GEORGE TOWN, June 17 — The newest and largest ship of the Princess Cruises fleet, Majestic Princess, made her first stop in Southeast Asia in Penang yesterday.
The ship, which started its 49-day Silk Road Sea Route on May 21 from Rome to Shanghai, brought in 3,560 visitors on its maiden call yesterday.
The ship will be making a total of 22 port calls in the route including Athens, Dubai, Cochin, Singapore, Port Klang and Xiamen before arriving in its new home port in Shanghai, China in July.
“ We are thrilled for Majestic Princess to visit Penang as her first stop in Southeast Asia.,”
“The ship is fully booked with guests from across the world such as USA, UK, Australia and some are from Malaysia and Singapore,” said Princess Cruises director of Southeast Asia Farriek Tawfik.
Majestic Princess is the third ship in the Royal class of ships, including the Regal Princess and Royal Princess.The Majestic Princess stretches 330 metres long with 19 decks and boasts of facilities such as duty-free shopping, luxury beds designed by a sleep specialist, spa, karaoke suites and specialty dinner menus from Michelin-star awarded chefs.
The ship also has an indoor swimming pool called Hollywood Pool Club which turns into a nightclub at night and one of the unique facilities to note is its SeaWalk, a glass walkway over the ocean that is 60 feet long, cantilevered 128 feet above the waves and extended 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship.
The Majestic Princess will be offering two new 14-day Grand Asia cruises from Shanghai to Singapore from February 25 next year and from Singapore to Shanghai from March 11, 2018.
Majestic Princess will begin her deployment in Australia from September 2018 to March 2019 before she returns to China.
Another of the Princess Cruises’ fleet, Sapphire Princess will be making Penang as one of its port of call in the upcoming season that starts in November.The Sapphire Princess will be homeporting in Singapore and it will be making eight port calls to Penang between November 2017 and March 2018.
Sapphire Princess will bring 2,670 guests each time, totalling over 20,000 guests to Penang for the entire five-month season.
Princess Cruises will make a total 34 port calls to Malaysia this cruise season that ends on next November, bringing in over 78,000 passengers.
Out of the 34 port calls, 13 is to Port Klang, 11 to Penang, six to Langkawi and four to Kota Kinabalu.
This means the cruise fleet will bring in about 25,300 passengers to Penang between now and November 2018 including the port calls by Sapphire Princess.