Cruise lines monitoring situation amid Qatar dispute
Cruise lines with port calls scheduled in Doha have also been impacted by the UAE’s closure of the port to all Qatari-related shipping.
A spokesperson for Seabourn Cruises told regional cruise magazine Cruise Arabia & Africa that the cruise line is closely monitoring the situation in Qatar, but has not yet made a decision on whether to drop Qatar as a port of call on Middle East cruises out of Dubai.
The comment come just days after the UAE, Saudi Arabia and several other MENA region countries cut all diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar over its alleged support for terrorist groups.
There are five cruise ships scheduled to visit Qatar’s Doha Port between now and the end of the year, and another 40 due next year, if the dispute continues until then.
“We routinely monitor events around the world,” a spokesperson for Seabourn said. The cruise line declined further comment, but is likely waiting to see how the dispute plays out before dropping Qatar as a port of call.
Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises, Crystal Cruises, and MSC Cruises are all scheduled to visit Doha this year, all of them on cruise itineraries departing from Dubai.