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About Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is the largest and wealthiest of the nation's seven emirates. Covering 80 percent of the land mass of the UAE, the emirate of Abu Dhabi is divided into three parts: the city of Abu Dhabi, the historic Al Ain region centered on a large oasis on an old camel caravan route and Al Gharbia, part of the world's largest uninterrupted sand desert with towering dunes spreading across the Arabian Peninsula.

The cruise port lies in the central city of Abu Dhabi, a rapidly growing cosmopolitan metropolis where glittering skyscrapers pierce the sky and five-star resorts spread across natural islands where you'll find golf courses, beaches, marinas, upscale malls, a Formula One race car track, amusement areas and cultural institutions. 

Compared with Dubai, the nation's playground and largest city 90 minutes to the north, Abu Dhabi is more family oriented and, with a population consisting of a higher number of native Emiratis, more traditional in its values. The head of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi is also president of the UAE, and the city is the seat of the national government and a financial center. 

Abu Dhabi's extreme wealth stems from oil, discovered in 1958. The UAE was formed in 1971 when the head of Abu Dhabi's ruling family, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, persuaded his fellow emirs to form the union and became its first president. Transformation has been swift. Abu Dhabi put its oil money into the development of a modern infrastructure, health care, education, arts and culture. Abu Dhabi grew into a modern, Westernized civilization in a little more than a generation, evolving from a society of fishing villages along the coast and Bedouins living a nomadic life in the desert. Still, you'll find it preserves its Arabian traditions and Bedouin hospitality. It is diversifying its stake in oil by developing other industries, including tourism, and is warm and welcoming to visitors. 

Abu Dhabi's culture is rooted in Islam, but all faiths are respected and protected by the constitution. The dress code is liberal, and Western wear is common, though native Emiratis often choose to wear their national dress.

--By Claire Volkman, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Abu Dhabi

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Dubai, Abu Dhabi ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Abu Dhabi Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Dubai
    • Day 3
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 4
      Sir Bani Yas Island
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Muscat
    • Day 7
      Dubai
    • Day 8
      Dubai
    Ship Details

    Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

    Cons

    Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

    Bottom line

    Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

    Reviews

    Jewel of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Jewel of the Seas made its debut in spring 2004. Measuring 90,090 tons and carrying 2,100-plus ...

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    Janda7
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A lovely jewel !
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    QUITE SHOCKED
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  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Abu Dhabi

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Abu Dhabi, Khasab ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    22 Night Cruise to Abu Dhabi Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 3
      Khasab
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Salalah
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 11
      Safaga
    • Day 12
      Safaga
    • Day 13
      Suez Canal
    • Day 14
      Suez Canal
    • Day 15
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
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      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
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      Limassol
    • Day 18
      Rhodes
    • Day 19
      Kusadasi
    • Day 20
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Naples
    • Day 23
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Jade - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Venues are spread evenly throughout the ship, limiting congestion

    Cons

    Standard cabins are a bit on the small side

    Bottom Line

    Recent refurbishments have the ship looking and feeling like new

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    Norwegian Jade Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 2006, Norwegian Jade isn't Norwegian Cruise Line's newest vessel, but via the

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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good overall but let down by waiting, queuing, and organised trips.
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Lovely small ship buffet disappointing
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Abu Dhabi

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Dubai, Khasab ... see more
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    Oceania Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Abu Dhabi Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Dubai
    • Day 3
      Khasab
    • Day 4
      Fujairah
    • Day 5
      Muscat
    • Day 6
      Cruising (Gulf of Oman)
    • Day 7
      Manama
    • Day 8
      Doha
    • Day 9
      Sir Bani Yas Island
    • Day 10
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 11
      Dubai
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    Sirena - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Cozy, small ship with excellent cuisine

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small; weak enrichment program

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries in an upmarket setting

    Reviews
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    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Sirena, which debuted in April 2016, is the fourth of defunct Renaissance Cruises' R-class vess...

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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    What Has Happened to Oceania?
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Oceania Sirena: 12 days on a bouncy castle... but the food was excellent.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Abu Dhabi

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Sir Bani Yas Island , Doha ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Abu Dhabi Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Sir Bani Yas Island
    • Day 3
      Doha
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 6
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 7
      Dubai
    • Day 8
      Dubai
    Ship Details

    Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

    Cons

    Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

    Bottom line

    Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

    Reviews

    Jewel of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Jewel of the Seas made its debut in spring 2004. Measuring 90,090 tons and carrying 2,100-plus ...

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    gettinold
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    What no lobster ?
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Reasonable Cruise
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    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 128 Night
    Cruise to Abu Dhabi

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Scarborough, Devil's Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    128 Night Cruise to Abu Dhabi Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Scarborough
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Devil's Island
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Amazon River (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Amazon River (Cruising)
    • Day 9
      Macapa
    • Day 10
      Alter do Chao
    • Day 11
      Boca da Valeria
    • Day 12
      Manaus
    • Day 13
      Parintins
    • Day 14
      Santarem
    • Day 15
      Equator (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Amazon River (Cruising)
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Grenada
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Aruba
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 22
      Panama Canal
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Quepos
    • Day 25
      Cruising
    • Day 26
      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Cruising
    • Day 28
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 29
      Cruising
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Cruising
    • Day 32
      Cruising
    • Day 33
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 35
      Hilo
    • Day 36
      Maui
    • Day 37
      Honolulu
    • Day 38
      Cruising
    • Day 39
      Cruising
    • Day 40
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Majuro
    • Day 44
      Cruising
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      Chuuk
    • Day 47
      Cruising
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      Guam
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      Ryukyu Island
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      Okinawa
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      Cruising
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      Fatu Hiva
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      Dubai
    • Day 95
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 96
      Cruising
    • Day 97
      Muscat
    • Day 98
      Cruising
    • Day 99
      Salalah
    • Day 100
      Cruising
    • Day 101
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 103
      Cruising
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      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 105
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 106
      Cruising
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      Suez Canal
    • Day 108
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
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      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
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      Kusadasi
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      Cruising
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      Mykonos
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      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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    Amsterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Fabulous entertainment, despite ship's small size

    Cons

    Not much variety of dining

    Bottom Line

    Great value for bucket-list itineraries

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    Amsterdam Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Abu Dhabi

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Sir Bani Yas Island , Doha ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Abu Dhabi Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Sir Bani Yas Island
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Doha
    • Day 5
      Doha
    • Day 6
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 7
      Dubai
    • Day 8
      Dubai
    Ship Details

    Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

    Cons

    Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

    Bottom line

    Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

    Reviews

    Jewel of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Jewel of the Seas made its debut in spring 2004. Measuring 90,090 tons and carrying 2,100-plus ...

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    georgygirl65
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Disappointment with the ship
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Enjoyable but room for improvement
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 20 Night
    Cruise to Abu Dhabi

    Leaving:
    Cape Town
    Visiting:
    Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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