Royal Carribean is Matta Fair’s official cruise

A new line up of itineraries can be chosen on the cruise liner’s Spectrum of the Seas for 2023 and 2024 deployments

by AKMAR ANNUAR / Pic courtesy of Matta

THE Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has appointed Singapore’s cruise line, the Royal Caribbean International (RCI), as its official cruise for the upcoming Matta Fair in World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

The fair oversight chairman Rocky Kho said RCI has been its partner since 2017 and RCI would be offering fair visitors a unique set of experiences and luxury on the high seas with special deals inclusive of sensational line-up of itineraries on RCI’s Spectrum of the Seas for 2023 and 2024 deployments.

As such, he encourages holidaymakers for a cruise with RCI with its best deal, RM888, which is only offered during the Matta Fair that would be held from Sept 2 to Sept 4.

RCI regional director of sales Kenneth Yeo said the growth of international cruise tourism in Malaysia serves as a testament to the efforts put into the sector since 2009, as Malaysian ports offer convenience to cruise ships from other countries thanks to the ports’ state-of-arts facilities.

“We have to ‘thank’ for Covid-19, simply because it opened a door to cruise and sailing sector and an alternative to travellers to explore their holidays. At RCI, you can experience everything you desire when you’re on a holiday with your family or loved ones,” Yeo said.

He added that RCI’s cruise ship can fit 5,800 cruisers and this is a huge difference comparing to a Boeing 777 airplane that carries 550 people, max, which means more people will spend throughout the cruise trip and it increases the tourism revenue.

Furthermore, at the fair, holiday planners can choose between short and fuss-free getaways with a three to four nights itineraries or longer haul cruises comprises of a mix of five-, seven-, nine- or 12-nights itineraries, as they explore Asia’s destinations such as Japan, China and Vietnam.

With the partnership, both Matta and RCI are anticipating an increase in cruise travellers as more and more families are opting for hassle-free and family-friendly vacations.