“The cruising business caters to both the local and international markets. Those overseas will reach Malaysia via the international airports in Penang or Kuala Lumpur.
“Good flight connections give us the opportunity to bring international passengers to these cities.
“They can then spend a few days exploring the cities before boarding the cruise ship,” said Goh at the launch of the triple home ports.
The event was held on board the SuperStar Libra that was berthed at Boustead Cruise Centre in Port Klang Cruise Centre.
Guests and the media were invited into one of the lounges to catch a glimpse of the stunning musical and acrobatic performances – entertainment that passengers can enjoy every night.
They also had a chance to taste food prepared by the chefs on the ship, before going on a tour around the vessel to learn more about the amenities offered.
At 42,285 tonnes, the 10-storey cruise ship offers an extensive range of programmes and facilities including live performances, duty-free shops, various sports and recreational centres, spa, swimming pools and karaoke.
For those with an adventurous streak, the cruise provides short excursions at popular destinations upon reaching the home ports.
SuperStar Libra has 728 rooms, including 25 suites, and a number of restaurants to satisfy the palates of passengers.
Being Asian at heart and international in spirit, SuperStar Libra, according to Goh, has a halal restaurant to cater to the Muslim community.
“We strongly believe that, with our Asian DNA, food is always important to us. We are proud to say that we do not compromise on the culinary experience.
“Aside from Asian food, we also provide international cuisine that is also halal for all to enjoy,” he enthused.
As safety is of utmost importance, we were told passengers must undergo an emergency drill before being able to enjoy their sea holiday.
There will be two cruises per week, including a three-night Kuala Lumpur/ Penang/ Phuket/ Kuala Lumpur cruise and four-night Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi/ Phuket/ Penang/Kuala Lumpur cruise.
Star Cruises is also introducing a new destination to local and international passengers – Macleod Island in southern Myanmar.