In a historic and momentous occasion, Cruise Saudi, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), warmly welcomed the esteemed cruise ship SH Diana to the shores of Saudi Arabia. SH Diana embarked on her maidan voyage to Saudi Arabia, making inaugural calls to the captivating destinations of Yanbu, Baridi Island, and Jeddah, ushering in a new era of cruise tourism in the kingdom.
The journey of SH Diana commenced on a memorable note with an overnight stay in the enchanting city of Yanbu. Arriving on October 12, passengers had the privilege of immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the city’s old town. The historic “Layl Souq” beckoned, offering an authentic and immersive experience into the heart of Saudi Arabia’s cultural tapestry.
On the second day of the cruise, SH Diana anchored gracefully just off the pristine shores of Baridi Island, affording passengers a remarkable opportunity to indulge in the beauty of the surroundings. With pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs as far as the eye could see, the passengers had the chance to connect with nature in a truly unique way.
Continuing her voyage along the picturesque Red Sea coast, SH Diana made her second port of call in the vibrant city of Jeddah. Here, passengers had the pleasure of exploring the timeless streets of Al Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage–recognized Hijazi–style historic district. This living testament to Saudi Arabia’s rich cultural heritage showcases traditional buildings adorned with charming shops and delightful cafes, making it an unforgettable cultural experience for all who embarked ashore.
The significance of this momentous voyage was not lost on Cruise Saudi’s CEO, Lars Clasen, who expressed his honor in welcoming Swan Hellenic’s cruise ship SH Diana to Saudi Arabia. He underscored the importance of this landmark visit for Cruise Saudi and its role in expanding the program of onshore experiences. Cruise Saudi has committed itself to providing an authentic insight into Saudi culture, ensuring an enriching and immersive experience for its esteemed guests.
Captain Kai Ukkonen of SH Diana also shared his excitement, noting the incredible journey that incorporated Saudi Arabia into their maiden voyage. The ship’s goal is , as always, to create unforgettable moments for its passengers. It was a top priority to work hand-in-hand with Cruise Saudi to curate a collection of unique and unforgettable adventures. This collaborative effort undoubtedly added to the allure of this remarkable voyage.
The arrival of SH Diana to Saudi Arabia symbolizes not only a milestone for Cruise Saudi but also a transformative moment for the burgeoning cruise tourism industry in the kingdom. The maiden voyage of SH Diana serves as a testament to the growing opportunities for travelers to explore the rich tapestry of Saudi Arabia, with its diverse cultural, historical, and natural wonders.
As this maiden voyage sets sail, it opens the door to new and exciting possibilities for cruise enthusiasts worldwide, promising unforgettable moments and cultural immersion that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression. Cruise Saudi’s dedication to expanding the horizons of onshore experiences, combined with SH Diana’s commitment to creating memorable journeys, assures travelers of an unparalleled cruise experience in the enchanting landscapes of Saudi Arabia.