The famous Penang Chendol and ‘Children on the bicycle’ mural are hot items in the itinerary of over 10,000 cruise passengers visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town during their day-long trip.
On this sunny island, they have more than what they bargained for that will leave them thirsty for more of this culturally rich experience.
The quaint town of George Town was a flurry of activities as the 10,000 passengers on board four cruise liners disembarked at the Swettenham Pier to tour George Town on March 13.
On this day alone, The Mein Schiff 1, Superstar Gemini, Star Clipper and Diamond Princess docked at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal and in doing so, set a record of sorts for having the largest number of cruise passengers visiting in a single day.
The German Mein Schiff 1 and American Diamond Princess have scheduled stops in various popular destinations in South-East Asia such as Singapore, Port Klang, Pulau Langkawi, Phuket, Koh Samui Island, and Ho Chi Minh City and Penang.
Under the scorching sun, tourists hopped onto trishaws, buses and vans for sightseeing. Some arranged themselves into small groups and engaged tour guides to show them around. Others opted to go on foot.
The visitors scooted around George Town for the day, visiting places of interest, taking pictures and trying out local food. Tour agents were busy and businesses brisk for the day and this made everyone happy.