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Asia's cruise industry will be forever changed by coronavirus crisis

Passengers stuck on Diamond Princess made consumers and governments panic

| Singapore
After the Diamond Princess incident, can cruise lines convince consumers that they are clean and safe?   © Reuters

Peter Lynch is Editor-in-Chief of ASEAN Cruise News, Cruise&Travel Asia and Cruise Passenger Australia.

Global cruise line Princess is proud of its catchy slogan "Come back new." It is an exhortation that conveys how a healthy holiday on one of its big ships refreshes and renews. The line has been extraordinarily successful in Asia, taking tens of thousands to Japan, a major market for its ships.

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