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Cruising boom good news for Singapore

More ships operating in Asia will need routine maintenance and major refits

Star and the other big cruise companies (notably, of course, Carnival) have turned the cruise business into a sector that seems to defy the cyclical nature of the rest of shipping - PHOTO: SPH

SOME 20 years ago, when Star Cruises bought its first two ships, there was great scepticism about the viability of the operation. The doubters were soon proved wrong. Before too long, reporters from around Asia were flown out to Germany to witness the naming of the company's first newbuilding. I...