CruisePassenger throughput rose by 17% to a high of 1.38 million in 2017; India the largest cruise market

Singapore’s cruise sector at record high

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Singapore Cruise Centre’s HarbourFront Terminal
Singapore Cruise Centre’s HarbourFront Terminal

The most prolific cruise passengers to Singapore were from India, a market which drew 127,000 cruise passengers, a 25% leap from 2016.

Singapore’s cruise sector has been on the upswing since 2014, with passenger throughout in 2017 at a record high of 1.38 million–a 17% increase from the previous year. Last year, the total number of ship calls edged up 3% to 421, of which 16 were maiden calls. 

The most prolific cruise passengers to Singapore were from India, a market which drew 127,000 cruise passengers, a 25% leap from 2016.

Singapore’s newest cruise terminal, Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore last year handled 31.2% more ship calls from January to December compared to the year before. The terminal handled a total of 876,753 passengers, which represented a 51.3% increase. 

Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC), a cruise terminal located in the south of Singapore, received 253 ship calls and more than half a million cruise passengers in 2017. 

This year, the cruise terminal is scheduled to receive three maiden calls at its HarbourFront Terminal, including vessels from Viking (Viking Spirit, September 19), Silversea (Silver Muse, December 9) and Seabourn (SEABOURN Ovation, December 22) cruise lines. 

SCC’s CEO Christina Siaw said, “We are also continually exploring new ways and opportunities to enhance our infrastructure, tap new technologies and step up cooperation and collaboration with our regional industry partners to remain relevant to the needs of cruise tourists.

“Security is also another area where we continue to invest more resources each year to ensure that all our terminals and border checkpoints are well protected,” Siaw elaborated. 

“SCC was recently conferred the Gold TOPSIS award for security excellence at our cruise and ferry terminals by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs for the third year in a row,” she added.

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