Genting Cruise Lines, along with PPC-Penang Port Commission and PPSB-Penang Port Sdn Bhd announced that the Malaysian government had granted approval for Star Cruises to restart sailings in Malaysia on December 22, 2021, with Star Pisces from Georgetown (Penang Island).
As the first international cruise company to homeport and restart commercial operations in Malaysia, Star Pisces will boast 5 departures per week, offering a series of roundtrip sailings from Penang, including a 2-night ‘Langkawi Escape’ and a 1-night ‘Straits of Malacca’ itinerary, providing a timely option for Malaysians to celebrate Christmas and New Year during the school holidays.
Since July 2020, Genting was the world's first international cruise company to restart operations (with the sister-brand Dream Cruises) starting in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Genting Cruise Lines also intends to launch more cruise ships under the fleet of Star Cruises, beginning with Star Pisces in Penang.
Initially, Star Pisces will operate at a reduced guest capacity of 50% with enhanced safety and preventive measures in accordance with the international standards and local requirements.
All individuals onboard must be fully vaccinated for COVID.
All embarking passengers are required to present a negative test result after completing the mandatory pre-boarding ART-Antigen Rapid Test, which will be conducted at the terminal on the day of departure.