KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7, 2015:

While many Malaysians would like to enjoy cruise holidays, such vacations are often seen to be beyond the average person’s wallets. .

“We know budget is important to many first-time cruisers so they are not willing to pay beyond S$1,500 (RM4,590) for a trip, which is why we are giving out special offers for them.” said Princess Cruises Southeast Asia’s director Farriek Tawfik.

To address this need, Princess Cruises has lowered some of its Southeast Asia offers to start at RM1,300 per person for the next home-porting season starting in mid-December.

Farriek said such affordable trips will expand the regional cruise market, boost tourism in Malaysia and create more job opportunities in the industry.

“It is expected to yield RM1.75 billion in gross national income and create 10,000 jobs by 2020 and achieve Malaysian government’s vision to create the Straits Riveria Cruise Playground,”

He said the Princess Cruises fleet can take on 2,670 guests for each trip, catering to about 40,000 guests within the region for this coming holiday season.

The plan is to extend its home-porting in Singapore from this month till March next year to cater for passenger traffic, he added.

For short-haul travel, the firm is offering the four-day Malaysia cruise, three-day Strait of Malacca trip, five-day Thailand-Malaysia trip and seven-day Vietnam-Thailand trip.

For those who prefer longer vacations, the cruise line offers 10 to 13-day Southeast Asia trips, 10-day Malaysian peninsula and Indonesia trips and the 15-day Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia grand adventure.

As extra incentives, passengers can also get on-board credit of up to US$400 (RM1,720) per cabin, free gratuities of up to US$264 per cabin and free upgrade to balcony cabins for guests who purchase the Oceanview cabin stay.

The offer includes on boat activities, dining, entertainment and amenities – but on-shore activities cost extra.

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