Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will make her maiden Abu Dhabi next week. The AED 2billion (US$ 560million) Queen Elizabeth will dock at Zayed Port as part of her 2014 World Cruise.
The cruise will return next April joining the Queen Mary 2 as one of two scheduled ports-of-call for Cunard’s 2015 world cruise programmes celebrating the company’s 175th anniversary.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) said: “The World Voyage is an indication of the growing confidence in Abu Dhabi and an endorsement of quality improvements being implemented through our port investment strategy.”
The liner will arrive in Abu Dhabi on 17 April carrying 2,200 passengers. “Queen Elizabeth is considered the most high-profile arrival of what is set to be our busiest cruise season. This is also a sign that our promotion of Abu Dhabi in recent years as a highly credible winter cruise destination is bearing fruit,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, acting executive director, tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
The 2013-14 cruise season statistics show that Zayed Port is due to welcome almost 190,000 passengers from 75 calls generated by 14 ships in all. The liner boasts 12 restaurants and bars, an 832-seat Royal Court theatre, a library, a spa and fitness centre, an outdoor pool, and 1,046 staterooms and suites – including Queens Grill suites complete with personal butler service.