Kuantan now one of cruise liner's list of favourite stops

KUANTAN - Pahang's capital will now play host to passengers of the SuperStar Gemini cruise liner when it makes its fortnightly call at the port here every other Monday.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said holidaymakers would be able to enjoy the rich culture and heritage of Pahang for eight hours now that Star Cruises had added the new destination in its itineraries.

"Passengers will be able to enjoy the exciting products we offer, such as the beach at Teluk Chempedak, the old tin mining town of Sungai Lembing as well as the royal town of Pekan, whenever the ship arrives here," he said at the welcoming ceremony of SuperStar Gemini's inaugural call here yesterday.

The cruise ship departs from Singapore every other Sunday to Kuantan and Redang and also every other Wednesday to Pulau Tioman until late October.

Mohd Sharkar said handicraft and souvenirs would also be sold at the port area to cater to passengers who do not wish to go to town.

However, he admitted that the port area had to be cleaned up to present a good image to tourists.

"The Mentri Besar gave the order last year for tin ore not to be stored at the port before export.

"We will also double the ongoing effort to upgrade the roads near the port.

"The Kuantan Municipal Council and the port authority will be informed on what has to be implemented," said Mohd Sharkar.