five-year agreement with Cruise Saudi for preferential docking rights in Jeddah

Pierfrancesco Vago and Fawaz Farooqui, managing director of Cruise Saudi, during the Jeddah event

MSC pushes on the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, entering into a five-year agreement with Cruise Saudi, for preferential docking rights in the port of Jeddah. The announcement was made in the Saudi airport itself, on the occasion of the celebration for the opening of the new passenger terminal on board Gorgeous. In fact, the unit set sail for its inaugural season on the Red Sea, which includes three and four night cruises to Egypt and Jordan, until the end of October.
“This is a historic day for all of us – underlined the executive president of Msc Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago -. The Bellissima has indeed set sail from the new terminal in Jeddah, marking a new beginning for cruises in Saudi Arabia and, more generally, for its growing tourism industry. Thanks to this agreement, we will work together with Cruise Saudi to grow and develop sustainable tourism in Saudi Arabia, in line with our strategy and our objectives ”.

To the summer cruises of the Bellissima, there will be added those already planned for the winter 2021/22 in the Red Sea both of the Magnificent, always departing from Jeddah starting from November, both of the Virtuous, which will have home port in Dubai but will also make a stopover during its itinerary in the Saudi city of Dammam

“Cruise Saudi aims to create 50,000 jobs by 2025, facilitating the construction of five more ports, with Jeddah as homeport, as well as welcome 1.5 million annual passenger visits by 2028 – added Cruise Saudi’s chief operations & commercial officer, Mark Robinson -. This is an ambitious goal, which will play an important role in the path of strengthening the tourism industry in Saudi Arabia: a vision that we would not be able to achieve were it not for our business partners such as MSC “.