New cruise era begins for Singapore
How Singapore's full reopening on 1 April marks another major milestone
in Southeast Asia’s cruise industry recovery since sailing restarted in
the country in November 2020.
With everything shipshape all round for Singapore’s cruise sector,
the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is looking ahead to welcome more
cruise lines in the subsequent months.
Since Dream Cruises ceased operations in Singapore on 2 March, Royal
Caribbean International is currently the only cruise line homeporting in
the country — the latter has just announced an extended Singapore
sailing season for the Spectrum of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean International may soon be vying for the attention of
cruisers, as more cruise lines eye a Singapore season in the near
Speaking to The Straits Times, STB's director of cruise Annie Chang
said: “We are not lacking in other cruise lines who have expressed
interest (in coming to Singapore). But it takes a couple of months.”
She added that health and safety protocols such as vaccination checks will take some time.
“We should be able to see at least one or two more ships coming over
in the next couple of months... It's our responsibility to make sure
that we fill up the gap,” Chang was reported as saying.
According to The Straits Times report, Costa Cruises, Silversea
Cruises and TUI Cruises are currently in talks with STB on establishing
Costa Cruises intends to bring in its Costa Serene from November 2022
to March 2023, hoping to call at ports in Thailand and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, with Singapore identified as a key market for Silversea
Cruises, the cruise line is working out the details with STB on
returning its ships to the region.
Additionally, TUI Cruises revealed that discussion with STB has been
in the works since February this year about deploying Mein Schiff 5 to
Singapore in December, and offering two-week long cruises to places like
Port Klang, Langkawi, Penang, Phu My, Koh Samui and Laem Chabang.
TUI Cruises projects bringing in close to 30,000 travellers for
Singapore’s fly-cruise segment, adding that its sailings typically
attract German-speaking guests who have signalled demand for cruises in