Foreign ships debut in ASEAN to feed growing demand

ASEAN’S waters are seeing an increase in activity with a burgeoning number of western cruise liners sailing into the region.

The 1,300-pax AIDAaura, 220-pax Le Diamant and 110-pax Clipper Odyssey have all made maiden calls at South-east Asian ports over the last three months, bringing the Germans, French and Americans to shore respectively.

Due to stop in Singapore this year are the Seabourn Sojourn, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Silversea’s Silver Spirit and Orion II, while Malaysia is scheduled to receive several calls from P&O’s Artemis and Arcadia, Hapag Lloyd’s Columbus, Bremen and Europa, AIDA Cruises’ AIDAluna and AIDAaura, and Compagnie du Ponant’s Le Ponant, Le Diamant and L’Mistral.

For its next Asian cruise season starting end-2011, AIDA Cruises will also assign a larger ship – its heavyweight 2,500-pax AIDAdiva.

– Full story in TTG Asia

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