Royal Carribean International is Official Cruise at Matta Fair

by AKMAR ANNUAR

THE Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has announced Singapore’s cruise line, Royal Caribbean International (RCI), as the Official Cruise for its upcoming Matta Fair.

Holidaymakers can snap up the best deals from RM888 per guest during the three-day travel fiesta on Sept 2-4 at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

A new line-up of itineraries can be chosen for RCI’s cruise ship, Spectrum of the Seas, in its 2023 to 2024 deployments, with longer cruises making a comeback. 

RCI regional director of sales, Asia Pacific, Kenneth Yeo said recovery of the cruise industry is in full swing. 

“We have to ‘thank’ Covid-19, simply because it opened a door to cruise and sailing sector and an alternative for travellers to explore their holidays. 

“We have received more than 10,000 bookings since Singapore-Malaysia borders reopened earlier this year as cruises continue to be great value for money with incredible dining, Broadway-style theatre performances and world-class attractions all included in one ticket fare.”

Yeo said with longer itineraries onboard Spectrum of the Seas covering even more destinations around Asia, the return on investment on the guests’ vacation dollar has gone up.

“Our cruise ship can fit 5,800 cruisers and this is a huge difference comparing to a Boeing 777 airplane that carries 550 people, max. This means more people will spend throughout the cruise trip and it increases the tourism revenue.”

Besides the cruise line’s popular sailings to Malaysia and Thailand, a mix of new five- to 12-night cruises will whisk adventurers to Vietnam, China and Japan.

The two exclusive 12-night itineraries allow guests to visit up to seven destinations across three countries in one sailing. The two cruises can also be done back-to-back, which would cover 10 destinations across 24 nights at sea.

More information on the cruise offerings will be available at the Matta Fair at Asia Cathay Travel booths (No 3228-3232), Grand Holidays Travel & Tours booths (No 3042-3045), Holiday Tours & Travel booths (No 4118) and Hwajing Travel & Tours booths (No 3091-3093). 

Matta Fair oversight chairman Rocky Kho said the growth of international cruise tourism in Malaysia serves as a testament to the efforts put into developing the sector since 2009. 

“Malaysian ports are fully equipped with extensive and state-of-the art facilities, offering convenient berthing spots for cruise ships from all over the world.”

The Matta Fair is open from 10am-9pm on Sept 2-4. Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to use public transport such as LRT and e-hailing services. — by TMR / Pic source: Matta