Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) has released the list of cruise ships that will call on Doha Port in the 2018-19 cruise season.
The season began earlier this month and will continue until May 10.
There will be a total of 42 visits by cruise ships to Doha Port, Qatar’s “gateway to marine tourism”, during this period. “The new season is set to be the busiest the cruise port has ever seen since the development of the cruise tourism sector in Qatar,” Mwani Qatar said recently.
The list of ships has been published on the company's Twitter page.
The arrival of cruise ship Boudicca marked the beginning of the new season on October 2. It is to be followed by Azamara Quest, which will call on Doha Port on November 5.
Next is Mein Schiff 4 on November 8, with the cruise vessel returning to Doha on November 21, December 5, December 22, January 2, 2019, January 16, January 31, February 14, March 14 and March 28.
Seabourn Encore will call on the port on November 10 and again on May 10 – making it the last cruise ship to arrive in Doha during this season.
Celebrity Constellation will visit Doha on November 28 and December 4, while MSC Lirica will do so on November 28, December 5, December 20, January 14, 2019, January 20, January 31, February 16 and February 27.
Cruise vessel Seabourn Ovation will arrive in Doha on December 3 and again on April 9, 2019, and AIDAprima will visit on December 12, December 19, February 13, 2019, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3 and April 10.
The Mwani Qatar list also reveals that MSC Splendida will call on Doha Port on December 13, January 3, 2019, January 24, February 14, March 7 and March 28.
The itinerary shows that two more ships - Costa Mediterranea on March 6, 2019, and Silver Shadow on April 25, 2019 – will visit Doha this season.
The ship with the highest number of visits is Mein Schiff 4, which will come to Doha Port 10 times during the season. Next are MSC Lirica and AIDAprima with eight visits each, followed by MSC Splendida with six visits.
Seabourn Encore, Celebrity Constellation and Seabourn Ovation will call on Doha Port twice each, while ships with a single visit are Boudicca, Azamara Quest, Costa Mediterranea and Silver Shadow, the list shows.
December 2018 will be the busiest month of the season with nine visits by cruise ships, closely followed by January and March 2019 with eight visits each. November 2018 is the next busiest month with six visits, while February 2019 will see five visits and April four visits.
The months of October 2018 and May 2019 have one visit each.
On five occasions – November 28, December 5, January 31, 2019, February 14 and March 28 – two ships will arrive at the port on the same day.
* Busiest month: December 2018 – 9 visits
* Ship that will call on Doha Port highest number of times: Mein Schiff 4 – 10 visits
* Number of times two ships will arrive on same day – 5
* First ship of season – Boudicca, which arrived on October 2
* Last ship of season - Seabourn Encore, which will come on May 10, 2019
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