Bahrain welcomes three cruise ships via Khalifa Bin Salman Port

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) announced the arrival of three cruises at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) from December 26 to 28, carrying over 11,000 tourists onboard. Operated by APM Terminals Bahrain, KBSP is scheduled to welcome tens of cruise ships as part of the 2022–2023 cruise season between November 2022 and May 2023, celebrating 11 years of launching cruise industry services in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The “MSC World Europa” arrived at KBSP, carrying 6,000 tourists from France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. With 19 ships in its fleet, MSC Cruises has one of the most modern cruise fleets in the world. An Italian shipping company founded it in 1970. It boasts onboard experience as well as a diverse range of facilities such as Balinese spas, adult-only pools, and 4D cinemas. Its fleet ships can carry between 1984 and 6300 passengers at a time.

One crew member is assigned to every three passengers. It provides passengers with live entertainment in the form of evening concerts, parties and contests, and live shows. The latest addition to the fleet, “MSC World Europa,” was launched in November 2021. The MSC World Europa is the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ship.

Setting sail from Germany, “AIDAcosmo” arrived at KBSP with a capacity of over 5,000 passengers of various nationalities. Operated by AIDA Cruises with 1,252 crew members, the “AIDAcosma” is one of the largest cruise ships within the AIDA fleet. KBSP also received the American cruise ship “The World,” which carried 148 tourists and 285 crew members of various nationalities.

On this occasion, Dr. Nasser Qaedi, the Chief Executive of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), stated: “We are delighted to welcome a new batch of cruise ships and greet thousands of tourists who have chosen Bahrain to be part of their regional cruise itinerary. The cruise industry adds significant value to the tourism sector as one of the tourism strategy’s main pillars, benefiting entertainment, shopping centres, hospitality, hotels, and many other industries.”


Bahrain News Agency

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