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MSC Splendida to Sail Saudi Waters for the First Time

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The MSC Splendida made its inaugural visit to Saudi ports as part of Cruise Saudi’s third cruise season which runs from November 2022 through May 2023.

The MSC Splendida was welcomed by Cruise Saudi, Jeddah Islamic Port and Yanbu Commercial Port on November 24, according to a press release.

“We are pleased to welcome MSC Splendida to Saudi – the fourth ship from MSC Cruises to sail Saudi waters since Cruise Saudi launched the industry less than two years ago,” said Dr. Hani Gharbawi, chief legal and governmental affairs officer at Cruise Saudi.

“We look forward to welcoming more renowned global cruise ships and passengers to discover and experience Saudi – the newest player in the cruising arena – by land and sea as part of our newly launched season. The country’s breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and historical wonders make it a must-visit destination for travelers – and we are proud to open a new gateway to share Saudi’s story with the rest of the world.”

As per tradition, plaque and key exchange ceremonies were held first at Jeddah Islamic Port on Wednesday, November 23, in the presence of the MSC Splendida’s captain, Dr. Gharbawi, and officials from the Saudi Ports Authority.

The second ceremony was held at Yanbu Commercial Port on Thursday, November 24.

During the season, the MSC Splendida will make weekly calls at both Jeddah and Yanbu Ports, on three-, four- and seven-dayy cruise itineraries, which also include Egypt and Jordan.

Apart from MSC Splendida, MSC Orchestra and MSC Sinfonia are also scheduled to call at Saudi ports during the ongoing season.

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