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Middle East Cruises

Grand Mosque Sheikh Zayed (Photo: Panuvat Ueachananon/Shutterstock)

About Middle East Cruises

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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MSC Virtuosa
MSC Meraviglia Plus

6 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

53 Reviews
Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 29, 2021
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Azamara Quest
Azamara Quest

11 Night
Arabia & World Cup VoyageDetails

669 Reviews
Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Azamara
Nov 15, 2022
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MSC World Europa
M S C  World  Europa with her signature 90 degree plumb bow

18 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 25, 2023
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MSC World Europa
M S C  World  Europa with her signature 90 degree plumb bow

3 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Dec 21, 2022
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7 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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21 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 25, 2023
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8 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 20, 2022
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7 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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14 Night
Suez Canal CruiseDetails

598 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 30, 2023
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8 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 19, 2023
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7 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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7 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Dec 12, 2021
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7 Night
Persian Gulf CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
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10 Night
Persian Gulf CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Dec 28, 2021
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11 Night
Persian Gulf CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Dec 17, 2021
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17 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Mar 25, 2023
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7 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Jan 29, 2022
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25 Night
Persian Gulf CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Nov 22, 2021
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19 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 7, 2021
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6 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 28, 2021
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3 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Abu Dhabi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Dec 22, 2022
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20 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 6, 2021
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21 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 5, 2021
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7 Night
Middle East CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Dec 11, 2021
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19 Night
Persian Gulf CruiseDetails

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Costa Cruises
Mar 18, 2022
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What is the best time to cruise to the Middle East?

The Middle East cruise season is relatively short -- it runs from December through March. For those looking to save a bit of money, repositioning cruises before the start -- and at the very end -- of the season could be a good option.

Which cruise lines go to the Middle East?

Luxury cruise lines like Crystal, Silversea, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises are the major players when it comes Middle East cruises, but some mainstream lines including Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess, Celebrity, MSC and Costa all offer seasonal sailings as well as Middle East stops on world cruises and repositioning cruises. For more: Middle East Cruise Tips.

What are some things to do in the Middle East?

There are a huge number of historical and religious sights to explore throughout the Middle East including the pyramids in Egypt and the monastery of St. Catherine in Sharm al Sheik. Shop in massive malls in Dubai and traditional souks practically everywhere, dive and snorkel in ports like Aqaba and Salalah, and crash through sand dunes on dune buggies in Oman. Of course, a visit to any of the many ornate mosques throughout the region is a powerful experience for many.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the Middle East?

Yes, passports are required for Middle East cruises.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Middle East?

The Middle East is hot, so lightweight, breathable clothing and sun protection are essential. It's best to avoid revealing garments since modesty is important in the local culture. Additionally, women should be sure to pack a shawl or cardigan to wear when entering mosques.

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