Cruise Saudi has appointed marine catering architecture firm DL Services to redesign and refit all existing catering spaces onboard the first ship for its new brand, Aroya Cruises.
In addition to refurbishing existing spaces and upgrading equipment, DL Services will develop new catering areas and concepts to enable Aroya Cruises to offer international cuisine and “truly outstanding culinary experiences focusing on local cultural offerings and traditions”.
“Exceptional catering facilities are crucial to providing quality cuisine, and the comprehensive and varied culinary offering onboard our Aroya Cruises ships will, in turn, undoubtedly enhance the premium experience,” said Lars Clasen, CEO at Cruise Saudi. “We are therefore delighted to be partnering with marine catering architects, DL Services, to provide state-of-the-art catering spaces on our Aroya Cruises ship.”
Aroya Cruises was first launched in June 2023 and will deliver a cruise offering tailored for Saudi nationals, expatriates and regional guests. The brand will support Cruise Saudi’s goals of welcoming 1.3 million cruise visitors by 2035 and providing 50,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The first ship, which formerly sailed as Genting Cruise Line’s World Dream, will be redesigned by both SMC Design and Partner Ship Design before it begins service, with MJM Marine and De Wave completing outfitting work on 98 per cent of the guest-facing venues.
Columbia Blue will oversee the hotel management onboard the ships, Columbia Cruise Services will manage technical operations and Columbia Signature will deliver hospitality services.