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 has announced its COVID-19 health and safety protocols for its current Red Sea cruise season out of Saudi Arabia, and its upcoming Arabian Gulf cruise season out of Dubai.
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.
The German cruise line AIDA Cruises has announced that AIDAnova will be redeployed from the Middle East to the Canary Islands for the upcoming winter Dubai 2021/22 cruise season.
Istanbul is already benefitting from the redevelopment of its Galataport cruise terminal, with Costa Cruises announcing new Turkey itineraries just days after the completion of the project was announced.
Abu Dhabi Ports, the operator of the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in the UAE’s capital, has announced plans to develop and operate a new cruise terminal in Jordan’s port city of Aqaba.
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.
TUI Cruises has suspended Mein Schiff 5’s cruise season in Asia due to ongoing travel restrictions for multiple countries the ship was due to cruise to, and her Dubai cruise for 2021 […]
Viking Ocean Cruises has revealed a 2023/24 World Cruise itinerary for two of its ships with port calls in the Middle East.
Norwegian Jade will cruise from Dubai again in 2022, with two cruises in February and December to Athens and Cape Town.
Qatar is redoubling its efforts to position itself as a major cruise tourism destination through a major partnership with Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) UK & Ireland.
Cruise lines in the Middle East see future growth for the Middle East cruise sector from Australian fly-cruise passengers, who may choose Dubai over Asian homeports.
A resurgence in tensions between Iran and US and UK allies in the Strait of Hormuz is unlikely to impact the Middle East cruise sector based on past experience.
MSC Cruises has signed a long-term preferential berthing agreement with Cruise Saudi, giving its ships superior access to Jeddah Port, mirroring a deal signed in Dubai in 2019.
Silversea Cruises has put the focus on Arabian and Africa in its 2023/24 cruise itineraries, which were released this week.
There are 32 cruise itineraries set to sail from Doha for the 2021/22 cruise season, with MSC Cruises and TUI Cruises both interporting between Dubai and Doha for the season. TUI’s Mein […]
While there are five cruise ships due to homeport in Dubai for the 2021/22 cruise season, only five additional ships will sail international itineraries from the city as the Middle East cruise […]
Norwegian Jade will cruise from Dubai to Athens in 2022, and there’s been immense interest in the itinerary from the local cruise market in the Middle East according to the cruise line.
Costa Firenze, the new Vista-class cruise ship from Costa Cruises, will feature 13 different stores in her expansive retail area when she arrives in the Middle East to begin her inaugural cruise […]
MSC Cruises is doubling up in Dubai for the 2021/22 cruise season, with MSC Opera set to join MSC Virtuosa, one of the cruise line’s largest and newest cruise ships.