The renovated Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore welcomed its first ship, Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas, in May of this year. The terminal is notable not only for being the newest cruise terminal, but also operated by a company familiar to all in the airline catering industry.
|The boarding hall at Marina Bay|
Cruise Center in Singapore. Part of
a $14 million renovation project
completed this year
"By contracting a third party to handle terminal operations, you are actually encouraging greater innovation, efficiency and growth of the cruise industry," Vu said in the interview.
He added: "Through our joint strengths and expertise, we are able to introduce and execute innovative solutions that the government may find challenging, and are in a better position to take calculated risks and investments to further grow Singapore’s cruise industry. All in all, it leads to a more efficient use of resources, which benefits all stakeholders."
Vu laid out a future in Asia with larger terminals, better technology and a greater integration between cruise lines and cruise terminals. Before it took over the management contract at Marina Bay, SATS pioneered a "Cruise Fly" and "Fly Cruise" service that helped to effectively move passengers from the airport to the ship.
A number of other industry heavyweights will be speaking at Cruise Shipping Asia Pacific. A full program can be found here.