Sapphire Princess and Diamond Princess will arrive in Singapore by year-end.
Princess Cruises has announced the homeporting of two of its ships in Singapore, to meet the increasing demand of cruising in the region.
Enroute to Singapore from Southampton, Sapphire Princess will reach Singapore on 28 November 2018. This will be the ship’s fifth homeporting season in Singapore, after which she will sail to Southeast Asian destinations on 3 to 13 day voyages.
A highlight itinerary is Sapphire Princess’ Grand Asia voyage from Singapore to Shanghai, taking place over the Christmas and New Year period. The ship will then return to Singapore in early January, and continue sailing in the region until March 2019.
As for sister ship Diamond Princess, cruisers can expect her to arrive in Singapore from Japan by year-end as well. Itineraries will include Christmas and New Year sailings from Singapore to Southeast Asian destinations.
Over the Christmas season, Diamond Princess will sail from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Ko Samui over a 10 day period. The New Year itinerary also offers a 10 day voyage, with stops at Bali, Port Klang, Penang (late night) and Phuket.
For holiday season sailings, passengers can look forward to onboard celebrations, festive menus and a balloon drop party with music and dancing to welcome the New Year.
“Bringing two ships to homeport in Singapore demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing our guests with even more choice and opportunity to enjoy cruising in the region,” said Farriek Tawfik, Director Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises. “Bookings for this season are very healthy and the Grand Asia voyage from Shanghai to Singapore is almost sold out.”
The liner has also made ongoing efforts to advance its ships’ facilities, as part of a US$450 million enhancement programme. Sapphire underwent a dry dock in March this year, and Diamond will undergo one in February 2019.
Additionally, Diamond features the largest Japanese bath complex at sea, with hydrotherapy and heated pools, seated waterfall massages and sauna rooms. Accommodation in both ships also include the cruise line’s new signature Princess Luxury Beds.