Thailand's Laem Chabang is becoming a hotter port of call, with Star Cruises last week announcing the new homeport deployment of SuperStar Gemini to Laem Chabang while Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) Ovation of the Seas made her maiden call at Laem Chabang.
(From left) Star Cruises' Ang Moo Lim presenting the SuperStar Gemini crystal ship model to Thai Travel Agents Association's Suparerk Soorangura
SuperStar Gemini will be based in Laem Chabang International Terminal from December 17, 2017 through April 27, 2018. During her deployment, SuperStar Gemini will embark on three-night cruises to Sihanoukville and Koh Samui, departing every Sunday; two-night cruises to Sihanoukville, departing every Wednesday; and two-night cruises to Koh Kong Island, departing every Friday.
“Thailand has the largest number of tourists of all ASEAN countries and the two airports of Bangkok serve more than 85 million passengers every year,” said Ang Moo Lim, president, Star Cruises. “This is a perfect location for fly-cruise passengers and we will work closely with inbound agents to package cruises with land vacations – providing tourists yet another reason to visit Thailand.”
Ovation of the Seas
Meanwhile, RCI’s 168,666-tonne, 2,090-stateroom Ovation of the Seas on March 31 arrived in Laem Chabang on a five-night cruise from Singapore with over 4,000 guests. The overnight stay in Laem Chabang allowed its guests to go ashore to Bangkok.
Ovation of the Seas is currently offering 10 cruises from Singapore ranging from three to five nights to Penang, Phuket, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), and a one-way 12-night cruise to Tianjin with calls at Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My) for an overnight, Hue/Danang (Chan May), Hong Kong and Seoul (Incheon). She will be back in the region for two sailings in April 2018.