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”Many clients are only starting to learn about Asian cruise and they want to know more, which is great.” tempt younger, more affluent Asians. Whether it be diving in the Philippines, island sailing on a Star Clipper in Thailand or meeting the orangutans of Borneo, the region has enormous scope for adventure.

The demand for luxury Asia’s offerings in the luxury sector are strong and the coming year will see visits from Regent Seven Seas, Oceania, Silversea and Seabourn, as well as Cunard and Crystal Cruises. The region has even launched its own luxury line. Dream Cruises, which is owned by the same company that purchased Crystal Cruises in 2015 and launched Star Cruises many years ago, now has two ships – one homeported in Singapore. Genting Dream carries over 3,000 passengers and has a “ship within a ship”, the Palace Suites with butlers, private pools and restaurants. It is also the only cruise ship in Asia to be granted Halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM). 16

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The change in river cruising River cruising is a relatively new segment of the cruise market, although it’s now referred to as its own market. The waterways of Asia have always been the social and commercial highways of civilisations of the past, but tourism has only just caught on over the past 20 years. Lines expand into Asia’s rivers As Europe is mature (and growing), the same companies are now able to invest in new rivers. The Mekong and the Irrawaddy sport ultra-luxury ships from well-known lines: APT, Scenic, Avalon and a host of local brands sail to Asian destinations. Pandaw has developed its own fleet of river ships, favouring traditional Asian designs with ultra-shallow drafts allowing them to reach areas where villages and towns are untouched. These lines offer unique experiences in food, culture and even voluntourism from the safety of brands that your clients will recognise and feel comfortable sailing. Future opportunities in India I spoke at the January 2019 SATTE in New Delhi and there was much discussion about the increase in the

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Asia Cruise Directory 2019  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Asia Cruise Directory - everything the industry needs to inspire new passengers and increase the populari...

Asia Cruise Directory 2019  

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Asia Cruise Directory - everything the industry needs to inspire new passengers and increase the populari...