, a collective name for nearly 90 islands, every Tuesday, commencing April 11, enhancing the three-night itinerary for sailings departing from Kaohsiung and Hong Kong. With Penghu located off the east coast of Taiwan, the ship will offer a convenient way to visit the islands which can only be reached by air and ferry.

Penghu is famous for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and abundant marine life, enabling snorkeling, fishing and island-hopping boat tours.

Visitors can also stroll historic Magong city, known for its rich heritage and culture. Dining on seafood and shopping for dried seafood are also popular activities. Shore excursions can be made to Baisha Island, famous for Baoan Temple, with its 200-year-old banyan tree, and beaches such as Shili and Sanshui.