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Korea's Largest Cruise Terminal to Open in Incheon Next April
  • By Choi Mun-hee
  • July 3, 2018, 16:44
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Bird's eye view of Incheon port cruise terminal

The largest cruise terminal in Korea will open in Incheon in late April next year.

It is the first time that the metropolitan area will have a pier for large-scale cruise ships that can carry 5,000 to 6,000 tourists, so it is likely to change the landscape of the domestic marine tourism market.

The Incheon Port Authority (IPA) announced on July 3 that it plans to open a cruise terminal, which is under construction in Songdo International City District 9, next April 26.

The terminal will have a 430-meter-long port that can accommodate the world's largest cruise ship with a capacity of 225,000 tons. The two-story terminal building will have a floor space of 7,364 square meters.

Domestic cruise docks are located in Busan North Port (220,000 ton), Seogwipo Gangjung Port (150,000 ton), Jeju Port (150,000 ton) and Sokcho Port (100,000 ton).

IPA plans to operate the 114,000-ton cruiser Costa Serena on the Incheon-Shanghai-Fukuoka-Busan route in partnership with Lotte Tour.

The ship is 290 meters in length and 35.5 meters in width, similar to the height of the Northeast Asia Trade Center (305 m), a high-rise building in Songdo International City.

The internal space with various facilities such as a swimming pool, theater and casino is larger than 20 soccer fields combined.