MANAMA: Bahrain, known for its rich and vibrant cultural heritage and a popular destination for cruise ships, is expected to receive 54 cruise vessel calls from prestigious lines during this season with an estimated 100,000 passengers.
This is an impressive 30 per cent growth over the past year in terms of vessel calls and 23 per cent in terms of the number of passengers.
Mark Hardiman, CEO/ Managing Director of APM Terminals Bahrain said: “We are working closely with the Ports and Maritime Authority, Tourism Authority, Customs and Immigration departments to ensure smooth handling of passengers. Our focus is on ensuring a good arrival and departure experience to the passengers by giving the terminal a new look and feel including complementary Wi-fi during their stay at the passenger terminal.”
Assistant Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Navigation Affairs Bader Houd Al Mahmoud said: “We are looking forward to this year’s cruise season, which we believe will add positively to the tourism and economical sector and is expected to be better than previous seasons with increased number of cruise vessels calling at KBSP. We appreciate the joint efforts from all governmental entities and APMT Bahrain who are facilitating the passengers’ journey through Khalifa Bin Salman port”.
Passengers, on arrival, are welcomed by a traditional Bahraini hospitality organized by the Tourism Authority. All the cruise liners organize scheduled city-tour of Bahrain include traditional hospitality and cultural experience for passengers including Bahraini band and music as well as visit to historic sites, the bustling alleyways of local songs and other key landmarks.