Posted October 26th, 2007, 04:15 PM
We went to all of those ports on the Superstar Gemini but it was about 6 years ago, so I am sure somebody has more up-to-date experience, but we did take the shuttle bus into KL and explored on our own from there. If you dock at Port Klang I think it would be quite difficult to get to KL on your own - I don't remember seeing taxis around and the bus was not expensive, from what I remember we were pleased to have used it.
The other ports we did on our own. In Langkawi we shared a taxi with another couple and it was a few miles to the main town, but it rained torentially all day so unfortunately we did not see the island at its best. In Penang the dock was close to the town but we hired a taxi just for the 2 of us for a few hours and had a fantastic day. The driver was brilliant and once he realised we were interested in different temples he took us to several, including the place he worshiped which was definately not on the tourist trail.
In Malacca I think the ship ran a shuttle bus into the town for a modest charge. I can't remember how far it was, but once we were in the city it was easy to walk around from there to a market, antique shops and a shopping mall.
Hope some of this helps.