Passengers reserving voyages on Saudi Arabia’s first cruise ship have been warned to not carry scissors, CDs or ‘magazines that violate public decency’ on board.

The vessel – which shares the identify Aroya with the state-owned cruise line – is because of make its maiden voyage in December this yr. Initially the ship will probably be crusing from its house port on the Pink Sea, Jeddah, to Aqaba in Jordan and two Egyptian ports: Sharm el Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula and Ain Sokhna, south of Suez.

Passengers are anticipated to adjust to an extended listing of banned “harmful items, articles, and substances”.

Amongst them, “any substances that will have an effect on psychological well being or comparable objects”. These embody “alcoholic drinks of every type”.

The Saudi enterprise is believed to be the primary cruise line on which the consumption of alcohol shouldn’t be a part of the voyage expertise. Aroya can have an “unique VIP lounge and bar” that serves nothing stronger than espresso or fruit juice.

Different cruise corporations are banned from serving alcohol whereas in Saudi ports or coastal waters. MSC Cruises says: “On respect to the Saudi regulation, alcohol is not going to be served throughout the calls in Saudi Arabian ports. Alcohol will probably be accessible to our company when the ship sails in worldwide waters.”

But robust drink is just one of dozens of things that aren’t allowed on board Aroya. Passengers are advised: “Please evaluate our Prohibited Objects Coverage earlier than packing your luggage to keep away from any inconvenience throughout your journey.”

Some banned objects are apparent: weapons, ammunition and swords. Others are unlikely to be within the baggage of the typical cruise passenger, resembling soldering irons, tear fuel and paint thinner.

On the foot of the foundations is the heading: “Any further objects that will impression security procedures, trigger panic, or disrupt public decency.” These embody:

  • Compact discs
  • Axes
  • Handcuffs
  • Magazines that violate public decency

Amongst different objects on the banned listing are pure ivory, drones, fishing nets and “sticks of every kind and comparable objects, besides these used for sanitary functions resembling toothbrushes”.

Prohibited “sharp objects” embody scissors and open razor blades.

Many passengers could also be alarmed to see that “units that comprise non-removable batteries” are banned. Cellphones, tablets and laptops may all breach this rule.

An everyday cruise holidaymaker, Richard Salkeld, mentioned: “Elevated alternative has pushed competitors and enabled larger entry to cruise holidays for a lot of extra folks than ever earlier than.

“Nonetheless, holidays may be demanding sufficient when contemplating the planning and doc necessities demanded by airports, airways, vacation spot international locations and cruise corporations.

“Subsequently something which reduces client alternative and provides additional complexity, problem or restrictions to a cruise break may additionally considerably restrict the attraction to potential prospects.”

Whereas British cruise followers are welcome on board Aroya, the principle goal is to cater for nationals of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. The corporate says: “Aroya Cruises goals to supply distinctive all-year-round experiences tailor-made to Saudi and GCC nationals and residents.”

Thirsty passengers will be capable of drink beer ashore in each Egypt and Jordan throughout ports of name.


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