From June 30, those residing in Singapore will be able to take that well-deserved vacation to international offshore destinations with Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruise ships, calling in Malaysia.
In a statement, RCI said travelers will be able to visit Malaysian tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur and Penang aboard the Spectrum of the seas.
“We are delighted to be the first cruise line in Singapore to reconnect vacationers with beautiful Asian destinations once again,” said Angie Stephen, Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific, RCI.
Stephen noted that everyone from local guests to travel partners are excited about the resumption of cruises to international holiday destinations near Singapore.
“Singapore is a top destination in its own right, and its proximity to neighboring countries makes it easy to venture out and explore,” Stephen said.
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Two new routes to choose from
The cruise line said it is offering new three- and four-night itineraries so travelers can comfortably enjoy their vacation both on ship and ashore.
Among the places guests can visit on land are St. George’s Church in Penang and the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.
All passengers must have a six-month validity on their passport and update the MySejahtera app before departure, the cruise line added. Travelers will also need to follow local vaccination requirements.
Vacationers in a hurry can book their cruise from Singapore to Malaysia on the cruise line’s official website.
Cruise Policy Alignment Talks
Annie Chang, director of cruises, Singapore Tourism Board, said talks were underway with other Southeast Asian governments to align cruise protocols and policies.
“Ports of call will provide more vacation options and we look forward to seeing more first-time and repeat cruisers in the coming year as more ports in the region open,” said Chang, adding that the Malaysian stops are an exciting start.
Cruise ship calls were halted by Singapore in March 2020. In November of that year, the city-state launched Cruises to Nowhere, a system in which ships do not stop at any port other than where they departed from, to help cruise safely during the pandemic.
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