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Vladivostok goes for cruise upgrade

Vladivostok goes for cruise upgrade

Dalian: This week has seen an agreement signed in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East to regenerate the port’s cruise facilities. The plans call for significant dredging plus dockside changes to help accommodate cruiseships and passengers. The aim is get 12 cruiseship calls by 2016 and 30 by 2018.

Celebrity chef gives SuperStar Virgo Michelin flavours

Celebrity chef gives SuperStar Virgo Michelin flavoursHong Kong: Drawing upon Hong Kong’s reputation as a gourmet heaven, SuperStar Virgo will team up with celebrity chef Kenny Chan Kwok Keung to delight foodies from around the world with an authentic epicurean journey. From 11 May...

Jeju joins region terminal association

Jeju joins region terminal associationSeoul: Jeju has become the latest member of the Asia Cruise Terminal Association (ACTA). ACTA is a non-profit organization created four years ago in response to a need to have a common understanding amongst cruise terminals, port ope...

Compagnie du Ponant to expand Japan service

Compagnie du Ponant to expand Japan serviceDalian: France-based small ship operator Compagnie du Ponant said it will offer several eight-night voyages around Japan in early 2015 on the 264-passenger L'Austral. The sailings include a Best of Japan itinerary between Osaka an...

Princess Cruises unveils 2015 Japan cruise program


Princess Cruises unveils 2015 Japan cruise program
Tokyo: Carnival Corporation has announced the 2015 Japan cruise program for Princess Cruises which features Diamond Princess returning for the line’s third season, and introduces new cruises as short as three nights to appeal for ...

Ports upgrade across Vietnam

Ports upgrade across VietnamHanoi: Following on from sharp criticism by a tourism minister on the nation’s weak cruise infrastructure, the Ministry of Transport has responded with plans to upgrade eight ports by 2030. These ports will be able to handle cruise...

Dubai lays out red carpet for Cunard royal pair

Dubai lays out red carpet for Cunard royal pairDubai: Dubai Cruise Terminal has welcomed Cunard's two largest cruise liners, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth over the weekend. It is the first time that two giant liners have docked at Mina Rashid on consecutive days, and it is the...

Vietnam tourism minister bemoans weak cruise infrastructure

Vietnam tourism minister bemoans weak cruise infrastructure Hanoi: Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Anh Tuan has said Vietnam must attract more cruise business to diversity its tourism business in the long-term. According to local news reports, tourism deputy minister, Ho ...

Quantum of the Seas to homeport in Shanghai

Quantum of the Seas to homeport in ShanghaiShanghai: In another dramatic sign of the rise of the Asian cruise market Royal Caribbean International has announced that its newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will make its homeport in Shanghai’s Baoshan terminal. RCCL said it wa...

Hainan Strait Shipping to add new ship on Xisha route

Hainan Strait Shipping to add new ship on Xisha routeGuangzhou: Hainan Strait Shipping (HNSS), the major ro-ro ship operator on Hainan Island, said it will put a new ship on its Xisha tourism route. HNSS started the Xisha tourism route in 2013, however, it didn’t make any profit o...

Port Sultan Qaboos readies for cruise transformation

Port Sultan Qaboos readies for cruise transformationMuscat: The Omani government has made it clear that all commercial shipping must shift from Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos to Sohar Port by August as the former undergoes a transformation to be a cruise and passenger hub.

Passenger ship “Sewol” sinking off South Korea

Dalian: Sewol, a passenger ship carrying 476 passengers, is sinking off the southwest coast of South Korea. Korean coast guard has sent military rescue boats and helicopters to rescue the passengers onboard after receiving a distress signal from t...

Bangkok crowned top emerging river cruise destination

London: Analysis of booking data by agency Cruise Holidays International shows the rise of Southeast Asia, and specifically Bangkok, as exciting river cruise destinations. While Amsterdam and Budapest were crowned as the most popular destinations for...

Every cruiseship in Asia now tracked on Asia Cruise News

Singapore: Today sees the launch of a new part of the Asia Cruise News website. ACN has teamed up with UK online ship pricing system VesselsValue.com to provide readers with a weekly snapshot of where every cruiseship is in the Asian region. Using Ve...

Xiamen firm ups cruise focus

Shanghai: Fujian tourism and hospitality state-owned enterprise, C&D, has set up a cruise division on the back of a series of successful charters it has operated from Xiamen in the past three years. Chen Lian Bao, vice general manager of C&D’s cr...

China set to be world’s fastest growing emerging cruise market

Shanghai: China is set to become the world's fastest growing emerging market for cruise tours, according to Cheng Juehao, deputy director of the Research Institute of Cruise Economy at the Shanghai International Shipping Institute. This year alone...

Heinemann opens duty free stores in Singapore

Singapore: Heinemann Asia Pacific has established two duty free stores in partnership with Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC) at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore, marking the travel retailer’s entrance into the Asian cruise market. Called ...

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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>>