Princess Cruises is set to sail a new ship from Singapore next year – with the latest high-tech passenger personal service device and new itineraries.
Grand Princess, a MedallionClass ship, will make her Singapore debut on 10 December 2020, and be based at Marina Bay Cruise Terminal for the 2020-21 season.
Singapore is one of Australia’s most popular fly-cruise destinations, so the move will undoubtedly attract seasoned passengers looking for something new.
Princess Cruises is one of Singapore’s most popular lines, with seven seasons under its belt.
The OceanMedallion is a wearable device that offers a unique highly personalised experience, meaning crew will be able to identify passengers wherever they are on the ship, families can locate each other, stateroom doors will open automatically and much more.
It is coming to Australia next year on board the Ruby Princess.
The 2,600-guest vessel Grand Princess will replace Sapphire Princes. Itineraries on offer include four to 21-day cruises around Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Prior to her arrival, Grand Princess will sail a new 53-day Pacific Crossing & Asia cruise, starting from Vancouver and covering 26 ports.
The cruise will offer options for embarkation in Los Angeles and disembarkation/embarkation in Shanghai, and a 28-day segment on the Hawaii, Guam and East Asia crossing. Late night port calls will also be made in Honolulu, Osaka, Nagasaki, Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong, with an overnight in Beijing (Tianjin).
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Grand Princess homeporting in Singapore – this marks a significant milestone for Princess Cruises,” said Mr. Farriek Tawfik, Princess Cruises director, Southeast Asia. “This gives us an opportunity to deliver new enriching experiences, creating excitement and sparking interest among guests.”
Grand Princess is the first Princess MedallionClass ship to arrive in Southeast Asia, carrying the award-winning Ocean Medallion.
Besides ground-breaking technology, new top deck dining venues will be available on board Grand Princess. These include Slice Pizzeria, The Mix, Salty Dog Grill, Coffee & Cones and an upscale specialty restaurant Crown Grill, which was named among the “Best Cruise Ship Steakhouse” by USA TODAY. Crown Grill offers a variety of premium beef and seafood, cooked-to-order in an open, theatre-style kitchen.
Also popular and only available on Grand Princess is the Leaves Tea Lounge and Library. Leaves lets guests custom-blend a variety of base teas with herbs, fruits and spices to create a personalised tea blend. Assisted by a trained tea sommelier, guests can create up to 500 different tea blends to suit their palates.