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Majestic Princess makes Singapore debut en route to China

Majestic Princess alongside at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Majestic Princess alongside at Marina Bay Cruise Centre

The China-bound Majestic Princess made its maiden call at Singapore Sunday, marking the completion of a 28-day voyage that started in Civitavecchia (Rome).

Princess Cruises' newest ship's visit also marks the closing of the season at Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

More than 3,000 passengers disembarked, with a new batch of over 3,000 embarking to start a 21-day voyage to Shanghai. Majestic Princess will make eight stops along the way including Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Osaka and Incheon (Seoul).

Some passengers are sailing the entire ‘Silk Road Sea Route,’ a 49-day journey that started May 21 in Rome and ends July 9 in Shanghai after calls at 22 destinations.

'We are thrilled for Majestic Princess to call at Singapore,' said Farriek Tawfik, director of Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises. He added the 3,560-berth ship is fully booked with travelers from across the world such as the US, UK and Australia, with some from closer to home, Malaysia and Singapore.

The 143,700gt Majestic Princess is the third in the Royal class of ships, following Regal Princess and Royal Princess. Features include nearly 1,100 sq mtrs of duty-free shopping, Princess Luxury Beds and restaurant menus by Michelin-star chefs.

Among the amenities tailored for Asians are Harmony Restaurant, with a gourmet Chinese menu, the Chopsticks Noodle Bar, Lobster & Dim Sum bar, karaoke suites, an indoor swimming pool called Hollywood Pool Club that turns into a nightclub after dark and ballroom dancing classes.

In addition to its China cruises, Majestic Princess will return to Singapore with a pair of 14-day 'Grand Asia' voyages sailing from Shanghai to Singapore Feb. 25, 2018, and Singapore to Shanghai on March 11, 2018. The ship will operate in Australia from September 2018 to March 2019 before returning to China.

Sapphire Princess will be homeporting in Singapore from November 2017 to March 2018 on three- to 13-night Southeast Asia cruises that are expected to carry more than 40,000 passengers.

Posted 19 June 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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