Emirates, known and loved by millions for its luxurious air and land services, has launched a new maritime arm, Emirates Sealine, which promises to provide top-tier and unique cruise experiences to rarely visited ports.
The first cruise is scheduled to flag off from Dubai Harbour on April 1, 2024, with Karachi as the maiden port of call – harking back to the Emirates Airline’s first-ever flight to Pakistan’s city of Karachi in October 1985. Bookings will be open from June 31. Emirates Sealine’s liners will dock at major cruise ports – charting a course from US to New Zealand – supported by the airline’s colossal network.
The company has placed a titanic, multi-billion-dollar order for an initial 10 cruise ships, fitted with the latest technologies, to sail across the seven seas. Emirates Sealine will depart from traditional seasonal calendars, and its liners will dock at major cruise ports worldwide, supported by the airline’s vast network.
Emirates Sealine’s chief maritime officer, Captain Jack Shallow, said, “Dubai’s multi-modal transport infrastructure and the city’s sailing capabilities allow the company to offer speeds of up to 50 knots per hour, almost double the speed of the fastest ships today. Emirates Sealine will provide its customers with never-before-explored itineraries, undreamed-of luxury onboard, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The company will focus on maritime sustainability by using sustainable maritime fuel, solar panels, recycling, and waste management.”
Emirates’ passengers will be transported from across the airline’s global network to Dubai Harbour in custom-built electric chauffeur-driven cars and then escorted to their luxury cabins onboard in a seamless air-land-sea journey. The cruise fleet will feature four cabin types, offering varied levels of space, amenities, and luxury, and more details about the products and services may be released in the future.
Emirates Sealine will recruit thousands of mariners and specialists with diverse skills and expertise to manage operations and serve guests with the airline’s signature hospitality, supporting economies across its network. Recruitment information will be available on Sealine’s website.
We've conquered the skies, and now, we're charting course to take over the seas! Introducing Emirates Sealine – our ultra-luxurious cruise liner. 🌊 🛳️ https://t.co/iBSH2ngGw6 pic.twitter.com/H3B2HRpCJ1
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Emirates Sealine aims to set the pace for the industry by offering unconventional cruising experiences outside traditional seasons, focusing on sustainability, and providing guests with top-tier luxury. With its colossal network, the company’s launch is highly anticipated, and it is expected to be a significant player in the cruise industry.