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Southeast Asia: The next Mediterranean of cruises?

Singapore's massive new cruise terminal is set to open this year. But don't expect the world's biggest ships to ride in just yet

Singapore's new cruise terminal opens later this year and features bigger and deeper berths to accommodate larger ships.

Land ahoy, cruisers. Singapore’s new International Cruise Terminal (ICT) is set to open later this year, with officials hoping the massive US$400 million facility will bring in some of the world’s largest ships.

The ICT will feature two berths, an arrival and departures hall, advanced passenger processing technology and a ground transportation area. 

In other words, plenty of room for cruise-loving travellers looking to cram as many experiences as possible into a single vacation.  

Cruises are certainly getting more popular in Asia, with several of the big global lines - Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Holland America and Celebrity -- already offering passengers itineraries in the region.

But the Asian cruise industry is a long way behind Europe or North America, the latter of which accounts for around 60 percent of the global cruising market according to industry figures.  

A graphic rendering of the US$400 million Singapore International Cruise terminal.

Aw Kah Peng, CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board, told media she hopes that will change with the opening of the city's new cruise terminal, located between downtown Singapore and Sentosa Island.