The Genting Cruise Lines brand will offer one- and two-night Langkawi scenic itineraries at the start of Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays on Star Cruises’ 40,053gt Star Pisces.
‘Like all Malaysians, we have been eagerly looking forward to another vacation alternative during this period when overseas travel is not permitted,’ said Cynthia Lee, VP for Genting Cruise Lines in Malaysia.
‘The new Langkawi itineraries will provide Malaysians the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of cruising again and will bring much-needed benefits to the local workforce, restaurants, retailers and hotels for pre- and post-cruise stays in Penang and Langkawi.’
Dato’ Sasedharan Vasudevan, CEO of Penang Port, said, ‘supporting Genting Cruise Lines on ensuring safe and comfortable cruise trips is important to jumpstart the local cruise sector.’
Nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its soft sandy beaches and is popularly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia.
The two-night Langkawi Escape Cruise departs Penang every Friday and Sunday and passengers can have 10 hours of port time to explore Langkawi.
The one-night Straits of Malacca Cruise will depart every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Health and safety measures
Genting Cruise Lines was the first cruise line to resume service in Asia and has successfully completed about nine months of incident-free operations in Taiwan with Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream, and about five months in Singapore with World Dream, welcoming more than 150,000 guests so far.
Also, Genting recently announced Crystal Serenity plans to restart cruises from the Bahamas on July 3.
Penang will be the fifth homeport for Genting Cruise Lines' fleet, after Keelung, Singapore, Nassau and Bimini in the Bahamas.