United Tours and Cruise, the exclusive sales agent for MSC Cruises in Qatar and a subsidiary of Qatari Investors Group Marine Services, announced the commencement of the 2023-2024 tourist season for voyages originating from and returning to Doha aboard the MSC Virtuosa.
One of the newest and largest ships in the MSC Cruises fleet, the MSC Virtuosa arrived in Doha on December 1, marking its first visit to Doha port this season with approximately 5,200 passengers on board. The United Tours and Cruises team met Captain Lauro Maresca and exchanged commemorative gifts.
The ship is one of the latest and largest vessels in the MSC Cruises fleet, the third-largest cruise brand globally, leading in Europe, South America, the Middle East, and South Africa. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly ships at sea, featuring 19 decks, measuring 331m in length, 43m in width, and accommodating 6,334 passengers across 2,421 cabins.
The inaugural voyage of this season departed from the Port of Doha Sunday, for a 7-night, 8-day journey to Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dubai, and to return back to Doha. The ship will continue this itinerary until the end of the tourist season in March 2024.
Noteworthy features of the Virtuosa include the largest shopping area on a cruise ship, covering approximately 1,168sqm with 11 modern stores and over 250 brands. The ship caters to families with award-winning children's offerings, including a LEGO-designed kids' club, and boasts five pools, a spacious water park, and a spa.
The MSC Yacht Club offers exclusive suites, private dining, complimentary drinks, Wi-Fi, and spa access. Guests can choose from a variety of cabins, enjoy family-friendly atmospheres, explore 11 restaurants, and 21 cafes, including the first maritime robot speaking eight languages.
United Tours and Cruise facilitates cruise bookings for citizens and residents in Qatar, providing information and assistance to travel agencies. Guests seeking a five-star hospitality experience, exceptional accommodation, and a desire to explore tourist attractions and adventures can contact the customer service team at [email protected] or visit partner travel agencies across Qatar, a statement added Sunday.
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