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About Bahrain

Although Bahrain has been accepting cruise ships since 2008, the small kingdom of islands on the Arabian Gulf doesn't appear on too many itineraries. That's partly because the country lacks the manmade superlatives pursued by nearby United Arab Emirates (where most cruises there embark) or the natural beauty of Oman. The country also experienced some turmoil in 2011 following the Arab Spring that took place one year earlier, which prompted ships to pull out until stability returned.

Yet Bahrain offers enough attractions for a one-day visit. The country has a history that dates back to 2300 BC, when the ancient city of Dilmun served as a major trading post between Mesopotamia and India. Remnants of this merchant culture have been found at an archaeological dig near Bahrain Fort (Qal'at al-Bahrain), one of the country's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The modern shopping equivalent can be found in Manama's labyrinthine souk and -- of course, given its location on the Arabian Peninsula -- monster malls.

Other draws include the Bahrain International Circuit, a major Formula 1 track that's the site of the Bahrain Grand Prix and a major attraction for gearheads. Some cruise lines offer excursions to Muharraq, which has some traditional homes, a souk and a trail highlighting the country's pearling industry (the other UNESCO World Heritage Site).


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Bahrain Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 3
      Sir Bani Yas Island
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Bahrain
    • Day 6
      Doha
    • Day 7
      Dubai
    • Day 8
      Dubai
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    MSC Seaview - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding activities, specialty restaurants and kids club.

    Cons

    Still work to be done on service and food quality.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful ship, where the fun never stops and perfectly designed for warm-weather sailing.

    Reviews

    MSC Seaview Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    MSC Seaview is a ship that doesn't shy away from embracing fun -- whether that's careening down...

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    jcnz
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    My Fiancé got assaulted at knifepoint while on shore and MSC didn't care.
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    Kevin79
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Amazing first experience cruising
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

    Leaving:
    Dubai
    Visiting:
    Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Bahrain Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Dubai
    • Day 2
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 3
      Sir Bani Yas Island
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Bahrain
    • Day 6
      Doha
    • Day 7
      Dubai
    • Day 8
      Dubai
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    MSC Lirica - MSC Cruises

    Marketed to North Americans as well as Europeans

    MSC's first-ever new-build

    Offers a nice variety of Caribbean sailings

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    MSC Lirica Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 1,976-passenger MSC Lirica is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 200...

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    Blacktrigeek
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Worked hard to please
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    ColoradoSkiier5
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Good Itinerary, Great Staff, Blah Food
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

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

    MSC Seaview - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding activities, specialty restaurants and kids club.

    Cons

    Still work to be done on service and food quality.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful ship, where the fun never stops and perfectly designed for warm-weather sailing.

    Reviews

    MSC Seaview Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    MSC Seaview is a ship that doesn't shy away from embracing fun -- whether that's careening down...

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    JJOHNSTON1
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Never Again..
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    foyspa
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not my kinda cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • 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

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Palermo, Athens ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    25 Night Cruise to Bahrain Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 7
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Salalah
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Muscat
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Bahrain
    • Day 20
      Doha
    • Day 21
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 22
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 23
      Dubai
    • Day 24
      Dubai
    • Day 25
      Doha
    • Day 26
      Abu Dhabi
    Ship Details

    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

    Reviews

    Costa Diadema Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    AC.Rosanna
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Not planing to sail Costa again
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    Byckwan
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Stay away from this ship
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  • 24 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Genoa ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    24 Night Cruise to Bahrain Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Genoa
    • Day 4
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 5
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 10
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Salalah
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Muscat
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Bahrain
    • Day 23
      Doha
    • Day 24
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 25
      Abu Dhabi
    Ship Details

    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

    Reviews

    Costa Diadema Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    dixieddorf
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Would rather vacation at home or anywhere else!!
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    gabbygal99
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Diadema - the good and the bad
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  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Genoa ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    Cruise Itinerary

    25 Night Cruise to Bahrain Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Genoa
    • Day 4
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 5
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 10
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Salalah
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Muscat
    • Day 21
      Cruising
    • Day 22
      Bahrain
    • Day 23
      Doha
    • Day 24
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 25
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 26
      Dubai
    Ship Details

    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

    Reviews

    Costa Diadema Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    mintyrobinson
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    OK Cruise Nothing Special
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    SteveFromFL
    Sail Date May 2019
    Bad. Horrible. Worse. Discrimination towards English speakers. Inefficiency.
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  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

    Leaving:
    Genoa
    Visiting:
    Rome, Palermo ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Costa Cruises
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    22 Night Cruise to Bahrain Route (Costa Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Genoa
    • Day 2
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 3
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 8
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Salalah
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Muscat
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Bahrain
    • Day 21
      Doha
    • Day 22
      Abu Dhabi
    • Day 23
      Abu Dhabi
    Ship Details

    Costa Diadema - Costa Cruises

    Pros

    Traveling through Europe surrounded by Europeans

    Cons

    Lack of port information, plus extra charges for items such as water with dinner

    Bottom Line

    Be prepared to go local or the ship's lively Italian vibe could drive you loco

    Reviews

    Costa Diadema Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Glitz, glass and colorful neon lights reminiscent of Miami's South Beach -- there's never a dul...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    rayquintin
    Sail Date May 2019
    The cruise was superb, cabin lovely, service top rate, ship brilliant
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    Nzimmer48
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Not my favorite cruise
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  • 23 Night
    Cruise to Bahrain

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