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The World’s Most Instagrammable Locations

18th April 2017

There’s nothing more exciting than uploading a few holiday snaps to snaz up your Instagram feed - shots of beautiful blue skies, exotic beaches, world famous landmarks and not to mention, those jaw-droppingly gorgeous backdrops for all your selfies. The right shots can boost your Instagram profile in an instant, and make you the envy of all your friends.

To find out just how big of a deal posting a holiday picture is when away, we conducted primary research and found out the following:

• The average person posts around two pictures per day when on a trip

• Facebook and Instagram are the most popular platforms for sharing content whilst away

• People’s main intentions for posting when abroad are to keep friends/family up-to-date, to document memories, and to make others jealous


We then wanted to determine where in the world the most famous Instagram locations are situated, and where you should be heading for the most popular posts.

During our research to uncover the world’s most Instagrammable locations, we were delighted to see many popular cruising destinations feature so highly on the list. And with a team that has cruised far and wide, we definitely agree that we have even snapped a few of these hotspots ourselves.


Top 5 most Instgrammed cities in the world

  1. New York
  2. Dubai
  3. LA
  4. Barcelona
  5. Tokyo


Which landmarks get the most likes?

The most photographed setting, on both Instagram and Facebook feeds, for each of these 5 cities were the respective famous landmarks in each location.

new york skyline iphone photo

The research found that the neon lights of Times Square make it the most instagrammed location in the world, with a staggering 2 posts every single minute from the bustling hub of New York City. Closely behind was the impressive Empire State Building, with the instantly recognisable Brooklyn Bridge coming in third, securing a firm position for New York in the rankings.

Dubai’s stunning Burj Khalifa came in 4th place, with 757 check ins every 24hours, commonly accompanied by the hashtag #Dubai. The iconic ‘Atlantis’ also made the top 10, coming in 6th place.

burj khalifa dubai

In 5th place was the melting Gaudi masterpiece in Barcelona that is the Sagrada Familia, which has 32 check ins every hour. The Spanish city was also found to be home to some other “must snap” spots, with Park Guell and the Noucamp also featuring in the top 10.

Bathing in the milky blue waters of Iceland’s beautiful blue lagoon made 7th in the list, with 15 check-ins per hour from the country’s ultra cool capital, Reykjavik.

blue lagoon iceland



We all know that when it comes to getting those all-important ‘likes’, using the right hashtag is important. The holiday hashtag #travel was used 163,552,733 times by people on holiday, with the specific country’s name being the top hashtag across all top cities.

Our research found that people love posting to their Insta whilst on holiday, uploading on average 2 pics per day, and making people jealous was one of the main motivations for posting. The top reason people said they posted so many pics, however, was to document the great memories they were making as they jetted around the globe.


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How to make the most of your time in Dubai

3rd November 2016

Updated January 2018

Dubai is a magnetic stop on any cruise to the Middle East and it’s easy to see why. With endless possibilities for visitors to discover, there is so much to see and do in this luxurious buzzing city of the United Arab Emirates.

Situated north of capital city Abu Dhabi, Dubai is a major attraction for visitors to this part of the world. A skyline of both traditional architecture and state of the art modern buildings set the scene of this mysterious and inviting destination.

If visiting for one day or a couple of nights, make the most of your time here with our mini guide to Dubai.

dubai marina


A Warm Welcome

P&O Cruises offer some incredible Middle East itineraries that include a stop in Dubai. Depending on where the destination sits on your schedule, your arrival into Dubai could be disembarking your cruise ship and entering DP World Cruise Terminal, where your first impressions will be first class. The luxurious cruise terminal at Port Rashid sets a high standard that you can expect to see and experience during the rest of your time in Dubai. Services available at DP World Cruise Terminal include Free WiFi, Currency Exchange, Post Office, 24 hour help desk with tour information, café and mini mart, shops and help desks for major shopping malls plus complimentary shuttle buses.

Take cover from the high heat and plan your visit to Dubai in the welcoming shelter of DP World Cruise Terminal.

Awaken your senses

The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Dubai will mesmerise you from the start to the end of your visit. From the tranquil allure of the beach to the bustle of the Arabian markets, the wow factor of the cityscape or the flavours and variety of food. It’s a welcome sensory overload. Find out more about the adventures you can have here with P&O Cruises, by asking our sales team about the excursions in the Middle East they can offer.

Dining in Dubai is a foodie’s dream come true. The multi-national community of locals and visitors thrive on Dubai’s global culinary scene, offering a vast array of dishes and dining styles to choose from. Just some options include celebrity chef and Michelin starred restaurants, local fare - Emirati cuisine, street food, café culture, bakeries, afternoon tea, Asian delicacies, fresh seafood, and much more.

Indulge in retail therapy

downtown dubai

Dubai is a world class shopping destination with a grand collection of shopping malls, glamorous boutiques, markets, souks and more for shopaholics to indulge to their hearts content. Shopping is an experience here with atmosphere, entertainment and retail therapy all in perfect harmony. The world’s largest shopping and entertainment centre (The Dubai Mall) can be found here and features an incredible aquarium, ice rink, theme parks, and of course more than 1000 retail outlets.

See the sights

palm jumeirah

See the sights and the heights as you explore the city. You’ll come across a unique blend of mysterious and ancient wonders amongst modern day architectural marvels. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, reaching 828 meters above sea level. The view from the observation deck is a must.

Palm Jumeirah is an extraordinary man made palm shaped archipelago boasting many hotels and resorts. Sail around the islands or see the incredible birds eye view from above with a skydive.

Treat the family to a fun day out at IMG Worlds of Adventure. The gigantic theme park includes many themed rides for visitors of all ages and even life sized dinosaurs.

Embark on an adventure

If you have a need for speed and a faster pace to your time in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure spanning land, air and sea. Feel the sea breeze by the beach with paddle boarding, kite surfing or a Jet Ski trip along the coast. Sky Dive or set sail in a hot air balloon for awe-inspiring views or tackle the desert on a dune buggy. Sports such as golf, squash and cricket can also be enjoyed with top class facilities.

Dubai's nights are as exciting and inviting as the days with superb nightlife and buzzing after hours entertainment. From world famous DJ's and perfomers to dancing all night or simply casual drinks, there is a Dubai night to cater for all.


Why choose a P&O Cruise in Dubai?

Whether travelling alone, as a couple, or a family, P&O Cruises know how to make each and every guest feel welcome and special. From the great personal service, to the wealth of choice when it comes to onboard dining and activities, P&O Cruises will always provide a memorable and exciting holiday. In a hot destination like the Middle East, the fanatastic facilities onboard P&O Cruises ships can be especially convenient. While of course you'll want to see the beautiful sites and cultural aspects that Dubai has to offer, if you do need a break from the sun, you can always count on the ship for things to do - not least the option of jumping straight into a cooling pool!

Cruise to Dubai and see the Arabian Gulf with P&O Cruises.

p and o cruises in dubai

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on a Middle Eastern Cruise

1st July 2016

Updated February 2017


Why Abu Dhabi?


The United Arab Emirates are lands of fascinating contrasts. Made up of seven distinctly different Emirates, each with their own unique traditions, it’s no wonder that this corner of the Arabian Gulf is so popular with cruisers looking for a mesmerising winter sun escape.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of them all, and is slightly more understated than its glitzy neighbour, Dubai. But with its more modest façade comes an array of Arabian traditions and customs to discover. There really is something for everyone to enjoy, and all within easy reach of the cruise port.

One of the standout attractions of the city is one of the world’s largest and most extravagant places of worship, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This mighty structure is made up of many bright white domes, visible from miles away as you approach.


abu dhabi grand prix cruise


Experience the traditional Arabian shopping culture at the many Souks across the city. Savour the local atmosphere, practice your bargaining skills, and absorb all the authentic sights and sounds of your surroundings. The city is also famed for its exciting Formula One circuit. The Grand Prix track can be found on Yas Island, where you’ll also find Ferrari World – the world’s largest indoor theme park. Here you can ride the fastest rollercoaster on the planet, and try out racing simulators, a go karting academy and much more!

If racing’s not really your thing, you can head to Yas Waterworld to cool off from the desert heat instead. This adrenaline-fuelled waterpark is home to some of the biggest water rides in the world, and the biggest children’s play area in the Middle East.

To experience the extreme landscapes that exemplify the Emirates, a 4x4 sand dunes safari is a fantastic excursion to take. Escape the bright lights of the city and take an off-road journey across the expansive desert. You could take a camel ride, try out sandboarding and enjoy a desert sunset.

Cruise to the dazzling and sunkissed port of Abu Dhabi on one of our Middle Eastern cruises, sampling the charm of ancient cities and modern meccas as you go.


My Guide to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Weekend


Iglu Cruise Head of Marketing Natalie spent an incredible weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Read about her experience below and get some top tips before you go.


abu dhabi grand prix cruise holiday


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is more than just a car race and you really don’t have to be a motorhead to enjoy the experience. I attended my first Abu Dhabi grand prix in 2011 and I enjoyed the whole experience so much I went back in 2014. If I could, I would go back every year as it is a weekend of fast cars, world class performers and fantastic hospitality throughout the event. Here’s my guide to the Grand Prix Weekend.

Day 1

The practice race doesn’t start until the afternoon so why not spend the morning at the largest water park in the world. Yas Waterworld is situated on Yas Island so only a short distance away from the Grand Prix circuit. The park isn’t just for thrill seekers, there are also plenty of sun loungers for you to relax on. After a few hours at the waterpark it is a quick journey to the circuit. You don’t need to worry about walking in the hot sun to get to your seats at the circuit, as the track has a complementary shuttle bus running all day to take you to your seated area. Don’t forget to take your wallet as today is the perfect opportunity to stock up on your F1 merchandise at the stalls. To save some money I would recommend taking some ear plugs rather than buying them on the day. After the practice, head on over to the free concert - the concert area is very large so you can sit back on the grass and enjoy. Alcohol is served at the race and concert but make sure you take some identification with you for the concerts. Without identification they won’t give you a wrist band which allows you to buy alcohol.

Day 2

The qualifying doesn’t start until the afternoon so spend the morning visiting Ferrari World. Home to the fastest roller-coaster in the world, you can experience what it might be like to be a Scuderia Ferrari driver. You don’t need to be concerned about getting all hot and bothered before the race as the theme park is indoors and if rollercoasters are not your idea of fun, there are plenty of interesting Ferrari themed experiences to explore. Ferrari World is next to the Grand Prix circuit and you can easily fit in all the rides in half a day. I would recommend upgrading the ticket to a fast track ticket to skip the queues. After the qualifying there is another complimentary concert to enjoy.



abu dhabi grand prix


Day 3

Pack your camera and head off to the circuit a little earlier today as you will want to enjoy the build up to the race including the driver parade. However, if you get up early a trip to the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must. The race day also includes a free concert so enjoy the race and then head off to the concert to celebrate the end of a fun packed weekend and hopefully seeing your favourite driver on the podium.


Experience the incredible Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with Celebrity Cruises.

Browse all of our F1 Grand Prix Cruise & Stay packages, including Monaco, Barcelona, Singapore, Barcelona, and Japan Grand Prix's. 

To find out more about combining your cruise holiday with the F1 racing schedule, click here to sign up for our F1 Grand Prix brochure.

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