Qatar Tourism and Mwani Qatar have announced the return of cruise tourism with the start of the 2021/22 season. This is expected to be the busiest to date, with the anticipated arrival of 78 cruise liners by the end of April 2022. The first caller, MSC Virtuosa, made its debut voyage to Qatar on December 2nd, bringing around 4,600 visitors to Doha. Cruise callers booked over the coming months include 11 cruise ships making maiden voyages to Doha, 11 turnaround voyages, and 10 ships that will dock at Doha Port.
Cruise tourism came to a halt at the end of February 2020 as a result of the pandemic. To assuage concerns, the government has put in place special protocols for travellers arriving to or from Qatar on cruise ships. Mwani Qatar CEO, Capt Abdulla Mohamed al-Khanji, said, “Doha port’s redevelopment, which is nearing completion, will establish pioneering infrastructure in the cruise ship sector, thereby consolidating Qatar’s position as a preferred destination for cruise travellers in the region.”