The Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCCS) was officially opened overnight in a gala ceremony attended by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean, cruise line executives, dignitaries and media.
Doubling the city’s cruise ship capacity, the 28,000 square-foot terminal has the ability to berth the largest ships in the world in an aim to cement Singapore’s status as the cruise hub of Southeast Asia.
A joint venture between SATS and Creuers del Port de Barcelona (Creuers), MBCCS offers passengers a more streamlined embarking and disembarking experience with benefits including ‘FlyCruise’ enabling seamless transition from the cruise ship terminal to Changi Airport.
“The official opening of MBCCS marks a significant development for both
the cruise landscape in Singapore and the ASEAN region,” SATS-Creuers Cruise Services CEO Melvin Vu said.
“Not only does it deliver an enhanced and seamless travel experience for cruise passengers, the terminal also serves to further anchor Singapore’s position as an attractive homeport for cruise lines with it state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the new Marina Bay precinct and Singapore Changi Airport.”
Mr Chee Hean and SATS chairman Edmund Cheng officially opened the terminal by activating a ‘throttle’ that transported guests on a visual journey through the “next wave” that MBCCS will create for the cruise industry in Southeast Asia.
Guests were entertained by jazz singer Tay Ke Wei and acclaimed “Speedy
Painter” Jean Francois who created one-off masterpieces in under six-minutes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and the Mona Lisa that were sold via silent auction to raise funds for the ARC Children’s Centre.
A fourth painting of MBCCS was donated to the terminal for display while guests were treated to an array of culinary delights from around the world.
The ceremony closed with a vibrant fireworks display following the departure of Diamond Princess and Voyager of the Seas that were berthed at the terminal for most of the event.
Singapore will welcome twice the number of maiden ship calls this year compared to 2011 and will be home to the newest corporate office for Carnival Corporation in their bid to grow its presence in Asia.