SE Asians are in love with luxury cruising -Cunard boss

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Southeast Asians have fallen in love with luxury cruising as they discover the glamour of five-star voyages on Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2, says Farriek Tawfik, director of Southeast Asia for Princess and Cunard.

“Luxury cruising is becoming increasingly popular and one of the top vacation options among Southeast Asians who have discovered the glamour and exhilaration of luxury cruising.

“Luxury voyages on Cunard’s ships which also include Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, are in high demand particularly with seasoned travellers who are inspired by the sophistication, elegance and timeless charm of these ships,” Mr Tawfik said.

His comments came as Queen Mary 2 sailed on two local voyages from Singapore and Hong Kong and they were both sold out. QM 2 is on her 134-day round-the-world cruise which started on 3 January and arrived in Singapore on 23 March.

She then set sail on a 7-day voyage to Hong Kong via Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City and on 31 March she sailed on a 5-day return journey from Hong Kong to Singapore.

“Both voyages were sold out due to their shorter duration which appeals to many Southeast Asians,’’ a company statement said.

Cunard has become a symbol of British tradition and elegance and QM 2 has the largest ballroom and library at sea and the only planetarium, the company said.

The luxury ship can accommodate 2700 which means “more people can enjoy luxury voyages while experiencing the exclusivity of the ship’s contemporary design and world-class facilities which appeals to many Asian travellers.

“A booming consumer market and rise of affluent groups continues to drive demand for cruise travel in this region.

“Millennials are also looking to experience bucket-list travel and find the transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York a unique holiday option,’’ the company said.

QM 2 continued on her round-the-world journey when she set sail from Singapore last week. She returns to her US homeport in New York on 17 May.