The one where megaliners were welcome in Singapore…

The world’s largest cruise ships will now be welcome in Singapore with the opening of their second cruise terminal on 26 May, the US$500 million Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

Royal Caribbean’s 3,840-passenger Voyager of the Seas will be the first vessel to call into the facility on Sunday, the largest cruise ship to dock in Singapore, with terminal operator SATS-Cruers Cruise Services confirming that the line’s Oasis –class ships can also be accommodated comfortably.

Currently comprising of 80 check-in and approximately 40 immigration counters, the 28,000 square metre terminal also includes 25 coach bays and 327 car parking spots with six retail outlets including food and beverage, a walkway to the MRT stations, the waterfront promenade and the park also scheduled for development.

Expected to generate up to 3,000 jobs in the tourism sector, operators are aiming for an increase in the sale of cruise-fly packages with seamless connections available from Singapore Airport for Silkair, Singapore Airlines and Qantas passengers.

“Singapore’s strategic location coupled with the terminal’s state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the city and Singapore Changi Airport will anchor the country’s position as Asia’s leading cruise hub,” SATS-Creuers Cruise Services chief executive Melvin Vu said.

Receiving close to one million cruise passengers in 2011 resulting in S$520 million in direct spending, Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran told Channel News Asia that they expect cruise passenger numbers to increase to 1.5 million in three to five years.

Originally written by Natalie Aroyan for e-Travel Blackboard.

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