Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 18 December 2019 – When the boutique cruise ship MV Seabourn Oviation was the first liner to dock at the new Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Cruise Terminal, GAC was portside to ensure that its call went as smooth as silk.
The red carpet was rolled out for the ultra-luxury liner’s 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 dedicated team at the port took care of the Seabourn Oviation’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 210m in length and carrying approximately 1,000 guests. It has state-of-the-art 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, thanked the local authorities, the vessel’s management and everyone who contributed to the success of the first cruise call to the new Cruise Terminal: “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 to the Seabourn Oviation when she called at Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Khor Fakkan as part of her Middle Eastern tour.