Ministry of Transport Malaysia

Shipping - Cruise Shipping

Shipping includes cargo and ferry services, cruise shipping and ship registry. Malaysia Shipowners’ Association is an association that represents shipowners’ of Malaysian registered vessels.

Cruise Tourism

Maritime Division also coordinates the development of cruise tourism, especially in the development of cruise infrastructure at each destination in Malaysia so as to achieve international standards as outlined in the Cruise & Ferry Intergrated Seaport Infrastructure Blueprint for Malaysia. Cruise Tourism is one of the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) with the aim to increase the number of tourists to Malaysia.

Infographic Malaysia As​ International Cruise Destination


Currently, there are only a few dedicated cruise terminals located in Penang, Pulau Indah, Kota Kinabalu and Langkawi. Another cruise terminal is being develop in Malacca and is expected to be completed in 2017.​

Statistics Stopover Cruise​ Tourism in Malaysia

NO. Destination Year 2013 Year 2014 Year 2015
1. Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal, Penang 132 137 145
2. Langkawi 58 43 80
3. Boustead Cruise Centre, Port Klang 102 97 137
4. Melacca 45 46 49
5. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 16 25 31
6. Kuching, Sarawak 6 8 6