In Brief

The MV Danat Dubai

Danat Dubai cruises ahead
DUBAI: Danat Dubai Cruises, considered the premier marine operator in the Gulf region, said it has seen a steady rise in passengers over the last 12 months.

Up 45 percent in January and February comp-ared to last year, Danat Dubai Cruises have catered for more than 20,000 passengers from March 2003 to date. The company, considered the premier marine operator in the Gulf region, has also taken advantage of the first Bahrain Formula 1 races by sailing their 34-metre MV Danat Dubai to Bahrain.

Freedom, cruise style
BERLIN: Reporting a vastly increased market share is Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), which saw an 80 percent increase in the number of passengers in 2003. NCL expects to double passenger numbers in 2004.
The cruise specialist names its optimal price-performance ratio as well as the unique freestyle cruising concept as the reason for its success. Behind this concept is the idea to combine the greatest possible freedom and flexibility on board with unique travel routes, thus offering travellers who have similar outlooks on life an incomparable experience. One of the company’s biggest destinations this year is Hawaii, with three ships cruising the islands from June.

Royal Caribbean sales up
DUBAI: Royal Caribbean Cruises Arabia’s Rosemary McNulty-Sharpe said the company is expecting a record 2004. It exceeded all previous historic sales records in 2003 registering a 118 percent gross revenue sales increase compared to the previous year. This was primarily due to their major deployment of exciting cruising schedules throughout Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Top contributing source markets were Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE with Bahrain recording the highest percent increase on a significant scale.

Five-star eating at Al Minsaf
DUBAI: The new Al Minsaf vessel provides an upscale outing option on the city’s creek with a
five-star eating experience, says Bateaux Dubai general manager Patrice Douce.
While several GCC and international tourists come to Dubai to sample its varied activities there is a need for a wider spectrum of choice entertainment, and the company hopes to fill the gap for a venue with a better quality of service and product.