Travel demand has been rising steadily in recent months, and experts expect this trend to continue into the second quarter of 2024.
Despite many problems and challenges in the tourism industry – including a rise in fuel prices that has led to high airfares and a global labor shortage that is particularly affecting the hospitality industry – most people around the world are still very fond of travel. Holiday bookings are up significantly this year compared to the last two years, while business travel is growing rapidly as numerous MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) events take place over the next few months.
Cruise tourism, meanwhile, is also experiencing something of a “rebirth” as many cruise lines roll out new departures, port calls and promotions every two months.
In Malaysia, last month Resorts World Cruises added Kuala Lumpur as the new homeport for its ship Genting Dream. The homeport at Port Klang, Selangor, followed Singapore’s launch as Genting’s Dream homeport in South East Asia in mid-June.
The dual homeport system means Malaysian passengers can now choose to embark directly from Port Klang rather than Singapore, making the cruise much more accessible, particularly for guests living on the peninsula. Additionally, as Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is an hour’s drive from the port, international travelers have the option to join the cruise on the same day they arrive in the country.
In addition, Resorts World Cruises offers one-way cruises between Singapore and Malaysia for people who prefer to travel by sea rather than air or land. For example, if you are planning a vacation in Singapore, you can now join a cruise to get there from Port Klang and vice versa. You can start your vacation as soon as you board the ship without worrying about traffic jams or navigating through a busy airport.
“Resorts World Cruises looks forward to taking the lead in the cruise sector to encourage inbound and outbound tourists to Singapore and bring cruises to the ‘doorstep’ of Malaysians living in Malaysia’s central peninsular, as they are now immersed in the Klang Sailing the Valley is convenient and affordable,” said Michael Goh, President of Resorts World Cruises, in a press release.
There are several cruises you can opt for, including the two-night round trip (Port Klang to Singapore and then back to Port Klang) departing on Thursdays and Saturdays, and a three-night cruise (Port Klang to Penang and Singapore, then back to Port Klang) departing on Mondays.
Prices for these cruises start at RM599 and you can book on the Resorts World Cruises website (rwcruises.com) or by calling the hotline at 1800-814-852.
The Genting Dream cruise ship has facilities such as a variety of activity rooms and spaces such as a bowling alley, arcade and karaoke rooms, several F&B spots, a theater and a water park with a pool with six water slides that offers fun for the whole family. There are regular cabins and suites for all types of passengers (single travelers, couples, families) and there is also a luxury accommodation called The Palace.
Described as a “ship within a ship,” the palace is a private enclave with exclusive amenities and facilities, including 24-hour European-style butler service.
The ship also has a prayer room for Muslim passengers, something not seen on most international cruise lines. Genting Dream is recognized as the world’s first halal-friendly cruise ship, certified by both the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC).
As part of your cruise package, enjoy a variety of special offers onboard the ship, such as kitchens at the Lido); an all-day snack corner; International stage performances and film screenings at the Zodiac Theater seating 1,000+.
All crew members and guests must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 on every trip. In addition, guests must undergo a self-paid pre-cruise test for Covid-19 one day before departure.
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A chance to win
Do you miss a cruise? Well here’s your chance to sail the Genting Dream for free!
Resorts World Cruises and StarLifestyle are giving readers a chance to win some exclusive Genting Dream cruise tickets. All you have to do is answer a few questions and come up with a slogan to complete your listing.
There is FIVE Win two-night round-trip cruises from Port Klang to Singapore, including a stay in a Balcony Deluxe Stateroom for two. Price does not include port dues (S$75/RM243 per person per crossing) and gratuities (S$21/RM68 per person per night); these are borne by the winners and passengers themselves.
Winners must also undergo a self-paid ART/RTK test for Covid-19 at a certified medical facility or licensed physician one day before the departure date and present a negative test result prior to boarding the ship.
This competition starts today (20th August) and ends on 31st August. Contest winners will be selected by September 12th, and StarLifestyle will publish the names of the winners on September 15th in the same article, so save this link and wait for updates!
E-mail your entry with the title to [email protected] Resorts World Cruises x StarLifestyle in the subject field. Terms and Conditions apply.
- Resorts World Cruises’ Genting Dream now departs from Port Klang. ► TRUE or FALSE
- Resorts World Cruises is the world’s first Halal-friendly OIC/SMIIC standard cruise ship, serving Halal-certified cuisine in a dedicated area at The Lido. ► TRUE or FALSE
- Complete this slogan in no more than 25 words: “I can’t wait to cruise on the Genting Dream because……”