Top cruise terminals in the world
Each year, more than eighteen million people embark on an unforgettable cruise holiday in hundreds of embarkation ports around the world. Over the years, we have seen cruise terminals come and go, and nowadays, they come in all shapes and styles. Below are just a few of our personal favourite cruise terminals in the world today.
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong - China
This ¼ mile long facility can handle some of the biggest cruise ships in the world today. Located on the site of the former Kai Tak International airport runway, this $1 billion terminal can handle two Oasis-class cruise ships at the same time. Some 37,000 passengers were expected to pass through last year, and the capacity will double in 2014 with the opening of the second phase of the terminal. The innovative structure, complete with a rooftop park area has been designed by Forster and Partners of London, who are also responsible for the design of London’s Millennium Bridge.
Canada Place Terminal, Vancouver - Canada
Completed in 2001 as part of a multi-million dollar project to create the Vancouver Convention Center and the Pan Pacific Hotel, the Canada Place cruise terminal was one of the first to be located in a bustling urban environment. Although the terminal is primarily used for hosting ships in the summer season, Canada Place has become a popular destination to host a variety of corporate and public events throughout the year. We particularly like the design of the terminal, which is reminiscent of the sails found aboard an authentic clipper ship. Each night, the city of Vancouver holds the "Sails of Light" event. This is where the "sails" are used as screens to showcase a variety of light and colour celebrating the heritage of one of Canada’s most loved cities.
Shanghai International Cruise Terminal, China
Completed in 2011, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal was designed by Spark Architects and combines a series of office building within 40,000 square metres of retail outlets and an expansive river-side park. We particularly like the design of the entire development and although the terminal can only service cruise ships up to 87,000 tons, we are hopeful that the terminal will be able to accommodate larger ships in the future.
Cruise Terminal 18, Fort Lauderdale - Florida
Specifically built as the home port for Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, Cruise Terminal 18 is the largest "single ship" cruise terminal in existence. The terminal alone is capable of handling in excess of 12,000 passenger and their luggage on each turnaround day, something that no-other cruise terminal can do. Built at a cost of $75 million, the 240,000 sq. ft. building can check in a single guest in as little as fifteen minutes! We particularly like that a cruise terminal has finally been designed to accommodate a particular class of cruise ship, therefore the facilities and services offered match exactly what is required.
Tampa - Florida
Boasting a thoroughly modern design and residing in a central location, the Tampa Cruise Terminal and the surrounding area has been designed as a multi-use facility. Adjacent to the terminal, you will find an array of public parks, an IMAX cinema and a variety of shopping and dining outlets, in order to create a trendy and urban environment.
The Marine Façade, St. Petersburg - Russia
Completed in 2008, the Marine Façade Cruise Terminal is part of an on-going development to re-generate the maritime area of St, Petersburg and is capable of handling some of the largest cruise ships in Europe today. Other developments planned for the Marine Façade project includes a variety of entertainment, retail and dining outlets, to enhance the cruise passengers experience of St Petersburg’s maritime district. We love the contemporary and modern feel to the cruise terminal, and think the LED lighting at night gives the building a warm glow.
Marina Bay Cruise Centre - Singapore
Completed in May 2012 at a cost of $500 million, the Marina Bay Cruise Centre is designed as an architectural icon with the capability to accommodate even the world’s largest ships. Waves and nautical elements are prominent throughout the design of the structure, with an undulating roof scape that mimics the breaking of waves on the shore. When viewed from the towering heights of a cruise liner, the roof becomes a multi-dimensional mosaic of shapes and patterns..
Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal, Yokohama - Japan
Often referred to as the "welcoming jewel" to the port of Japan, the Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal is bold in both its architectural design and style. Boasting a column-free lobby and a rooftop plaza, the terminal is often classed as a place where passengers can relax in the sunshine and admire the views of nearby Tokyo.
Do you have a favourite cruise terminal? Any that really stand out for you? Let us know below!