Foreign cruise lines show growing appetite for Vietnam

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the volume of cruise travellers from Asia has increased from 774,000 in 2012 to more than 3 million in 2016. The projected number for 2017 was 4.3 million passengers. Vietnam now ranks sixth among the regional cruise tourism markets, with around 404 calls in 2017.  “Vietnam has become an increasingly popular destination for guests from the US, Australia, and Europe, as well as from Asian countries, and cruising is one of the best ways to explore this magnificent part of the world,” said Farriek Tawfik, director of Southeast Asia at Princess Cruises. Princess Cruises is owned by US-based Carnival Corporation—the world’s largest travel and leisure company—and has a modern fleet of 17 ships. In 2017, Princess Cruises carried more than 58,000 guests on 22 cruises to Vietnamese ports like Phu My, Nha Trang, Danang, and Cai Lan. This year, Princess Cruises’ six ships in the region—Majestic Princess, Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess, Golden Princess, Sun Princess, and Coral Princess—will be deployed for 31 voyages, bringing more than 80,000 guests to Vietnam throughout the year, up 40% against 2017. As Asia’s cruise industry continues to grow, the region is welcoming more and larger ships. Cruise itineraries also last longer than before. Sailings, which used to take place from November to February, now extend to April or even the end of the year, according to Tawfik. Aside from inbound cruise tourists, cruise demand from Vietnam has also increased by 126% from 2012 to 2016, the largest increase… [Read full story]


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