Oman allowed ship cruises to resume following a long hiatus after the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 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.
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.