Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
The first cruise ship in Doha, Seabourn Encore, which will dock on Thursday,carrying around 600 passengers, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has announced.
According to Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), the five cruise ships will make their maiden calls to Qatar this year, and for the first time, two megaships will call into Doha Port.
A mega ship carries between 2,500 and 6,000 passengers, which is more than triple of the capacity of a standard cruise ship.
QTA’s chief tourism development officer Hassan al-Ibrahim said that it continues to be an exciting time of rapid growth for Qatar’s cruise tourism sector, which will witness more firsts this season.
The German mega ship Mein Schiff 5 and the Italian MSC Splendida are listed to make 12 calls to Doha Port until April 2018.
MSC Splendida is carrying 3,900 passengers, replaced the MSC Fantasia as demand for the region continues to grow. With 13 passenger decks and 66m high, it is the largest ship to enter Doha Port.
According to Qatar Ports Management Company’s cruise vessels calls, there are three ships scheduled to dock at the Doha Port next month and another four in December.
It will be followed by five ships in January 2018, two in February, three in March and finally three in April.
Among the first cruise ships, which visited Doha last year, included luxury cruise ship Azamara Journey and The World, known as largest private residential ship on the planet.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said the number of cruise visitors this season is expected to surpass the 47,000 passengers and crew recorded in the 2016-2017 season due to the increasing number of mega ships arriving in the country.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is currently talking with major European cruise liners to share the latest developments in Qatar’s tourism industry, including the ongoing redevelopment of Doha Port into a permanent cruise terminal and tourist hub.
The discussions on the cruise ships aim to promote more interest in Qatar as a destination. It is to increase the number of cruise liners which add Qatar to their itineraries for the following seasons.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said that it also continues to work with local and international partners to cautiously plan, develop and manage the cruise terminal facilities, infrastructure and operations needed to achieve sustainable growth.
Once all developments are completed, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is projected that the cruise industry can attract more than 500,000 passengers and generates QR350mn annually by 2026,which will be the landmark in Qatar Tourism.