Royal Caribbean International recently announced that it will have a year-round deployment in the coming year 2015-2016 from Singapore. The cruise line will position its ship, ‘Legend of the Seas’ (a Vision class ships) in Singapore in the summer of 2015 and that will be followed by ‘Mariner of the Seas’ (a Voyager class ship) at the end of the year.
With this move, RCI has shown it is committed to Asia’s huge untapped cruise market by basing two of her cruise ships to operate out of Singapore the year round.
The Legend of the Seas that was earlier based in Singapore from 2008 to 2013, will return to Singapore in summer next year and will run a series of 3- to 10-night roundtrip itineraries to destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Last year, the Legend of the Seas went through a major revitalization.
Asia’s largest ship, the Mariner of the Seas at present is in Singapore for four months of the year from November – March. Come the winter of 2015, it is going to be based full time in Singapore.
Malcolm Says: RCL are certainly committed to the newly emerging cruise markets such as China and Asia. I wonder how long the UK will continue to be the world’s second biggest cruise market?
Slide-show ‘Explorer o f the Seas’ (a Voyager class ship):
Slide-show ‘Splendour of the Seas’ (a Vision class ship):