Hosting the cruise tourism since 2009, this year 128,900 cruise passengers are expected to visit Bahrain between November 2018 – April 2019 on 52 cruise ships.
This will be the highest on record in terms of passengers till date, which witnessed a 33% increase in the previous season, resulting in 105,271 cruise visitors and a 5% growth in vessel calls.
Bahrain’s main seaport marked the beginning of the 2018-19 Cruise Season as the first luxury ship of the year, Mein Schiff 4, recently docked at the port to a traditional Bahraini welcome.
The 2018-19 cruise season is expected to attract more tourism business for Bahrain with some exciting new arrivals at Khalifa bin Salman Port. Four new cruise vessels, led by AIDAprima with its 3,300 passengers with 900 crew members, will be making its maiden call to the Kingdom with 18 scheduled trips planned for the season. This will be followed by MSC Lirica with eight trips and other vessels including the TUI Discovery and Thomson Celebration, also marking their debut in Bahrain.
Amongst the cruise vessels making their yearly call at KBSP, MSC Splendida will be returning to the Kingdom for the second season, with six scheduled visits, each carrying approximately 3,900 passengers with a crew team of 1,313, making it the biggest vessel to call this season. Mein Schiff also has repeated calls at KBSP with its 10 trips, each carrying 2,800 passengers. The cruise season will also witness docking of two cruise ships on the same day, over certain weeks of the scheduled season.
Passengers are welcomed with traditional Bahraini hospitality and cultural experiences that include Bahraini music along with falcon show at the BTEA-hosted tent.
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