Cruising for vacation

Phua (right) and Wen at the announcement of Royal Caribbean International as the official cruise for the MATTA Fair from Sept 6 to 8 at Putra World Trade Centre.

TAKING a cruise nowadays goes beyond just kicking back to relax on the ship’s deck, as evidenced by the steadily rising interest in the sector among travellers.

Holidays at sea were a growing sector, said Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) chief executive officer Phua Tai Neng, as people were starting to look at cruises instead of typical holiday experiences.

Speaking at the announcement of Royal Caribbean International returning for the sixth time as MATTA’s official cruise, he said travellers, especially those from the younger generation, were now seeking different experiences, which was why the global cruise brand was again joining hands with MATTA to promote cruise holidays.

This year, Royal Caribbean International is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a large variety of cruise products and special deals for its Voyager of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas.

According to Royal Caribbean Cruises (Asia) Pte Ltd Asia-Pacific sales head Josh Wen, the Voyager of the Seas had gone through an amplification to revitalise the ship for its Asian debut.

It will soon boast a brand-new look with a line-up of first-to-market features, including duo racer waterslides The Perfect Storm, laser-tag adventure Battle for Planet Z as well as a redesigned layout for children and teenagers’ spaces, besides other improvements.

Quantum of the Seas will also be revamped in time for the Singapore season with a reinvigorated appearance.

The 16-deck ship features iconic Quantum Class experiences such as the 10-storey high observation capsule ride North Star, indoor sports space SeaPlex and a skydiving simulator.

Wen added that The Vitality Spa & Fitness Centre was a “highly underrated” gem that guests should try out.

The cruise brand owns a fleet of 26 ships, including the world’s largest with first-at-sea innovative features.

Cruise fans can head to the upcoming MATTA Fair, to be held from Sept 6 to 8 at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, to enjoy 50% off for the first and second guests on selected sailings up to June 2020, as well as 50% off for the second guest with the Kids Sail Free promotion for selected January to May 2020 sailings.

Base fares will start from RM999 per guest for Voyager of the Seas for 3-, 4- and 5-night cruises departing between Oct 21 and Nov 11 this year; and starting RM1,549 per guest for Quantum of the Seas for 4- and 5-night cruises departing between Nov 16,2019 and April 26,2020.

Visitors can get more information on current promotions at its booths located at Hall 3, Booth No 3205-3208 and 3213-3216.

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