Royal Caribbean To Boost Asian Presence In 2012

Royal Caribbean International has set its sights on dominating the Asian cruise market with the announcement that it will expand its presence in Asia for the 2012 summer cruise season. The cruise giant revealed that it will deploy the 150,000-GRT Voyager of the Seas to Asia for the first time, joining the smaller Legend of the Seas already familiar to Asian cruisers. 


Voyager of the Seas to be Largest Cruise Ship Homeported in Asia

Originally planned to operate in the Mediterranean out of Venice, Voyager of the Seas will now arrive in Singapore from Dubai in May 2012 to sail a series of short cruises around Southeast Asia. She then repositions to Shanghai in June 2012 on a 9-night northbound journey to homeport in the Chinese metropolis sailing 4- to 10-night voyages to destinations in Japan and South Korea including Busan, Fukuoka, Jeju and Kobe. The ship closes her inaugural Asian season in October 2012 with a southbound repositioning cruise to Sydney via Singapore and Indonesia.


Twice the size of any passenger ship operating regularly in the region, the 3,114-passenger vessel represents a massive capacity increase for the line. Spanning her 11 guest decks are several unique concepts never before seen at sea in Asia, including the Royal Promenade indoor “main street”, 11 dining venues such as the Portofino and Johnny Rockets specialty restaurants, as well as the Studio B Ice Rink that doubles as a 700-seat ice show theatre. Guests will also enjoy Royal Caribbean’s unparalleled sports facilities, a 1,400-square meter Voyager Day Spa & Fitness Center and other signature facilities.


Legend of the Seas Remains in Asia for Fourth Year

Deployed year-round in Asia, the popular Legend of the Seas will continue to sail in the region offering cruises ranging from 2- to 9-nights. She will begin her season homeporting in Singapore and taking guests around Southeast Asia before cruising Northeast Asia from Busan, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tianjin.


Royal Caribbean also revealed that both ships are planned to offer a wider variety of onboard products tailored to Asian guests. These include more Asian language services, authentic Chinese cuisine and culturally appropriate recreational activities and duty-free items.


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