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.
Dubai Harbour operator: scope for extraordinary cruise growth in the region
Dubai and the wider UAE have huge potential for future growth of the cruise sector, according to Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer, Shamal Holding, the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour.
UAE reports strongest tourism recovery as 2021/22 cruise season wraps
On Saturday, AIDAbella departed Dubai for Palma De Mallorca, marking the departure of the last seasonal homeporting cruise ship in the Arabian Gulf and the close of the 2021/22 cruise season.
MSC Cruises CEO says UAE is one of its most dynamic destinations
The UAE is one of the most dynamic cruise destinations that MSC Cruises sails to, according to Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises.
Carnival Spirit gets new livery during lay-up in Dubai
Carnival Spirit has returned to her berth at the new Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal off JBR sporting a new colour scheme as part of the roll out of Carnival Cruise Line’s revamped […]
Abu Dhabi expects ‘resurgence of cruise industry’ for 2021/22 season
Abu Dhabi tourism officials have expressed confidence in the UAE cruise sector’s ability to quickly recover from the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic during the Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Miami, Florida.
Cruises out of Malta now open to vaccinated UAE residents, with a catch
Malta is the latest country to join a growing list of Mediterranean cruise destinations open to UAE tourists with a vaccination certificate.
Abu Dhabi cruise tourism to reopen in September, first cruises due in October
The cruise sector in Abu Dhabi will reopen this September, according to the Department of Culture and Tourism, bringing the UAE’s capital in-line with Dubai, the region’s primary cruise port.
20 quarantine-free European fly-cruises for UAE residents in summer 2021
As of June, 2021, there are 19 destinations around the world where UAE residents can visit without having to quarantine, and many of them are cruise homeports for the summer cruise season.
UAE residents now able to cruise from Athens and Barcelona without quarantine
The resumption of cruises from Barcelona and Athens is now available for booking by UAE passengers, after both Spain and Greece agreed to quarantine travel for vaccinated UAE residents.
MSC Cruises becomes first cruise line ever to homeport in Saudi Arabia
MSC Cruises will sail a series of Red Sea itineraries from Jeddah during the coming winter 2021/22 cruise season aboard MSC Magnifica.
What Royal Caribbean’s historic Israel deployment means for Dubai
Royal Caribbean’s decision to homeport Odyssey of the Seas in Israel for the upcoming summer cruise season underscores the growing importance of the Middle East cruise market.
Three cruise lines now confirmed for 2020/21 Dubai cruise season
There are now three cruise lines scheduled to cruise roundtrip from Dubai for the 2020/21 Middle East cruise season, which has been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.
Abu Dhabi to demolish buildings as part of cruise port redevelopment
Four Mina Plaza towers and several buildings along the wharf front in Port Zayed are to be demolished as part of the redevelopment of Abu Dhabi‘s cruise port.
UAE-Israel normalization will support GCC cruise sector’s recovery
For the beleaguered UAE cruise sector attempting to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the UAE-Israel ‘peace deal’ is a welcome boon.
Costa Cruises reportedly switching Smeralda with Pacifica for 2021/22 Dubai season
Costa Cruises has amended its 2021/22 Dubai cruise season itineraries, switching out Costa Smeralda with Costa Pacifica, according to an email sent to passengers booked on the affected cruises.
AIDA Cruises repositions AIDAprima to Dubai ahead of 2020/21 cruise season
AIDAprima isn’t due to start cruising from Dubai for the 2020/21 cruise season until December, but AIDA Cruises have already positioned her in Port Rashid in preparation for the ship’s return to […]
Fred Olsen to cruise from Dubai on new ship Borealis’ 2022 World Cruise
Dubai will be a key turnaround port on Borealis’ upcoming 2022 World Cruise with Fred Olsen Cruise Line.
Dubai is reopening its cruise sector but it won’t be plain sailing to recovery
The 2020/21 cruise season has gotten the go-ahead from Dubai Tourism authorities, but it’s unlikely to look anything like the bumper season seen last year.
More cruise lines looking at mandatory rapid covid testing, raising key questions
An increasing number of cruise lines are considering rapid COVID-19 testing as part of a basket of enhanced health and safety protocols for the resumption of cruising, but key questions for passengers […]