Arabian Nights & Middle Eastern Adventures

When people think cruising, the Middle East does not at first come to mind.  

The fact of the matter is though, that the Middle East, which is generally defined as those Arabic countries bordering the Arabian and Red Seas and the South-eastern Mediterranean Sea, are enjoying a resurgence as a cruise destination, especially for the more adventurous “been there, done that” sort of traveller.  

Most Middle Eastern itineraries are two-week or longer affairs and thus they appeal to the older, more experienced travellers. There are plenty of sea days since several Middle Eastern ports are off limits.

Why visit Arabia & Middle East ?


Culture & History

A land of distinct deep history merged with a culture of wealth and prosperity

There are also several cruise lines that now operate out of ports such as Dubai or Abu Dhabi. 7 night itineraries, often with an overnight are perfect to add on a further 3 or 4 days to explore or relax.  

A Middle Eastern cruise itinerary will not appeal to everyone, but it will offer lots for fans of history. Highlights include visiting some of the world’s most ancient sites, including Egypt’s pyramids and Jordan’s lost city of Petra, as well as such modern sites as Dubai’s over-the-top luxury hotels and beautiful beaches.  

Middle Eastern itineraries will also often include a stop at the bustling port city of Aqaba, with its many outdoor cafes and quaint eateries.  

Adventures that can be had on a Middle Eastern itinerary include shopping in the old souks (markets), especially those selling gold and rare spices in Dubai and the colourful pashmina scarves in Muscat. One can also visit a local fish market in Aden and even arrange for a desert safari, if time permits.  

Ultimately, though, what is especially fascinating about a Middle East cruise is the chance to be immersed in the Muslim culture and lifestyle, which is so important in world affairs today and is a subject about which most of us have little understanding or awareness.  

The best way to visit these far off lands would clearly be by cruise ship since it offers the opportunity to experience the local cultures of various ports while at the same time being pampered with the modern conveniences and indulgences available on a luxury cruise vessel.

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Oriental Treasures to Arabian Nights

29 Mar 2019 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2899pp
Celebrity Constellation

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

01 Jan 2020 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2669pp
Celebrity Millennium

Oriental Treasures to Arabian Nights

13 Feb 2019 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2399pp
Celebrity Constellation

Oriental Treasures to Arabian Nights

12 Feb 2020 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2499pp
Celebrity Constellation

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

12 Feb 2020 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2499pp
Celebrity Millennium

Inaugural Voyage – Barcelona to Dubai

17 Apr 2019 (20 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2259pp
Spectrum of the Seas

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

13 Feb 2019 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £1999pp
Celebrity Millennium

Arabian Nights to Harbour Lights - Dubai to Hong Kong

28 Jan 2019 (27 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2899pp
Queen Mary 2

Arabian Nights to Oriental Treasures

30 Dec 2019 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2999pp
Celebrity Constellation

Arabian Nights to Oriental Treasures

28 Feb 2020 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2299pp
Celebrity Constellation

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

04 Dec 2019 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2799pp
Celebrity Millennium

Formula 1 to Far East – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

28 Nov 2019 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2549pp
Celebrity Constellation

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Arabian Nights to Oriental Treasures

03 Jan 2019 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2399pp
Celebrity Constellation

United Arab Emirates, Oman

05 Jan 2019 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £549pp
MSC Splendida

15 Night India & South East Asia Holiday

19 Dec 2020 (15 Nights) Cruise Only from £1549pp
Celebrity Constellation

Emirates Yacht Adventure

29 Nov 2019 (7 Nights) Cruise Only from £3568pp
Crystal Esprit

Emirates New Year's Eve

23 Dec 2019 (11 Nights) Cruise Only from £7634pp
Crystal Esprit

15 Night Best Of India & South East Asia

03 Jan 2021 (15 Nights) Cruise Only from £1324pp
Celebrity Constellation

Arabian Nights to Oriental Treasures

29 Jan 2020 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2599pp
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7 Night Qatar, Bahrain, & The Uae

03 Feb 2020 (7 Nights) Cruise Only from £682pp
Jewel of the Seas

15 Night Best Of India & South East Asia

04 Mar 2021 (15 Nights) Cruise Only from £1373pp
Celebrity Constellation

United Arab Emirates, Oman

22 Dec 2018 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £549pp
MSC Splendida

Empires of Past & Present

03 Apr 2020 (18 Nights) Cruise Only from £6608pp
Crystal Serenity

United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar

07 Dec 2019 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £559pp
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