Jacintha  Stephens

Jacintha Stephens

Singapore correspondent

Singapore-based Jacintha Stephens has been writing about the Asia cruise industry from the time just a single cruise line based ships in the region.  She continues to cover how the region's tremendous potential is now being harnessed and developed by increasing commitment by all major international cruise lines and regional governments. 

Jacintha, who began as a television reporter in Singapore, has freelanced for major international broadcast, print and online media, as well as authored books. Besides English, she also speaks Bahasa (Indonesia/Melayu), several Indian languages, as well as a smattering of Putonghua (Mandarin).

Yokohama’s Shinko Pier Cruise Terminal and InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 hotel are set to open in November. By end of March 2020, an additional attraction in the precinct will be the adjacent Hammerhead Park and Promenade. The park will feature Yokohama's Hammerhead Crane, the first quay crane installed in 1914 which  will be the central icon of the park.

Royal Caribbean International is extending Quantum of the Seas' Singapore season through April 2021 and in doing so deepening Royal’s commitment to the region with capcity for an additional 180,000 passengers.

Yokohama welcomed four cruise vessels in one day at its three terminals on Saturday.

Costa Venezia, designed for the Asian market, made its maiden call at Singapore over the weekend, where more than than 2,000 passengers embarked.

Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT), jointly owned by Penang Port and Royal Caribbean, is undergoing expansion.

Vogager of the Seas, currently sailing in Southeast Asia, is helmed by Royal Caribbean’s first Asian captain.

Plans are under way for a pier which can berth two mega cruise ships, strategically fronting Manila Bay and located within the Solaire Resort in Manila’s Entertainment City.

The World Expo 2025 is half a dozen years away but host city Osaka is already beginning to gear up.


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's head of sales of Asia Pacific, Josh Wen, is expanding his role to cover Singapore trade sales.

After eight years at the helm as the ceo of Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd (SCC), Christina Siaw retired from the company with effect from December 31 2018. She is continuing as a consultant to the board so they can tap on Siaw’s experience and knowledge in the cruise and ferry sector.

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