Asia Cruise Yearbook : ASEAN Yearbook 2018
SINGAPORE Princess Cruises has increased their cruises around Asia including itineraries on Sapphire Princess from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. In addition, their newest ship, Majestic Princess, is also homeported in Singapore. / The next 12 months STB’s partnership with Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Changi Airport has boosted fly-cruise, especially for the Australian market. The joint venture, which was launched last year and will continue over the next 24 months, means Australians flying to Singapore for a cruise will be able to explore the city with special tours on offer. STB and CLIA also announced a three-year joint venture which will further develop Singapore and Southeast Asia as a vibrant cruising destination. In 2019, Jewel Changi Airport will also be launched. Located in front of Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal One, Jewel will offer a range of facilities including indoor gardens, retail and dining options and a hotel, all under one roof. Jewel will also have a Multi-Model Transport Lounge offering services such as issuance of boarding pass and baggage transfer services for fly-cruise and fly-ferry passengers, making travelling via Singapore even more convenient. / Things to see and do Singapore is a mixture of old and new – the meeting of colonial buildings with contemporary, award-winning architecture – so there is truly something for everyone. The city state, with its fusion of cultures, is known for its wonderful food, especially the local fare at hawker centres. The Maxwell Food Centre is famous for its Tian Tian chicken rice. For Michelin- starred quality dining, bustling Orchard Road boasts the French Les Amis, or Tsuta for amazing shoyu ramen. Singapore has a lovely cultural hub combining historical museums, temples and art galleries. The Peranakan Museum houses the world’s finest artefacts from the Straits-born people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage, or visit the Sultan Mosque in the historic Kampong Glam, which is the focal point for Singapore’s Muslim community. Nestled within Kampong Glam are boutiques such as Supermama, which doubles as an artists’ residency studio. / Top places to stay The modern and sleek Warehouse Hotel on the banks of the Singapore River won the 2018 Singapore Tourism Award for Best Hotel Experience. Five-star experiences include The Fullerton Bay Hotel and the famous Raffles Hotel. Find out more at VisitSingapore.com. SINGAPORE: PORTS MARINA BAY CRUISE CENTRE SINGAPORE Who goes there: Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Dream Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea, Seabourn. Cruisers like: The terminal’s proximity to the CBD, shopping boulevard of Orchard Road, hawker centres and tourist attractions. The purpose-built, US$370-million two- berth cruise terminal opened in 2012 and is capable of hosting the world’s largest Oasis-class ships. Don’t miss: A stroll around Gardens by the Bay nature park. Best for: Family groups, business incentive tours, couples and baby boomers. MAJOR PORTS 2 BUSIEST PORT Singapore NUMBER OF PORT CALLS 421 ANNUAL GROWTH 3% Performers in Chinatown during the Lunar New Year celebrations (left); the grand Sultan Mosque (below) ASEAN CRUISE DIRECTORY 2018/2019 43 Getting around: Taxis are plentiful and well-priced. The MRT subway system is also affordable and the fastest way to zip around the city. SINGAPORE CRUISE CENTRE Who goes there: Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Hapag- Lloyd, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Cruisers like: The busy terminal, which is smaller than Marina Bay, has a lot of movement from ferries and more boutique ships. Nearby is the Sentosa HarbourFront Precinct, which has lots of shops, restaurants and cinemas. It is also a short distance from Sentosa Island, home to Universal Studios Singapore, as well as seven world- class hotels. Don’t miss: Duty-free shopping with great discounts are available at the terminal. The lush Mount Faber tourist attraction with great views over Singapore is only a cable-car ride away. Best for: Passengers sailing on smaller ships. Getting around: There are cabs at the centre, which will get you to the airport in 20 minutes, and the reliable MRT to take you to the CBD in about 15 minutes. It is also a ferry terminal which gives guests easy transfers to Indonesian islands such as Batam.
ASEAN Yearbook 2015