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Another Cruise Line Rolls The Dice in Asia

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By: Sarah Phillips

The first premium cruise line to have a ship based in Singapore for an extended period, Princess Cruise Lines, announced a new fall season (November 2014 to February 2015) for Sapphire Princess in the Asian city.

During the 4 month season, Princess will offer 15 different sailings, ranging from three – to 11-days. The itineraries have been designed for single sailings as well as 25 different combinations to create sailings up to 21 days in length for a rich array of ports in one seamless, exotic experience.

During her stay in Singapore, Sapphire Princess will call at seven countries and 16 ports.  Stops include major cities Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), along with smaller, off-the-beaten path resort destinations, including Penang (Malaysia), Ko Samui (Thailand) and the Langkawi islands.

The line is placing the ship in Singapore in response to the growing interesting in cruising Southeast Asia.  In fact, Princess expects approximately 40,000 passengers during the season with guests coming from Asia, the United Kingdom, Australia and North America.

Passengers sailing from Singapore should expect a typical Princess Cruise Line experience, with some slight alterations. The line will provide multi-lingual crew members in key passengers-facing positions and update the dining room menus to offer a taste of local offerings. Special enrichment programs will be offered while shopping selection and spa treatments will be altered to accommodate local preferences.

Royal Caribbean currently has two vessels positioned in Singapore.

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