14th March, 2017
(FROM LEFT) Farrieck Tawfik, with Captain of the Diamond Princess, Todd McBain, and Penang Tourism Exco, Danny Law at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal yesterday.
GEORGE TOWN: Carnival Plc (Singapore), a premium cruise operator, will continue to feature Penang as a port of call for its homeporting seasons out of Singapore for 2017-2018.
Southeast Asia Director, Farriek Tawfik said Penang had always been a favourite among its guests, with over 80 per cent disembarking from the ship.
He said from November 2016 to March this year, Carnival Plc’s cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, had stopped in Penang eight times.
Its other ship, the Sapphire Princess, would also be stopping by Penang eight times during the next season, starting from November this year to March 2018.
“The cruises will be bringing in over 40,000 guests, thus contributing to the state’s economy and its tourism industry,” he said during the media briefing on the Diamond Princess, held at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal here Monday.
The Diamond Princess is a 116,000 tonne world class liner, with 2,600 guests and a crew capacity of 1,100, featuring top class facilities such as the largest Japanese bath at the sea, duty-free boutique shops, a sports court and a wedding chapel.
Farriek said he hoped the local authority would continue to work on improving facilities, especially at the cruise terminal and other infrastructure to cater to larger cruises.
“The group will be launching its luxury cruise on the Majestic Princess by month-end in Italy and the ship will be making her maiden call to Penang in June, which will be the first stop in Southeast Asia,” he added.
Farriek said the 145,000 tonne Majestic Princess is the group’s biggest ship to date, with an up to 3,560 guest capacity.
After stopping by in Penang, the cruise ship will head for Port Klang, before sailing to Singapore and then to China. –Bernama