The three cruise ships Mein Schiff, Costa Mediterranea, and AIDAprima carried more than 7,000 tourists. Mein Schiff ship carried 2,000, Costa Mediterranea 1,900 and AIDAprima 3,375. MoT has announced that PSQ received 19 cruise ships and the sultanate received reached 35,600 visitors in November.
MoT plans to extend cruise tourism to other ports, in Sohar, Sur, Duqm and Suwaiq. Currently, ports in Muscat, Khasab and Salalah are the three main points of cruise tourism. The number of visitors to Port Sultan Qaboos, Port of Salalah and Khasab port by the end of 2017 reached around 221,800, compared to 217,100 visitors in 2016, a growth rate of 2.2 per cent.