Sunday, December 9, 2012

Celebrity Cruises Maiden Asian Season from Singapore

Celebrity Cruises started her maiden Asian season with Celebrity Millennium on 9 December 2012. Celebrity Solstice has docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore  (MBCCS)  on November 23rd 2012, the first stop in her maiden  voyage to Asia. Named by the world renowned Frommer’s travel guide book as ‘the most flagrantly beautiful megaship ever built’, this sleek, contemporary marvel of modern engineering was the first of the Celebrity cruise ships to visit Asia.

Following closely behind  Celebrity Solstice was Celebrity Millennium, which home-ported at MBCCS from 8 December 2012, using Singapore and MBCCS as its hub for its Asian voyages in the coming year.

Both world-class ships are operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, which has chosen Singapore and MBCCS as the springboard to cruise destinations within the region. This significantly underscores the cruise company’s confidence that Singapore and MBCCS have the resources and facilities to accommodate its cruise liners’ foray into Asia, and ultimately be the catalyst to grow the cruise industry within the region.

Melvin Vu, Chief Executive Officer of SATS-Creuers Cruise Services (SCCS) says, “MBCCS was built to
dock bigger cruise ships and enhance cruise passengers’ experience, and  Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium will definitely enjoy their stays. Our facilities and proximity to the  city centre have been the key reasons for Celebrity Cruises’ decision to use our terminal, providing passengers with a seamless transition from the luxury vessels to the vibrancy and unique appeal of Singapore. We look forward to welcoming more premium cruise ships to MBCCS and giving Singaporeans a rich variety of travel options and reaffirming our status as a world-class cruise hub.”

The four year old Celebrity Solstice features a wide range of premium dining and activity choices in keeping with the legendary  Celebrity cruising experience. The 122,000 tonne ship ensures a premium experience for all its 2,850 passengers by effortlessly combining elegance and elements of modern art in a plethora of open, public spaces, including a freshly manicured natural grass lawn on the top deck.

With luxurious accommodations and intuitive service for its 2,138 passengers, the 91,000 tonne Celebrity Millennium is top of the rankings among large cruise ships. Passengers can enjoy a myriad of Solstice Class features such as the Celebrity iLounge SM, an ice-topped Martini Bar, Café al Bacio & Gelateria, a Cellar Masters Wine Bar, and the uniquely unordinary SM Qsine specialty restaurant.

Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Millennium
The 2,158-guest Celebrity Millennium which was launched in 2000, underwent a major renovation earlier this year and now features the Solstice Class features, including the spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms, Blu the ‘spa’ restaurant, ‘uniquely unordinary’ Qsine restaurant, stylish creperie Bistro on Five and Cellar Masters with a bold collection of wines from around the world.

For her maiden Asian season from now till next April, Celebrity Millennium will visit nine countries new to the brand, including Vietnam, Thailand and China, among others. She will feature a series of 14-night one-way cruises between Singapore and Hong Kong, with overnight stays in ports like Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Halong Bay and Hong Kong.

The season also will include two 14-night round trip sailings from Singapore with overnight stays in Bali in January 2013. This ship will also be returning for the second consecutive Asia season in 2013/2014.

In conjunction with the arrival of Celebrity Solstice, a new DriveCruise service has been introduced at MBCCS, giving cruise passengers special parking rates and a valet service to ensure an uninterrupted passage from car to cruise ship. Upon their return to MBCCS, the valet service will move passengers’ cars to the pick-up area, expediting processing time and promising the perfect end to any cruise holiday.

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