Explora Journeys second cruise ship Explora II will cruise from Jeddah to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on 9-night roundtrip in the Red Sea, before sailing an 11-night itinerary to Dubai in 2024.
Saudi Arabia celebrates Founding Day with triple cruise calls in two ports
Saudi Arabia has welcomed more than 9,000 cruise tourists in a single day for the first time, with three cruise ships calling in Jeddah and King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam.
MSC drops prices for US market on cruises out of Saudi Arabia and UAE
MSC Cruises USA, the American subsidiary of MSC Cruises, has dropped its cruise fares for the American market, offering cruises from just $129 on a range of select departures around the world.
MSC Cruises to replace Splendida with Orchestra for 2023/24 season in Saudi
MSC Cruises will be switching out MSC Splendida with MSC Orchestra for the upcoming 2023/24 cruise season out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
MSC World Europa to offer unique 10-night cruise from Saudi to Barcelona in 2023
The largest ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, and the largest to ever homeport in the Middle East for a full cruise season, MSC World Europa, will sail a one-off 10-night cruise […]
Cruise sector booming as Saudi Arabian tourism hits 121% pre-pandemic recovery
Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector has seen a 121% increase from pre-pandemic levels, supported by its emergent but booming cruise sector.
Azamara to feature Saudi Arabia on 2024 country-intensive Europe itineraries
Azamara will be sailing 84 Europe itineraries across its four-ship fleet in 2024, with three of those itineraries also venturing into the Middle East to call in Dubai and Egypt, as well […]
Cruise Review: 10 things to know about cruising in Saudi Arabia
For many westerners, Saudi Arabia is a deeply misunderstood country, and as it opens up to the global tourism market, particularly with its nascent cruise industry, it’s important to keep a few […]
New Jeddah Cruise Terminal to be part of marina development in port
The new cruise terminal planned for Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia will form part of a redevelopment of the area that will include a marina and a total revamp of the […]
Saudi Arabia concludes first ever cruise season with massive domestic demand
Saudi Arabia has concluded its first full cruise season during the winter months between November and April, 2022, with 66% of passengers sourced locally. The six-month cruise season out Saudi Arabia closed […]
MSC Virtuosa makes maiden call in Saudi Arabia, second MSC ship to do so
MSC Virtuosa has become the second MSC Cruises vessel to make a maiden port call in Saudi Arabia, with a 17-hour visit to Jeddah on her way back to Europe from Dubai.
Silver Whisper makes maiden call to Saudi Arabia as 2022 season wraps up
Silversea Cruises has marked the maiden call of a second cruise ship in Saudi Arabia with Silver Whisper’s port call to Jeddah Islamic Port this week.
Saudi Arabia introduces electronic visa for cruise tourists
Saudi Arabia has introduced a new e-visa for cruise tourists taking cruises from the country, or arriving at its ports via cruise ship.
Saudi Arabia tightens entry requirements ahead of winter cruise season
Saudi Arabia has tightened entry requirements for tourists amid its 2021/22 winter cruise season in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
MSC expands fly-cruise package deal with Saudia Airlines for Red Sea season
MSC Cruises has expanded its fly-cruise partnership with Saudia Airlines to 36,800 seats for the current winter 2021/22 Red Sea cruise season out Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
MSC amends 2021/22 Saudi Arabian itineraries aboard MSC Bellissima
MSC Cruises has amended the cruise itinerary for MSC Bellissima’s winter season out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia between November, 2021 and March, 2022. MSC Bellissima will no longer call in Safaga, Egypt, […]
Cruise Saudi says Jeddah will get ‘iconic’ cruise terminal in coming years
Cruise Saudi says Jeddah will get an ‘iconic’ new cruise terminal within the next five to seven years as Saudi Arabia’s cruise sector rapidly emerges.
MSC Cruises adjusts onboard cruise experience for Saudi Arabian market
MSC Cruises has made several changes to the onboard cruise experience during its deployment of MSC Bellissima out of Jeddah, to better suit the local Saudi Arabian cruise market.
MSC Cruises extends Saudi Arabian cruise season for MSC Bellissima
MSC Cruises has extended its Saudi Arabian cruise season aboard MSC Bellissima in the Red Sea until March next year following greater than anticipated demand.
MSC Bellissima hosts Saudi Arabia’s first netball tournament on Red Sea cruise
MSC Cruises‘ massive cruise ship MSC Bellissima has hosted Saudi Arabia’s first netball tournament during a cruise in the Red Sea out of Jeddah.