Princess Cruises ups its capacity to Vietnam by 40 per cent

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Princess Cruises has increased its capacity in Vietnam. The Southeast Asian nation is proving popular amongst local and international tourists.

The line is increasing the number of passengers it will take to Vietnam by 40 per cent in 2018, compared to figures in 2017.

Last year, Princess Cruises carried over 58,000 guests on 22 sailings to Vietnam including port calls to Phu My, Nha Trang, Da Nang and Cai Lan.

This year, Princess will be sending the Majestic Princess, Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess, Sun Princess and Coral Princess. The ships will be deployed for31 voyages and will being 80,000 guests to Vietnam.

“Vietnam has become an increasingly popular destination for our guests from US, Australia, and Europe as well as Asian countries,” said Farriek Tawfik, director of Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises.

“In response to this demand, we have significantly expanded our itineraries to offer passengers a choice of sailings and exciting itinerary options.”

In 2016, the Cruise Lines International Association figures showed that 4,100 Vietnamese cruised – a 126 per cent jump from the 2012 numbers.

The country also received more than 460 calls across all ports from different cruise lines, making it the fourth popular cruise destination in Asia.

It’s expected that Vietnam’s middle class will double to 33 million by 2020, meaning that these people will be looking for new travel destinations within Europe and Asia.