Saturday February 13, 2010
A port to call home Liner launches cruises from Penang
By ANDREA FILMER, Photo by K.E. OOI
AFTER much anticipation, the Star Cruise Pisces has arrived in Penang.
The 177m cruise liner docked at the Penang International Cruise Terminal at Swettenham Pier, that is set to serve as the vessel’s home port, on Wednesday.
Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Tan Cheng Liang said the cruise ship had organised a three-day “familiarisation” event on board to introduce the Pisces to its new home.
“This event is the run-up to Pisces embarking on its scheduled cruises which will start after these three days.
“Starting Wednesday, it was opened up to invited guests, tour clients and agents, PPC top officials, government officers as well as related industry players so everyone could get a feel of the vessel,” Tan told reporters after handing over Chinese New Year goodies to children at The Salvation Army Penang Children’s Home on Logan Road on Thursday.
She added that the ship had a 2,200-passenger and 800-crew capacity.
She added that each guest who participated in the familiarisation event experienced a one-night stay on board and had free access to all the ship’s facilities and activities which included line dancing and a variety of sports.
Tan said some 3,000 guests from all over the country’s northern region, and some from as far as Thailand, had signed up for the event.