NOTE: 23rd Oct, 2018: WEF overnight parking rate has increased from RM10 to RM20 per entry.
Of all the travels that I have undertaken in my life, I have yet to set sail on a cruise ship.
Therefore, you can imagine my delight when I was informed that it is going to be easier (and cheaper) to go on a cruise when a new route for Superstar Libra begins this 3rd September. Passengers are to board from Port Klang’s Boustead Cruise Centre, instead of Penang Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal or Singapore Cruise Centre.
Boustead Cruise Centre (BCC) is the only international passenger cruise terminal in Port Klang, which is the largest and busiest port in Malaysia. BCC was in fact originally built and owned by Genting Group more than twenty years ago and was known as Star Cruise Terminal.
Star Cruise moved to Singapore, and the terminal was sold to another company, before Boustead Group acquired the terminal in October 2014.
BCC serves 130 vessels per year and some 200,000 international passengers over the same period. A major highlight of BCC, while under the ownership of Boustead Group, was the docking of one of the world’s largest and most technologically-advanced cruise ships, MS Quantum of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean International. It carried 4,000 passengers.
BCC is an internationally-compliant passenger ship port, only one of four cruise terminals in Malaysia that has achieved this status. BCC is a five-storey terminal equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and modern amenities, to provide comfort and convenience for passengers. At any one time, BCC can cater to three vessels.
Sitting on 70 acres of land, there is still plenty of room for BCC to develop. In the pipeline is a hotel, to be operated by a sister company under Boustead Group. This hotel caters to passengers who call at the port, before moving on to another destination.
As BCC is the first point of interaction for cruise passengers with Malaysia and her people, the management has provided space for local crafters to showcase their products. Setting up shop at the Malaysian Arts & Craft Centre include those producing non-stitch patchwork, straw art, ceramics and more. Live demonstration of art work is also available.
Some of the larger establishments have also set up a mini gallery at BCC, to give visitors a preview of what’s available at the main gallery in the city.
My recent visit to Boustead Cruise Terminal (BCC) in Port Klang was made possible by the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (Tourism Sector) and Gaya Travel Magazine. Hopefully, these photos I shared give you a good walk-through of Boustead Cruise Centre, which operates the cruise terminal, and not the cruise liners themselves.
Boustead Cruise Cente Sdn. Bhd.
Add: 4th Floor, Boustead Cruise Centre, Persiaran Pelabuhan Barat, Bandar Armada Putra, Pulau Indah, P.O. Box 278, 42009 Port Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
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