Princess Cruises has announced that it will homeport in Singapore for a fifth consecutive season (2018-2019) with the deployment of the Sapphire Princess and Diamond Princess.
This will be the first time that Princess Cruises will have two ships homeporting at Marina Bay Cruise Center to meet increasing demand for both short and long-haul cruises from Singapore, the company said, in a statement.
For the upcoming 2017-18 season in Singapore, Sapphire Princess will be making three- to 13-night sailings in Southeast Asia, bringing over 40,000 international guests to the region from November 2017 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, Ko Samui, Laem Chabang (Bangkok) and Sihanoukville (Cambodia).
The following season, the Diamond Princess will be deployed in Singapore with 10 to 11-day voyages in December 2018 and January 2019, offering guests a unique opportunity to celebrate year-end Christmas and the New Year festivities visiting exotic destinations.
“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 travelers, opting for cruise travel to explore the region. Our commitment to homeporting in Singapore for a fifth consecutive year reflects our goal to meet this demand by offering new travel experiences,” said Farriek Tawfik, Director of Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises.
Tawfik also said that Princess Cruises has grown its presence in Singapore and Southeast Asia over the past five years and is committed to expanding operations in this region. He also said that a series of events will be planned this coming November to celebrate the fifth anniversary and kick-off Princess Cruises’ upcoming homeporting season in Singapore.