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Australians Keen to See Asia by Sea with Princess Cruises

March 20, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

On the eve of its largest deployment to Asia, Princess Cruises has earmarked the region as the next cruising hot spot for Australians, who are increasingly choosing to explore sought-after destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia by sea.

Over the coming months, Princess Cruises will expand its presence in Asia, becoming the first premium cruise line to have ships based in Singapore, China and Japan for an extended period.

Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said the 116,000-tonne Sapphire Princess was leading the charge with her first Shanghai deployment from May to September followed by a busy season of cruises from Singapore until February 2015.

“During Sapphire Princess’ Asia deployment, we will offer more destinations from Singapore than any other cruise line, with 15 roundtrip departures calling at seven countries and 16 ports including Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ko Samui and Langkawi,” Mr Allison said.

Mr Allison said the Singapore roundtrip cruises were hitting the mark locally, with interest from Australia topping that of all other More-fun-in-the-Philippines_250X250pxmajor markets.

“Australians want to cruise to exotic destinations close to home so that’s a big part of Asia’s appeal. The beauty of our cruises is that they combine the region’s most desirable destinations into one holiday where our guests can unpack once and wake up in amazing locations all the while enjoying the luxury and comfort of a Princess Cruises’ ship,” he said.

Sapphire Princess’ 10-night roundtrip cruise from Singapore on December 8, 2014, is priced from $1349* and includes calls to Bali in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia and Phuket in Thailand.

“We believe Sapphire Princess’ diverse offerings from Singapore will prove extremely popular and will help to elevate Asia to one of Australians’ most sought after cruise destinations,” Mr Allison said.

Meanwhile in Japan, the newly-refurbished Diamond Princess and Sun Princess will sail from three homeports – Tokyo, Kobe, and an industry first, Otaru on Hokkaido – offering 42 departures featuring nine unique itineraries ranging from seven to 28 days between April and October.

As the first international cruise line to offer a full season of cruises from Japan, Mr Allison said Princess Cruises was leading the way in establishing the region as a cruise destination.

“We’re thrilled with the level of demand we’ve seen since launching Diamond Princess’ inaugural Japan deployment and expect to see more Australians take up the opportunity to see the Land of the Rising Sun by sea,” he said.

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*Fares are in AUD, per person, twin share. Conditions apply, subject to availability.

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