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Posted On: 16 January 2023 10:58 am
Updated On: 16 January 2023 12:32 pm

Italian cruise ship Costa Toscana arrives at Doha Port

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Qatar News Agency (QNA) reports that the Doha Port received the Italian cruise ship Costa Toscana of Costa Cruises on 15 January 2023 as part of the cruise's first tour in the Arabian Gulf region.

The cruise ship has a capacity of about 6,500 visitors. It features a water park, 13 swimming pools and hot tubs, 13 restaurants and 19 entertainment lounges, offering recreational tourism packages for passengers from 3 to 7 days.

Costa Toscana's first visit comes within the 2022-2023 cruise season in Qatar, which began last December with the arrival of the French cruise ship Le Bougainville and will continue until next April.

During the current season, 58 international cruise ships will arrive in Doha, and 4 tourism companies will launch their first trips to Qatar.

The Head of Tourism Product Support Section at Qatar Tourism, Maryam Saoud, said the cruise season experienced a strong start, attracting more cruise liners and enhancing the tourism sector's growth and diversification.

Saoud added that Costa Toscana is one of the cruise ships powered by natural gas, demonstrating the commitment to sustainability in the development of the cruise industry.

For his part, Director of Shared Services at Qatar Tourism Omar Abdulrahman Aljaber said that Qatar Tourism's active private sector partners provide reservations for cruise ships.

Additionally, they provide cruise ship passengers with an array of tour and entertainment options ranging from safari tours in sealine and Khor Al Adaid, as well as tours around Doha to explore its tourist attractions and heritage markets such as Souq Waqif, as well as cultural and artistic attractions such as Katara Cultural Village and the Museum of Islamic Art.

The new Doha Grand Cruise Terminal can accommodate up to 12,000 passengers per day, strategically located in the heart of Doha, minutes away from some of the city's most popular attractions.

Source: QNA
Cover image credit: Costa Cruises (Representation purposes only)