Operated by TUI, the cruise liner will make a total of eleven calls to Doha Port during the 2021-22 cruise season, including nine turnaround calls
Doha Port welcomed mega cruise ship, Mein Schiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, on Saturday, December 25. Carrying 1615 visitors including passengers and crew, this is the ship’s maiden call to the country. Following its maiden call, Mein Schiff 6 will make another 10 calls to Doha Port during the 2021-22 season. Nine of these will be turnaround trips, with passengers beginning and ending their journey in Qatar. In this trip, 457 passengers will be joining the cruise ship from Doha.
Qatar Tourism has a long-standing association with the German travel and tourism company TUI Group starting with a partnership agreement between the two entities signed in 2016. As a result of this agreement, in the 2017-18 season, mega cruise Mein Schiff 5 made seven visits, including its maiden voyage to Doha Port, with another 10 visits during 2019-20 season.
Among the highlights of the 2021-22 cruise season are a total of 65 confirmed calls, 9 instances where Doha Port will dock two ships at a time, 11 cruise ships making their maiden voyages, 11 turnaround voyages and 9 ships staying overnight at Doha Port. This will allow cruise visitors ample time to explore the destination’s travel, hospitality, and retail promotions during the season. Turnaround voyages will start and end their journey from Doha Port, for the duration of the cruise season. Qatar’s residents can now book cruise trips that touch Doha through this link to experience luxury cruise tourism in Gulf waters.
Mein Schiff 6 is a mega ship similar to its sister vessel Mein Schiff 5, which made its maiden call to Doha Port during the 2019-20 season. Commissioned in 2017, Mein Schiff 6 has capacity for 2,534 passengers and boasts 17,895 m² of outside decks and 1,800 m² of spa and fitness areas besides 11 restaurants and bistros and 16 lounges.
Cruise tourism came to a halt due to the pandemic, terminating by the end of February 2020. To assuage concerns, the Ministry of Public Health has put in place special protocols for travellers arriving to or from Qatar on cruise ships.
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