Doha Welcomes Two Cruise Ships Simultaneously for the First Time

By ,   December 29, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

More than 3,000 travelers visited Qatar yesterday after 2 cruise ships docked at Doha Port.

This was the first time officials welcomed two vessels simultaneously. They are MSC Fantasia and Crystal Esprit.

MSC Fantasia was in Doha from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., before moving on to Bahrain.

MSC Fantasia

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) officials said the occasion gives the country a chance to show how well-prepared it is to handle large groups of tourists.

In a statement, Hassan Al Ibrahim, QTA’s Chief Tourism Development Officer, said:

“This is one of many firsts that the cruise industry in Qatar is witnessing this season, thanks to it being the largest one to date and the first in which Qatar will receive as many as 50,000 cruise visitors."

MSC Fantasia is the largest passenger ship ever to sail into Qatar, and made its maiden voyage here earlier this month.

Hundreds of the ship’s 3,000 passenger and 1,300 crew members could be seen hanging out on the Corniche, visiting the Museum of Islamic Art and checking out Souq Waqif during that visit.

The vessel is scheduled to return to Qatar four more times this cruise season.

The 100-meter long Crystal Esprit, a 62-passenger luxury yacht, also made its maiden call to Qatar earlier this month.