Singapore, comfy home cruise port for exploring Southeast Asia

Singapore Good news for travelers: Singapore, a gateway to vacations in Southeast Asia, and one of my favorite home ports for boarding cruise ships, is anticipating an expanded fleet of big, modern vessels. They will be based at new and enhanced marinas, built here at a cost of half a billion dollars. “No doubt about it, we’re going to have a cruising boom during the next four years,” said Bob Guy, Singapore’s managing director for Destination Asia …

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Princess offers new Asia cruise opportunities

Princess Cruises has just announced two special new Asia cruise opportunities, offering unique itineraries that explore some of the most alluring ports in the region.  Departing in October and November 2013 aboard Diamond Princess, these 10- and 11-day Asia cruises sail roundtrip from Singapore, stopping at many of Southeast Asia’s popular ports of call, including Bangkok, Bali, Nha Trang and Phuket, as well as two ports not usually visited on Diamond Princess itineraries – Penang, Malaysia and …

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For the first time, SeaDream will send a yacht to Asia in 2013

For many years, SeaDream’s two small ships delivered wonderful, yet extremely casual, luxury cruises. Because the ship is so casual and because it features a marina, the majority of its sailings have been in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. But the line has a very loyal following and many of its customers want to explore new places. Plus, just maybe more of its baby-boomer customers are retiring now and have the time to take longer trips. So …

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Costa Cruises to more than couble capacity in Asia in 2013

Costa Cruises plans to position a second cruise ship in Asia beginning in May 2013. Currently, the line operates the 2,394-guest Costa Victoria in Asia and will start sailing from Shanghai May 18, 2012. Costa Victoria replaces the 1,680-guest Costa Classica, which has been repositioned to the Mediterranean. In May 2013 the 2,680-guest Costa Atlantica also will be deployed in the region, giving Costa a combined total guest capacity of 5,074 — a 67 percent increase. With …

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