Princess Cruises will offer 15 roundtrip cruises from Singapore in the winter of 2014-15 on the Sapphire Princess.
Princess said passengers would be sourced from Singapore and throughout Asia, as well as other international markets. Princess expects to carry 40,000 passengers on the cruises, which will run from three to 11 days in length.
“Princess Cruises will be the first premium cruise line to have ships based in Singapore for an extended period,” said Alan Buckelew, the line’s president and CEO.
The itineraries will combine the region’s major cities such as Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur with smaller, off-the-beaten-path resort destinations, including Penang, Ko Samui and Langkawi.
While most of the cruise product will be similar to other Princess cruises, there will be more multilingual staff in key positions, and dining, enrichment, shopping and spa treatments will cater to local tastes, Princess said.
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CORRECTION: The Sapphire Princess is sailing from Singapore, not the Emerald Princess as erroneously reported in a previous version of this article.