More than 625,000 cruise tourists visited via a total of 157 ship calls during the 2016/2017 season, it was announced on Wednesday.
The numbers reflect an increase of 15 percent and 18 percent respectively when compared to the 2015/2016 season.
The 2016/2017 Dubai Cruise season officially concluded with the departure of the season’s final ship, the CS Sea Princess, from Port Rashid, a statement said.
The season also saw Thomson Cruises, the first UK-based cruise line home porting in the region, in addition to inaugural visits from TUI’s Mein Schiff 1 Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star and MSC’s MSC Fantasia among the eight other maiden ship calls, it added.
Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, director of Dubai Cruise Tourism said: “We are very pleased with the success of our 2016/2017 cruising season, and with the city’s sustained popularity as a winter cruise destination.
"Bolstered by our recent success and our upcoming partnerships over the coming seasons, we are confident we will achieve our strategic goal of welcoming 1 million cruise tourists to Dubai by 2020/2021 cruise season.”
The Dubai Cruise 2017/2018 season is set to commence on October 25, with the arrival of cruise ship Seabourn Encore.
Dubai Cruise has also recently announced that P&O Cruises will be home porting in Dubai for the first time during the 2018/2019 season.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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