Swan Hellenic’s SH Diana completes maiden voyage in Saudi Arabia

Swan Hellenic’s SH Diana completes maiden voyage in Saudi Arabia

The cruise ship visited Yanbu, Baridi Island and Jeddah 

Swan Hellenic’s SH Diana has completed her maiden voyage around Saudi Arabia in partnership with Cruise Saudi. 

Arriving in Yanbu on 12 October 2023, with an overnight stay, passengers enjoyed the city’s old town and ventured into the historic Layl Souq.

On the second day of the ship’s journey, SH Diana anchored at sea, just off Baridi Island, offering a new expedition experience with pristine beaches and coral reefs.

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SH Diana captain  Kai Ukkonen said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have incorporated this Maiden Voyage to Saudi 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.”

Continuing her journey along the Red Sea coast, the ship made a second maiden call in Saudi to Jeddah, where passengers explored the streets of Al Balad – a UNESCO World Heritage recognised Hijazi style historic district, with its traditional buildings, shops and cafes.

Baridi Island, Saudi Arabia

Cruise Saudi CEO Lars Clasen said: “We were honoured to welcome Swan Hellenic’s cruise ship, SH Diana to Saudi for the first time, in what was a milestone visit for Cruise Saudi. 

"We are proud to be constantly expanding our programme of onshore experiences to provide such an authentic insight into Saudi culture for our guests.”

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