Come November 2016, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCL) will deploy a luxury vessel from its Celebrity Cruises fleet in UAE capital on a homeport basis. Celebrity Constellation will make its first visit to the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal.
The ship boasts a capacity for 2,170 guests in 975 staterooms across 13 decks. The sailing range from nine, 12- 14- and 15-night cruises covering five ports-of-call between November 2016 and end of January 2017. During the three-month season, Celebrity will attract approximately 15,000 guests to Abu Dhabi on six luxury cruises of the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean.
HE Jasem Al Darmaki, acting director general, TCA Abu Dhabi said: “It is a clear statement that a joined-up partnership approach to infrastructure and product development delivers rewards.”
The Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, currently under construction at Mina (Port) Zayed is due to be completed ahead of the start of Celebrity Constellation’s homeport stay. The dedicated cruise terminal will be able to accommodate up to three mega cruise ships simultaneously.
TCA Abu Dhabi and Celebrity Cruises will jointly market a two-year-long promotional and publicity campaign in more than 10 target markets. Further initiatives also include the region’s first beach stopover in the western region, and continued joint promotional efforts under a Cruise Arabia alliance with partners in Dubai and Oman.