Singapore Cruise Centre welcomes the return of Australian operator P&O Cruises to Singapore today after a 10-year absence.
P&O will offer 5 departures out of Singapore in 2016, including 4 roundtrip cruises from the city to other destinations in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand throughout August, and 4 departures in 2017, including 2 roundtrip voyages.
Pacific Eden returns to Singapore at a time when Asian cruising is growing.
In 2015, there were 385 cruise ships and over 1 million cruise passenger arrivals in Singapore.
Sture Myrmell, P&O president, said the line’s Singapore season followed an expansion of the fleet with the addition of Pacific Aria and sister ship Pacific Eden in November last year.
“Singapore offers a great port experience for our guests and is the ideal hub for our two exciting Asian itineraries, which will include many maiden calls for P&O,” Myrmell said.
Singapore Tourism Board expects between 5-8% growth in the industry over the next 3 to 4 years.
Christina Siaw, SCC chief executive, said:
“We are very excited to welcome P&O Cruises back to Singapore and we are delighted with their vote of confidence in our port.
“P&O, with its expanded fleet of ships and great on-board offerings, will help spur the growth of the cruise industry with Singapore as a regional gateway.
“Through the years, SCC has worked hard to upgrade our facilities, strengthen our customer service and forge close collaboration with other port operators to attract more international cruise lines to Asia.
“Our HarbourFront cruise terminal is strategically and conveniently located within a bustling shopping, dining and entertainment precinct, and is well-connected to the rest of Singapore.
“We have no doubt that P&O passengers will enjoy their stay in our city.”