Malaysia Port of Call: Port Klang Shore Excursion18 January, 2010
The Legend of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise arrived in Port Klang at around 7am and was scheduled to depart for our next destination, Phuket at 4.30pm. Guests could choose to join in one of the shore excursions to Kuala Lumpur or disembark to roam around the area on their own. Alternatively, you could also choose to chill out onboard with a wide array of activities such as rock climbing, scavenger hunt, board games or even a Cha Cha dance class. There was, however, no gambling as the casino was closed (at least until the boat leaves port into international waters).
Having been to Kuala Lumpur before, we decided to just do some shopping at a nearby megamall – Aeon JUSCO shopping centre. Upon disembarkation, you would find yourself in a very Star Cruises-centric port terminal with a number of souvenir shops where you can find local tidbits and handicraft.
This port terminal seemed to be located in the middle of nowhere – there are no public bus or train services so the only way to get out is via taxi. There is a taxi service counter which offered services to Klang and Kuala Lumpur for fixed prices – it cost RM180 (USD$60) for a 2-way trip to Kuala Lumpur and RM60 (USD$20) for a 2-way trip to Port Klang.
Just a 10-minute drive away from the Star Cruise Terminal (SCT), the JUSCO shopping mall is one super big shopping destination with 4-storey full of stores selling clothes and various knick-knacks. There are also a number of food outlets e.g. MacDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut. Whatever daily necessities, you sure can find it here. We arranged with the taxi driver to pick us at about 2.30pm, giving us 4 hours to shop and eat.
After hours of walking around this big mall, we settled down for lunch at Manhattan’s Fish Market – by the way, lunch is still served onboard; however we decided to try out the seafood platter at Manhattan’s Fish Market considering it cost almost half the price compared to if you were to eat it in Singapore – quite a bargain at just RM46.90!
What’s interesting is the way the platter is served; just before it is placed on your table, the waiter will use a blowtorch to burn the prawns such that its fillings (cheese and various stuff) melts in with the meat – yummy! The serving is also quite substantial and varied with prawns, fish, calamari and rice. 🙂
If you are here in KL for a longer period of time, you can also consider self catering holiday apartments.