He enjoys the freedom
An avid fan of cruise holidays, Mr Andy Tan has gone on two to three cruises a year since 2008.
Mr Tan, a self-employed 44-year-old, would take his wife and 15-year-old son on family trips to regional destinations, such as Penang, Phuket and Langkawi, spending about $3,000 to $4,000 each time.
He says: "I used to fly to a lot of countries. I find it very rushed. I had to wake up very early for breakfast and rush to another sightseeing destination on a coach. And it often ends late at night.
"A cruise is different. The room is in the ship anyway."
He loves the freedom that he gets.
"It is more relaxing and you can choose what you want to do," says Mr Tan.
His favourite activity?
"I just relax and enjoy the ship. I'll sit down, have a cup of coffee and chit-chat."
His teenage son would take part in activities onboard that are targeted at teens.