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The Middle East's exotic aura attracts history buffs and adventure seekers looking to expand their cultural horizons. Egypt's pyramids and Jordan's lost city of Petra are must-see landmarks, while souks (markets), breathtaking mosques and desert safaris also make for great exploring. Arabian Gulf cruises to the United Arab Emirates and Oman provide a look at the modern-day Middle East, with the world's biggest buildings and malls.
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Get the basics on Middle East cruising, including info on ships, ports and respecting local customs.
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Cruising the Arabian Gulf can be an affordable, adventurous and sun-filled way to see the Middle East.
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80% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Dubai -> Khasab -> Muscat -> Muscat -> Cruising -> Abu Dhabi -> Dubai -> Dubai
85% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Dubai -> Dubai -> Khasab -> Muscat -> Muscat -> Cruising -> Manama -> Doha -> Abu Dhabi -> Dubai -> Abu Dhabi -> Dubai
78% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Singapore -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Colombo -> Cruising -> Cochin -> Mangalore -> Cruising -> Mumbai (Bombay) -> Mumbai (Bombay) -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Muscat -> Cruising -> Abu Dhabi -> Sir Bani Yas Island -> Dubai -> Doha -> Cruising -> Muscat -> Cruising -> Salalah -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Aqaba -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Jerusalem (Ashdod) -> Haifa -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Monaco (Monte Carlo)
77% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Istanbul -> Istanbul -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Suez Canal -> Aqaba -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Muscat -> Abu Dhabi -> Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the largest and ...
Once a sleepy village with an industrial port, Aqaba is quickly ...
Although Bahrain has been accepting cruise ships since 2008, the ...
On busy Sheik Zayed Road, the highway running through the sprawling ...
The problem with a lot of the ports featured on a typical Arabian ...
As the hordes who now sail from Dubai will attest, cruising the ...
What a pleasure to be back on the Quest - - my four most recent Azamara cruises were on the Journey, which I also love. The two ships are equally welcoming; however I would give the Quest a slight edge for one reason: the entertainment. I never ... Read more
It has been on my bucket list for years to sail thru the Suez Canal and my husband and I decided to book on Explorer of the Seas sailing from Barcelona. Embarkation was fairly swift and our balcony cabin was excellent. It was kept very clean ... Read more
Positives Friendly and on the whole, helpful staff No corkage fee for any wine you bring to the restaurant. Very spacious room, (But we paid a premium for a Junior Suite) Very generous shipboard credit given in lieu of not being able to ... Read more
THIS cruise was certainly a weird one, perhaps memorable more for the things that went wrong than right. It was our first run-out with Royal Caribbean (although our 13th cruise in all) unimaginatively entitled “14-night Suez Canal Cruise on ... Read more
Viking egypt LSGourmet
This was truly an incredible journey and it turned out to be everything the write-ups said it would be and more. Viking's Egyptian personnel were wonderful, they were on duty 24/7 and made it seem as if they were having the time of their lives just ... Read more
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First, I'd congratulate Uniworld for the excellent service on this ship. Tourism in Egypt is down some 95%, and the River Tosca had not sailed in four years until this cruise. There were 20 in our group, on a ship designed for 85. Needless to ... Read more
We went on Holly Lands cruise Athens -> Istanbul, with Israel, Turkey and Greece ports. Azamara managed to completely ruin Israel, Phahos Greece) and Kas (Turkey) because all 3 days in Israel were a holiday and Shabbat: Thursday through ... Read more
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