MSC Cruises has signed a long term agreement with DP World, providing the Italian cruise ship operator with preferential berthing rights at Mina Rashid port in Dubai. The contract was formally signed on MSC Bellisima during its recent maiden call at the Dubai Cruise Terminal.
Gina I Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said, “Our existing commitment to Dubai and the region is clearly demonstrated by MSC Bellissima’s presence this season, as one of the most environmentally advanced cruise ships sailing in the Gulf. We will strengthen that further in the winter of 2020-21 when we employ the highly innovative MSC Seaview, a ship that is especially designed to operate in warmer weathers, to serve the region.” He also announced that MSC and DP World would work actively together to further reduce the carbon footprint of cruise ship operations.
The agreement with MSC Cruises comes at a time when Mina Rashid has been experiencing strong double digit increases in tourist traffic, MSC Cruises alone expects to carry in excess of 180,000 passengers via Dubai this season, a figure that will progressively grow throughout the duration of the recently signed agreement.
MSC Bellissima will make a total of 17 calls, and will spend 35 days in Dubai during the 2019/2020 winter season. MSC Cruises will also deploy MSC Lirica for a range of Gulf cruises over the coming months