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).

The Australasia source market has considerable impact on cruise line deployments across Asia-Pacific, according to a Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific forum.

Port infrastructure across Asia continues to expand to cater for the multiple large ships sailing in the region although there is still room for improvement, executives at the Asia Port Leaders Forum at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific said.

Just 170,000 Asians cruised outside of Asia in 2016. The hot spots for these 6% of Asians taking international fly-cruises and the potential for growth, particularly in the expedition sector, were topics of a Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific session.

The emerging Chinese market prefers short cruises to Korea and Japan, such destinations as Fukuoka, Jeju and Nagasaki, for 'free or cheap destination tours,' John Tercek, VP commercial development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., told a Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific panel on itinerary planning.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, its benefits and the influence it could bring to Asia and overall global cruise travel market dynamics, was a discussion point at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2017.

Addressing the opening of Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific, Dr Zinan Liu, chairman, CLIA North Asia, focussed his comments on how critical government support is to the industry.

Kicking off keynote addresses at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific 2017 in Baoshan, Shanghai, Michael Thamm ceo, Costa Group & Carnival Asia said he believes in the holistic development of cruise in APAC, which he wants to be a year-round market.

SkySea Cruise Line is seeing a younger demographic, an increase in onboard spending and greater numbers of passengers sourced from central and western China, says the company’s vp marketing Helene Xu.

Since China’s Huarun Dadong Dockyard (HRDD) ventured into cruise ship drydocking and repair at the start of 2015, the yard has been making steady headway in this growing segment.

Royal Caribbean and Genting ships called in Hong Kong Friday as scheduled, the first to berth since Typhoon Hato caused havoc along its path.

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