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).

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in South East Asia has a lot to celebrate as it enters the Year of the Dog, exclaimed managing director Sean Treacy as he toasted some 250 travel partners, media and staff members at the company’s annual lunar new year celebration this evening.

Genting Dream, with Dream Cruises president Thatcher Brown on board, made its maiden call at MacLeod Island in Myanmar on Wednesday.

Princess Cruises entered into the first full world cruise charter for one of its ships, with Japan's largest travel company, JTB.

On Sunday, Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCCS) handled three large ships on the same day - Celebrity Millennium, Sapphire Princess and Genting Dream.  This is the second time since it started operations that the facility had handled a trio of ships simultaneously.

According to Jo Rzymowska, vp and md for Celebrity Cruises UK, Ireland and APAC, ‘All we are going to be doing in Asia is grow!’ She was addressing a lunch in Singapore with some 50 trade partners and media representatives at the end of a week-long whirlwind tour of Asia.

Genting Cruise Lines celebrated the arrival of 150,695gt Genting Dream on Thursday at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.

Dream Cruises’ newly-delivered World Dream sailed into Singapore’s Marina Bay Cruise Centre on Tuesday on her way north to the Pearl River Delta.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings might be a relative late entry to the Asia cruise, but its numbers have been encouraging, Felix Chan, vp sales for Asia told Seatrade Cruise News.

One of the Asian markets with vast untapped potential is India, according to a Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific forum, which also said the Southeast Asia market can grow further.

Cruise growth figures in North Asia may seem spectacular but the industry now needs to focus on keeping growth sustainable, experts said at the Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific forum.

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