Government’s ‘slow ahead’ speed blamed for cruise line’s possible abandonment of plans to resume service from Hong Kong

Spectrum of the Seas - Royal Caribbean InternationalCruise line Royal Caribbean International is expected to abandon its plans to relaunch a “cruise to nowhere” service in Hong Kong because it has taken too long to get permission from health authorities, the Post has learned.

A travel industry insider said the company had lost patience and was inclined not to send its Spectrum of the Seas ship back to Hong Kong after a failure to get a clear answer from the government a month after it made an application to restart the service.

The ship was moved to Singapore in February, which dealt a blow to Hong Kong’s underused Kai Tak terminal and to its ambition to become an Asian cruise hub.

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