ASIA’S MOST REVOLUTIONARY FLEET TO CRUISE IN THE REGION FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
The landmark deployment of the largest global cruise brand is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of tourists to Malaysia and the region.
According to the cruise line, the five-year deployment will see an increase in the number of sailings calling into Malaysia, boosting the country’s overall tourism. This deployment starts with one of Asia’s largest and most revolutionary cruise ships, Quantum of the Seas, as she arrives in Malaysia fresh from her multimillion-dollar refurbishment during her six-month homeporting season in Singapore.
Royal Caribbean also recently announced that the ship will be making a record-breaking 55 calls to Malaysia during its upcoming 2020-2021 season, starting October next year. Together with the ship’s current 2019-2020 season, Royal Caribbean will bring a total of 430,000 tourists to Malaysia in the next two years. An estimated 189,000 of these tourists will visit Port Klang over 43 ship calls to the destination.
Royal Caribbean’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Angie Stephen, said that the announcement on the five-year deployment underscores Royal Caribbean’s confidence in the flourishing cruise industry of Malaysia and the region, which has shown tremendous growth potential in recent years.
“We are committed to growing the local cruise market, and we aim to continue bringing in bigger and better ships to Malaysia and region. This will not only enable more guests to experience our innovative and first-at-sea offerings, but also discover the many attractions of Malaysia," said Stephen.
“Travellers can look forward to a variety of unique experiences when they visit Malaysia’s ports. Besides gastronomic indulgences, they will be able to enjoy the wide array of cultural and shopping options both in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. We believe that these destinations will continue to be popular among our guests onboard Quantum of the Seas," she added.
Malaysia is one of the fastest growing source markets in the region for Royal Caribbean. Coupled with the deployment of innovative ships such as Quantum of the Seas, the cruise line is expected to continue on a positive growth trajectory.
Royal Caribbean also announced new amenities onboard its refurbished Quantum of the Seas, including an escape room and glow-in-the-dark laser tag. These features, along with iconic Quantum-class offerings such as the ‘North Star’ observation capsule and ‘Two70’ hi-tech entertainment venue, are set to raise the bar for multi-generational travel experiences.
Quantum of the Seas’ itineraries will include 4-night cruises to Penang and Phuket, 5-night cruises to Phuket, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Penang , a 7-night cruise to Phuket (with an overnight), Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Penang and a 7-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (with an overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City.