MSC Cruises partners with Saudia for holidays on the Red Sea

The deal was ratified in person at Saudia’s headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

MSC Cruises has signed an agreement with Saudia, the national airline of Saudi Arabia, for 36,800 seats from Europe and North America to support its new winter sailing program in the Red Sea.

The deal will bring nearly 20,000 tourists to Saudi Arabia in the winter of 2021-2022. It was ratified in person at Saudia’s headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, by Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, Ibrahim Al-Omar, CEO of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, and Fawaz Farooqui, CEO of Cruise Saudi.

“We are proud to partner with Saudia, the Kingdom’s national airline, and to work towards the same common goals in support of tourism development in Saudi Arabia by bringing thousands of international guests to discover this remarkable country,” with more to come. in the next sailing seasons, ”said Onorato. “Thanks to this extensive flight program, we are able to make our new cruise offering even more accessible to vacationers in Europe and North America and to offer the best experiences in its class. ”

MSC Cruises will offer a “Fly & Cruise” package from a range of international airports to Jeddah, with Saudia adjusting its flight schedules for Friday night flights arriving in the Saudi Arabian port on Saturday morning. Seven-night cruises aboard MSC Bellissima will leave the port at 11:00 p.m. local time every Saturday evening. A similar range of round-trip flights is then available for the return trips on Saturday morning.

“Saudi Arabia’s global network of routes is complementary to the thriving Saudi cruise industry,” Al-Omar said. “The airline is eagerly awaiting this collaboration with MSC Cruises to showcase the range of leisure offerings available in Saudi Arabia. ”

MSC Bellissima’s seven-night itinerary in Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea for the winter of 2021-2022 will depart from Jeddah for the economic city of King Abdullah, then to the city of Yanbu for one night. He will then spend a day at sea before arriving in Aqaba in Jordan for excursions to the historic city of Petra, then spending another day at sea before finally returning to Jeddah.

“We are delighted to see Saudia and MSC Cruises teaming up to serve 20,000 ‘Fly & Cruise’ passengers in Saudi Arabia for the winter season,” said Farooqui. “This close cooperation between our national carrier and the third largest cruise line in the world is exactly the type of partnership that will help Saudi Arabia become a world-class cruise destination, which Cruise Saudi is striving to create in accordance with to Vision 2030. “

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