April 2, 2012- A new massive cruise terminal will open this year in Singapore. The terminal, officials hope, will attract cruise lovers from all over the world. The $400 million dollar terminal will eventually start attracting some of the world’s most popular and largest ships.
The cruise terminal has two berths, a hall for departures and arrivals, advanced technology passenger processing and an area for ground transportation. The cruise industry is staring to grow in Asia. Several of the larger global lines like Silverseas, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Holland America are already offering cruise passengers Asia itineraries.
However, the industry in Asia is far from approaching that of North America or Europe. North America accounts for close to 60% of all cruising worldwide. The Singapore Tourism Board said they hope opening the new terminal will help to make Singapore a big destination in Asia for cruises.
The entire Southeast Asia region is becoming quite popular for cruises because of the numerous islands that form Indonesia, along with the Philippines, and the beautiful coastlines of Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Singapore officials think the region can become the next Mediterranean for cruising. The country has targeted cruise brands such as Royal Caribbean, which says it will use one of its ships, possibly the Oasis of the Seas, when the terminal opens.