Cruise liner targets ASEAN markets

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Singapore's new cruise terminal (© Arno Maierbrugger
Singapore’s new cruise terminal (© Arno Maierbrugger

Carnival, the world’s largest cruise group, said it wants to expand rapidly in Southeast Asia as it expects the regional market for leisure voyages to grow “dramatically” over the decade.

The region will be a key focus, the company said as it announced recently that one of its brands, Princess Cruises, will operate from Singapore by next year to provide short-haul leisure trips.

“Southeast Asia is a key market to develop cruising because it is a year-round experience. The seas are typically calm and the surroundings are beautiful, particularly for short-haul cruises,” said Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and chief executive of Carnival Asia.

Carnival’s brands include Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises in Australia, and P&O Cruises in Britain.

Industry forecasts say that cruise liners will see a total of seven million passengers a year by 2020 in Asia, up from just above one million now.

A luxury liner, the Sapphire Princess, will be deployed to Singapore from November 2014 to February 2015. It can carry 2,670 passengers, will bring travellers from Singapore to cities and exotic destinations in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Singapore, a regional aviation hub, has also taken steps to gain a bigger slice of the growing cruise travel market.In October, it opened a new cruise terminal capable of berthing the world’s biggest luxury liners.

 

 

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Singapore’s new cruise terminal (© Arno Maierbrugger

Carnival, the world’s largest cruise group, said it wants to expand rapidly in Southeast Asia as it expects the regional market for leisure voyages to grow “dramatically” over the decade.

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Singapore's new cruise terminal (© Arno Maierbrugger
Singapore’s new cruise terminal (© Arno Maierbrugger

Carnival, the world’s largest cruise group, said it wants to expand rapidly in Southeast Asia as it expects the regional market for leisure voyages to grow “dramatically” over the decade.

The region will be a key focus, the company said as it announced recently that one of its brands, Princess Cruises, will operate from Singapore by next year to provide short-haul leisure trips.

“Southeast Asia is a key market to develop cruising because it is a year-round experience. The seas are typically calm and the surroundings are beautiful, particularly for short-haul cruises,” said Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and chief executive of Carnival Asia.

Carnival’s brands include Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises in Australia, and P&O Cruises in Britain.

Industry forecasts say that cruise liners will see a total of seven million passengers a year by 2020 in Asia, up from just above one million now.

A luxury liner, the Sapphire Princess, will be deployed to Singapore from November 2014 to February 2015. It can carry 2,670 passengers, will bring travellers from Singapore to cities and exotic destinations in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Singapore, a regional aviation hub, has also taken steps to gain a bigger slice of the growing cruise travel market.In October, it opened a new cruise terminal capable of berthing the world’s biggest luxury liners.

 

 

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