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Royal Caribbean signs joint-venture to expand Malaysian cruise terminal

Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) and Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) signed a joint venture today to redevelop the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal with the intention of allowing the terminal to accommodate larger cruise ships.

The cruise terminal work will result in Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal’s existing 400-metre berth extended by 220m and the addition of a 118m long dolphin.

When the work is done, the cruise terminal will be able to accommodate two mega-sized cruise ships simultaneously on the outer berths along with one small and one medium-sized ships on the inner berths by end-2019.

The agreement was signed by RCL Senior Vice President of International Gavin Smith and PPSB Chairman Datuk Syed Mohmad Syed Murtaza.

“Next year, we will bring in Spectrum of the Seas, our biggest ship to be deployed to Asia, with a total capacity of 5,622 guests. With Spectrum of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas and two others, Royal Caribbean will make 36 calls to Penang next year, bringing in close to 129,000 guests,” Smith said after the signing ceremony.