TWO cruise ships will make a call at Bahrain’s main seaport this week, bringing in over 6,000 passengers contributing directly to the country’s tourism sector.
MSC Splendida and AIDA Stella are scheduled to arrive at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) tomorrow, as part of the country’s cruise season from November until April.
MSC Splendida, with 4,360 passenger capacity, will be the largest liner to dock this season.
Cruise traffic to Bahrain witnessed a three per cent growth and a 23pc increase in passenger flows last year, according to Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry Port Affairs Assistant Under-Secretary Bader Al Mahmood.
“KBSP operates a passenger terminal thereby directly contributing to developing the tourism sector in Bahrain,” said Mr Al Mahmood.
“Working closely with the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry, APM Terminals (APMT) Bahrain and the Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry have been successful in attracting cruise tourism traffic to Bahrain, witnessing a three per cent growth in cruise vessel calls and a 23pc increase in passenger flows last year, further substantiating its role in uplifting Bahrain trade and tourism sectors.”
The GDN reported in November that the 2017-2018 cruise season kicked off with the arrival of luxury cruise ship AIDA Stella at the KBSP.
This year 54 cruise vessels are expected to call to the port during the season, which will see the arrival of three maiden calls including Mein Schiff 5, Minerva and Crystal Serenity, and approximately two cruise calls every week.