Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2022

6 5 World Dream has been sailing themed ‘Super Seacations’ itineraries from Singapore during the pandemic “For itinerary planning, under normal circumstances, we will begin by looking at our source market and its infrastructure suitability to act as a homeport,” says Lim. “From there, we would explore destination ports that would be attractive to the market and within reach of the homeport. An itinerary planning team consisting of sales, port operations and marine operations experts will be set up to look at the feasibility of offering such itineraries from a holistic viewpoint for the company. “ The cruise company makes sure its shore excursions deliver the experiences its guests value the most. “Traditionally, shore excursions that combine city landmarks with cultural attractions and shopping tend to appeal to our guests,” says Lim. “For example, in the past, our passengers have responded well to our ‘Highlights of Naha’ in Okinawa, ‘Grand Tour of Hoi An and Danang’ in Vietnam, and our ‘Historic Manila and Shopping Tour’ in the Philippines.” As vaccine programmes progress and international travel restrictions begin to be lifted, Genting is preparing to resume some of its most popular itineraries in other Asian destinations. “With Covid-19 curtailing international travel for the better part of two years, for 2022 and 2023 we are looking forward to returning to Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam,” says Lim. “Japan has always been a perennial favourite destination with our guests who are charmed by the food, culture and attractions and, most importantly, its wide variety of shopping opportunities!” Japan is also a favourite for Lim, though he also highlights Genting’s Taiwan itineraries as an exciting alternative while restrictions are still in place. “In the past, I have particularly enjoyed our longer seven-night destination cruises to Japan with ports of call to Yokohama and Shimizu, or to Taiwan with stops around the island,” he says. “Presently, our island-hopping itineraries from Taiwan would be the closest that we have to a ‘get-away’ travel experience in the region.” CFIP “ Our strategy has predominantly been to deploy our ships in the Asia region”