Cruises to Malaysia are exotic and exciting: you can travel between the sleek skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, the flat rice paddies, and the forest-covered mountains. Penang is the food capital of Malaysia, and you can also take in the spellbinding scenery in Langkawi.
Popular ports in Malaysia
Your arrival to Port Klang is spectacular: you’ll cruise up the Malacca Strait, weaving between several forested islands. On the south-west of Malaysia, Port Klang is the closest dock to the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. The port itself has plenty of restaurants serving up local delicacies like steamed crayfish and salt-baked crab, and the nearby town of Klang has plenty of historical monuments, street markets and temples to visit. Port Klang is just over an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, so it’s well worth visiting the cosmopolitan city. On the way there you’ll pass by the largest mosque in southeast Asia – the magnificent Salahuddin ‘Blue’ Mosque. Once you reach Kuala Lumpur, divide your time between shopping, dining and sightseeing. From traditional architecture to luxury boutiques, you can spend hours wandering around the lively city.
Langkawi is on the west coast of Malaysia, and is one of the country’s most popular destinations. It’s the biggest island in an archipelago of 99 others, and gives you a taster of Malaysia’s mysterious, magical side. Once you’ve docked, Kuah is the largest town on the island. It’s laid-back, with a collection of shops and bars, and is the best spot for duty-free shopping. Further inland you’ll find the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, a cable car to the top of the Gunung Machinchang Mountain, and many beautiful beaches with limestone caves, pale sands and intricate mangroves. The island is wrapped up in myth – locals will tell you the tragic legend of Mahsuri. Langkawi Port is your gateway to sleepy village, breathtaking scenery and poignant folklore.
Off the west coast of the Malay Peninsular is Penang Port, where you’ll find delicious local cuisine, awe-inspiring ancient temples and architecture, and mesmerising landscapes. You’ll disembark into Georgetown, a UNESCO-accredited town. It’s easy to explore around here – you can see the sights on foot or hire a rickshaw. The town has a rich history, evident through its Chinese and colonial architecture. Once you’ve wandered around the town, head to George Town’s restaurants and street food stalls – char kway teow, a stir-fried dish with flat noodles, is a must-try. Penang is known as the food paradise of Malaysia, so soak up the gorgeous flavours and tastes. While you’re in the city, head to the National Museum and learn about the island’s complex history. Plus, you can take a train up to Penang Hill, where you’ll get spectacular views across Penang City.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Malaysia?
Whether you want to spend your time on board relaxing or staying active, these cruise ships have everything you need for comfortable, enjoyable travelling.
Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas is in a class of its own. With ground-breaking facilities and innovative rooms, you’ll love every minute on board. Thanks to virtual balconies and live streaming, you can stay in your room and see the incredible views as you arrive into Malaysian waters – even if you don’t have an ocean-view suite. Known as one of the most family-friendly ships, facilities include an ice rink, rock-climbing wall, concert area, surf simulator, 3D movies and several pools. Voyager of the Seas boasts impressive dining choices: freshly prepared Japanese dishes, including sushi; tender steaks; and authentic Italian. Whether you’re enjoying the facilities or taking a break, you’re sure to have a great time.
For affordable luxury, look to Marella Cruise’s Marella Discovery. She’s one of the biggest in the fleet and has an impressive list of facilities: a jogging track, a miniature golf course, a rock-climbing wall, the Sky Bar, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a show lounge, an outdoor cinema and seven restaurants. Everything on Marella Discovery is all-inclusive, so you can sit back and enjoy the facilities and activities without worrying over hidden fees or extra purchases. The plush restaurant and indulgent cocktail bar add a splash of glamour to every evening, while there’s a laid-back poolside restaurant for tapas. There’s plenty for children, too, including various kids’ clubs and even a stage school. If you want a truly decadent stay, check out the Royal Suite and its baby grand piano!
From the skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur to the heady heights of Langkawi’s cable car, these excursions take you on a journey through Malaysia’s hot spots.
Langkawi’s Machinchang Mountain
Langkawi’s SkyCab gives you unrivalled views over wild, unexplored terrain. The cable cars take you up the side of the 550-million-year-old Machinchang Mountain, the oldest rock formation in south-east Asia. Your first stop is the Middle Station, where you can see out across the forested valley and surrounding islands. It’s a short walk up to the Top Station and its dramatic views over the islands and ancient chasms and cliffs. From here you can walk across the SkyBridge, a curved 125m suspension bridge above a ravine. It’s a unique experience, giving you unrivalled views across the jungle.
Kuala Lumpur’s highlights
Kuala Lumpur may be famous for its city sights, but choose excursions that include its natural marvels, too. Start off at the National Museum and explore Malaysia’s culture, ancient artefacts and traditional objects. The bustling lanes of Central Market come next, where you can stop off for a bite at a local restaurant. You’ll also take a ride to the observation deck of the KL Tower. Outside of the city, Batu Caves are up first: the vast limestone halls were carved millions of years ago. It’s 350 steps to the entrance, where there’s an iconic statue of a Hindu god.
The best of Penang
At Wat Chayamangkalaram you’ll see one of the world’s biggest reclining Buddha statues – it’s more than 30m long. The Tropical Spice Garden is next: the pretty eco-tourism spot is packed full of exotic plants and wildlife. Then you’ll head over to a traditional batik factory, where you can find gorgeous patterns and colours. The coastal roads that you take have some incredible views over the island, so you’ll want to stop off regularly to see more. Before getting back to the ship, you can visit Chew Jetty, a group of wooden houses on stilts.
Top ports of call in this destination
- Port Klang
- Penang Port
- Langkawi Port
- Kuantan Port
- Kemaman Port