New cruise terminal to double Singapore's capacity

When Singapore's new international cruise terminal at Marina South opens in 2010, the Singapore Tourism Board said that the port's capacity will double, and that it will be able to accommodate the largest ships currently in service or in development.

The tourism board specifically mentioned that the new terminal could accommodate Royal Caribbean's Genesis class of ships, 5,400-passenger behemoths scheduled to debut next year.

The Marina South facility will be a 10- to 15-minute drive from the existing Singapore Cruise Centre at HarbourFront, which has two cruise ship berths.

Singapore's goal is to handle 1.6 million embarking and disembarking cruise passengers per year by 2015. Last year, the tourism board said Singapore Cruise Centre reported a cruise passenger volume of over 943,000, an increase of 10% over the 857,000 passengers achieved in 2006.

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