With Princess Cruises already having a new ship and another on its way next year to meet demand, it was obvious that the company would soon be looking into new destinations. It seems they have now found a gap in the market and wish to offer new itineraries in Indonesia from late next year.
The cruise company believes that there is currently a gap in the market for South East Asia and so it is their intention to fill this gap. The Sapphire Princess will operate from South East Asia with these new Princess Cruises Indonesia itineraries to run from November 2014 to February 2015.
To give you an idea of growth in this region in terms of cruises, from the 214 ships that visited the region in 2012 they brought with them 112,882, these numbers have increased in 2013 and from 308 ships there were around 147,134 people visiting. So at this rate those numbers could reach more than 200,000 by 2015.
Sapphire Princess can hold a maximum of 2,670-passenger and bringing her to South East Asia will be the largest deployment in the region from any cruise company.
The new Princess Cruises Indonesia itineraries is to include a total of 16 ports in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lombok, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.