DOHA: Mein Schiff 4 marked her maiden call at Doha Port yesterday carrying more than 2,522 passengers and 1,006 crew. Mein Schiff 4â€™s visit is the first of 10 calls scheduled for the 2018-2019 cruise season, which runs until May 2019.
Mwani Qatar in coordination with the concerned authorities provided all necessary facilities to passengers who arrived on board the ship, ensuring them easy and safe entry and exit to and from the port, so that they can start their tours in record time and within a short period of the shipâ€™s anchoring on the quayside.
A special ceremony to mark the maiden call was held and attended by a number of officials and dignitaries. Commemorative shields were exchanged on the sidelines of the ceremony.
Mwani Qatarâ€™s CEO Capt. Abdulla Al Khanji said: â€œThe success of receiving one of the worldâ€™s largest cruise ships in Doha port today reflects the confidence that the port has gained among the worldâ€™s cruise ship operators and reflects its ability to promote this growing industry in Qatar in line with the Ministry of Transport and Communicationsâ€™ strategic plan aimed at developing maritime transport in the state.â€
â€œReceiving such vessels, providing them with best services and all necessary facilities will attract and encourage more cruise ships and cruise lines to visit Qatar,â€ said Al-Khanji, adding that 10 new cruise ships will make their maiden trips to Qatar this season.
â€œMwani Qatar works closely with its strategic partners such as National Tourism Council, the Ministry of Interior and the General Authority of Customs to ensure first class services for cruise ships visiting the port and providing them with the necessary facilities for checking passports and customs clearance to assure smooth disembarking and departure at the appropriate time,â€ the CEO of Mwani Qatar said.
Doha Port is now in redevelopment mode and will certainly be a future hub port for cruise ships and luxury yachts of all sizes.
Once completed, the port will be ready to host multiple mega ships at the same time, Al Khanji added.
He further noted that the portâ€™s transformation into a major cruise port in the region will bring significant economic returns to companies, hotels, restaurants, retail, services and tourist attractions in Qatar.
German Ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel said: â€œIt is my great pleasure to join all of you in welcoming the arrival of Mein Schiff 4 for its first call to the Doha Port in the winter season of 2018/2019. This is a notable occasion which marks an important milestone in the development of German-Qatari relations in the field of tourism. It was in the presence of H H the Amir during this yearÂ´s Qatar-Germany Investment Conference in Berlin, that the cooperation between our two nations in this important economic field was brought to new levels.â€
â€œMein Schiff 4, one of the flag ships of TUI cruises, is widely famous for being a wellness ship where everybody, from families with children to sports enthusiasts spend unforgettable vacations. I am delighted that this signature cruise vessel, one of the most luxurious ships in the German Cruise Ship Fleet, is docking today at Doha Port, so that tourists from Germany and many other nations can discover the beautiful city of Doha and its cultural treasures. Moreover, I understand that TUI and other German cruise companies will be sending their ships during the World Cup 2022 to the fantastic new Doha Cruise Terminal, creating a special â€œfootball staycationâ€ experience for tourists from all over the world! I wish all travelers onboard Mein Schiff 4 an exciting stay in Doha and pleasant and safe travels onwards through the Gulf waters, known since ancient history for the pearl trade and connecting peoples and cultures,â€ added Muzel.
With a length of 293 meters, 35 meters in width and 8.27 meter drought Mein Schiff 4 is one of the worldâ€™s newest cruise ships. It was built in 2014 and began its first trip in June 2015.
The ship consists of 15 decks. Passengers on board can enjoy a variety of dining options and restaurants, a 3-level theatre, a basketball court, a kids club, and a pool deck containing one of the longest pools on a cruise ship.
Source:Â The Peninsula Qatar