October means “cruise month” – the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) annual celebration of cruise holidays.
Asia’s 2019-2020 cruise season is looking to be a packed one. It will see the arrival of several new ships, newly-amplified ships, as well as various luxury lines and family-friendly options.
New vessels include Tui Cruises’ Mein Shiff 6, which arrives in Singapore on November 27 and will sail 14-day itineraries around Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade is also scheduled to spend winter 2019/2020 in Southeast Asia, departing from Singapore and Hong Kong.
Cruisers can look forward to newly refurbished ships like Royal Caribbean’s Voyager and Quantum of the Seas, CMV’s Vasco da Gama and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Millennium.
Cruise Month will also help reinforce the benefits of booking upcoming cruises through a CLIA-accredited travel agent, informing consumers about the additional skills and education that dedicated cruise specialists have invested in. With the CLIA Travel Agent search on CLIA’s website, consumers are able to search for experienced cruise agents based in Asia who have met the training requirements set out by CLIA.
“Cruise Month provides a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about cruising and also gives us a chance to highlight the importance of booking through CLIA-accredited travel agents, who give travellers the confidence that comes from dealing with a highly trained and authoritative specialist,” said CLIA Australasia & Asia Managing Director Joel Katz.
For more information on Cruise Month, visit www.cliaasia.org.