Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 visits Singapore on Southeast Asia Voyage during World Cruise
Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 visited Singapore for a Southeast Asia round-trip voyage during her 134-day round-the-world cruise which started on 3 January 2018 from New York, offering guests an unforgettable way to circumnavigate the globe.
Queen Mary 2 will set sail from Singapore to the Straits of Malacca, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East before sailing through the Suez Canal to Europe and crossing the Atlantic for New York where she will arrive on 17 May to her US homeport.
Queen Mary 2 arrived in Singapore on 23 March and had set sail on a 7-day voyage to Hong Kong via Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. On 31 March, she then sailed on a 5-day voyage for her return voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore. Both voyages were sold out due to their shorter duration which appeals to many Southeast Asians. Shorter voyage options, ranging from one to three weeks, could be combined in various segments to meet traveller preferences.
Founded 178 years ago, Cunard has become a symbol of British tradition and elegance. Queen Mary 2 is unlike any cruise ship. Her unique features include the largest ballroom and library at sea, the only planetarium on any passenger ship and décor of timeless elegance and style not found on any other ship.
Launched in 2004, Queen Mary 2 is the world’s only ocean liner offering regularly scheduled transatlantic crossings between New York and Southampton. In 2016, she was remastered under a £90 million programme to raise the bar of luxury even higher while honouring her British heritage and iconic status.
Increasing demand for luxury cruising among Asian travellers
Farriek Tawfik, Director Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises/Cunard said, “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”.
Queen Mary 2 is a large ship with a guest capacity of 2,700 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 travelers. 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. Ed Sheeran is one such millennial who recently took this voyage to find new inspiration for his song-writing.
Queen Mary 2’s round-the-world voyages will be in Singapore for overnight stays in 2019 and 2020.