Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas called at Singapore for the first time today. The 137,308 GRT gross registered ton ship has arrived with around 3,200 international guests, who were on an 11-Night Middle East and Asia Cruise starting from Dubai with calls at Goa, Cochin, Penang and Port Klang as well. She will embark on a 10-Night Asia Repositioning Cruise from Singapore to Perth (Fremantle) today with another 3,200 international guests, mostly from Australia.
Traditional plaque exchanges were conducted onboard between Captain Kjetil Gjerstad and Michelle Chan, Assistant Director, Cruise Industry Development of Singapore Tourism Board, as well as Bob Chi, Chief Executive Officer of SATS-Creuers Cruise Services.
Explorer of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s sixth ship that visited Singapore this year, following Voyager of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Legend of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas, making it the most number of ships deployed from the global cruise brand to this port over one year. The number of tourists who sail on these ships to and from Singapore ranges from around 2,000 to close to 4,000 per call, while the ships are of 70,000 to 168,666 GRT in size.
Revitalised Features Onboard
The 15-deck Explorer of the Seas which carries 3,840 guests at total occupancy, features the Voyager Class’ signature activities and entertainment which includes the Studio B ice-skating rink, Royal Promenade – a boulevard of shops and cafes – and a full-sized sports court. The ship has also been revitalised earlier this year with new features such as the FlowRider surf simulator, virtual balcony staterooms, 3D movie theatre, Giovanni’s Table Italian restaurant and Chops Grille steakhouse, which the fleet is renowned for.
New Asian and Australian Sailings
Explorer of the Seas will be sailing 10-Night Asia Repositioning Cruise from Singapore to Perth 2 (Fremantle) today, with calls at Port Klang, Langkawi and Phuket. She will embark on her inaugural Australian season homeporting in Sydney thereafter, featuring South Pacific cruises till March 2016.