Princess Cruises has announced that it will continue to feature Penang as a port of call for its homeporting seasons out of Singapore for 2017-2018.
Diamond Princess will make eight visits to Penang this season (November 2016 through March 2017) and Sapphire Princess will follow with another eight calls for the next season (November 2017 through March 2018). Both ships will bring in over 40,000 guests for two seasons.
Guests from Penang and northern Malaysia will continue to have the option of boarding the ship from Port Swettenham on her South-east Asian voyages. For the current season, Diamond Princess will call at 13 ports (including Kota Kinabalu for the first time this season) in six countries across the region, offering 16 round-trip departures with 25 itineraries, varying between three- to 12-day voyages.
Farriek Tawfik, director of South-east Asia, Princess Cruises: “Over the years, Penang has become one of our guests’ favourite port of calls, with over 80 percent of guests disembarking the ship when they visit Penang to enjoy the wonderful local food, great shopping and charming sightseeing attractions.”
Meanwhile, the cruise line's newest ship, the 3,560-guest Majestic Princess, will make her maiden call to Penang in June before sailing to Port Klang, Singapore and then onward to China.