Karachi-Dubai Cruise – Tyen Tyen Fish

Could not help smiling after reading this:

” The Dubai-Karachi ferry, Gulf Dream Cruise, has been temporarily suspended reportedly due to marketing and visa problems but is expected to restart mid-January, Daily Times learnt on Monday.

The maiden trip departed with about 250 passengers from Karachi on Nov 7 and returned on Nov 12. The second trip was scheduled two days later, however, it never left.

Part of the problem is that the cruise was reportedly under-booked. It has a capacity for about 1,100 passengers but only 250 people went on the first trip, including many non-paying guests. “The marketing company has been changed and it is expected that it will operate again between Jan 10-15,” claimed Tariq Haleem, the agent who coordinates the cruise with a shipping company.

Haleem also claimed that there were problems especially concerning the on-arrival visas and many passengers had problems entering Dubai. FIA sources said that 37 passengers did not return from Dubai, including some Pakistanis with British and American passports. Passengers had the option of taking a one-way trip as well.

Generally, according to the Met office, ferries have normally operated up till February following which the Arabian sea turns rough.

The initial fare for the cruise was $549 (Dh 2,000) for a round trip and it was to run a weekly ferry service. The Gulf Dream Cruise weighs 23,000 tons and is 196 metres long.

So encouraging was the development of a new ferry service, that the government said it had already awarded licenses to five other operators with the Gulf Dream Cruise being the first. The service was inaugurated by the president amid much fan-fare.”

Courtesy: Abbass Naqvi “The Daily Times”

9 Comments so far

  1. Raheel (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

    Goes clapping clapping!

  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    They should call Musharraf again to karachi to attend its funeral service ,like he was invited on day one to inaugurate the service…

  3. Hasnain (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

    This was bound to happen with so many government ‘celebrities’ taking part in the doomed-to-be affair. Another failed project from a failed state!

  4. Sufi (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

    Hasnain, dont blame the state for that. it was a private affair. it failed because of their lack of marketing/management skills and possibly because of their over-projection of ‘demand’ for cruise in Karachi.

  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

    I think that this ‘cruise’ failed is that someone or some people were in too much of a hurry to initiate this project, before conducting a proper SWOT analysis.

    For non-marketeers – SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threat.

  6. dan (unregistered) on December 19th, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

    What’s the one-way fare?

  7. Darthvader (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

    Finally , i think you may have found your niche. Tremendous job of copying and pasting , best post yet by you, probably bcause you didnt write it but i say stick to this formula of copying other people’s work , at least it makes for a sensible post.

  8. Haseeb A (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    Oo baboo log, First of all, the SHIP (and everything in it, service, mujras, etc etc) were PATHETIC
    Secondly, this was/will be mainly used by people who want to SLIP in dubai… thats why sheikhon nay ‘on arrival’ visa nahi diya :)

  9. Kamran Nafees (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 4:19 am

    i think we should be optimistic for the future, pakistani style is different, we should always expact such things in begining i.e. under booking matters and slipping pple in dubai. atleast it was a good start, KEEP IN MIND, baber ghori has also set-up some arrangement for Karachi-Mumbai Ferry. Good Luck

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