Friday, 5 May 2017

(NST) Royal Caribbean to increase port calls to Malaysia

GEORGETOWN: World renowned cruise line, Royal Caribbean expects more Malaysian customers to board its luxury ships in the next few years with the addition of port calls from this year onwards.

Royal Caribbean Asia-Pacific Managing Director Sean Treacy told newsmen that in the past 10 years its ships have made port calls here; it has seen an increase of 20,000 passengers.

He pointed out that 10 years ago, there were only seven visits to Malaysia but throughout 2017, 90 port calls have been slated. Last year there were 15 port calls to Penang but this year, the number has been increased to 40.

“The reason being is that Penang is one of the most popular destinations in the world and our guests love to come here,” said Treacy.

He said the numbers of passengers from Malaysia have been encouraging as the presence of the ships has attracted more guests.

“However there is still a lack of awareness among the locals on the actual fun things that can be done on the ship,” he said at a press conference on the Voyager of the Seas currently berthed at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal.

During the recent Matta Fair, Royal Carribean, in sponsoring the event, had set up a physical bumper car show in an effort to promote their cruises.

“This is to show that there are many great things to enjoy while on board. We have pools, sports decks and even a surf simulator called ‘Flowrider’,” he said.

Treacy said that a majority of Malaysian passengers often board from Singapore.

The Voyager of the Seas will head to Phuket next on its five-night cruise.