GEORGE TOWN: Not one, not two, but four cruise vessels, including a smaller-sized Star Clipper berthed for half a day at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal here today.
Star Clipper, Diamond Princess and Mein Schiff 1 berthed between 7.30am and 8.30am carrying about 4,700 passengers.
The fourth vessel, Superstar Gemini from Singapore, will only berth later at 4pm carrying 1,300 passengers.
Since December 2016, these four ships had berthed here for more than seven times carrying European tourists with the Superstar Gemini as the most frequent, up to 15 times to date.
Penang Port Commission chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng said the cruise ship tourism boomed due to the strategic location of the terminal which will give the travellers an unforgettable experience for their holidays.
"Two roads at Esplanade here will also be closed by the local authorities to make way for the tourists to come and enjoy while managing the traffic flow to avoid any congestions.
"We are in the midst of negotiating with one of the largest cruise in the world, Harmony of the Seas, for their visit this year. Hopefully it will materialise," he said in a press conference here today.
This Friday, another cruise, Ovation of the Seas, will berthed in the morning carrying almost 3,000 tourists.