Mein Schiff 2 to make 20 Ports-of-Call
Captain Jaber Al Shehhi Harbour Master of Mina Zayed of ADPC (left) presents a plaque to Captain Kjell Holm, Captain of TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 2, to mark the occasion of the maiden call of the vessel to Abu Dhabi. Mein Schiff 2 is the wellness flagship of Germany’s TUI Cruises. Its arrival to Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port will be the first of 20 calls to the UAE capital this cruise season for the 956 cabin vessel.
The ship’s passengers arrived to a traditional Abu Dhabi welcome featuring Ayalah dancers, falconry, regional food, traditional coffee, and demonstrations of local craft with the visit being marked by a formal from Abu Dhabi Ports Company & Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) on-board welcome and plaque exchange ceremony.
Mein Schiff 2 will deliver 40,000 passengers to Abu Dhabi in its weekly overnight calls at Mina Zayed cruise terminal, spending the following full day in port before departing for Bahrain on its 7-day ‘Dubai and the Orient’ tours of the Arabian Gulf.
The vessel arrived as new rules were announced concerning multi visa rules for cruise passengers. Welcoming the new Ministerial decree, Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, Executive Vice President, Ports’ Unit, ADPC said: ”One of the major trends in the cruising sector is increasing numbers of passengers from growing economies such as Russia, China and India. We are very grateful to the Abu Dhabi authorities for making it easy for tourists to visit Abu Dhabi. This will make a major contribution to increasing visitor numbers and supporting the diversification of our economy. We know there is strong interest from tourists around the world to see the fantastic sights of Abu Dhabi and anything which makes us an even more welcoming and accessible place to have a vacation, is very welcome.”