35% Asia market
‘We will bring 35% of the Asia international market to Australasia,’ Goh said.
‘We say we are “Asian in heart, international in spirit,”’ he said. ‘We will develop new destinations in Australia and New Zealand and will work with regional tourism bureaux.
‘The 35% of Asian passengers will contribute to the local economy.’
The star on-board attraction of Explorer Dream’s seven-night round cruise from Sydney on November 17 to Newcastle, Gladstone, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane will be Australia’s ‘etiquette queen’ June Dally-Watkins.
The 92-year-old former top model, who ran a deportment school in Sydney, has been teaching Western etiquette, grooming and deportment to Chinese students in Guangzhou for the past six years.
Goh also previewed the arrival of Crystal Cruises’ first luxury expedition ship Crystal Endeavor, entering service next year. The purpose-built polar-class yacht will have 100 all-balcony suites, an extensive spa and six fine dining restaurants.
On October 28, 2020, Crystal Endeavor is scheduled to arrive at Thursday Island on its maiden voyage to Australia, sailing on to Cairns via Cape York, the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island and Ribbon Reef.
She will overnight in Sydney on November 13, before heading for New Zealand for a series of immersion voyages.