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Brunei welcomes another cruise ship

Adib Noor

Brunei Darussalam welcomed another cruise ship which docked at the Cruise Ship Centre, Muara Port yesterday.

The Seven Seas Mariner with 779 passengers was the second cruise ship, after Oceania Nautica, to make the Sultanate its port of call since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.

The ship which began its journey in Miami, the United States (US) was welcomed with a hadrah performance. The passengers later toured attractions including Royal Regalia Museum, Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and Kampong Ayer. They were given a first-hand introduction to Bruneian culture and were able to see wildlife along the Brunei River too.

Californian couple Tim and Pamela Whitcomb were happy with the short excursion in the Sultanate experiencing a new culture. Pamela said she especially enjoyed the beautiful, clean and very friendly environment.

Americans James, Hilary and Maggie described the tour as interesting, particularly photo-stops at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Prime Minister’s Office building and historical Kampong Ayer. They added that tasting local cuisine had been a great experience.

Tanner from the US said her experience in Brunei was incredible and looks forward to returning.

The Sultanate will be welcoming four more cruise ships this year with the Oceania Insignia sailing into Brunei waters on May 21.

ABOVE & BELOW: The Seven Seas Mariner gets ready to dock; and a hadrah performance to welcome the passengers. PHOTOS: ADIB NOOR

Tanner at Royal Regalia Museum