Princess Cruises made its first visit to the Malaysian port of Kota Kinabalu this week, as part of its 2016-17 Southeast Asian season.
The 18-deck, 2,706-passenger Diamond Princess arrived at the Malaysian port on 1 December 2016 as part of a three-month season homeporting in Singapore. The Kota Kinabalu call formed part of a 10-night voyage from Singapore to the Vietnamese port of Nha Trang.
And Princess has already confirmed that the Borneo port will be added to its Southeast Asian itineraries in the 2017-18 season. In total, Diamond Princess will make eight calls to Kota Kinabalu over the two seasons.
“We are excited to debut Kota Kinabalu in our current sailing itinerary as we have been exploring Kota Kinabalu as part of our itineraries due to its natural beauty and exotic cultural elements,” said Farriek Tawfik, Princess Cruises’ director for Southeast Asia.
“Not only do we contribute to the local cruise tourism industry, Malaysia remains a very important source market for Princess Cruises. Moreover, guests in Borneo now have the option of boarding our ship from Kota Kinabalu which further increases the convenience and attractiveness of taking a cruise from Kota Kinabalu to the many destinations in this region.”
Kota Kinabalu is one of four Malaysian ports of calls for the Diamond Princess this season, along with Penang, Port Klang and Langkawi.