Cruise lines looking to sail Asia can expect new itineraries and a slew of new ships as lines like MSC Cruises and Celebrity Cruises head to the region.
But lines like Princess will reduce their capacity in Asia and redirect ships to the northern hemisphere.
“Asia remains an important destination and source market for Princess, and we remain optimistic about sailing the region next year.”
“In the meantime, we are focused on other markets to work closely with our local travel agent partners to increase our supply for longer air cruises. Princess is working with its employees, partners and local stakeholders in Asia affected by the reorganization.
The line said it hopes to restart operations in Japan in March 2023.
“We have continued to work closely with local authorities in the region to ensure a safe resumption of cruises since our operation was halted at the start of the pandemic in 2020. We remain optimistic that our ongoing discussions with the Japanese authorities will enable us to return there. in March 2023.”
Departures to Malaysia and Indonesia began on July 1 this year, with Thailand being added as a destination since late October. Royal Caribbean International Specter of the SeasResorts World Cruises’ Dream of Genting and Silversea Cruises’ silver muse made their first stopover in Phuket last month.
Dream of Genting currently operates two homeports in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang). The line will introduce new five-night cruise itineraries for selected dates from the two homeports in November 2022 and March 2023, adding Phuket as a destination.
December 18, Dream of Genting will also sail a special five-night cruise from Singapore to Surabaya and North Bali. From May 2023, three-night cruises to Phuket will begin.
“We are optimistic that the weekly two- and three-night cruises from the two home ports to Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang) will continue to be popular among holidaymakers,” added Michael Goh, Chairman of Resorts. World Cruises. “Demand has been very positive for these short cruises, with December departures already nearly sold out.”
Asked about the fate of Explorer’s Dream and dream of the worldand if RWC plans to build new ships, Mr. Goh said: “We will strive to strengthen our presence in Asia, gradually exploring new opportunities to expand our fleet of Resorts Cruising at Sea in the region.
The brand also aims to innovate and reinvent its cruise offerings to enhance the cruise experience for its customers, with the inclusion of unique themed cruises as well as onboard enrichment programs.
Mr Goh also noted that the response of the Australian fly cruise market is gradually accelerating. Demand is expected to be stronger in 2023 as travel options and accessibility increase.
He added: “As Resorts World Cruises is a newly launched brand operating in the market for over 4 months, the response has been very encouraging from the international fly cruise market, especially from source markets like India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan”.
Royal Caribbean has also seen strong demand for Southeast Asia from the air cruise market, despite skyrocketing airfares. According to Angie Stephen, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean International, the fastest growth is coming from within the region with India, Malaysia and Indonesia leading the way.
“We are also pleasantly surprised at the volume coming from long-haul markets like the US and Europe,” Ms Stephen added. “We are moving in the right direction and as flight capacity increases and flight prices stabilize, we expect international demand to continue to increase.”
With the recent launch of Icon of the seasthe line also hopes to eventually bring Icon and Oasis-class ships to the region.
“We would love to explore the possibility of bringing larger vessels to Singapore in the future,” Ms Stephen said. “Singapore has upgraded its cruise terminal to accept Oasis-class ships, cementing its position as the region’s cruise hub. Penang can also accept Oasis class ships which is fantastic.
She added: “The continued development of infrastructure to accommodate larger vessels and provide destination experiences for customers will remain important in attracting larger vessels to the region.”
Currently, the line offers three to five night itineraries on Specter of the Seas, visiting Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Phuket. At each destination, guests have the opportunity to try one of the many shore excursions offered by Royal Caribbean, ranging from land tours steeped in rich culture and history, to outdoor thrills and adventures. off-grid exploration.
This includes a trip to the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, St. George’s Church; an adventure to the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, where colorful displays of Hindu deities adorn the walls of limestone caves; and a scenic view tour of the coast of Nai Harn Beach in Phuket.
The ship’s All Access Tour has also been brought back. The tour gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at how the Royal Caribbean experience comes to life. Led by the most experienced officers on board, participants will be able to learn about the technological side of cruising as well as exciting fun facts, facilitated by exclusive tours of various onboard facilities. This includes the bridge – the navigational center of the ship.
For the 2023 to 2024 season, travelers can expect new routes to Vietnam, Hong Kong and Japan. The line’s upcoming rollout includes two exclusive 12-night itineraries, which allow guests to visit up to seven destinations in three countries in a single sailing. Itineraries can also be flown back-to-back, which would cover ten unique destinations over 24 nights at sea, including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka and Mount Fuji in Japan, as well as Nha Trang and Hue/Danang in Vietnam.
“We expect these cruises to be particularly popular with guests from outside the region, with a focus on Australian, American and British guests looking to explore the different cultures and highlights of Asia. “said Ms Stephen. “Guests can embark on their journey of vengeance to explore the region’s energetic cities, traditional architecture and exotic landscapes, cruising from destination to destination aboard the action-packed boat Specter of the Seas.”
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is also rebuilding a strong pipeline of cruise ship deployments for Singapore. STB recently announced a landmark collaboration with the ultra-
luxury cruise and expedition line, Silversea Cruises. The three-year partnership will see Silversea Cruises’ ships homeport in Singapore from the 2023 season.
TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 5 will also return to Southeast Asia between December 2022 and May 2023, departing from Singapore. The line will take passengers to ports in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Apart from homeport ships, Singapore also welcomes the return of transit and turnaround sailings from other cruise lines such as Cunard, Princess Cruises, Viking Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
“STB will continue our discussions with other cruise lines to operate sailings from Singapore, and we look forward to welcoming other cruise lines in due course,” said Jacqueline Ng, Director, Cruise, STB.