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Saudi Arabia launches 1st cruise from Jeddah to regional destinations

Super cruise ship sets sail from Saudi for first time

The first trip for Saudi Arabia’s super cruise ship departed from the port of Jeddah towards regional destinations, within the framework of supporting tourism in the Kingdom.

The development of the Saudi tourism sector is considered one of the most important foundations of “Vision 2030”, an ambitious economic plan put forward by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to diversify the largest Arab economy.

The giant multi-deck MSC Bellissima ship set sail on Friday evening from the first cruise terminal in Jeddah port, at the start of a series of luxury cruises over 3 and 4 nights, until October 30.

The ship, owned by MSC, based in Switzerland, will carry out 21 trips during the next three months towards local and regional destinations, reaching Aqaba in Jordan and Safaga in Egypt before returning to Jeddah.

The ship, which is more than 300 meters long, began its maiden voyage in 2019, can carry about 4,500 passengers.

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