Hamad bin Mejren, senior vice-president of Dubai Tourism, said: "The success of the 2018-19 cruise
season stands as a true testament to the robust growth of Dubai's cruise
industry and the city's growing appeal as a year-round 'must-visit' destination.
It said one in four Millennials has taken a cruise
in the past three years and a bigger percentage of millennials are planning a cruise
In December, Mina Rashid won the title of World's Leading Cruise
Port at the World Travel Awards, an accolade the facility has earned for the past 11 years.
Since its inauguration in 2014, Mina Rashid's Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise
Terminal has received over 2.3 million visitors, marking a 172 per cent increase towards the end of 2018.
The Dubai cruise
season 2019/2020 is set to commence on 19 October with Mein Schiff, homeporting cruise
liner carrying over 6,000 passengers.
Run by Jailesh Cruises
, Karnika called at PSQ with 1,043 passengers.
But Celestyal Cruises
has now decided to put Cyprus back on its list of destinations, with Cypriots having the opportunity to hop on a cruise
ship in Limassol as of December.
However, the souvenir shops and business centres at the places these cruise
travellers visited were not attractive to them, the manager said.
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Over the next cruise
season (2018/2019), the tourism board of Dubai says it expects to see 725,000 cruise
tourists and 825,000 cruise
tourists in the 2019/2020 season.
To tap the vast potential and attract more vessels, the Government of India is working on a new cruise