With the start of the 2018/2019 cruise season, passengers travelling on the Fred Olsen cruise ship, Boudicca, will be able to take advantage of more streamlined travel arrangements before boarding and disembarking in Abu Dhabi. Thomas Cook Airlines UK will be the first airline to land in Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) as a fully dedicated charter for a cruise ship, while disembarking cruise passengers will be checked into airline check-in counters operated by Etihad Ground Services at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal.
NouraRashed Al Dhaheri, Cruise Terminal Manager at Abu Dhabi Ports, added: “Abu Dhabi Ports has invested heavily in developing state-of-the-art cruise infrastructure facilities. Our streamlined check-in services further cement our commitment to deliver distinctive services for cruise passengers in our facilities.”
Abu Dhabi Ports Cruise Terminal is working towards becoming the leading cruise facility in the region, handling over 329,000 passengers during the 2017-18 season. This year is likely to be even more successful, it says, with additional ships deciding to homeport in Abu Dhabi, and increases in passenger volume expected. Recently maiden calls have been made by TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 4 and Azamara Cruises’ Azamara Quest.
As well as the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi Ports operates Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, which was launched during last year’s season as the Emirate’s first dedicated cruise beach stopover. Abu Dhabi Ports Cruise expects a significant increase in footfall calling at the Sir Bani Yas Beach facility this year, in addition an increasing number of cruise trips to Fujairah port, which it also operates.