Hong Kong has become an increasingly important cruise destination over the years for both visiting ships and those sailing from Hong Kong. Hong Kong cruises have never been so popular.
Below you’ll find information on cruises departing from Hong Kong, including which destinations are available, which cruise lines run trips and how much it will cost. If you’re a cruise passenger arriving in Hong Kong, we also have a page on Hong Kong cruise passengers – the essential guide, which covers facilities at the cruise terminal and what you should in Hong Kong in your short visit.
Where you can reach?One of the fantastic things about Hong Kong is that it is within striking distance of dozens of countries – this makes it a fantastic place to take a cruise with several attractive locations just days away.
Within 1 day sail is the Chinese coastline, Taiwan and much of Vietnam, including beautiful Hai Long Bay and Hanoi. Closer still is the Chinese resort island of Sanya – the ideal place for some dedicated beach time.
Further out, from 2-3 days sail from Hong Kong, are the Philippines, including the sandy beaches of Cebu, much of Malaysia, Singapore, the west coast of Thailand and even Southern Korea and Japan. Further out still, from 3-6 days sail is Indonesia, Eastern Thailand, including famous Phuket, and Japan.
What sort of Hong Kong cruises are available?While Hong Kong has long been a stop off destination for roving cruise ships it’s only in the last few years that the city has taken off as an embarkation point. In fact the addition of expanded cruise terminal facilities has seen business boom and you can now choose between long weekend hops up the Chinese coast to two month tours of Asia and everything in between.
Here are some typical itineraries and what to expect price wise.
5 day cruise – Hong Kong – Kaohsiung (Taiwan) – Taichung (Taiwan) – Taipei (Taiwan)– Hong Kong Prices from US$600 to HK$800
5 day cruise – Hong Kong – Sanya – Hue (Vietnam) – Halong Bay (Vietnam) – Hong Kong Prices from US$700 to HK$900
8 day cruise – Hong Kong – Xiamen – Manila (Philippines) – Kota Kinbalu (Malaysia) – Singapore Prices from US$850 –US$1555
14 day cruise – Hong Kong – Hanoi (Vietnam) – Hue (Vietnam) – Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) – Bangkok (Thailand) – Singapore. Prices from US$1500 up to US$4500
22 day cruise – Hong Kong – Nha Trang (Vietnam) – Phu My (Vietnam) –Singapore – Semerang (Indonesia) – Lombok (Indonesia) –Komodo Island (Indonesia) – Darwin (Australia) –Port Moresby (Pap New Guinea) – Brisbane (Australia) –Sydney (Australia)Prices from US$3000 to US$7000
When to goThere are Hong Kong cruises all year round – the weather is pleasant enough – although there are certainly some choice times to depart.
The Southeast Asia summer is a humidity fuelled swampy, sweaty mess best avoided. The heat is oppressive and the rain storms can be dramatic. The summer is also typhoon season in the region– with Vietnam and the Philippines hit most often. They can cause serious destruction and cause delays and diversions to cruise ships.
The best time of year to travel is in early Autumn and early Spring when the weather is balmy but the humidity moderate. There is also little rain. This is when the best selection of cruises will be available but it’s also when prices are highest.
For cheaper cruises look around December/January, which is chilly but not cold, especially the further south you travel.