Print Edition - 2017-04-14  |  Money Digest

Iran’s biggest cruise ship docks in Gulf

- AFP, TEHRAN

Apr 14, 2017-

Iran’s first cruise ship since the 1979 Islamic revolution completed its maiden revenue-earning voyage on Thursday, docking in the Gulf resort island of Qeshm, a port official said. The Swedish-built Sunny carried more than 200 passengers on the 127-kilometre (79 mile) voyage from Kish, Iran’s other main resort island. The nine-storey ship is 176 metres long by 23 metres wide, and is planned to carry up to 1,600 passengers and 200 vehicles between the two islands on four- to seven-day cruises. It features two cinemas, restaurants, a swimming pool and a conference hall, the head of Qeshm’s maritime transport and port affairs, Pejman Bahrami said. “We hope that the first cruise journey between Kish and Qeshm leads to a boost in tourism for these islands, increasing passengers and preventing millions of dollars being spent abroad,” the Qeshm free zone organisation’s website quoted Bahrami as saying.

Published: 14-04-2017 09:35

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