World's largest private cruise ship docks in Penang

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 12 May 2024

GEORGE TOWN: The world's largest privately-owned residential cruise ship has docked in Penang for the next two days.

State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said the cruise, dubbed "MS The World," would stay at the Penang cruise terminal for two days before departing for Langkawi on Tuesday (May 14) night.

He said the ship docked in Penang at 2pm on Sunday (May 12) and would depart at 11pm on Tuesday (May 14).

"This cruise serves as a lavish retreat for individuals and their families as it sails across the world's seas," he said.

"This extraordinary vessel houses 165 ultra-luxurious apartments, which arrived in Penang after it departed its last port of call at Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

"Its next destination will be Langkawi," he said in a statement on Sunday (May 12).

Wong said its arrival was a momentous occasion in the state, marking a significant milestone for Penang.

"It solidifies our position as a premier destination for luxury maritime travel.

"Situated strategically in Southeast Asia, Penang stands out as a prime destination for cruise liners traversing the region.

"Serving as a key port city, the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in George Town showcases Penang's dedication to providing world-class facilities and services tailored to cruise tourists," he said.

MS The World is a private residential cruise ship operated like a condominium complex, with large apartments that can be purchased. Residents from many countries can live on board as the ship travels.

Some residents choose to live on board full-time, while others visit periodically throughout the year.

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