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Princess Cruises brings over 20,000 guests to Penang for current sailing season

Princess Cruises brings over 20,000 guests to Penang for current sailing season

Princess Cruises has announced that it will continue to feature Penang as a port of call for its homeporting seasons out of Singapore for 2017-2018. Diamond Princess will make eight visits to Penang this season and Sapphire Princess will follow with another eight calls for the next season.  Both ships will bring in over 40,000 guests for two seasons. 

Diamond Princess visited Penang today, bringing with her over 2,600 guests and 1,100 crew, arriving from Port Klang en-route to Phuket on its 5-day Malaysian Peninsula voyage before returning to Singapore. Diamond Princess is a 116,000-ton world class liner, housing top class facilities and cabins across 18 decks.  

“Penang is proud and honoured to have Diamond Princess berthing at Port Swettenham today. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all guests onboard Diamond Princess a memorable and wonderful holiday in Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Y.B. Danny Law, Penang State EXCO for Tourism Development, who boarded the ship for a tour and lunch onboard with the media and officials.

“Over the years, Penang has become one of our guests’ favourite port of calls, with over 80 percent of guests disembarking the ship when they visit Penang to enjoy the wonderful local food, great shopping and charming sight-seeing attractions. This in turn helps to contribute to Penang’s economy and the booming local  tourism industry,” said Farriek Tawfik, Director of Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises.  

Guests from Penang and northern Malaysia will continue to have the option of boarding the ship from Port Swettenham on her Southeast Asian voyages. For the current season, Diamond Princess will call at 13 ports (including Kota Kinabalu for the first time this season) in six countries across the region, offering 16 round-trip departures with 25 distinct itineraries. Guests can choose from three to 12-day voyages. 

Diamond Princess underwent a US$30 million dry dock (refurbishment) in Singapore in 2014 where it was fitted with the largest Japanese bath at sea featuring a 8,800-square-foot bath and garden complex, and other facilities includes a sushi restaurant, upgraded duty-free boutiques, a sports court and even a wedding chapel.

Majestic Princess to make maiden call to Penang in June, its first stop in Southeast Asia

“We are also very pleased to announce that our newest ship, Majestic Princess, will be making her maiden call to Penang in June, which will be her first stop in Southeast Asia. After Penang, Majestic Princess will leave for Port Klang before sailing to Singapore and then to China,” said Mr. Tawfik.  

Majestic Princess can carry over 3,560 guests and one of its star attractions is the exclusive luxury beds that were designed by a sleep doctor and can be ordered by guests to bring home with them.  Majestic Princess will make its maiden voyage at the end of March to the Mediterranean before coming to Asia.  

Princess Cruises’ other ships: Dawn Princess and Sea Princess will also call at Penang this year.  Princess Cruises, best known for its Alaskan cruises, is owned and operated by Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator that is based in the US.  Carnival Corporation also owns the luxurious Cunard Line whose ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria call at Penang during their round-the-world voyages.  

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