CruiseRoyal Caribbean celebrated cruise tourism's renewed lease on life, alongside Malaysian port dignitaries and trade partners.

Spectrum of the Seas celebrates return to Malaysian ports

Malaysia's travel industry leaders celebrated the country's cruise resumption onboard Spectrum of the Seas.
Malaysia's travel industry leaders celebrated the country's cruise resumption onboard Spectrum of the Seas. Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean International

Spectrum of the Seas, Asia's largest ship, was the venue for two celebratory events hosted by Royal Caribbean International for Malaysia's tourism dignitaries, port executives and trade partners, when she recently called at Port Klang in Kuala Lumpur and at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in Penang.

The ship had earlier resumed making a port of call at Port Klang on 1 July, after regional cruising's two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

At both ports, Royal Caribbean’s regional executive team and Spectrum of the Seas’ Captain Flemming welcomed their guests onboard for a briefing, followed by a tour of the ship's highlights.

Dato’ Azman Shah Mohd Yusof, chairman of Port Klang Cruise Terminal (PKCT), owner of the passenger cruise terminal in Port Klang, said: "The arrival of Spectrum of the Seas on 1 July 2022 at PKCT was a significant milestone, as it marked the revival of the cruise tourism after a two-year break due to COVID-related travel restrictions."

He also highlighted a new attraction for passengers – “Cruise Day Fiesta” at the PKCT terminal building – in conjunction with Tourism Selangor showcasing local cuisine and handicrafts.

Of the ships' twice weekly sailings to Penang, Datuk Tan Teik Cheng, chairman of Penang Port Commission, said: "Penang Port has served 13 international calls totaling nearly 35,000 passengers just in July, 27,000 of whom were guests from Spectrum of the Seas.”

For his part, Dato’ Sasedharan Vasudevan, CEO of Penang Port Sdn Bhd, said that Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal "is more advanced than ever," with the upgrading of facilities and duty-free shops.

He added "For the first time, our expanded berth has seen two Oasis class vessels at standby in the terminal."

“The wait is over! The combination of adventures and experiences we’ve curated onboard, as well as the vibrancy and rich heritage of Malaysia’s shores will make Spectrum of the Seas a huge hit for Singapore guests as well as fly-cruisers from around the globe,” said Angie Stephen, vice president and managing director, Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean International.

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