Holland America Line’s cruise ship Westerdam has emerged from her frenetic 12-day refit sporting major renovations that added many new public spaces and amenities, including two firsts for the fleet: Explorations Central, or EXC, in the Crow’s Nest and Rijksmuseum at Sea.
Pacific Princess, the 18-year-old veteran of the Princess Cruises fleet, has emerged from drydock following a two-week refit that saw her traditional classic cruise ship charm updated with modern touches to enhance the on-board experience for guests.
Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, the first dedicated island cruise stopover in the Middle East, played a leading role in the growth in cruise passenger numbers reported for Abu Dhabi during the 2016/17 cruise season.
Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal has had its best-ever cruise season, with the maiden call of Princess Cruise Lines’ Majestic Princess and a 48% surge in passenger numbers to the UAE’s capital.
Finally, after years of delays and political wrangling, news broke recently that MSC Cruises’ South African subsidiary (MSC Cruises SA) and the Africa Armada Consortium, were teaming up to redevelop the passenger terminal in the Port of Durban.
MSC Cruises will be replacing the current Middle East-deployed cruise ship MSC Fantasia with the newer MSC Splendida for the coming cruise season in the Arabian Gulf as part of a global reshuffle of its fleet.
MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in South Africa, Europe, and South America has teamed up with Air France-KLM to offer exclusive services and greater flexibility for cruise passengers booking ‘Fly & Cruise’ holiday packages.