Successful cruise season closes for Zayed Port
Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Port has bid farewell to the last cruise ship of the 2013/2014 season.
The MV Europa 2 left Abu Dhabi accompanied by an ADPC Marine Services tugboat which put on an impressive water display for the ship’s passengers to mark the occasion.
The 2013/2014 cruise season, which runs from November to April, has been the busiest yet, with a record ten maiden calls and 189,709 passengers visiting Abu Dhabi on 14 ships, which made 75 calls into Zayed Port.
In comparison, during 2006/ 2007 – the UAE capital’s first recognised cruise season - Zayed Port hosted just 29 cruise ships and 35,366 passengers, demonstrating just how much interest from cruise lines and passengers has increased over the last eight years.
Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority work closely together to develop the emirate’s cruise industry, both in terms of promoting services and working with cruise lines to understand their requirements and meet their needs.
This season has seen many developments, including the opening of an upgraded temporary cruise terminal building and increased facilities for visiting cruise passengers.
ADPC CEO Captain Al Shamisi says although the cruise season has finished, the work for ADPC intensifies as its plan for next season.
“We welcome this season’s new initiatives, the Cruise Arabia and the Abu Dhabi Cruise Development Committee, both bring together key stakeholders on a local and regional level to focus on increasing our profile and share of this important growing market,” Al Shamisi said.
“The cruise ships are important for both the port and the city of Abu Dhabi. Each ship brings in hundreds or thousands of passengers who leave the ship to visit the city and its attractions. We have many new developments planned for the next season, but our goal is for one or more of the cruise lines to choose Zayed Port as a home port destination, which would take us and Abu Dhabi to the next level,” Al Shamisi added.