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Mega cruise ship heading for Phuket

PHUKET: The mega-cruise ship Voyager of the Seas is set to bring nearly 4,000 passengers to Phuket per trip when Royal Caribbean International launches the ship’s maiden Asian season in May next year.

Friday 16 September 2011, 05:28PM

The Voyager of the Seas can carry 3,480 guests in royal suites and promenade rooms in its 14 passenger decks.

The Voyager of the Seas can carry 3,480 guests in royal suites and promenade rooms in its 14 passenger decks.

Fourteen decks high and able to carry a total of 3,840 guests, the Singapore-based liner is described by the company as “one of the largest and most innovative ships ever to home-port in Asia”.

The short cruises from Singapore to Phuket from May to June coincide with Singapore’s school holiday period, allowing Singaporeans to spend three to five days in Phuket at a time.

Short cruises from Singapore to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh and Hong Kong will also be available.

“With Voyager of the Seas and [sister ship] Legend of the Seas operating in Asia next year, Royal Caribbean International’s capacity in the region will be more than double as measured by total guest count,” said Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean Cruises’ executive vice president, International.

QSI International School Phuket

Onboard activities and entertainment include: ice-skating and in-line skating; a boulevard of shops and cafés along a promenade; full-sized sports court; water slide; rock-climbing; mini-golf; a three-tier theatre, themed bars and lounges as well as a split-level nightclub.

Accommodation ranges from royal suites to promenade staterooms, and dining options include a three-tier restaurant.

“Deploying this … ship here is a huge milestone for Royal Caribbean in Asia, which underscores our heightened confidence in the region’s potential,” said Bayley.

We hope that the arrival of a ship of her size and amenities will create a new level of awareness and interest for cruising amongst travellers, and in turn, a historic momentum that will help push the infrastructure development for larger cruise ships across Asia,” said Mr Bayley.



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