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About Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur may have got its name - meaning 'muddy confluence' - from the two rivers which meet in its centre, but cruise ships must dock at the deepwater cruise port Kelang, which is 90 minutes drive away.

This, though, is good news for Kuala Lumpur cruise visitors because along the way to the capital, you not only see the magnificent Salahuddin 'Blue' Mosque - the largest in southeast Asia with room for 16,000 worshippers - but also visit the Batu Caves where a stone staircase with 272 steps leads up to a Hindu Shrine. If you make the effort, you are rewarded with the company of scores of monkeys which live around the caves.

KL - as the capital is known throughout Malaysia - is a mixture of modern buildings (including the world famous Petronas Towers) and fascinating historic districts like Chinatown. While you are enjoying one of our cruises to Kuala Lumpur, it is well worth a visit to The National Museum as it tells the entertaining story of KL and Malaysian history.

 

Shore excursions in Kuala Lumpur

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Glimpse of Kuala Lumpur

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

A scenic drive through Kuala Lumpur’s contrasting images, from minarets and mosques to colonial-style clubs and Victorian houses.

Your scenic drive takes you past impressive local developments, before stopping to photograph Kings Palace; the official residence of His Majesty the King of Malaysia. Capture the beautifully landscaped gardens that surround the palace, and take a moment to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

Continue to the National Monument, which was designed by Felix De Weldon, the architect of the famous Iwo Jima Memorial. This huge bronze monument was built to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers who gave their lives defending the country during the communist insurgency in the 1950s.

Pass by the National Mosque and the Old Railway Station before arriving at Independence Square, where the charming mock-Tudor structure of the British Royal Selangor Club still remains. Other remarkable buildings viewed are the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which served as the government administration centre during the British era, and the Cathedral of Saint Mary The Virgin.

Complete your tour with a photo stop at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest building until 2003.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. It usually operates over lunch, therefore a hearty breakfast is recommended. The drive to Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 1½ hours, depending on traffic. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking involved on this tour. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

Batu Caves and School of Hard Knocks

Activity high

Duration: 5½ hours

Visit the spectacular Batu Caves and discover how pewter is created, on this unique tour.

Set in a huge limestone hill, which is said to be over 400 million years old, the Batu Caves are a natural wonder. There are 3 main caves and several smaller ones, one of which; the Temple Cave, boasts an ornate Hindu Shrine.

The 272 steps leading to the Temple Cave may be a challenge to some, but the spectacular scene awaiting you inside the Caves makes the climb worth it.

Afterwards, visit the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, where you’ll be taken back over a hundred years to the founding of what is today, the world’s largest pewter manufacturer.

During your visit, you’ll learn how pewter is crafted at the Royal Selangor Factory before joining the 'School of Hard Knocks'. At this entertaining pewtersmithing workshop, you’ll be taught how to create your own pewter dish using traditional tools and methods. The finished product is then yours to take home as a souvenir of your memorable tour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves over 1 hour of walking. There are 272 steps to climb to reach the Caves; therefore passengers must be in good physical condition. Monkeys that inhabit the surrounding area are usually present at the Caves; they should not be touched or fed as they may bite. Conservative dress is required for visiting the caves; ladies should avoid wearing shorts, mini-skirts or vests. Scarfs are available for hire.

Best of Kuala Lumpur

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

The city of Kuala Lumpur is a seemingly endless array of sightseeing opportunities.

Upon reaching Kuala Lumpur, your first stop will be at the National Museum. Showcasing traditional Malay architecture, the museum exhibits colonial eras, Malacca Sultanate and Malaysia today after 50 years of Independence.

A stop will be made at the National Mosque, which embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Located adjacent to the National Mosque, is the impressive Old Railway Station, one of the city’s most photographed landmarks.

Independence Square is the former playing field of the Royal Selangor Club, and the place where many celebrations take place during Independence Day. From here, continue onto the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers for a photo stop.

Take the opportunity to purchase a memento of your visit, during a stop at Central Market, which sells a wide range of local crafts and souvenirs.

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, before visiting one of the city’s greatest landmarks; the KL Tower. Take an express elevator to the Observation Deck, from where you’ll have a wonderful panoramic view of the city below.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Total walking time is approximately 2¾ hours therefore comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. Photography is not permitted inside the National Museum. The drive to Kuala Lumpur is approximately 1½ hours each way, depending on traffic.

Colourful Kuala Lumpur

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Kuala Lumpur’s colourful and beautiful landscaped parks and gardens have enchanted many nature lovers.

At the Lake Gardens, enjoy a visit to the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens featuring around 5,000 species of hibiscus flowers and some 3,000 species of orchids, including 800 from Malaysia alone. Nearby is the Butterfly Park, home to over 6,000 colourful butterflies. The Park’s tropical rainforest imitates their natural habitat.

Stop at Independence Square, the former cricket field of the British Royal Selangor Club, where you’ll also see the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which grandly overlooks the Square and was among the most significant landmarks built by the British.

After a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, take some photos of the famous Petronas Twin Towers, which were, until 2003, the tallest twin buildings in the world.

Your final stop will be at a Central Market, where you’ll have some free time to browse the local crafts and perhaps purchase a souvenir of your visit.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking involved. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. The drive to Kuala Lumpur will take approximately 1½ hours, depending on traffic. Malaysian Ringgits will be required at most of the shops you visit although credit cards are accepted in most department stores.

Kuala Lumpur and Petronas Towers

Activity highShopping

Duration: 8 hours

See the sights of Kuala Lumpur, before visiting the skybridge of the Petronas Towers for a birds-eye view of the city.

A journey of around 1½ hours takes you to one of the most vibrant cities in Asia, Kuala Lumpur. Upon arrival a panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the highlights of the city, often referred to as the focal point of new Malaysia.

Enjoy a visit to Galeria Sri Perdana, the former official residence of the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the National Monument, created as a tribute to the valiant soldiers of World War II.

Continue to Independence Square, formerly known as Selangor Club Padang. Capture photos of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which grandly overlooks the Square and is one of the city’s most significant landmarks.

The highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers. You’ll soar 170 metres by elevator to floor 41 to visit the skybridge, which connects the 2 towers and is the world’s highest 2 storey bridge. Have your camera ready to capture the magnificent views of the city. Afterwards, ascend even higher to floor 86, where you’ll have yet more wonderful views, as well as the opportunity to browse the gift shop.

Round off your tour at the Suria KLCC, one of the city’s most premier shopping centres. Enjoy free time to purchase lunch and indulge in a spot of shopping.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour, as well as steps to negotiate at the different sites. Further walking is required during the stop at Suria KLCC; however this is at passengers’ discretion. The drive to Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 1½ hours depending on traffic. The visit to the Petrona’s Towers last approximately one hour. Tickets for the Petronas Towers must be purchased 22 days prior to your ships date of call; therefore this tour is subject to 100% cancellation fees if cancelled after this date. Please note the purchase of additional tickets cannot be guaranteed after this date. This tour is highly popular therefore booking early is recommended.

 

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