BINTULU: SuperStar Aquarius made its maiden call here yesterday, docking at Bintulu Port exactly at 9.45am, after making a similar call at Brunei’ Muara Port on Monday.
Her homeport relocation to Kota Kinabalu also makes it the first international cruise liner to homeport a ship in Sabah’s capital.
Nearly 800 passengers from Malaysia, China, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries were onboard the 51,309-tonne SuperStar Aquarius when it arrived here yesterday.
Among those present to welcome the passengers were Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications) Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi, Bintulu Port chief executive officer and managing director Datuk Mior Ahmad Baiti Mior Lub Ahmad, Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari and Bintulu Development Authority deputy chairman Tan Sri Celestine Ujang.
Star Cruises vice-president (East operations), Edward Johann Leong, said SuperStar Aquarius was proud to make a maiden call at Bintulu.
“I am sure our international passengers are excited to explore the extraordinary natural wonders and cultural treasures this amazing destination is so well known for.
“Our new 4D3N cruise departing every Sunday from Kota Kinabalu to Muara and Bintulu will give passengers a holiday experience they will never ever forget.
“We will continue to work closely with tourism and legal authorities to bring even more international passengers to Bintulu and promote its tourism appeal to the world,” said Leong.
The welcoming ceremony, which also participated by heads of government departments, members of the media, travel agents and business partners from Malaysia, China and Taiwan, was graced by Talib.
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