| Achong Tanjong |
CRUISE liner, MV Sapphire Princess docked at Muara Port yesterday as part of its journey to Southeast Asian countries. Some 2,819 passengers toured the Sultanate during the stopover and left on the same day for Nha Trang, Vietnam.
MV Sapphire Princess was brought by Jasra Harrisons Shipping & Agency Services Sdn Bhd while the ground handling was conducted by Freme Travel Services. According to Sugu of Freme Travel Services, 45 coaches were used to transport passengers from Muara Port for a city tour and sight-seeing as well as visits to places of interests.
Of the 2,819 passengers, only 1,300 went on the tour. Another cruise ship is expected to arrive early next year in January and February, 2015. The number of visiting tourists via cruise ships have increased, thus, creating more business opportunities for local freight travel agents and tour companies.
An exchange of plaques between the officer from the Ports Department and Ship Captain onboard the ship was also held.
Statistics revealed that in 2013, the numbers of cruise vessels, passengers and crew arrivals at Muara Port was 25 ships with 26,865 passengers and 16,351 crews compared to 19 ships with 19,913 passengers and 7,989 crews in 2012.
The Ports Department, Ministry of Communications lauded the services of these cruise lines in choosing Muara Port as their port of call.