Maiden visits by two ships to Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal

Cruise passengers of Costa Deliziosa outside Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in George Town.

PENANG is hosting the inaugural visits of two cruise ships this month.

Come April 26, Serenade of the Seas, with a capacity for 2,500 passengers, is scheduled to dock at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) in George Town for nine hours.

It will provide ample time for travellers to bask in the beauty and cultural richness of Penang.

Earlier in the month, passengers of Costa Deliziosa were offered a glimpse of the cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes and warm hospitality of Penang during its five-hour stop.

State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said Penang continued to be a preferred destination for Royal Caribbean International, Resort World Cruises, TUI Cruises, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Cunard Line.

“With its rich tapestry of offerings, Penang caters to every traveller, whether they are history enthusiasts, culinary aficionados or nature lovers.

“Penang promises an enriching and captivating experience for all who visit,” Wong was quoted as saying by state publisher Buletin Mutiara.

Serenade of the Seas, with a capacity for 2,500 passengers, is scheduled to dock at SPCT on April 26.Serenade of the Seas, with a capacity for 2,500 passengers, is scheduled to dock at SPCT on April 26.

“SPCT is providing facilities and services tailored specifically to meet the needs of cruise tourists.

“Following a recent expansion, the terminal has significantly increased its capacity to accommodate up to two quantum-size cruise ships and cater to 12,000 passengers simultaneously.

“The simultaneous berthing of both Genting Dream and Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas showcases the terminal’s newfound capability and efficiency,” said Wong.

He said international vessel berths nearly doubled from 84 to 156 between 2022 and 2023, reflecting growth of 85.71%.

International passengers increased during the same period from 439,012 to 573,178, up by 30.56%, he noted.

“In January and February, international vessel berths surged from 31 (in those two months) last year to 45 this year while passenger numbers rose from 100,803 to 131,208,” he added.

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