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).

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans to increase commitment to the Asia Pacific region (APAC) including Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific across all three brands through new ships and investments on enhancement programs.

International cruise calls are back on track at Hong Kong after the territory was battered by the worst storm of the year on Sunday with gusts of up to 160 mph/ 257 km/h reported.

Dream Cruises’ World Dream will be delaying its Sunday call to Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal as the region braces for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

Besides the main task of managing Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd’s (RCL) expanded presence in Asia, Angie Stephen’s mission is to further drive conversations with government partners.

Cruise ships that had Japanese ports on their agenda steered clear of the typhoon which hit west Japan and the earthquake-stricken island of Hokkaido.

The six-year-old Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) is installing smart sensors, video analytics and big data managed through a central command and control system to create a smart technical solution to enhance responsiveness and elevate passengers’ experience.

Yokohama is gearing up for increased calls and accommodating bigger cruise ships with two new cruise terminals due to be fully operational in 2019.

President and CEO Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley shook his head when asked if he is worried about overcapacity in China.

‘My three years in Singapore have passed by too quickly,’ Sean Treacy, md, Asia Pacific told Seatrade Cruise News during a recent interview in The Lion City. 

Genting Cruise Line threw a mega party at sea on board World Dream last weekend to recognize the significant efforts of some 300 trade partners to the cruise group’s ‘outstanding growth during an year of many milestones’.

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