More cruiselines steer clear of Israel

More cruiselines steer clear of Israel

Cairo: The ongoing violence in Israel has seen another pair of cruiselines — sister companies Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises — cancel visits there. Calls have been switched to Greece and Turkey instead. “We continue to monitor the situation in Israel and will adjust future itineraries should the need warrant,” the companies said. “Our primary concern is to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew.”

Bohai Ferry to start cruise service from Dalian next year

Bohai Ferry to start cruise service from Dalian next yearDalian: Bohai Ferry, a new player in the cruise industry of China, plans to start cruise service from Dalian in 2015, an official from Bohai Ferry revealed at the company’s cruise promotion event in Dalian.

Ctrip clicks buy, takes two cruiseships

Ctrip clicks buy, takes two cruiseshipsShanghai: Online travel booking giant Ctrip has been linked with the acquisition of two cruiseships. The 21st Century Business Herald reported that Ctrip has bought two ships this month as it moves aggressively into the cruise sector...

Friday Photo Fest: Emergency drills in Singapore

Friday Photo Fest: Emergency drills in SingaporeSingapore: The Friday Photo Fest returns this week, and we’re in Singapore. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held last Friday a full-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed Exercise Blue Dolphin 2014 where ...

Cruiselines commit to help develop Philippines as a destination

Cruiselines commit to help develop Philippines as a destinationManila: Three of the world’s leading cruise companies - Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines - have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruiseship destination, according to the Philippine ambassa...

Travel Indochina teams up with Aqua Expeditions

Travel Indochina teams up with Aqua ExpeditionsHanoi: Travel Indochina has become Aqua Expeditions sole Australian trade partner, selling trips on the new Aqua Mekong ship. Aqua Expeditions has run a luxury ship along the Amazon for a number of years and is looking to replicat...

Incheon’s duty free line up caters for Chinese visitors

Incheon’s duty free line up caters for Chinese visitors Busan: Entas Duty Free has opened a refurbished 740 sq m duty free concession at Incheon Port’s International Passenger Terminal 1, adding 100 different local and international luxury brands to the existing liquor and tobacco offer...

Call for Goa cruise berth

Call for Goa cruise berthMumbai: There has been a push to try and get a dedicated cruise berth created in Goa in the south of India. The Goa Seamen Association of India (GSAI) has submitted a proposal to the state government suggesting a cruise berth be b...

Shanghai to surpass Singapore as Asia’s top cruise destination this year

Shanghai to surpass Singapore as Asia’s top cruise destination this yearShanghai: State media in China suggests Shanghai will surpass Singapore this year as Asia's most visited cruise city. Shanghai is expected to overtake Singapore as Asia’s biggest terminal for cruise ships this year, with a total...

Star Cruises plans August Asian jamboree

Star Cruises plans August Asian jamboreeHong Kong: Star Cruises commemorates the National Day across Asia in the month of August, with an onboard colourful celebration, showcasing Asia’s rich heritage, culture and culinary flavours. “Asia is truly a melting pot of c...

Shanghai to expand cruise port

Shanghai to expand cruise portShanghai: Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Port is going to expand the current cruise terminal in order to meet the booming demand from the international cruise market. The cruise port plans to expand the terminal to 1.5km ...

Pandaw taps Seattle firm to grow US sales

Bangkok: Asian cruise firm Pandaw River Expeditions has appointed Global Voyages Group in Seattle to handle North American sales and marketing. Pandaw is also looking at its options to boost sales in the UK. GVG was formed in 2010 by David Giersdo...

Friday Photo Fest: Google Street View takes to the high seas

Singapore: Our occasional Friday Photo Fest returns today with images from the world’s largest cruiseship. Google Street View has now moved into the world of cruise liners. Royal Caribbean International is using Google Maps Business View – the ...

Shanghai to add shore power to cruise terminal

Shanghai: Shanghai port has signed an EcoPartnership deal with the Port of Los Angeles as the world’s largest port looks to learn more about delivering shore power to ships, something the Californian port has pioneered over the past decade.

Tianjin cruise homeport phase 2 starts operation

Dalian: Tianjin Port has officially started the operation of the phase 2 of the international cruise homeport. The phase 2 project has added another two berths, each can accommodate 220,000 ton cruise ships. The terminal has also added 35,600 sq m...

Partial closure of Singapore’s Marina South Pier

Singapore: Marina South Pier will be partially closed to the public between 0900hrs and 1500hrs on Friday to facilitate an emergency preparedness exercise involving a passenger vessel. Codenamed "Exercise Blue Dolphin 2014", the exercise includes the...

AIDA cancels Israeli calls

Cairo: AIDA Cruises will not call in Israel in July and August. Ships that had been scheduled to visit Ashdod will instead call at Santorini, Greece. The decision follows Monday’s scary moment for the AIDAdiva ship, which, when leaving Ashdod port ...

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Indian promise

Sam Chambers assesses the market potential of the world’s second largest population

Indian promise

While this site has focused heavily on cruise hotspots in Southeast and East Asia plus the Middle East since it was founded a couple of months ago, there has been little news coming out of India. As a source market it is exciting, but as a destination its infrastructure limitations are rather severe.

Indian cruise passengers are set to jump in the coming years, but India is not yet ready to attract many cruise calls. That was the message from Gavin Smith, regional vice president – Asia Pacific for Royal Caribbean, who was speaking at a press event in the Indian capital last month.

Smith estimated Indian cruise passengers could jump from the current 100,000 a year to 300,000 in the coming five years.

Despite the growth Smith said that the current size of the local market would not make it viable for cruise ship operators to call at Indian ports. “Local deployment can come only with growth. Once that growth is achieved, ship operators will have the confidence to put a ship here,” he said.  

Speaking to Asia Cruise News, a spokesperson for Star Cruises, said the company has seen a double-digit growth for Indian guests in recent years. 

“India represents a good market source with great potential due to its population’s size, increasingly strong mass market, middle-income mass affluent Indians, HNWIs with high spending power,” the Star source said.

Meanwhile, another Royal Caribbean spokesperson conceded to Asia Cruise News that cruising is still a very new vacat ...   More>>