Speaking at Seatrade Cruise Global, Fawaz Farooqui said the yacht would have the biggest suites in the industry
Cruise Saudi managing director Fawaz Farooqui was invited to speak about the emerging sector of hotel-operated cruise lines at Seatrade Cruise Global’s event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The session, titled ‘Will Hotel-Operated Cruise Lines Solve the Industry's New-to-Cruise Conundrum?’ featured industry experts who discussed how leading luxury hotel brands Aman, Four Seasons, Orient Express and Ritz Carlton are changing the cruising landscape by launching luxury ships to rival operators such as Regent Seven Seas and Silversea.
Farooqui revealed details about Cruise Saudi’s joint venture with Aman, Aman at Sea, which is a new ultra-luxury yacht aimed at Very High Net Worth (VHNW) travellers.
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The 183-metre superyacht Aman at Sea will have 47 spacious suites along with a full spectrum of luxury amenities, including an Aman-style spa with Japanese relaxation garden, several "Michelin-quality" restaurants, and an on-board beach club, giving guests access to the water from the stern of the yacht.
Farooqui also revealed that the new Aman at Sea ultra-luxury yacht will have a 2:1 crew ratio to guests, placing a priority on the guest space ratio, along with creating the biggest suites in the industry.
Farooqui said: “Aman is a truly unique brand. It’s authentic intent is to provide a level of service, which is a home-away-from-home that's peerless in every way.”
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Speaking about Saudi as an attractive homeport destination, Farooqui added: “We are sitting on thousands of years of heritage. Saudi used to be part of the incense route and we have a civilisation that goes back four or five thousand years BCE. Saudi’s warm hospitality, authenticity, culture and nature is what makes it a valuable proposition to the cruise industry."
Aman at Sea is expected to set sail in 2027.
For more information, visit www.cruisesaudi.com