Cruising towards thrills and spills


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 28 Sep 2019

Guests who want to experience skydiving while on a cruise can give RipCord by iFly a try.

HWAJING Travel & Tours was named the Best Travel Agency for Cruise at the MATTA Travel Awards 2019.

Organised by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), the prestigious travel industry event recognises the exemplary achievements of MATTA members who raise the bar of excellence in the Malaysian tourism industry.

Hwajing Travel & Tours managing director Cheong Ken Lee said it was gratifying to learn that the company won the award as it coincides with the company’s 30th anniversary this year.

Earlier this month at the MATTA Fair, Hwajing had a strong showing with a variety of cruise products on offer for Malaysian holidaymakers, ahead of the year-end holiday season.

With Voyager of the Seas’ homeport deployment in Singapore set for the end of the year, the cruise will be introducing a Muslim-friendly experience onboard.

Muslim guests will now have the convenience and assurance of Muslim-friendly dining options in a series of attractive three-night, four-night and five-night cruise itineraries visiting the ports of Penang, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Melaka and Phuket.

The newly revamped Voyager of the Seas will also feature a line-up of first-to-market amenities and experiences, from The Perfect Storm duo of racer water slides to the reinvigorated Vitality Spa, as well as redesigned spaces for children and teenagers.

Another cruise holiday to keep an eye out for is onboard the Quantum of the Seas. Cruise holiday-goers can now set sail on Royal Caribbean’s largest and most revolutionary ship in Asia — Quantum of the Seas — from Port Klang.



Hwajing was named the Best Travel Agency for Cruise at the MATTA Travel Awards 2019.Hwajing was named the Best Travel Agency for Cruise at the MATTA Travel Awards 2019.

The 16-deck, 4,905-guest ship features first-at-sea activities such as skydiving simulator, SeaPlex’s bumper cars, robotic bartenders and The North Star — an elevated glass capsule for panoramic views, to transformative venues featuring Two70’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows that act as a backdrop for high-tech shows. Among the most popular vacation options available are the 5D/4N itinerary leaving from Port Klang, which will stop by Penang, Phuket and Singapore.

For those keen to end the year with a cheer, cruises are available starting late November to early next year, departing on Nov 26, Dec 1, Dec 10, Dec 15 and Jan 29,2020, or the shorter 4D/3N trip departing on Jan 17,2020, where guests can visit Penang and Singapore.

Guests who prefer soaking up the sun can opt for the 4D/3N itinerary, which will depart from Port Klang on Jan 21,2020, and anchor at Phuket and Singapore during the trip.

Meanwhile, Malaysians can embark on a cruise vacation for the whole family on Genting Dream, which is home ported year-round in Singapore. A different and unique travel experience, guests of all ages will have a chance to relax or enjoy new experiences with the large variety of on-board amenities and entertainment.

There is an array of accommodation to choose from, as more than 70% of the rooms come with balconies.

For maximum luxury, vacationers can pamper themselves at “The Palace”, an exclusive “ship-within-a-ship” concept boasting a European-style butler service and other private amenities.

Catering to the national love for good food, the cruise ship also offers more than 35 restaurant and bar concepts.

Highlights include hotpot, where guests can enjoy a

steamboat meal outdoors while overlooking the scenic ocean, the delectable spread at renowned Australian celebrity chef Mark Best’s first-ever dining place at sea Bistro, or partake in traditional Japanese dishes with a modern twist at Umi Uma.


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