SINGAPORE, 29 September 2017: Princess Cruises reports it will homeport in Singapore for a fifth consecutive season (2018-19) with the deployment of Sapphire Princess and her twin sister ship Diamond Princess.
This will be the first time that Princess Cruises will have two ships based at Marina Bay Cruise Centre to meet increasing demand for both short and long-haul cruises from Singapore.
For the upcoming 2017-18 season in Singapore, Sapphire Princess will offer three to 13-night sailings in Southeast Asia, bringing over 40,000 international guests to the region from November to March 2018.
The 2,670-guest Sapphire Princess will visit the ports of Bali, Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Port Klang, Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Nha Trang, Phuket, Samui, Laem Chabang (Bangkok) and Sihanoukville (Cambodia).
From late November 2018 to March 2019, passengers will have the option of cruising on both Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess from Singapore.
Diamond Princess will be deployed in Singapore offering 10 to 11-day voyages in December 2018 and January 2019, offering passengers celebratory cruises for year-end Christmas and the New Year festivities.
Nearly 70% passengers are expected to come from overseas to depart from Singapore.
Since Princess Cruises established operations in Singapore in 2012, the global cruise line has experienced significant growth as more travellers from around the region, including families and millennials, have taken more cruises to experience attractive itineraries to exotic locations as well as premium on-board facilities.
“Singapore is a thriving and attractive cruise hub, with world-class berthing facilities and proximity to a wealth of cruise destinations in the region. We are seeing increasing demand among Singaporean and Southeast Asian travellers, opting for cruise travel to explore the region. Our commitment to home-porting in Singapore for a fifth consecutive year reflects our goal to meet this demand by offering new travel experiences,” said Princess Cruises director of Southeast Asia, Farriek Tawfik.
Tawfik added that events were planned for November to celebrate the fifth anniversary and kick-off Princess Cruises’ upcoming season in Singapore.
For the 2018 and 2019 homeporting seasons, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess will feature the new Princess Luxury bed in all cabins. It also features the largest Japanese bath at sea – an 8,800 sq. ft bath and garden complex, offering indoor and outdoor Japanese bathing experiences including steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs with spectacular ocean vistas.
Both ships also feature the award-winning Sabatini’s Italian Specialty Restaurant and Sterling Steakhouse, Movie Under The Stars (open-air poolside amphitheatre); Lotus Spa; 24-hour room service; Princess Theatre; internet café and duty-free shopping.
Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships and carrying 2 million passengers annually on more than 150 itineraries that visit more than 360 destinations ranging in length from three to 114 days.