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Special event organised to welcome MSC Lirica at PSQ

November 27, 2013 Cruise No Comments Email Email

MSC LIRICA CAPTAIN AND MOT OFFICIALSItalian cruise liner, MSC Lirica arrived at Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ) on Thursday. It reached Salalah on Tuesday morning from Italy via Egypt and Jordan.

Officials from the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), representatives from Sharaf Shipping Services & Co, agents of MSC Lirica in Oman, and members of the media were present at the special event organised to welcome the cruise liner.

“We are very excited to be here again. The Middle East, and the Gulf especially, is a favourite among the passengers. We have had a great response from the Gulf and we expect the same this season as well,” said Corrado Laconis, Captain of the cruise.MSC LIRICA

Ibraheem al Mahrouqi, an official from the Ministry of Tourism, “The ship has the capacity to carry around 2,000 passengers. We are happy to have cruise liners like the MSC Lirica are visiting Oman to further develop its potential tourism. This will help us put Oman in a new position at a global level. We would like to continue the coordination with each other.”

Meanwhile, Tariq Khattak, general manager of Sharaf Shipping Services & Co said, “The Sultanate’s tourism is to grow by an average of 68 per cent by 2017 as per expert opinions. The ports, development of hotels and the upcoming new Muscat International Airport reflects this trend. It is also becoming a destination for large scale projects and infrastructure. We would like to help the tourism industry in the same aspect and MSC Lirica is the first step towards that.”

MSC Lirica will home port in Dubai this time and will visit Muscat and Khasab 20 and 18 times, respectively. She will visit Salalah twice until March.

The itinerary during the time in the Middle East includes eight-day/seven-night cruises from Dubai between November 23 – March 29, 2014, calling on Abu Dhabi, Khor al Fakkan, Muscat and Khasab, with an overnight stay in Dubai.

MSC Lirica was the first new build cruise ship to enter service for MSC Cruises.  She can accommodate 2,069 passengers in 780 cabins and has a crew of around 700.

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