Six international cruise liners have all arrived in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the same day, with over 60,000 passengers being handled by the Mina Rashid cruise terminal on Sunday.

The terminal smoothly processed the arrival of TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 5, MSC Cruises’ MSC Lirica and Pullmantur Cruises’ Horizon.

It also handled the maiden calls of Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas and Costa Cruises’ Costa Diadema.

The executive director of Mina Rashid and CEO of P&O Marina, Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Mannaei, says that over 60,000 cruise visitors being flawlessly handled on one day is a testimony to the efficiency of the terminal’s operations.

The simultaneous welcoming of six cruise ships is also a reflection of the enormous level of trust that is placed in Mina Rashid’s capabilities by cruise operators, Al Mannaei adds.

The terminal is constantly investing in service enhancements and systems designed to support the ultra-modern cruise vessels seen in today’s fleets.

Mina Rashid is being continually developed in order to build on the popularity of luxury cruise tourism and continues to strengthen the position of Dubai as the region’s cruise hub, according to Al Mannaei.

The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal at Mina Rashid was inaugurated six years ago back in 2014 and has since received more than 2.3 million visitors.

A programme of expansion is currently underway at the terminal in order to improve its capabilities.

There are plans to introduce a recreational area and to provide private yacht owners with improved berthing services.

The senior vice president of Dubai Tourism, Hamad bin Mejren, says that the milestone is a testament to Dubai’s position as the region’s leading cruising hub.

It is also a reflection of how far the emirate has come in its goal to become the destination of choice for both international cruise operators and travellers.

Collaboration and support from the city’s cruising industry is vital to continued success as momentum and efforts increase to keep raising the bar and to enable the provision of world-class services to international cruise visitors, Mejren says.

The 2019-2020 cruise season is to also see renewed efforts in the promotion of the region’s cruise tourism by the Dubai Cruise Committee.

The Dubai Cruise Committee comprises the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Emirates Airlines, DP World UAE Region, Dubai Customs, and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai.

Anyone who travels to Dubai or anywhere else in the UAE by cruise liner or aeroplane should take out travel insurance before they set out on their journey.

There are many travel insurance options available, ranging from basic packages to more extensive ones.

Travel insurance is intended to provide travellers with peace of mind in the event of unfortunate incidents that can happen while they are away from home.

These events can range from inconveniences such as cancelled flights to potentially more serious occurrences such as lost valuables or falling ill overseas.


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