24 May 2012 by Luke McCormick
Singapore's new Marina Bay Cruise Centre is to open by welcoming one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Voyager of the Seas, when it docks at the new terminal on 26 May 2012.
The new 28,000-square-metre terminal has effectively doubled Singapore's berth capacity and will allow a new generation of larger cruise ships to dock in the Asian city.
The deep water port has a wide turning basin and no height restrictions, meaning it can welcome ships of up to 220,000 gross tonnage, measuring 260m in length, with hull drafts of 11.5m.
The new terminal will feature a spacious arrival and departure hall with 80 check-in counters and up to 40 immigration counters, as well as a large ground transportation area capable of handling 6,800 passengers at any one time.
Melvin Vu, Chief Executive Officer of SATS-Creuers Cruise Services (SCCS), said: "Cruise terminals are built to cater to large numbers of passengers in a short period of time and as such, our mission is to have passengers disembark from their ships and leave the terminal swiftly to continue on with their holiday itinerary.
"We plan to do so by leveraging both SATS and Creuers' respective strengths and competencies in gateway services and cruise terminal operations.
"The opening of the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore marks a momentous development for the cruise industry in Singapore and we look forward to receiving guests from all over the world," he said.
"Singapore's strategic location coupled with the terminal's state-of-the-art facilities and proximity to the city and Singapore Changi Airport will anchor the country's position as Asia's leading cruise hub and further enhance its reputation as a global leader in travel services."