Malaysia is ready to welcome international cruise passengers again

Malaysia is ready to welcome international cruise passengers again, according to Tourism Malaysia.

The tourist board has been actively promoting shore excursions, port facilities as well as pre- and post-cruise tours as borders fully reopen.

Vice President of Tourism Malaysia (Los Angeles), Akbal Setia, said it was time to promote the country’s cruise industry again as travel gradually resumes.

“We have now returned to normal travel, and it is a good time for us to promote our organizations and our partnerships, in particular Malaysia as the next embarkation point for cruise passengers to the regions of Asia and Asia. Southeast,” he said in a statement.

Akbal was recently at Seatrade Cruise Global Expo 2022 in Miami, Florida, USA to promote cruise tourism and attract more ship operators to berth in Malaysia.

Malaysia is one of the most attractive cruise destinations in the region and is also found on the most around the world cruise itineraries.

“Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, some of the best cruise ships in the world operate in Malaysian waters and offer an excellent combination of leisure facilities, entertainment, gourmet dining and exotic destinations,” said said Tourism Malaysia.

Before the pandemic, Malaysia received more than 600 ship calls and 900,000 cruise passengers. Over the years, the country has hosted well-known cruise liners such as Celebrity Cruises, Regal Cruises, Star Cruises, Seabourn, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises.

The Chairman of the Malaysian Association of Tours and Travel Agents (Matta), Datuk Tan Kok Liang, recently revealed that the recent Matta Fair showed positive signs for the cruise industry.

“Many visitors visited the exhibitors selling not only domestic but also international packages and it was buoyant with many sales made. Cruise packages also sold well at the fair,” he reportedly said.

However, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine following the invasion of Russia has resulted in numerous cruise cancellations around the world.

Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Cunard were among the latest cruise lines forced to change or cancel sailings recently. –Chin Chester

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