A good excuse to go on a cruise

Check out the Seafood Grill restaurant on board the Resorts World One. — Resorts World Cruises

Cruise tourism is steadily on the rise globally, and Malaysia wants a piece of the action. Resorts World Cruises, which started its Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (via Port Klang) itineraries last year, is preparing to launch a new itinerary that adds Hong Kong as a homeport.

The cruise is set to launch on March 10, offering two- and three-night packages from Hong Kong. “We are pleased that Resorts World Cruises will have the first cruise ship to homeport in Hong Kong after the resumption of normal travel with mainland China, and overseas. We hope to support the growth of the Hong Kong tourism as we had done for both Singapore and Malaysia,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Resorts World Cruises in a statement.Resorts World One will berth at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, the ship – formerly known as the Explorer Dream – will also be replacing Genting Dream’s regular two and three-night itineraries from Feb 17 to March 1. During that time, Genting Dream will be placed into dry-dock for regular maintenance works.

On top of that, Resorts World One will also offer a special five-night repositioning cruise from Singapore on March 3, calling at Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang in Vietnam, before arriving in Hong Kong on March 8.

Passengers can also embark from Port Klang for this particular cruise on March 2, thus making it a six-night cruise instead (with Singapore as the first port-of-call).

“It’s been an exciting journey so far and we are looking forward to starting our next chapter in 2023 with the introduction of the Resorts World One cruise ship. The ship will increase tourist arrivals and generate economic benefits to the hotels, transport, suppliers and other service sectors in Hong Kong. Resorts,” said Michael Goh, president of Resorts World Cruises, in a statement.

Resorts World One is a 13-storey-high ship that features 928 rooms and can accommodate more than 1,800 guests. It has several types of accommodations, like the luxurious Palace, which comes with exclusive amenities and facilities, including a 24-hour European-style butler service.

Bookings for Resorts World One itineraries can now be made on www.rwcruises.com.

Goodwill offer

Guests who were impacted by Genting Dream’s cruise cancellation in Hong Kong last year (between January and April 2022), can get a complimentary cruise (same cabin category, cruise itinerary and duration) on the Resorts World One, with an additional onboard credit of HKD350 (RM190) per cabin. This complimentary cruise can be on any of the ship's sailings before Dec 20, 2023.

Affected Genting Dream guests that had paid and yet to receive any refund from their original booking sources or credit card companies may email reservations.cn@rwcruises.com.

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