Oman allows cruises to resume

   January 5, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Oman allowed ship cruises to resume following a long hiatus after the spread of COVID. The country is expected to receive its first cruiser in January.

AIDA Cruises has sailings planned around the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region, with the ship AIDAprima and scheduled 7-day itineraries starting January 29. AIDAprima will be sailing on a cruise from Dubai to Muscat, where the ship will remain for 2 days (January 30-31 overnight). AIDA's flagship will be visiting Oman again in February and March besides Salalah in April 2021.

The 3300-passenger ship is owned by AIDA's parent company Carnival Corporation.

MSC Cruises also has a scheduled visit to Salalah (Oman) for the ship MSC Fantasia on April 15.

Between January 1 and February 29, 2020, Oman received 110,000+ cruise ship tourists. Before the travel ban due to COVID, the sultanate was expecting 300,000+ cruise tourists in 2020.