Red Sea Cruises, owned by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (PIF), is part of the ‘Saudi Summer’ campaign announced by Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) to encourage residents to explore the kingdom this year, in lieu of a holiday abroad, following the lifting of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Sailings from King Abdullah Port
Silver Spirit will sail three- and four-day itineraries out of King Abdullah Port, Silversea Chief Marketing Officer Barbara Muckermann told Seatrade Cruise News.
The STA has partnered with the Ministry of Health, tour operators and other parties to put strict safety measures in place for the cruises and Muckermann thanked the Saudi government for the ‘incredible partnership in developing the health and safety standard for this operation.’
Close proximity to key Saudi cities
Located on the Red Sea coast, King Abdullah Port is the kingdom’s newest commercial port and in close proximity to key Saudi cities of Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah and Yanbu.
‘Saudi Summer contributes to enhancing efforts by the Ministry of Tourism to revive the tourism sector, which was most affected by the repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis,’ said Ahmed Al Khateeb, minister of tourism for Saudi Arabia and chairman of the STA.