sharjah-cruiseWith the arrival of two new cruise ships, MV Mein Schiff 2 and Aida Aura in Khorfakkan on 15 and 16 November, Sharjah welcomes the start of a busy cruise tourism season this week.

MV Mein Schiff 2 and Aida Aura arrived in Khorfakkan on Saturday and Sunday (November 15 and 16) respectively with a total number of 3,400 passengers on board.

MV Mein Schiff 2 and Aida Aura are operated by German cruise companies (TUI Cruises and Aida Cruises) and are known for their luxury and comfort.

On their maiden visit to Khorfakkan, the two cruise ships and their mostly German passengers and crew were warmly welcomed by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Khorfakkan port officials and local tourism industry players with traditional Ayala band playing on the quay. The passengers were treated to traditional Emirati hospitality at a local house in Khorfakkan and given insight into Sharjah’s history, Emirati heritage and culture at the Heritage Village.

Sharjah is looking forward to further growth of the cruise industry over the next couple of years. More than 71 calls by 17 major international cruise liners are expected at Khorfakkan Port during the upcoming two cruise seasons, carrying more than 157,000 international cruise passengers.