Singapore cruise port is part of Singapore Port, which along with its 2 cruise terminals also has passenger ferry terminals and dry-dock facilities for marine vessel refurbishments and repairs. The port is the world’s 2nd biggest containership cargo port (following Shanghai). In 2013, here were handled 32,24 million TEU containers - slightly behind Shanghai's 33,62 million TEUs.
The city of Singapore is sometimes referred to as the "Garden City", the "Lion City" or the "Little Red Dot". It is a sovereign city-state located in Southeast Asia, with a total area of 719 km2 (277,6 ml2) and a population of 5,607,300 inhabitants (2016 census).
Singapore is a global finance, commerce and transport hub, with standings including: top International-meetings city (UIA), city with "best investment potential" (BERI), the most "technology-ready" nation (WEF), 2nd-most competitive country, 3rd-largest financial centre, 3rd-largest foreign exchange market, 3rd-largest oil refining and trading centre and 2nd-busiest container port. The country has been identified as a tax haven.
Port Singapore features an excellent infrastructure, outstanding cruise facilities and strategic location. It is known as the gateway to Southeast Asia and is an ideal port for exotic itineraries to multiple Asian countries with convenient 5-night cruises. Among the regularly visirted destinations are ports and islands in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam.
Cruise itineraries to and from Singapore
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Singapore
- World Cruises - around the world voyages starting in Europe or Australia often visit Singapore and also offer world cruise segments with departures from Singapore (to Europe, China, India, Dubai, etc).
- Mini Cruises (to Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia) are generally booked as short-breaks (or shopping vacations). Most mini cruise deals from Singapore (with regularly scheduled departures) are offered by local Asian companies.
- The list of visited Southeast Asia mainland and island destinations includes Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia. Luxury ships may also visit the Philippines.
- On westbound World Cruise segments from Singapore, the itineraries visit ports in India, Sri Lanka, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt (with Suez Canal transition), Mediterranean ports (in Greece, Italy, Spain, France, etc).
- Repositioning cruises - Asia to Australia, Australia to Asia, Asia to Europe are all via Suez Canal.
- Repositioning – cruise itineraries to Australia from Singapore usually end in Fremantle-Perth, Brisbane or Sydney. These are seasonaly offered deals on ship relocation routes and often include stops in Indonesia. Most of the Australia-Asia deals are on P&O and Princess ships.
- Among the cruise lines operating to and from Singapore are both Genting lines (Star Cruises and Dream Cruises), also Celebrity, Costa Asia, Holland America, NCL Norwegian, Carnival Asia (P&O Australia, Princess), Royal Caribbean Asia, TUI.
- For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Singapore, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).
"Project Orient Limited” (POL) plans to build two ocean cruise liners for a regular passenger shipping service between Europe/UK and Australia (Southampton - Sydney). The scheduled itinerary will be 26 days in one direction (Southampton to Sydney, and the reverse Sydney to Southampton). The included ports of call are Fremantle (at the 20 day mark), also Dubai, Mumbai (India) and Singapore. Each of the STX France-built ships will be 200,000 GT tons and with capacity 1600 pax. The expected cruise pricing starts from around GBP 2900 per person (one-way).
Singapore cruise port
- On May 3, 2013, Carnival Corporation opened its Singapore office. With Costa Victoria and the arrival of Costa Atlantica (2680-passenger), the Carnival's local subsidiary company Costa Asia doubled its capacity in the region. In 2013, Costa operated a total of 125 Asian cruises with total traffic of over 220,000 passengers. Costa Cruises was the industry's first line establishing year-round operations in Asia. On the occasion of its inaugural port call (that coincided with the Carnival Asia regional office opening), on the Atlantica ship were hosted formal reception and gala dinner events. The Carnival's office houses the Carnival Asia company that oversees the Carnival Corp's Asian market operations and expansion. The special events on the Atlantica were attended by 300+ guests, among which government officials, local VIPs, travel industry representatives. In the period May-June 2013, Atlantica sailed on 3-4-day Singapore round-trip cruises to Thailand and Malaysia.
- In 2016, after 10 years absence, P&O Australia homeported a vessel in Singapore. Pacific Eden (former ms Statendam) arrived on July 30. and operated a total of 5 roundtrips to ports in Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand. The ship was based at SCC HarbourFront Terminal.
- On August 17, 2015, RCI (Royal Caribbean International) signed with STB ("Singapore Tourism Board") and CAG (Changi Airport Group) a multi-million dollar marketing campaign to promote cruise vacations starting from Singapore. The campaign targets the RCI line's overseas customers with "flight and cruise" deals from USA, Australia and Europe to Singapore. The campaign's period is 2015-2018, with estimated over 170,000 international cruise passengers flying to Singapore on booked Royal Caribbean fly-cruise deals. The projected Asian market growth is over 50%as the series of marketing campaigns also targets Asian passengers (flying from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. For the period 2015-2018, RCI also will increase its itineraries out of Singapore to over 40 per year. To attract more fly-cruise passengers, many itineraries will be longer than usual (7- to 15-days in length). The Singapore's Changi Airport is connected with direct flights to 320+ cities worldwide. Operating around 6700 flights weekly, the airport is among the Asia's major fly-cruise travel hubs.
- On August 26, 2015, the RCI ship Legend of the Seas arrived to be once again home-ported in Singapore. The ship previously sailed on year-round roundtrip itineraries out of port Singapore in the period 2008-2013.
- (statistics) in 2015, the cruise port handled a total of 385 ship calls and served over 1 million passengers. In 2015, the number of Singapore citizens departing by sea was nearly 1,754 million, which accounted for 19,2% of all outbound travellers. The increase in port calls (2013-2016 period) was over 35%, The cruise port had a combined annual growth 10,6%.
- On March 20, 2016, the AIDA Cruises newest ship AIDAprima docked in Singapore (Sembawang Shipyard) during her relocation itinerary from Nagasaki to Hamburg.
- April 2016, Tiger Airways is now part of the fly-cruise services offered at the Marina Bay terminal. Flights are from the Changi airport. The Center's other airline partners are Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Qantas, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines.
- In June 2016, during the Ovation of the Seas maiden port call, RCI representatives announced the ship will be homeported for its 2017 season in Singapore. Adding the large-sized Ovation to Voyager of the Seas (May 2017) and Mariner of the Seas (October 2017) increases the line’s passenger capacity in Southeast Asia by 30% over 2016. Ovation added around 42,000 passengers to the cruise port's volumes. The ship operated on 3- to 5-night roundtrips to Penang (Malaysia), Phuket and Laem Chabang (Bangkok) Thailand.
- In January 2017, Dream Cruises announced that their newest ship Genting Dream (151,300 GT tons) will be homeported in Singapore in 2018. Between early December 2017 and late March 2018, the ship operated on a series of 5-night roundtrips (Sunday departures) combined with 2-night weekend mini-cruises to destinations in Strait of Malacca and Java Sea. Passengers also had the choice to combine Strait of Malacca and Java Sea voyages into a 12-night B2B cruise, with the option of spending the weekend either onboard or in a Singapore hotel. Between April and October 2018, the ship's schedule had destinations in South China Sea and Java Sea.
- On March 6, 2017, Royal Caribbean signed a marketing partnership aiming to increase the number of RCI fly-cruise deals to Singapore. The market was estimated at over USD 26 million. The partnership is between RCCL, Changi Airport and Singapore Tourism Board. It promotes cruises out of Singapore on the RCi ships Ovation and Voyager. For the period March-June 2017, the projected number of "flight and cruise" tourists to Singapore was around 45,000. On March 6, the Ovation ship docked at Marina Bay Terminal for the very first time.
- In July 2017, at Clifford Pier was celebrated the "Royal Caribbean Cruises Asia" company's 10th anniversary. The special ceremony was attended by over 150 VIP guests representing Asian media, government officials, RCCL travel partners. The first RCI ship homeported in Asia was Rhapsody of the Seas (2007). For season 2017-2018, RCI had scheduled its longest ship deployment in Singapore - a total of 72 roundtrip itineraries.
- On January 22, 2018, at the cruise port ROyal Caribbean welcomed the company's 1 millionth passenger embarking in Singapore. The 52-yo Singaporean boarded Mariner of the Seas. At the ship’s gangway, he was welcomed and cheered by RCI crew and staff. To celebrate the occasion, he was taken to the Viking Crown Lounge, where was greeted by Captain Claus Andersen. He was also presented with prize package worth of over USD 2400.
Singapore has one of the most booked cruise ship repair and refurbishment yards. The facility is owned and operated by Sembcorp Marine. Among the shipyard's regular customers are Carnival Corporation (P&O Australia, Carnival, Holland America, Princess), also the Asian lines Star Cruises (Genting) and SkySea Cruises (Ctrip-RCCL / Royal Caribbean).
In the end of September 2017, the company FueLNG (Keppel and Shell joint venture) completed its first commercial LNG bunkering in Singapore. The truck-to-ship LNG ("liquefied natural gas") bunker transfer was for the vessel Floating Liquefaction. The LNG bunkering operation was carried out in the period July 22 - September 23 (2017). LNG as ship fuel completely removes SOx and soot particles, and reduces NOx (85%) and CP2 emissions (20%).
Highlights: City, Shops, Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island
Singapore cruise terminal
The newest Singapore cruise port terminal is named "Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore" (abbrev MBCCS, know also as International Cruise Terminal). It is located next to the Marina South Pier, at Marina South.
- port address - "Herbert Walker Avenue, Singapore SO15 1, United Kingdom"
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - SGSIN
- developer - Singapore Tourism Board
- operator - SATS-Creuers Cruise Services
- supported by excellent rail and air infrastructure
- deep water channel and berths
- sheltered harbor area
- access unrestricted by tides
- The cruise port is accessible the whole year round - 24/7, 365 days a tear.
Marina Bay Cruise Centre (International Cruise Terminal)
The Singapore's Marina Bay Cruise Centre (aka International Cruise Terminal, abbrev MBCCS) is a new cruise ship terminal located next to Marina South Pier. At construction cost USD 500 million, the terminal's constructing project started in October 2009 and was completed on 22nd May, 2012.
The first cruise ship to visit the new terminal was the Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas (calling on May 26, 2012). The new terminal's opening ceremony was on October 22, 2012.
- Singapore cruise port can accommodate vessel with LOA length up to 1180 ft (360 m), draft up to 38 ft (11.5 m) and GT tonnage (volume) up to 220,000 tons. The passengers capacity is 6800. Operator of Singapore cruise port (Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore ) is SATS-Creuers Cruise Services.
- Singapore Cruise Centre is located 10-min away from MBCCS. MBCCS (the old Singapore cruise port) was expanded in 2008. It is next to Vivo City and 20-min away from Singapore Changi International Airport.
- Cruise ship terminal (dock) address: "61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947 , Singapore"
- Terminal building address: "Singapore Cruise Centre, 2 Maritime Square, Singapore 099255"
- canal (berth) length - 360 m (1180 ft)
- max allowed draft - 11,5 m (38 ft)
- max GRT tonnage - 220,000 tons (the world's biggest cruise ships)
- terminal area size - 120 x 335 m (390 x 1100 ft)
- terminal area space - 28,000 m2 (300,000 ft2), approx 3 football fields
- The new terminal is expected to serve over 1,5 million cruise passengers per year.
- MBCCS has an amazing architectural design by RSP Architects Planners and Engineers Bermello, Ajamil and Partners. The arrival and departure halls are spacious and lively, the roofscape resembles waves that are breaking in the shore. The panels of glass and aluminium are alternating along the terminal length.
- terminal features - arrival/departure hall, GTA (ground transportation area), design (angular form, aluminium/glass panels, multi-dimensional roof /changing it shape as the cruise ship approaches).
- Sea waves break form at the terminal-GTA junction. Broken waves slide up the shore over the ground transportation area. The waves breaking point is the point of separation between the GTA and the cruise terminal. This area is the main entrance to the terminal.
Other signature facilities in Singapore Harbor (some still under construction) are Marina Bay Financial Centre (abbrev MBFC /3 office towers, 2 residential towers, 1 retail space), Marina Bay Sands (casino property developed by Las Vegas Sands), Singapore Flyer (giant Ferris wheel), Esplanade Park (waterfront area overlooking Singapore River), Gardens by the Bay (nature park of 101 hectares / 250 acres).
Cruise ship terminal directions & parking
Singapore has an excellent MRT (subway system) with numerous stations.
- The port is located some 10 min drive away from Marina Bay Cruise Centre and some 20 min from Changi Airport (one of the largest in Southeast Asia and also one of world's busiest).
- Parking space (carpark and bus bay area) are sized 32,000 m2 (340,000 ft2) with max capacity of 6800 passengers.
- By rail - the nearest station is Marina South Pier and also the scheduled for opening in 2021 "Marina South MRT".
- By bus - Service 402 stops by the cruise terminal from Marina Bay station covering the first 20 bus stops.
In Singapore Harbor are located HarbourFront Terminal (Marina Bay Cruise Centre), and also Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal. The cruise terminal is located close to signature attractions, including:
- Sentosa Island - beaches, swimming with dolphins, live shows, indoor skydiving, segways
- Resorts World Sentosa - Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
- Maritime Square - retail shopping (including at Vivo City mall housing multiple luxury, name-brand boutiques)
- There is a cable car to Sentosa Island.
Singapore tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Marina Bay Sands: the second integrated resort in Singapore. Take the sampan ride or try the unique restaurants (with top celebrity chefs like Justin Quek and Wolfgang Puck).
- Double helix bridge at Marina Bay: famous architectural wonder, not just a bridge. This favorite photo spot is located next to the Marina Bay floating platform and the Youth Olympic Park. It is breathtaking in the night with its various moods of lighting.
- Universal Studios Singapore: the first themed park in Singapore. Enjoy trilling entertainment time – walk along the Hollywood Boulevard, meet the famous Shrek or visit Jurassic Park.
- Night Safari: thrilling experience. It has won eight times the Singapore Tourism Board’s Best Visitor Attraction Experience.
- St James Power Station: the best place to have a party, choose between nine place or visit all.
- Singapore Flyer: the largest observation wheel in the world. The height of Singapore Flyer in 165 m and its building cost is S$240 million. You will enjoy stunning views of the Marina Bay, the Padang, the Raffles Place, Empress Place and the Singapore River.
- Marina Barrage: located at the city heart, a reservoir with fresh water and the favorite area for water sports enthusiasts. Great place for picnic, it is not unusual to see just married couples to take photos.
- Art galleries: located in Tanjong Pagar Distripark, right to the docks.
Port Singapore cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Singapore. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Singapore cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Singapore.
If you lose the Singapore location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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