For the first time in Southeast Asia, two Princess Cruises’ ships - have docked in several ports on the same day.
The two sister ships, Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess, are sailing in the region for the Singapore homeporting season. They met in Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City) on January 14, followed by Laem Chabang (Bangkok) on January 16 and Koh Samui a day later.
In another historical first for Princess in this region, the ships were commandeered by two brothers – Captain Paolo Ravera at the helm of Sapphire Princess and his older brother Captain Stefano Ravera on Diamond Princess – when both ships met in Phu My and Laem Chabang.
Both ships finally met in Singapore on January 19 where over 5,000 guests disembarked at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Bidding farewell to Diamond, Sapphire will continue sailing in the region until March when she will return to Southampton for her second European season, embarking from Singapore on a 37-night Indian Ocean and Europe Grand Adventure Cruise.
Meanwhile, Diamond prepares for dry dock, before embarking on a 12-night sailing from Singapore to Phu My, Nha Trang, Hong Kong, Taipei, Osaka and Shimizu (Mount Fuji) in early February.
“This dual-ship homeporting marks our fifth year sailing out of Singapore, carrying over 200,000 guests during this time, marking a pivotal moment for Princess Cruises in Southeast Asia. Princess Cruises also contributed economic benefit from each homeporting season estimated to be about S$250 million in the region over the last five years. We certainly look forward to sailing in the region for many years to come,” said Farriek Tawfik, director Southeast Asia.