Princess Cruises commenced company's 6th homeporting season in Singapore via the arrival of Sapphire Princess after the end of ship's European season. The liner returned to Singapore from Southampton UK on the return leg of 38-day world cruise “Indian Ocean and Europe Grand Adventure”.
Princess continued the tradition of inviting underprivileged kids onboard Sapphire Princess to start the Singapore season. Over 100 children and their families from 6 local children homes and organizations were invited onboard for a ship tour and to enjoy lunch and fun activities. Ship's Captain (Master) Paul Slight also made time to meet the kids and chatted with them prior to posing for group photos.
The day's highlight was a photography workshop. Youth photographers shared some tips in operating DSLR (digital single-lens reflex cameras). The kids were then guided to take photographs and take part in a photo challenge.
The highlight of Princess' Singapore season is a 12-day “Grand Southeast Asia” voyage where passengers will be able to watch the solar eclipse on December 26 (Boxing Day) along the Straits of Malacca.
Sapphire Princess is scheduled to enter drydock in April 2020 and then sail on two “Grand Asia” cruises between Shanghai and Singapore through May. The liner will then be homeported in Shanghai through October 2020 when she'll set sail for Melbourne to start her inaugural Australian season.
The countdown has also begun to mark the maiden call of Grand Princess to Singapore for a season of homeporting between December 2020-March 2021. Grand Princess is the first MedallionClass vessel to homeport in Asia.