Penang is a fantastic destination to visit during a cruise vacation, especially if you’re history buff, foodie, and/or culture-seeker! History-lovers are certain to find the port’s trade and military past interesting. Foodie’s will be in culinary paradise, as the diverse ethnicity of Penang makes for some great food choices. Those interested in local culture are certain to enjoy its diverse mosques, temples, and churches. Penang is also filled with gardens, museums, shopping opportunities, mountain hikes, iconic landmarks, and more! Best of all, you will discover all kinds of cuisine, from Indian to Chinese to Malaysian, whether in the form of street food, fine dining, or something in between.
A great time to visit Penang is between mid-November and February, though it does have tropical climate year-round.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Penang. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Penang. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Penang:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Penang, along with a brief description:
♦ Kek Lok Si Temple
A perfect site for those interested learning more about Buddhist culture, Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Penang. Not only is it Malaysia’s biggest Buddhist temple, it also features a beautiful entrance, souvenir vendors, refreshment stalls, and a turtle pond, as well as multiple temple houses and gardens. There is also a pagoda and a large statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. With such massive grounds, you can easily spend hours taking in the ambiance of this magnificent complex! Plus, it’s located just a short distance from another grand attractions, Penang Hill (see below).
♦ Penang Hill
For some of the best scenic views in town, pay a visit to Penang Hill. This popular attraction features a group of mountains that overlook Penang Island, located about 5.5 miles from George Town. The highest of these peaks reaches 2,733 feet above sea level, providing you with a breathtaking vista point. Best of all, you don’t have to tire yourself out from the climb to the top – there is a funicular railway system that will take you! Plus, the Penang Hill Railway is the only one of its kind in the country, providing you with a once-in-a-lifetime, unique experience! If you prefer to hike to the top, you can take the “jeep track” route to the top, enjoying some great views along the way.
♦ Penang Botanic Gardens
One of the best ways to spend time outdoors in Penang is to visit their beautiful botanic gardens! The main highlight of this attraction is a cascading waterfall, which leads some to call this attraction “Waterfall Gardens.” During your visit, you can hike to a turtle pond, spot a few monkeys and lizards, and enjoy the varying flora and fauna. It’s also a great place to go for a morning jog! You can also enjoy fountains, some cafes, a souvenir shop, and more. This is a great activity for anybody who wants to escape to some tranquility during their time in Penang!
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