Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has recorded a number of maiden calls at Zayed Port, this cruise season. The number of cruise liners visiting Abu Dhabi for the first time has doubled compared to last season, making it a total of ten scheduled debut visits until April 2014.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, acting CEO ADPC said: “The increase in maiden calls is a clear indicator that we are moving in the right direction.”
One of the debut visitors will be MS Queen Elizabeth. Further maiden arrivals include the Costa Fortuna with a passenger capacity of 2720 and the Costa neoRiviera with a passenger capacity of 1727. Both cruise liners, together with the MSC Lirica (passenger capacity: 1560) and the AIDAdiva (passenger capacity: 2,637), will be calling this season at Zayed Port on a weekly basis. The AIDAdiva and the Costa neoRiviera will be staying overnight each time before continuing their cruise tour.
While the MSC Lirica will make a total of 19 calls at Zayed Port, the AIDAdiva will be visiting Abu Dhabi 17, the Costa Fortuna 15 and the Costa neoRiviera eleven times this season. The cruise tourists coming to Abu Dhabi are primarily from Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain.