Asia’s largest cruise ship to homeport in Singapore

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Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas returns to Singapore for a six- month deployment in 2019. Rebecca Wong reports

Royal Caribbean International has announced the return of Quantum of the Seas – Asia’s largest cruise ship- to Singapore from November 2019 to April 2020.

Cruise-goers can expect a grand total of 34 sailings during the period. The ship’s return marks the first-ever 7-night round trip sailing on a Quantum class, as she heads out of Singapore to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) and Ho Chi Minh City.

Other itineraries on offer include 4-night cruises to Penang or Phuket, 5-night cruises to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket, and a 7-night cruise to Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Penang and Phuket.

The cruises in 2019/20 are open for sale from April 10th, with an exclusive ‘2nd Guest at $1’ promotion from April 10th-12th.

Quantum’s  six-month season will also be the longest of the Quantum class in Southeast Asia, and is expected to increase Royal Caribbean’s capacity in Singapore by 30% (with an addition of 150, 000 guests to the local cruising scene).

“Our commitment to grow our cruise offerings in Singapore and the region reaffirms our confidence in Singapore as the region’s leading cruising gateway,” says Mr Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. “We continue to play a leadership role in the region by encouraging more port and destination infrastructure development and adding newer ship deployments, thus benefiting local tourism and stakeholders.”

“The Quantum’s upcoming deployment is a strong endorsement from Royal Caribbean International, our trusted industry partner, of Singapore’s status as Southeast Asia’s homeport of choice,” adds Mr Yap Chin Siang, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy and Planning Group) at the Singapore Tourism Board.

Passengers can look forward to a multi-million dollar refurbishment of Quantum prior to her return, with an updated look and enhanced amenities in the works.

The 18 deck- ship currently boasts a 168,666 gross tonnage and can hold 4905 passengers. Additionally, guests can enjoy a multitude of features onboard the smart ship: the ‘North Star’, an observation capsule offering stunning vistas 92 metres over the ocean, the ‘Bionic Bar’ where cocktails are served by robots, a skydiving and surf simulator, and ‘Seaplex’, a mega indoor activity space with roller-skating, bumper cars and other activities.

Dining-wise, holiday-makers can choose from 18 restaurant, amongst which are celebrity chef establishments like Jamie’s Italian.