Brunei yesterday welcomed the maiden call of the Genting Dream cruise ship that was in the country as part of its special five-night round trip journey from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) and Muara.
The luxury vessel was docked at the Muara Port Cruise Ship Centre and departed on the same day, carrying over 3,000 passengers from China, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia as well as others from across the region.
Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism’s (MPRT’s) Deputy Permanent Secretary Wardi Hj Mohd Ali hosted a reception to welcome the arrival of the ship.
Debuted in November 2016, the Genting Dreamwas the first vessel built to serve China and Asia market. It offers the highest levels of service and comfort for passengers in the region.
Besides having more than 1,600 rooms, the luxury liner is also equipped a plethora of facilities including six waterslide parks, rock climbing wall, several entertainment floors, shops and others.
While they were docked, passengers onboard the ship was expected to enjoy the various tours offered by local agencies.
MPRT through a statement said Brunei sees an average of 15 cruise ships being docked at its port each year, bringing in about 400 to 3,000 passengers per arrival.
The ministry added that Brunei received around 130,000 cruise ship and ferry arrivals from 2014 to 2018.
The Department of Immigration and Registration also recorded more than 264,000 passengers entering Brunei via the Serasa Ferry Terminal within the same period.
Earlier this year, MPRT launched its ‘Discover Muara’ tourism package in its bid to create more attractions around Muara, in the hopes of giving better services to tourists arriving at the Muara Port and encourage more visits from them.
Additionally, MPRT in its statement also added that it will be working closely with the Maritime and Port Authority, local travel agents, cruise ship owners and shipping companies to explore more ways improve its maritime tourism arrivals.
Waqiuddin Rajak | BRUNEI MUARA