A new luxury cruise ship will soon dominate the cruise lines that ply the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Persian Gulf. It will be the first luxury cruise ship to be launched by the MSC Cruises brand. MSC Cruises will be launching the MSC Divina at the world’s 7th largest shipbuilding yard in Dubai. The ship is expected to take its first cruises in the Middle East in late 2019.
MSC Cruises is the line of Celebrity Cruises ships that is part of the MSC Group of companies, and it has been putting out world-class ship designs for nearly two decades. It has been so successful in fact that it has added new cruise lines to its line-up, including the smaller MSC Seaside, which offers a more intimate experience.MSC Cruises’ new flagship, MSC Virtuosa, will finally be christened at an event in Dubai. The cruise line is relaunching around the world, including the UK, where a new cruise ship is currently based.
Although the ship is already sailing in the UK, MSC has never held an official christening or maiden voyage due to restrictions. The cruise line has now taken the opportunity to showcase its leadership in the Gulf region with a ceremony in Dubai on the 27th. November 2021.
MSC Cruises has for many years established a reputation as a leader in the Gulf cruise industry. The decision to hold the traditional christening ceremony in Dubai, prior to her maiden voyage and golf season, speaks for itself.
The MSC Virtuosa was only delivered in February this year and was the first ship to be launched in the UK with Cruise Hive’s involvement. The christening will take place during an event attended by representatives of the global tourism industry and media.
The ceremony is part of a partnership between MSC Cruises, Dubai Tourism, DP World and Emirates Airlines, as well as the UAE’s Golden Jubilee programme to celebrate the country’s 50th anniversary, which will include numerous events throughout the country.
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Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, said:
We are incredibly proud and honoured that the christening of our flagship and masterpiece MSC Virtuosa will take place in one of the world’s most desirable destinations, Dubai. The event takes on added significance as part of a series of glorious 50th anniversary activities and events. Coinciding with the region’s first World Expo, Dubai’s 50th anniversary year is a true tribute to Dubai as one of the most popular destinations for travellers from around the world. I am very pleased that the cruise has played and continues to play an important role in this area. I would also like to thank the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce, DP World and Emirates Airline for their partnership and support in organising this event.
Following the christening, the ship will be launched on November 28 for her maiden voyage through the Persian Gulf with stops in Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas, Dammam in Saudi Arabia and Doha in Qatar.
The Gulf region, which includes places like Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Oman, is becoming increasingly popular with cruise passengers due to its importance to the financial and oil sectors.
This region, and Dubai in particular, is not only relatively close to the Mediterranean Sea, but is also an important port of call for ships sailing from Europe to Southeast Asia.
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The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal in Dubai is the largest indoor cruise terminal in the world, accommodating 14,000 passengers per day. However, during the 2019-2020 cruise season, the terminal could handle 35,000 passengers in one day.
Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airlines, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum:
Dubai is well on its way to becoming a global tourist destination and a preferred regional gateway for cruises. The christening and inaugural flight of MSC Virtuosa from Dubai underlines the trust the city has earned as an excellent partner for the cruise industry.
As part of the Saudi government’s modernization program, Dubai is not the only place where cruise traffic is expected to increase in the coming years. MSC Cruises is increasingly active in the Kingdom. In April this year, the cruise line announced that MSC Magnifica would be based in Jeddah and MSC Virtuosa would call at the port of Damman.
Among the ports of call are three Saudi ports, including a weekly call at Al Wajh. The ship will also host guests at the 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix on the 5th. December in Jeddah. MSC’s largest and newest ship, the MSC World Europa, will call at the country on her maiden voyage in December 2022.
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