Saturday, November 17, 2012

Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore

Southeast Asia is an emerging as a cruising playground because of many natural attributes that make it an ideal cruising playground. The region offers more than 25,000 islands, year around warm climate and calm waters, with diverse and attractive destinations to be enjoyed within short sailing distance.

Presently, Asia constitutes only nine per cent of the total global cruise market share by revenue, thus holding much potential for development. Singapore, with its prime location amidst major international maritime routes and excellent land, air and sea connectivity to destinations worldwide, is poised to tap into this  potential by equipping itself with critical infrastructure like the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS).

Singapore’s cruise industry performance has been on an uptrend.  In the last ten years, from 2002 to 2011, cruise passenger throughput grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 3.6%, reaching close to one million passengers in 2011. Based on a study commissioned by STB, the cruise industry in Singapore generated some $520 million in direct spending, which included spending by cruise lines, passengers and crew, in 2010. During the same period, 3,365 persons were employed directly or indirectly in the cruise industry in Singapore.

Located at Marina Bay, the new The Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore features a striking waves and
nautical-inspired design.  MBCCS effectively doubles Singapore’s berth capacity and allows for more cruise ships to call on and homeport in Singapore. With deep waters, a large turning basin and no height restrictions, MBCCS can accommodate the new generation of larger cruise ships, such as Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class ships. It will be a key enabler towards realizing Singapore’s potential as a gateway to cruising in Southeast Asia and beyond.

The MBCCS will also complement the existing cruise terminal at HarbourFront which will soon complete its very own S$14 million rejuvenation programme.

Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore is designed to accommodate Oasis class ships
which are world's largest passanger ships.  Here in the photo, MS Oasis of the Seas
In June 2012, Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas arrived in Singapore for the first time on 26 May 2012 (Sat) and was welcomed by more than 100 government officials, company executives, as well as local and regional travel agents and media. Arriving to start her maiden Asian season, the 37,276-gross registered ton Voyager of the Seas also became the first cruise ship to call at the new Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, as well as the largest to homeport in Asia.

Singapore can expect new and varied product offerings for cruise passengers. Celebrity Millennium, operated by Celebrity Cruises, will homeport out of Singapore for the first time later this year and is expected to make 10 ship calls during the 2012/2013 season. This will be the first time that Celebrity Cruises is homeporting a ship out of Singapore. Costa Cruises will also be deploying a second ship, Costa Atlantica, to join Costa Victoria  in Singapore from May 2013. Other cruise lines like Holland American Line’s Zaandam and Seabourn Cruises’ Seabourn Quest are also making maiden calls to Singapore. This year alone, Singapore expects 9 maiden calls in total, which is almost double the number of new sailings in 2011.

Source : Fact sheet on Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore

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