The Qatar Tourism Authority has recently had some interesting news regarding the 2022 World Cup. They are looking at contracting 6,000 cruise ship cabins as additional accommodation acting as Cruise Hotels for the supporters attending the World Cup games.
They made the announcement at Cruise Shipping convention in Miami. This is actually a clever move by Qatar as FIFA state you must have a minimum of 60,000 hotel rooms available – this gives them 10% toward that total. I imagine the ship won’t actually move, or maybe just sail out on days when there are no matches.
Modern cruise ships are often called floating hotels so it seems like this is exactly what they would be. People are going to want to stay for a variety of nights so will be quite interesting to see how they handle the logistical side of something that certainly isn’t the norm.
So which ships would be contracted ? There hasn’t been any news on that as of yet but if I was a betting man my money would be on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. The announcement was made in Miami where their head office is based and the Royal Caribbean have been basing ships in the Middle East for some time now. Add that with the likes of Mr Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard and Kaka making “soccer” a more prevalent sport in the US, that would make the most sense to me. But then there is also Costa and MSC who also base ships in the Middle East so chartering those for the European and specifically the Italian market they could also prove to be a strong contender.
I think this will be really interesting if they do actually manage to pull this off and I for one would love to go! What are your thoughts?
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