Editor's note: Costa Victoria is no longer sailing the Arabian Gulf, but Costa has other ships on this route.
The Arabian Gulf (a.k.a. the Persian Gulf) is cruising's newest destination, and for me, the big attraction was the novelty of the itinerary. Indeed, the exotic-sounding ports of call will send most people scurrying for a map to look up destinations such as Muscat (the capital of Oman), Fujairah and Abu Dhabi (both in the United Arab Emirates) and Manama City (in Bahrain). The only somewhat familiar name is the embarkation port of Dubai, known for its man-made islands, world's tallest building and indoor ski slope.