Abu Dhabi: First cruise liner arrives, as 2023-24 cruise season begins
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Abu Dhabi welcomes first cruise liner, as 2023-24 cruise season begins

Abu Dhabi welcomes first cruise liner, as 2023-24 cruise season begins

The upcoming cruise season promises significant growth with Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal slated for 126 calls, starting from November 1.

AD Ports Group Cruise Season 23-2024 image supplied

AD Ports Group announced the official start of the 2023-2024 cruise season with the arrival of the cruise ship, Crystal Symphony docking at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, Zayed Port.

As part of the cruise season, Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal is slated for 126 calls, starting from November 1.

Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach is set to host 63 calls, having welcomed the first on October 31. Notably, nine of these calls will be maiden voyages, signaling ships that’ll be making their inaugural visit to Abu Dhabi.

Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri, CEO of Cruise Business, AD Ports Group, said: “We are excited to announce the official start of cruise season here in Abu Dhabi with the arrival of Crystal Symphony.

“Last season, Zayed Port emerged as the busiest cruise port in the region; a testament to Abu Dhabi’s position as a premier tourist destination, and the exceptional infrastructure that effortlessly accommodates the region’s largest vessels. We remain dedicated to partnering with cruise lines to elevate Abu Dhabi’s global cruise destination standing.”

Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal highlights

Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal is poised to receive over 7,000 visitors during Formula 1 Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Cruise business, part of the Ports Cluster, has expanded its operations to the Red Sea with the successful inauguration of the Aqaba Cruise Terminal, in January.

In the 2022- 2023 season, Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal recorded over 600,000 visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi, with more than 82,000 passengers starting their journey from Abu Dhabi.

Q1 of 2023 saw 363,494 visitors and 120 calls recorded compared to Q1 of 2022, which saw 89,953 visitors and 60 calls.

Passenger volumes for Q1 2023 surpassed the number of visitors accommodated for the full year of 2022 by more than 37 per cent.

Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal was launched in December 2015, providing a well-located base for cruise-liner passengers, enabling them to explore and experience the UAE capital.

The Cruise Terminal is furnished with restaurants, retail outlets, duty-free shops, Etihad Airline check-in, and baggage storage.

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