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Magsaysay ups cruise commitment

Magsaysay ups cruise commitment

Manila: With a number of giant cruiseships under construction there is a need for plenty more staff at sea. Leading Philippine crew supplier Magsaysay is upping its training infrastructure to accommodate this growth. Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (Mihca) has recently set up in Cebu to go alongside two in Manila and one in Jakarta. Three more branches are to be opened across the country in the next two years.

Plenty of Asian maiden calls in Seabourn’s 2015/16 schedules

Plenty of Asian maiden calls in Seabourn’s 2015/16 schedulesSeattle: Seattle-headquartered liner Seabourn has announced its 2015/2016 itineraries which include plenty of Asian firsts. Three sister ships — Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest — will sail to destinations on all seven continents. ...

Xiamen secures Legend of the Seas

Xiamen secures Legend of the SeasShanghai: Huang Qiang, the deputy mayor of the coastal Chinese city of Xiamen, has flown back home following the signing in Miami of a deal signed between Royal Caribbean and Xiamen Port Holding Group which will see the Legend of the...

CLIA Australasia membership grows

CLIA Australasia membership growsSydney: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s executive partner numbers have increased with new members signing up. Creative Cruising, Seven Oceans Cruising and Great Southern Rail have all signed up this past...

Work to start on enlarging the Suez Canal

Work to start on enlarging the Suez CanalCairo: A giant construction project is set to kick off this week along the Suez Canal. A 34 km slice of the canal will be widened and deepened over a number of years to shorten the waiting period for vessels in the lakes area of the ...

China is Royal Caribbean’s fastest-growing market

China is Royal Caribbean’s fastest-growing marketMiami: Speaking with Investor's Business Daily, Royal Caribbean's ceo Richard Fain has discussed China’s soaring cruise passenger volumes. China is the cruise firm's fastest-growing market, Fain said. "The Chinese are flocking t...

Design for new Abu Dhabi cruise terminal selected

Design for new Abu Dhabi cruise terminal selectedAbu Dhabi: Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, has selected the architectural concept for the new permanent cruise terminal building, which will be bui...

Boustead buys Port Klang Cruise Centre

Boustead buys Port Klang Cruise CentreKuala Lumpur: Boustead Holdings is buying Port Klang Cruise Centre (PKCC) and nine parcels of land around the area for RM310m from receivers and managers of the properties, in a move to expand its oil and gas investments. PKCC was...

Dalian allocates RMB10bn on cruise development

Dalian allocates RMB10bn on cruise developmentDalian: Dalian Port Group has released the development plan for its cruise centre project. The group has allocated RMB10bn for the project which includes a cruise terminal and relevant ancillary facilities. Dalian Port will conv...

Star Cruises revises itineraries

Star Cruises revises itinerariesHong Kong: Star Cruises has announced new fleet itineraries in line with its strategic homeport deployment. SuperStar Virgo will continue to homeport in Hong Kong and SuperStar Gemini in Singapore, as part of Star Cruises’ revised ...

More cruiselines steer clear of Israel

More cruiselines steer clear of IsraelCairo: The ongoing violence in Israel has seen another pair of cruiselines — sister companies Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises — cancel visits there. Calls have been switched to Greece and Turkey instead. “We co...

Bohai Ferry to start cruise service from Dalian next year

Dalian: Bohai Ferry, a new player in the cruise industry of China, plans to start cruise service from Dalian in 2015, an official from Bohai Ferry revealed at the company’s cruise promotion event in Dalian.

Ctrip clicks buy, takes two cruiseships

Shanghai: Online travel booking giant Ctrip has been linked with the acquisition of two cruiseships. The 21st Century Business Herald reported that Ctrip has bought two ships this month as it moves aggressively into the cruise sector. Ctrip had previ...

Friday Photo Fest: Emergency drills in Singapore

Singapore: The Friday Photo Fest returns this week, and we’re in Singapore. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held last Friday a full-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed Exercise Blue Dolphin 2014 where evacuation of som...

Cruiselines commit to help develop Philippines as a destination

Manila: Three of the world’s leading cruise companies - Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines - have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruiseship destination, according to the Philippine ambassador in Washington...

Travel Indochina teams up with Aqua Expeditions

Hanoi: Travel Indochina has become Aqua Expeditions sole Australian trade partner, selling trips on the new Aqua Mekong ship. Aqua Expeditions has run a luxury ship along the Amazon for a number of years and is looking to replicate that five star ...

Incheon’s duty free line up caters for Chinese visitors

Busan: Entas Duty Free has opened a refurbished 740 sq m duty free concession at Incheon Port’s International Passenger Terminal 1, adding 100 different local and international luxury brands to the existing liquor and tobacco offer at the port duty...

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Asia is the most exciting region for the cruise shipping industry with year-on-year growth in passenger numbers of more than 20% since 2007. In the next three years the number of Asians expected to take a cruise will double.
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Indian promise

Sam Chambers assesses the market potential of the world’s second largest population

Indian promise

While this site has focused heavily on cruise hotspots in Southeast and East Asia plus the Middle East since it was founded a couple of months ago, there has been little news coming out of India. As a source market it is exciting, but as a destination its infrastructure limitations are rather severe.

Indian cruise passengers are set to jump in the coming years, but India is not yet ready to attract many cruise calls. That was the message from Gavin Smith, regional vice president – Asia Pacific for Royal Caribbean, who was speaking at a press event in the Indian capital last month.

Smith estimated Indian cruise passengers could jump from the current 100,000 a year to 300,000 in the coming five years.

Despite the growth Smith said that the current size of the local market would not make it viable for cruise ship operators to call at Indian ports. “Local deployment can come only with growth. Once that growth is achieved, ship operators will have the confidence to put a ship here,” he said.  

Speaking to Asia Cruise News, a spokesperson for Star Cruises, said the company has seen a double-digit growth for Indian guests in recent years. 

“India represents a good market source with great potential due to its population’s size, increasingly strong mass market, middle-income mass affluent Indians, HNWIs with high spending power,” the Star source said.

Meanwhile, another Royal Caribbean spokesperson conceded to Asia Cruise News that cruising is still a very new vacat ...   More>>