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Malta cruise ship chooses Sabah as stopover
Published on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah is fast becoming a popular destination for cruise ships with Malta-registered Celebrity Constellation the latest to make a port call here.

The 1,000-room cruise ship with 2,170 passengers and 950 crew members on board arrived at the port here at 7am Thursday, for an eight-hour stop-over before departing for Singapore.

The ship's guests took full advantage of the stopover to tour places of interest and shop in the State Capital.

"Kota Kinabalu is a nice city and I believe most of our guests enjoyed the brief stop-over here," said ship captain Michael Karatzas.

Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, who was on hand to welcome the ship, hoped 'Celebrity Cruises' would make Kota Kinabalu a regular port of call in the future.

He said last year, 28 cruise ships carrying a total of 23,570 passengers came to Sabah.

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