Genting Dream Penang Shore Excursion
The second port of call on the 6 Day 5 Night cruise on Resorts World Cruises’ Genting Dream is Penang. Shore excursions are available by Resorts World Cruises to explore the different ports of calls on destination cruises. For this trip, I had the privilege to try out a shore excursion on the best of Penang arranged by Resorts World Cruises.
Penang Island Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT)
The Genting Dream arrived at Penang Island Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) at about 6am on Tuesday after departing from Port Klang at about 4pm.
Genting Dream Zodiac Theatre Meeting Point
For passengers who have booked shore excursions, the meeting point for Penang shore excursions was at Zodiac Theatre. However, check on your day of departure on the meeting point as this may be changed depending on the crowd.
A sticker is provided to identify passengers based on buses. Stick it on your shirt visible to staff along the way out and throughout the shore excursion.
Heading down the gangway to Penang.
Genting Dream as seen from Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT).
Heading in to the terminal building to exit the area.
Heading out of Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT).
For passengers who have booked shore excursions, buses are on standby inside Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT). Do not follow the route out to the Jubilee Clock Tower.
The first stop on my Genting Dream Penang Shore Excursion was Penang Hill Railway to ascend up Penang Hill.
Resorts World Genting provided Fast Lane tickets for this shore excursion. If you book the Penang Highlights Tour on board Genting Dream, Fast Lane tickets are also included for your shore excursion.
The Penang Hill Railway funicular train arrived almost as soon as our group entered the Fast Lane queue, but there was a bit of a wait for the line to open as the was running at a 30-minute frequency.
Boarding the front cabin on the Penang Hill Railway funicular train with the Fast Lane priority boarding.
After boarding and the doors were shut, there was still a wait of about 5 minutes for the scheduled departure time of 9.30am.
The tour guide led the group on a short walk around the peak of Penang Hill, showcasing the various buildings and the view down below.
Looking down at Genting Dream from Penang Hill.
Once done with the short walk around Penang Hill, it was time to quickly head back down as well with the rain and tight itinerary.
The Fast Lane means I get a front view again on the lowest-most cabin.
Penang Road Famous Chendol & Char Kway Teow
Lunch was served at Penang Road Famous Chendol and Char Kway Teow.
This coffee shop was crowded even on a weekday morning with the local crowd and other free and easy Genting Dream passengers making their way here by themselves from the ship.
The Penang Road Famous Chendol and Char Kway Teow were served for lunch.
Resorts World Cruises also added on an Oyster Omelette to share, which was nice of them.
THE TOP Penang
Following lunch, the group adjourned over to KOMTAR for THE TOP Penang.
Level 65 Observatory Deck
The journey to and through THE TOP Penang began with the theatre showcasing the making of The Top.
Following the video presentation, the side door opened to enter the Level 65 Observatory Deck.
Looking back towards Penang Hill from THE TOP Penang.
There is also The Gravityz’s outdoor course, however, they were still closed.
A glass floor is available in the Observatory Deck looking down on the busy Gama junction.
Looking down back to Genting Dream from the Level 65 Observatory Deck.
There was a queue for the shuttle lift to the Level 68 Observatory Deck with other arriving passengers on the Discover Penang like a Local shore excursion and free and easy guests as well. There is only 1 shuttle lift available.
Level 68 Rainbow Skywalk
Heading out to the Level 68 Rainbow Skywalk.
The Rainbow Skywalk is the world’s first tower curved skywalk.
Shoes must be left on the shoe rack before heading on to the Rainbow Skywalk.
Looking back down to Jalan Penang from the Rainbow Skywalk.
A better view of Genting Dream and Georgetown can be seen from the open-air Rainbow Skywalk.
Heading back down with the 1 lift.
A lift transfer is required at Level 65 from the shuttle lift to the other lift back down to the 6th floor.
There are supposed to be 2 lifts serving from Level 6 to 65, but 1 of it was under maintenance.
The Bespoke Journey itinerary was on schedule up to the trip to THE TOP Penang where the waiting time for the lifts for 4 times delayed the timings.
1st Avenue Penang
Following the visit to THE TOP Penang, the group adjourned to 1st Avenue Penang for some free and easy shopping time.
“Little Children on a Bicycle” Mural
Before heading back to the ship, the tour bus made a brief stop at the famous “Little Children on a Bicycle” Mural on Armenian Street.
“Little Children on a Bicycle” was created in 2012 for the George Town Festival and is probably the most popular mural in Penang for photography.
Back to Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT)
There was a bit of a jam both in traffic and humans at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) as the Royal Caribbean Spectrum of the Seas had also just arrived. A bit of jostling was needed between Resorts World Cruises’ and Royal Caribbean’s guests at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) which looked unprepared to handle 2 cruise ships.
The path for cruise passengers is different from Penang Fast Ferry passengers, with barricades separating the 2.
The Penang Bespoke Journey customised tour by Resorts World Cruises maximised the port time available in Penang to showcase the best that Penang has to offer. Penang has the advantage of a direct downtown port, but with the usual queues and traffic jams of Penang, time was still a little bit limited due to waiting in lines or traffic, but it was still a fulfilling shore excursion nonetheless which thankfully ended in time to return back to the ship.
This cruise was kindly sponsored by Resorts World Cruises.