Coun­try’s ports of call have al­ways been pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions, says Royal Caribbean

New Straits Times - - Business / Logistics - KUALA LUMPUR

OVATION of the Seas, Asia’s largest and lat­est cruise ship of­fer­ing from United States­based global com­pany Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, is set­ting sail out of Sin­ga­pore this month and next.

The cruise op­er­a­tor fore­sees many Asians choos­ing cruise hol­i­days be­cause of their great value-for-money pack­ages and un­beat­able con­ve­nience.

“With more dis­posal in­come and in­creased mar­ket­ing ef­forts from cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional in the re­cent years, cruise hol­i­days are fast be­com­ing a novel, pop­u­lar al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional va­ca­tions, thus driv­ing this growth,” said Sean Treacy, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Asia Pa­cific.

He said Royal Caribbean could expect con­tin­ued strong growth in the cruise busi­ness not only in Malaysia, but also in the re­gion as the in­dus­try is known to be rel­a­tively re­silient in any eco­nomic cy­cle.

“In fact, we expect to dou­ble our busi­ness in Malaysia this year,” said Treacy.

He said Malaysia’s ports of call had al­ways been highly pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for Royal Caribbean’s South­east Asian cruises all these years.

“With our ship Voy­ager of the Seas, which is re­turn­ing this May to June, there are 13 sail­ings out of Sin­ga­pore, mak­ing calls to the ports in Pe­nang, Port Klang and Langkawi. Our com­pany will con­tinue to make a high num­ber of calls in Malaysia in the up­com­ing years, given our guests’ great at­trac­tion for its ports,” said Treacy.

Ovation of the Seas, a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced cruise ship, will be of­fer­ing 10 sail­ings leav­ing from Sin­ga­pore, in­clud­ing three to five nights to Pe­nang, Phuket and Bangkok, as well as a 12-night one-way cruise to Tian­jin with stops at Ho Chi Minh, Hue or Danang, Hong Kong and Seoul.

The ship comes equipped with its unique iFly sky­div­ing sim­u­la­tor, North Star el­e­vated glass cap­sule, SeaPlex the largest in­door ac­tiv­ity space at sea, Two70 trans­for­ma­tive venue, Bionic Bar as well as food and bev­er­age op­tions, in­clud­ing Jamie’s Ital­ian and Won­der­land.

The North Star el­e­vated glass cap­sule pro­vides a view from 90m above sea level for a stun­ning 360 de­gree view.

The Ovation of the Seas’s SeaPlex is the largest in­door multi-pur­pose sports com­plex at sea.

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