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.

Arabia & Middle East 45 Exclusive Offers


Abu Dhabi GP

11 Nov 2018 (18 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £1949pp
Celebrity Constellation

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

21 Nov 2018 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £1999pp
Celebrity Millennium

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

26 Jan 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £999pp
Jewel of the Seas

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

02 Feb 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £999pp
Jewel of the Seas

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

01 Mar 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £1039pp
Jewel of the Seas

Southampton to Dubai

10 Jan 2019 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2199pp
Queen Mary 2

Arabian Nights to Oriental Treasures

28 Feb 2020 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2399pp
Celebrity Constellation

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

05 Jan 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £899pp
Jewel of the Seas

Inaugural Voyage – Barcelona to Dubai

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

Singapore Slings, Shopping & Star Ferry

28 Jan 2020 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2599pp
Celebrity Millennium

Arabian Nights to Harbour Lights - Dubai to Hong Kong

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

Singapore Slings, Shopping & Star Ferry

04 Dec 2018 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2389pp
Celebrity Millennium

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman

30 Nov 2018 (11 Nights) Fly Cruise from £599pp
MSC Lirica

Singapore Slings, Shopping & Star Ferry

17 Dec 2019 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £3369pp
Celebrity Millennium

7 Nt Oman & United Arab Emirates Holiday

23 Dec 2019 (7 Nights) Cruise Only from £784pp
Jewel of the Seas

United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar

04 Apr 2020 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £599pp
MSC Lirica

Ancient Sites of Oman, Jordan & the Med

20 Feb 2020 (28 Nights) Fly Cruise from £2653pp
Boudicca

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

02 Feb 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £999pp
Jewel of the Seas

7 Night Qatar, Bahrain, & The Uae

17 Feb 2020 (7 Nights) Cruise Only from £734pp
Jewel of the Seas

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

12 Feb 2020 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2649pp
Celebrity Millennium

United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar

09 Feb 2019 (7 Nights) Cruise Only from £469pp
MSC Splendida

Ancient Civilisations & Lost Cities

04 Feb 2019 (24 Nights) Cruise Only from £2508pp
Black Watch

Arabian Gulf

22 Mar 2019 (27 Nights) Fly Cruise from Call Us
Oceana

United Arab Emirates, Oman

22 Feb 2020 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £749pp
MSC Bellissima

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