Clear waters off MacLeod Island in Myanmar await visitors to the latest destination offered by Genting Cruise Lines.
To set sail onboard Genting Cruise Lines’ SuperStar Libra, holiday makers can choose to board the cruise ship either in George Town, Port Klang or Phuket.
The secluded paradise island located in the Myeik Archipelago in southern Myanmar is listed as one of the top ten islands to visit in 2017 by renowned travel guide the Lonely Planet.
The lush green island is among the 800 islands that dot the country.
The launching ceremony held recently on board SuperStar Libra marked the agreement signing between Genting Cruise Lines with Tint Tint Myanmar Group to jointly develop cruise facilities at MacLeod Island to continue expanding its footprint in the region.
“Private Islands are a key feature for many cruise lines in the Caribbean and as a pioneer of the Asian cruise industry, we are excited to be partnering with Tint Tint Myanmar Group to help create the infrastructure on MacLeod Island to become a key private paradise,” said Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines.
He also added that Genting Hong Kong recognizes Myanmar as an important developing market with great potential in Asia and looks forward to playing an instrumental role in the evolution of the country’s tourism sector.
Present at the signing ceremony recently was the president of Star Cruises Ang Moo Lim along with Raymond Lim, senior vice president (Planning, Port Management, Genting Hong Kong) and the chairman of Tint Tint Myanmar Group, Daw Tint Tint Lwin and U Myint Htwe, Deputy Director General of Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar.
The collaboration serves as a landmark partnership in Myanmar and Genting Cruise Lines is proud to represent the first international cruise enterprise to partner with a Myanmar company in cruise port development.
Visitors to MacLeod Island can enjoy the natural setting and take part in activities like snorkeling, trekking, kayaking, beach yoga or to just unwind on the beautiful beach.
“With a wealth of experience in cruise tourism and port development in the Asia Pacific, Genting Hong Kong has spearheaded numerous projects in the region including in Guangzhou Nansha in China and Danang, Vietnam,” said Zhu.
Tint Tint Myanmar Group, which was represented by chairperson Daw Tint Tint Lwin, is a renowned resort operator in Myanmar that manages the Andaman resort on MacLeod Island.
According to the chief financial officer of Tint Tint Myanmar Group, Jay Edwin, the island has 22 chalets at Myanmar Andaman Resort with 40 supporting staff members.
“Our guests are mainly from Europe, Australia and USA. We hope to offer them the perfect get-away to nature for our guests,” added Edwin.
Headquartered in Yangon, Tint Tint Myanmar Group specializes in 11 different industries with a 500 strong workforce and is also making significant contributions to the development of Myanmar through these diversified business sectors.
“Genting Cruise Lines is always looking for new and innovative ways to heighten our guest experience and to open up fresh and exciting destinations for our passengers.
“To further enhance our Southeast Asia itineraries, we have designed new cruise itineraries for both Star Cruises and Dream Cruises that will allow our guests to enjoy the exclusivity of a private island, which indeed will be a rare and unforgettable experience for many travellers.” added Zhu.
The inaugural arrival of SuperStar Libra to MacLeod Island on November 3, 2017, is a new destination for her latest four-night round-trip cruise itineraries that includes stops in Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Phuket, MacLeod Island and Penang.
Holiday makers can choose to embark SuperStar Libra from Port Klang, Penang or Phuket.
Additionally, on board Genting Dream, Dream Cruises’ inaugural mega cruise ship, guests can also enjoy a special five-night itinerary with ports of call to world-famous destinations and hidden island gems across three countries from November 26 to December 1 from her inaugural homeport in Singapore with visits to Penang, Phuket and MacLeod Island as well.
Meanwhile, Dream Cruises’ newly constructed second mega ship, World Dream, has deployed to dual-homeport in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, on November 17, 2017 and November 19, 2017 respectively.
The brand new ship will take guests on a tropical and cultural journey in Asia with specially designed voyages taking in sun-drenched, popular destinations to escape the winter blues. 6-day/5-night cruises to Manila and Boracay in the Philippines beginning from November 19, 2017 will alternate with 6-day/5-night journey to Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang in Vietnam from December 3, 2017 to provide tantalizing options for both local and international guests until the end of March 2018.