Now under new ownership, Port Klang Cruise Terminal (PKCT) is moving quickly to enlarge its facilities and cater to the increasing number of cruise ships docking at the ocean gateway to Malaysia.
“Moving forward, we will be discussing with the government our future expansion plans where we intend to extend our wharf to cater for more cruise ship calls,” said chairman of PKCT, Dato' Azman Shah Mohd Yusof.
“We also plan to upgrade our terminal facilities to cater for more passengers. The goal is for PKCT to become the catalyst of growth for the nation’s tourism industry and as a key economic driver for the state of Selangor.”
The PKCT chairman was speaking at a recent ceremony to mark the launch of Port Klang Cruise Terminal, a joint venture owned by Klang Port Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Northport (Malaysia) Bhd (Northport) and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Westports).
The five-story terminal is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including link bridges for embarkation and disembarkation, covered walkways connecting between wharf and terminal, ATM machines, foreign exchange counters, wi-fi zone, convenience stores, gift shops, duty-free outlets, the Mah Meri exhibition area and a tourist information centre set up by Tourism Selangor.
“The goal is for PKCT to become the catalyst of growth for the nation’s tourism industry and a key economic driver for the state of Selangor,” Yusof added.
Since resuming cruise activity mid-year, following the pandemic lockdown, PKCT – one hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur - has seen regular ships’ calls.
“On 1 July, the arrival of Spectrum of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International, was a significant milestone, as it marked the revival of cruise tourism due to COVID-related travel restrictions.
“On 4 July, Resort World Cruises began home-porting at PKCT, with its vessel, Genting Dream, and this has received tremendous response from local holidaymakers,” Yusof added.