Jacintha  Stephens

Jacintha Stephens

Singapore correspondent

Singapore-based Jacintha Stephens has been writing about the Asia cruise industry from the time just a single cruise line based ships in the region.  She continues to cover how the region's tremendous potential is now being harnessed and developed by increasing commitment by all major international cruise lines and regional governments. 

Jacintha, who began as a television reporter in Singapore, has freelanced for major international broadcast, print and online media, as well as authored books. Besides English, she also speaks Bahasa (Indonesia/Melayu), several Indian languages, as well as a smattering of Putonghua (Mandarin).

Costa Venezia, designed for the Asian market, made its maiden call at Singapore over the weekend, where more than than 2,000 passengers embarked.

Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT), jointly owned by Penang Port and Royal Caribbean, is undergoing expansion.

Vogager of the Seas, currently sailing in Southeast Asia, is helmed by Royal Caribbean’s first Asian captain.

Plans are under way for a pier which can berth two mega cruise ships, strategically fronting Manila Bay and located within the Solaire Resort in Manila’s Entertainment City.

The World Expo 2025 is half a dozen years away but host city Osaka is already beginning to gear up.


Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd's head of sales of Asia Pacific, Josh Wen, is expanding his role to cover Singapore trade sales.

After eight years at the helm as the ceo of Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd (SCC), Christina Siaw retired from the company with effect from December 31 2018. She is continuing as a consultant to the board so they can tap on Siaw’s experience and knowledge in the cruise and ferry sector.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans to increase commitment to the Asia Pacific region (APAC) including Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific across all three brands through new ships and investments on enhancement programs.

International cruise calls are back on track at Hong Kong after the territory was battered by the worst storm of the year on Sunday with gusts of up to 160 mph/ 257 km/h reported.

Dream Cruises’ World Dream will be delaying its Sunday call to Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal as the region braces for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

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