Singapore Cruise Centre Reopens After S$14 Million Facelift
The Singapore Cruise Centre finally reopens after a facelift worth S$14 million. The renovation was done to allow faster immigration clearance for the five-million-odd cruise and ferry passengers passing through it yearly.
Part of the cruise terminal’s revamp includes a wider space for passengers. The quarter increase in space has been done to fulfil the cruise’s goal to accommodate more passengers.
Meanwhile, the counters for check-in and immigration doubled. The arrival and departure halls are now more spacious than before.
Minister Teo Ser Luk, Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry said: “The cruise industry in Singapore has been developing steadily. And in the last decade, cruise passenger throughput grew at a compounded annual rate of 3.6 percent. And in 2011, we welcomed 394 ship calls and close to one million cruise passengers. And this year, we expect more than three times the maiden calls in Singapore, as compared to 2011.”
Singapore Cruise Centre is located in the south of Singapore in the vicinity of HarbourFront and in Keppel Harbour. It was built in 1991 by the then Port of Singapore Authority and officially opened on June 18, 1992. It comprises two terminals, namely the International Passenger Terminal (IPT), and the Regional Ferry Terminal (RFT). The RTF has six berths while the IPT has two deep harbour berths catering to over 25 international passenger cruise lines.
The cruise centre was upgraded in 1998 by Port of Singapore Authority. The existing terminals at HarbourFront were renovated in 2008 to optimise the use of available space. The entire level 2 is a restricted area, for the exclusive use of cruise and ferry passengers who have cleared immigration and security.
As a world-class cruise terminal, its IPT has won 19 efficiency awards since 1997. Today, the cruise centre handles a throughput of over 7 million cruises and ferry passengers a year, of which about 950,000 are cruise passengers.