Cruising for family holiday


Star Media Group client brand marketing team lead Eddie Fung (left) and Tan (right) presenting mock tickets to the contest winners Kam and Sarah at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya. — AZMAN GHANI/The Star

LADY Luck was certainly smiling on Sarah Soon Yi Xin as she was among the two lucky winners of the “Win your holiday cruise with Royal Caribbean” contest.

She won the five-day, four-night Gems of Southeast Asia Cruise to Phuket in a Twin Oceanview stateroom onboard the Quantum of the Seas for two, worth S$2,096 (RM6,430). The stunning 16-deck ship combines outdoor and indoor activities under one roof.

When met at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya, Sarah excitedly said this was her first time winning a luxury prize.

“Thanks to my dad for highlighting this contest to the family and asking us to participate so all of us took part.

“I was skeptical at first after returning a missed call on my mobile phone. I thought it might be a scam,” said the 26-year-old quality management executive from USJ, Subang Jaya.

Accompanying Sarah to the prize presentation ceremony was her father Soon See Beng, 59, and brother Issac Soon Yi Kang, 14.

“This calls for a family vacation!” See Beng quipped.

Yi Xin plans to bring along her brother and purchase a similar package for her parents so that they can set sail together on Jan 20 and enjoy a pre-Chinese New Year vacation.

“I am looking forward to good food and quality family-bonding time,” she said.

The other lucky winner was 68-year-old Kam Tom Sen, who loves to go on cruises.

“I like the fact that everything is provided for just one price.

“It was an unexpected win as I just happened to see the contest post and found it attractive, so I joined to try my luck.

“I was shocked when I received a call informing me of my win,” said Kam, who is self-employed, adding that he would invite his son to come along.

“I hope we can make it on the stated travel date as business gets busy before the festive season,” he said.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (Asia) Pte Ltd contracted country representative (South-east Asia) Valerie Tan said the contest garnered good response with over 3,000 entries.

“This platform enables the company to promote our cruise lines and what we have to offer to customers.”

As the largest cruise ship in the region, Quantum of the Seas will set sail starting November to many Asian destinations including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.

Quantum of the Seas will make 34 trips over six months, starting from Nov 16, setting sail from Singapore. Its offerings include a four-night cruise to Phuket and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), five-night cruise to Phuket, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Penang and a seven-night cruise to Bangkok (Laem Chabang, with an overnight) and Ho Chi Minh City.

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