CruiseCosta Cruises, Silversea Cruises and TUI Cruises may soon join Royal Caribbean in Singapore.

Look out for more cruise lines sailing to Singapore

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The Singapore Tourism Board aims to bring in several more cruise ships in the coming months.
The Singapore Tourism Board aims to bring in several more cruise ships in the coming months. Photo Credit: Marina Bay Cruise Centre
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.

However, Royal Caribbean International may soon be vying for the attention of cruisers, as more cruise lines eye a Singapore season in the near future.

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 Singapore sailings.

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 Southeast Asia.

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