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 International has entered a second multimillion-dollar marketing partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Changi Airport Group (CAG).

Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism informs progress is being made on operational issues, port tariffs and accessibility at the port of Benoa, the country's main entry point for cruise ships visiting premier destination, Bali.

Singapore saw a 16% increase in cruise passenger throughput in 2016 with 1.2m cruise passengers at its two cruise terminals.

Celebrity Constellation called at Singapore for the first time Thursday for a debut season in the region with six sailings ranging from 10-15 nights through to April.

It has been a homecoming of sorts for Norwegian Cruise Line which began its recent positioning of 91,740gt Norwegian Star in Asia late last year.

Royal Caribbean is officially celebrating its 10th anniversary in Asia this year, which is now the second largest market for the company.

ASEAN ministers agreed to develop a Joint Declaration on Cruise Tourism to give the region’s cruise industry a big boost as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marks its 50th anniversary.

Dream Cruises' Genting Dream will be redeployed to Singapore year-round starting Dec. 3. The ship has been sailing from China's Guangzhou Nansha Port, Hong Kong and Sanya since it debuted late last year, with a focus on sourcing passengers from China's Pearl River Delta and Hainan Island.

Promoting cruise tourism was on the agenda at the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), hosted by Singapore this year.

'After more than a decade, Norwegian Cruise Line is positioning a ship in Asia and would like to leverage on this to show Asian-based travel agents what the NCL experience is,' Felix Chan vp sales for Asia, told Seatrade Cruise News from his Hong Kong office earlier today.

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