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SINGAPORE – Asia's largest cruise ship, the Spectrum of the Seas, is in the Singapore stretch of its maiden voyage.

Royal Caribbean International's 170,000-ton ship can carry more than 5,600 passengers.

Offering innovations such as robotic bartenders, virtual reality bungee jumping, and family suites with slides in the rooms, the event hopes to cater to multi-generation families and millennial guests.

Spectrum of the Seas is the first of three ships of the Quantum Ultra class.

It started its Singapore season this month and has three cruises lasting from three to nine nights to destinations such as Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong. It will arrive at its home port in Shanghai next month.

The three Singapore cruises are sold out, Royal Caribbean said.

The vessel's maiden call was held on Tuesday (May 21) with an exchange of plaques between Capt. Charles Teige, President of Singapore Tourism Council (STB) Chaly Mah and Executive Director of Sats-Creuers Cruise Services Lionel Wong.

Royal Caribbean also announced a new seven-month shipping season in Singapore for an existing 4,905-passenger vessel, the Quantum of the Seas, due to popular demand.

From October next year through April 2021, 40 crossings will be offered, which will make the deployment the longest on a Quantum class ship in Southeast Asia.

That will add about 180,000 visitors to the cruise scene in Singapore.

Gavin Smith, senior vice president of International Royal Caribbean Cruises, said bringing two of the company's largest and most innovative ships reaffirms its confidence in Singapore as the region's premier cruise portal.

"Royal Caribbean has great ambitions for Asia, and Singapore is at the heart of our growth in this region," he said.

Jeannie Lim, deputy executive director of STB's policy and planning group, welcomed the deployments, saying they would "increase the number of cruise offers in the region."

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