Text by Corina Tan
Voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” in the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards for 19 consecutive years, Royal Caribbean International which is owned by Royal Caribbean Group has revolutionised vacations all over the world. For more than 50 years, its cruise lines with itineraries to 240 destinations in 61 countries on six continents, including the company’s private island in The Bahamas, has delivered architectural marvels that feature the latest technology in each of its successive class of ships.
The Spectrum of the Seas, Asia’s largest and most innovative ship is expected to embark on twice-weekly sailings into Malaysian ports. Malaysia’s travel and tourism industries is being given a new lease of life, and celebratory events were held onboard Spectrum of the Seas as she called at Port Klang in Kuala Lumpur on July 1st and Penang’s Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal on July 2nd. At both ports, senior dignitaries and state officials witnessed the plaque and key exchanges between Spectrum of the Seas’ Captain Flemming and the ports’ senior executives.
In Port Klang, Group Managing Director of MMC Corporation Berhad, Chairman of Port Klang Cruise Terminal, Deputy Under Secretary of Maritime Department in its Ministry of Transport, Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Selangor, Director of Immigration at Selangor, and Royal Caribbean’s regional executive team and trade partners gathered onboard Spectrum of the Seas where they were given a tour of the ship’s highlights. While in Penang, Penang State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy, Chairman of Penang Port Commission, General Manager of Penang Port Commission, Chairman of Penang Port Sdn Bhd, and Chief Executive Officer of Penang Port Sdn Bhd joined the Royal Caribbean executive team for a press briefing, followed by a ship tour.
“The wait is over! We are thrilled to herald the return of ports-of-call cruising within the region, and to connect holidaymakers with Asia’s beautiful destinations once again. 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.
“It is truly a privilege to share the majesty of the ocean and the vibrancy of our destination communities with our guests. To that end we are committed to pilot and develop new technologies and practices to protect region’s local waters, preserve the health and heritage of the local communities we visit, and continue to deliver the best vacations at sea, responsibly and sustainably.”
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The cruise line is expected to deliver brand new thrills and signature favorites both on board and ashore. The new three- and four-night itineraries will offer guests of all ages the opportunity to sail and explore international shores once again.
More details on the Spectrum of the Seas can be obtained from the Royal Caribbean website.