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‘Super cruise ship’ sets sail for Aqaba

The MSC Bellissima, a vessel longer than three football fields, departed for the first in a series of voyages from Jeddah to Aqaba and Safaga in Egypt. (Photo: Unsplash)
The MSC Bellissima, a vessel longer than three football fields, departed for the first in a series of voyages from Jeddah to Aqaba and Safaga in Egypt. (Photo: Unsplash)
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AMMAN — A “super cruise ship” departed Saudi Arabia for the first time on Friday, setting sail for Jordan and Egypt, the AFP news agency reported on Saturday.اضافة اعلان

The MSC Bellissima, a vessel longer than three football fields, departed for the first in a series of voyages from Jeddah to Aqaba and Safaga in Egypt.

The launch of the service on Friday comes two days after Saudi Arabia opened its first cruise ship terminal at the port in Jeddah, on the kingdom's west coast.

Constructed in France, the MSC Bellissima is 315 meters long and has a capacity of 4,500 passengers, making it one of the world's largest cruise ships.

First launched in 2019 and operated by Swiss-based MSC Cruises, it will embark on 21 trips up until October 30, according to AFP.

The mammoth vessel has an array of amenities, including swimming pools, gyms, restaurants, cafes, and ballrooms. Some of its itineraries include Luxor in Egypt and Petra in Jordan.

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Sharhabeel Madi previously told Jordan News that the cruise ship that was supposed to arrive in Aqaba on July 23, 2021, but was delayed due to technical and operational reasons.

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