Voyager of the Seas to embark on maiden Asia-Pacific foray

ROYAL Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas cruise liner will embark on its first Asia-Pacific voyage in May 2012, commencing the trip from Singapore’s new International Cruise Terminal.

With over 40 per cent more staterooms and five more categories than existing offerings in Asia, as well as onboard innovations such as an ice-skating rink, a full-sized sports court and a golf simulator, the 14-deck 3,840-guest ship will be the largest ever to be home docked in Singapore as well as Asia.

Michael Bayley, executive vice president, international of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said: “Singapore was picked as the Voyager’s home port as it is an iconic tourist destination. We have a good relationship with local authorities as well as its tourism board, which actively markets Singapore as a destination.”

Voyager of the Seas joins its sister ship, the 2,076-pax Legend of the Seas, in targeting Australian, Chinese, Indian and South-east Asian holidaymakers, and will call at similar ports with the exception of Nagasaki, Kobe and Tianjin.

From May to June, Voyager of the Seas will sail three- to five-night cruises to Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket, as well as an eight-night cruise to Shanghai that features Ho Chi Minh City, Xiamen and an overnight stay in Hong Kong.

The ship will then sail from Shanghai and Tianjin visiting a variety of Japanese and South Korean destinations including Kobe, Okinawa, Fukuoka and Jeju from June to October.

On top of scheduled sailings, Bayley explained that the charter segment was also drumming up a considerable amount of business, and demand was rising, particularly from China. According to Bayley, the Legend of the Seas was chartered out 11 times in 2010. “The (charter) business is incredibly vibrant and healthy,” he said.

Bayley revealed that Royal Caribbean intends to keep Voyager of the Seas in Asia, where it hopes to eventually double its guest count. “At the moment, we plan to build the brand, and I imagine that if Voyager proves to be a success, we will add more capacity to our Asia-Pacific fleet,” he said.

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