Arabian Nights & Middle Eastern Adventures

When people think cruising, the Middle East does not at first come to mind.  

The fact of the matter is though, that the Middle East, which is generally defined as those Arabic countries bordering the Arabian and Red Seas and the South-eastern Mediterranean Sea, are enjoying a resurgence as a cruise destination, especially for the more adventurous “been there, done that” sort of traveller.  

Most Middle Eastern itineraries are two-week or longer affairs and thus they appeal to the older, more experienced travellers. There are plenty of sea days since several Middle Eastern ports are off limits.

Why visit Arabia & Middle East ?


Culture & History

A land of distinct deep history merged with a culture of wealth and prosperity

There are also several cruise lines that now operate out of ports such as Dubai or Abu Dhabi. 7 night itineraries, often with an overnight are perfect to add on a further 3 or 4 days to explore or relax.  

A Middle Eastern cruise itinerary will not appeal to everyone, but it will offer lots for fans of history. Highlights include visiting some of the world’s most ancient sites, including Egypt’s pyramids and Jordan’s lost city of Petra, as well as such modern sites as Dubai’s over-the-top luxury hotels and beautiful beaches.  

Middle Eastern itineraries will also often include a stop at the bustling port city of Aqaba, with its many outdoor cafes and quaint eateries.  

Adventures that can be had on a Middle Eastern itinerary include shopping in the old souks (markets), especially those selling gold and rare spices in Dubai and the colourful pashmina scarves in Muscat. One can also visit a local fish market in Aden and even arrange for a desert safari, if time permits.  

Ultimately, though, what is especially fascinating about a Middle East cruise is the chance to be immersed in the Muslim culture and lifestyle, which is so important in world affairs today and is a subject about which most of us have little understanding or awareness.  

The best way to visit these far off lands would clearly be by cruise ship since it offers the opportunity to experience the local cultures of various ports while at the same time being pampered with the modern conveniences and indulgences available on a luxury cruise vessel.

Arabia & Middle East 45 Exclusive Offers


Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

19 Dec 2018 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2799pp
Celebrity Millennium

Arabian Nights to Oriental Treasures

28 Feb 2020 (22 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2399pp
Celebrity Constellation

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

01 Mar 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £1039pp
Jewel of the Seas

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

12 Feb 2020 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2649pp
Celebrity Millennium

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

21 Nov 2018 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £1999pp
Celebrity Millennium

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

04 Dec 2019 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £3049pp
Celebrity Millennium

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

02 Feb 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £999pp
Jewel of the Seas

Oriental Treasures to Arabian Nights

13 Mar 2020 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2399pp
Celebrity Constellation

Glittering Gulf to Glorious Gardens - Dubai to Singapore

26 Jan 2019 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2499pp
Queen Mary 2

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

05 Jan 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £899pp
Jewel of the Seas

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

16 Feb 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £1069pp
Jewel of the Seas

Dubai & Arabian Gulf

19 Jan 2020 (8 Nights) Fly Cruise from £989pp
Jewel of the Seas

Latest Arabia & Middle East Deals


Abu Dhabi GP with Dubai Stay

11 Nov 2018 (18 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £1999pp
Celebrity Constellation

United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar

05 Jan 2019 (11 Nights) Fly Cruise from £699pp
MSC Lirica

United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar

15 Feb 2020 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £749pp
MSC Bellissima

United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar

29 Dec 2019 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £799pp
MSC Lirica

Dubai & Arabian Gulf and India

27 Nov 2019 (14 Nights) Fly Cruise from £1549pp
Oceana

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

19 Dec 2018 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £2799pp
Celebrity Millennium

United Arab Emirates, Oman

28 Dec 2019 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £1199pp
MSC Bellissima

Dubai & Arabian Gulf and India

17 Nov 2019 (24 Nights) Fly Cruise from £2249pp
Oceana

Dubai to Piraeus

26 Apr 2019 (15 Nights) Cruise Only from £6120pp
Silver Shadow

United Arab Emirates, Oman

05 Jan 2019 (7 Nights) Cruise Only from £669pp
MSC Splendida

United Arab Emirates, Oman

07 Mar 2020 (7 Nights) Fly Cruise from £749pp
MSC Bellissima

Star Ferry, Shopping & Singapore Slings

21 Nov 2018 (21 Nights) Cruise and Stay from £1999pp
Celebrity Millennium

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