2 Jan 2022 By May Ng

Star Pisces Sets Sail With First Cruise From Penang

Genting Cruise Lines achieves new milestone with first cruise resumption in Malaysia with Star Cruises, signalling the start of the recovery of the cruise and travel industry 

Genting Cruise Lines today achieved a new milestone with Star Cruises as Star Pisces sets sail on its very first journey from Penang (Malaysia) after a long period of hiatus due to the global pandemic, marking the start of the recovery of the domestic and regional cruise and travel industry. As the first sailing operating under the new norm of safety and preventive measures in Malaysia, embarking guests were introduced to a series of enhanced precautionary measures to safeguard guests and crew, as well as to provide a worry-free vacation experience. These include the mandatory requirement for all guests and crew to be fully-vaccinated and undergo a series of health screening with the ship operating at 50% of the passenger capacity.

Genting Cruise Lines has been a pioneer in demonstrating safe cruises in the region since the start of the global pandemic and aims to increase its footprint of safe cruises in Malaysia and across the region. Genting Cruise Lines is actively in discussion with various authorities from different countries, including Malaysia, to develop a ‘Harmonize Cruising Standards’ for the region. This will create new opportunities to open international cruising in a controlled and safe manner across the participating countries such as creating Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) for cruise passengers. Also, it will enable Genting Cruise Lines to further spur the growth of the tourism sector with the gradual re-introduction of inbound tourists to Malaysia from its cruise ships homeported in neighbouring countries and through the expansion of new itineraries in Malaysia and the region such as to Phuket and Medan in the near future.