During the middle of last month, ‘Seabourn Oviation’ became the first cruise ship to berth at the new Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Cruise Terminal.
She was handled by agency company GAC.
The ultra-luxury vessel enjoyed a five-hour stopover. More than 540 passengers were greeted by a local Bahriya band and authentic Arabic food, beverages and entertainment against the backdrop of the Jebel Jais mountain range and the city of Ras Al Khaimah, and were offered a range of onshore activities.
GAC’s port team took care of the ‘Seabourn Ovation’s’ inward clearance, berthing and sailing, as well as shore passes, entry and exit processing for her passengers and crew.
The cruise terminal can accommodate vessels up to 210 m in length and carrying around 1,000 guests. It has modern immigration E-Gate equipment, CCTV and security X-Ray machines for efficient embarkation and disembarkation and to ensure that guests enjoy a hassle-free experience.
“We’re really pleased to be a part of this historic visit in a very unique part of the UAE,” said Timothy Littley, senior director of Itinerary Planning for Seabourn. “The reception we received has been incredibly enthusiastic and the feedback from our guests after the port call was quite positive. We’re grateful to our local hosts for their highly supportive approach in working with our team.”
Rajesh Moorjani, GAC Ras Al Khaimah’s General Manager (pictured, in the middle), added: “We are confident Ras Al Khaimah will become an increasingly popular cruise destination as the authorities continue to invest in and develop this sector. The GAC team is ever-ready to provide a memorable experience for our Principals and their guests.”
Under its contract with Seabourn Cruise Line and Princess Cruises since the 2017 season, GAC teams in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also attended the ‘Seabourn Ovation’ when she called at Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Khor Fakkan, as part of her Middle Eastern tour.