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  • Ahmed Saleh

Cruise Saudi welcomes SH Diana in historic Saudi arrival

Jeddah, October 22, 2023, In a historic and landmark moment, Cruise Saudi, a company entirely owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), rolled out the red carpet for the arrival of the magnificent cruise ship SH Diana in Saudi Arabia. This voyage marked the ship's maiden journey, and it set sail with grandeur, making its inaugural calls to the enchanting destinations of Yanbu, Baridi Island, and Jeddah.

Upon its arrival in Yanbu on the 12th of October, SH Diana offered passengers the opportunity to indulge in the rich cultural heritage of this city. The overnight stay in Yanbu allowed visitors to explore the winding streets of the old town, and they had the chance to meander through the historic "Layl Souq," soaking in the local flavors and traditions.

On the second day of this extraordinary journey, SH Diana found itself anchored at sea, just off the picturesque Baridi Island. This stopover introduced passengers to a new level of travel experiences as they reveled in the pristine beaches and marveled at the breathtaking coral reefs that adorn the area, making for an unforgettable aquatic adventure.

Continuing along its course, the ship made its second call in Saudi Arabia, this time docking in the vibrant city of Jeddah. Passengers were transported back in time as they wandered through the streets of Al Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage recognized Hijazi-style historic district. Here, traditional buildings, shops, and cafes painted a vivid picture of the rich Saudi Arabian heritage, providing travelers with an authentic glimpse into the heart of the country's culture.

Lars Clasen, the CEO of Cruise Saudi, expressed his pride and enthusiasm regarding this historic visit, stating, "We were honored to welcome Swan Hellenic's cruise ship SH Diana to Saudi Arabia for the first time, in what was a milestone visit for Cruise Saudi. We are proud to be constantly expanding our program of onshore experiences to provide an authentic insight into Saudi culture for our guests."

Captain Kai Ukkonen of SH Diana echoed this sentiment, saying, "It is incredibly exciting to have incorporated Saudi Arabia into this maiden voyage and to offer this new destination to our passengers. Our goal is to always create unforgettable moments for our guests, so it was a top priority to work with Cruise Saudi on creating a collection of unique and curated adventures for a truly immersive experience."

The arrival of SH Diana in Saudi Arabia stands as a testament to the nation's growing appeal as a premier destination for global travelers. With its rich heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality, Saudi Arabia is quickly becoming a must-visit location on the world's cruise map. As Cruise Saudi continues to expand its horizons, passengers can eagerly anticipate more unique and culturally enriching experiences in the heart of this diverse and fascinating nation.

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