Since establishing operations in Singapore in 2012, Princess Cruises is now announcing it will homeport in the city-state for a fifth consecutive season with the deployment of Sapphire Princess and her twin sister ship Diamond Princess, its first dual homeport deployment at the country’s Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
For the upcoming 2017-18 season in Singapore, Sapphire Princess will make three- to 13-night sailings in South-east 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).
From late November 2018 to March 2019, guests will have the option of cruising on both Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess from Singapore. Diamond Princess will be deployed in Singapore with 10 to 11-day voyages in December 2018 and January 2019.
Nearly 70 per cent of guests are expected to come from overseas to depart from Singapore, according to a Princess Cruises statement.
“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 South-east Asian travellers, opting for cruise travel to explore the region,” said Farriek Tawfik, director of South-east Asia, Princess Cruises.
He added that a series of events will be planned this coming November to celebrate the fifth anniversary in the region and kick-off Princess Cruises’ upcoming homeporting season in Singapore.
For the 2018 and 2019 homeporting seasons, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess will feature the new sleep expert-designed Princess Luxury Bed in all cabins.
Both ships also feature an open-air poolside amphitheatres; a spa; 24-hour room service; Princess Theatre; internet café, duty-free shopping among many other amenities.