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).

Looks like more Singaporeans are opting to leave their stressful urban lives ashore, head out to sea and enjoy a full array of what an international cruise line has to offer.

Once upon a time only Japanese cruise vessels would call at the port of Sakai, located close to the least populated Japanese prefectures of Tottori and Shimane - but ones that are rich in beauty, culture and history.

Dream Cruises' inaugural newbuild Genting Dream made its debut in Singapore Friday as scheduled, enroute from Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to initial homeport of Nansha in Guangzhou, China.

Today was a busy day for Royal Caribbean in Singapore with two ships berthed at Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

The Port of Osaka reports that the rebuilding of Tempozan cruise terminal has kicked into gear. The project is now underway,  through the PFI or Private Finance Initiative scheme and the redevelopment aims to solve issues such as 'shortage of space with more modern equipment and barrier-free facilities'.

Costa Cruises has officially been granted a Halal certificate for Costa Victoria's main galley ahead of the ship's  inaugural homeport season out of Penang, Malaysia which started Tuesday.

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