Middle East Cruises
Choose a fabulous cruise to the Middle East
for a vibrant Arabian adventure encompassing tradition, culture and eastern beauty. Exciting trips ashore are available, highlighting this truly diverse blend of rich cultures, grand architecture and dramatic coastlines. To whet your appetite, Oman is a breathtaking destination that offers huge expanses of desert, magnificent beaches and impressive mountain ranges. The United Arab Emirates juxtaposes a western influence with eastern customs, creating a unique setting that is both breathtaking and inspiring. Egypt, lining one side of the beautiful Red Sea, is a true Alladin's cave of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Please read below for a further introduction to this exciting range of destinations.
Cruises to the Middle East can either form part of a glamorous World Cruise
or simply as a standalone voyage flying from the UK
to your point of embarcation. Why not extend one of these magnificent cruises with a stay in Dubai
, affording you more of an opportunity to enjoy the expansive shopping malls at Duty Free prices or just kick back, relax and soak up some sun on the beautiful sun drenched shoreline.
Middle East Cruise Lines
Top Cruises to Middle East Cruise Destinations and Shore Excursions
Designed to give you a greater understanding of the culture and local way of life, make sure you take full advantage of all the shore excursions on offer from your lavish cruise ship. A full enriching programme of events will be available for you on board, providing you with safe, convenient opportunities of visiting the glittering destinations as part of your exciting itinerary. You can then take your time to relax and carefully select those that most appeal.
Middle East Cruises to Bahrain
Bahrain is a real mixture of traditional Arabia mixed with a more cosmopolitan feel. King Fahad's Causeway is an absolute must see - a wonder of modern engineering linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, 25km over the water! Be sure to visit the Grand Mosque, the National Museum, the Portuguese Fort and the vibrant Al Jazra Craft centre.
Middle East Cruises to Jordan
Sail in to the port of Aqaba and step ashore to explore this truly romantic land with its incredible history. Discover its stunning palaces and majestic temples and the awe inspiring Petra treasury. The Wadi Rum Desert is also worthy of a visit to explore this truly remarkable archaeological site.
Middle East Cruises to the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates, made up of seven Sheikhdoms, is a shimmering mixture of mountains, beaches, deserts, oases, camel racing and Bedouin markets. Three of the jewels in her crown include Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. Take a shore excursion to swim with the dolphins at the Atlantis hotel in Dubai, take a traditional Dhow dinner cruise or even take a helicopter tour over this amazing city. Learn the art of hunting with falcons in Abu Dhabi or even tee off for a round of golf with breathtaking panoramic views. Enjoy the unspoilt beaches in Fujairah or take an exhilirating 4x4 tour into the desert and along the wadi.
Take a look at Royal Caribbean's sailings to this glittering destination here.
Middle East Cruises to Egypt
People are drawn from all over the world to see the treasures of Egypt. Some come for the relaxing beaches and the incredible sub aqua world, others come for the enigmas of the Pyramids and the Sphinxes. Take a shore excursion into Egypt to ride through the desert on a camel, to visit a traditional Bedouin settlement or to plunge into the bright colourful depths of the Red Sea on an exciting submarine safari. Visit the fascinating temples of Hathor at Dendera and the Temple of Osiris at Abydos and admire their elaborate original drawings. Or simply just enjoy a few hours relaxing on the beach at Hurghada.
Middle East Cruises to Oman
If you are in search of striking desert landscapes dotted with refreshing tropical oasis juxtaposed with vibrant busy markets and ancient fortifications, then the Oman is definitely worthy of your attention. Step ashore to see the wonders of magical Muscat; the Nizwa and Jabrin forts dating back to 1668, the Grand Mosque, the Mouttrah Souk and the Bait al Zubair museum all brimming with the nation's rich history. Visit the tomb of the prophet Ayoub in the beautiful city of Salalah or discover its almost pristine natural surroundings on an exciting 4x4 jeep trip.
Middle East Cruises to Yemen
The Yemen literally lives and breathes Middle Eastern magnificence. Stop off at Aden as your port of call and explore its famous water cistern. Enjoy a spot of bartering in the souks and bedouin markets (shown left) before heading on to the enchanting Islamic city of Taiz with its fascinating majestic mosque. The ancient city of Saba is a feast to behold with its multi coloured palaces and 400 year old buildings all with an interesting tale to tell.
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