30 Apr '12, 2pm

Cruise sector buoyed by healthy demand

Cruise sector buoyed by healthy demand

SINGAPORE: The cruise sector in Singapore is still buoyed by healthy demand. Industry players say passenger numbers have gone up in the first quarter this year. Although the increase was only "slight" compared to the previous year, they remain confident that cruising in Asia is set to pick up speed. Sailing from Brazil to Italy to Dubai, the Italian-themed Costa Victoria has finally docked in Singapore - its first time in Asia. The Costa Victoria belongs to Genoa-based cruise company, Costa Crociere. It carries a total passenger capacity of 2,394 and has a cabin crew of 760. It comes equipped with three swimming pools, four jacuzzis, and five restaurants and can reach a cruising speed of 22 knots. Most of its passengers are from Europe and comprise mainly of retirees. The ship started its global route on March 7 from Brazil, making its way to Italy, then Dubai and Singapor...

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