Bon Voyage: 6 Handpicked Cruises From UAE To Signup For A Journey Of A Lifetime!

by Anupriya Mishra
Bon Voyage: 6 Handpicked Cruises From UAE To Signup For A Journey Of A Lifetime!

There’s something absolutely fascinating about the journey over the sea. Cruises though fun, are also an enriching experience that gives you a glimpse into the different cultures of the world. Not to mention, you meet a lot of new people and get to even hear their life stories. So, if this kinda vacation sounds like your cup of tea, then read on. We’re here to tell you about six luxury cruises that start from UAE this year, starting this March!

1. Costa Cruises

This cruise offers a leisurely five-day voyage, while you sail aboard the Costa Toscana. Boasting 11 restaurants, 13 swimming pools & hot tubs, and 19 bars & lounges, it’s definitely an experience for travellers to remember. The ship will set sail from Dubai, from Dubai and will cover Doha, Muscat, and Abu Dhabi. The first destination will be Doha, where passengers can indulge in a bunch of exciting activities. These range from hop-on hop-off bus tours to a visit to Katara Cultural Village and the ancient Souq Waqif.

After this, a full day is spent on the sea before the ship can dock at Muscat. Here guests get a day to explore the Omani capital, which includes 4×4 drives across Wadi Al Arbeieen, dolphin-spotting boat tours, and more. After this, on the fifth day, the ship reaches Abu Dhabi, where people can visit Saadiyat Island and take a tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Tariff: Starts At AED1,201.04 (USD327)
When: March 4

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2. MSC Opera

MSC Opera is an Italian cruise line that operates several journeys. This one is a seven-night cruise around the Middle East which departs from Abu Dhabi. Recently MSC Opera was upgraded and there are five different ports of call in the itinerary. The travel journey starts from the UAE capital’s main port to Sir Bani Yas island in Al Dhafra Region. Guests on board get to witness the region’s serene marine life and protected wildlife.

With a capacity of 2,579 passengers, their upgraded cabins with balconies make for a comfortable trip. Not to mention, their special play areas for your little munchkin and the opulent Teatro dell’Opera hosts live performances every night. From Muscat, the journey will go forward to Khasab, a port city in the Northern Peak of UAE. Did you know it is known as the Norway of the Middle East? Finally, the cruise line will dock in Dubai where passengers can visit the golden Souq, go camel racing, and partake in sightseeing.

Tariff: Starts At AED1,134.92 (USD309)
When: March 20

3. Regent Seven Seas

A 22-day cruise starting from Dubai to Cape Town, Regent Seven Seas is certainly a luxury voyage that will satiate the wanderlust in you. Offering an all-inclusive package, passengers here will get to explore shores, lip-smacking beverages, dining services, Wi-Fi, and laundry services. And if you are willing to shell out for their penthouse suite, then you also get to make use of the private butler service. Talk about royal treatment!

At Abu Dhabi, guests can explore Al Ain and then sail forward to Oman Salalah, before finally docking at Seychelles for a three-day tropical break. Not to mention, passengers aboard also get a chance to visit Madagascar before they can head out to the French Comoros Islands and finally, move through the Mozambique Channel. After reaching Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, this cruise ship will move ahead to Richard’s Bay before docking in Mossel Bay, which is halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. After enjoying the beaches, the ship will finally sail towards Cape Town, where guests can explore all the wonders around the city. Doesn’t it sound fantastic?

Tariff: Starts At AED49,396.70 (USD13,449)
When: April 16

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4. Azamara


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Azamara Cruise offers a seven-day fantastic experience that begins in Dubai. On the first day of this leisurely voyage, travellers get to explore the city while getting the chance to settle in their opulent cabins. After this, they move forward to Abu Dhabi where they get a chance to explore the UAE’s capital with a high tea at Emirates Palace, guided tours of Louvre Abu Dhabi, an excursion to Yas Island, and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Thereafter, on day five, the ship sets for a sail to Doha, during which guests can relish spectacular culinary delights and live entertainment at their cabaret lounge. In fact, they have the option to relax at their Sanctum Spa.

After this, the ship will dock for the night at Qatar’s capital. There, you can indulge in kayaking in the Al Thakhira Mangrove forest, visit the Mall of Qatar, and desert safari. Finally, the ship will return to Dubai, where passengers can partake in a helicopter tour of the Emirate and a private safari tour to a Bedouin Camp!

Tariff: Starts At AED3,412.11 (USD929)
When: November 13

5. Silver Sea


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Silver Sea is a luxury cruise operator that is popular for its all-inclusive excursions. And this particular voyage will take the guests on board for a Middle Eastern adventure. Setting sail from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, the ship will then move towards Doha and Bahrain. Thereafter, it beelines from Manama to Dammam in Saudi Arabia. The cruise ship also covers Muscat, where passengers can spot dolphins, indulge in dhow cruises, check out museums, and shop at local markets.

After this enriching experience, the ship embarks on a two-day journey on the sea to reach Mumbai. Here, passengers can explore popular landmarks like Gateway of India, the film city, popular beach-side cafes, and lots more. Moving forward towards Cochin, the ship will stay there for a night before another four-day journey on the sea to reach the Seychelles archipelago, before arriving in Mahe. This luxurious ship has eight restaurants, a spa, and an observation library, where travellers can keep themselves entertained.

Tariff: Starts At AED23,690.14 (USD6,450)
When: November 24

6. Oceania Cruises


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Oceana Cruise will set sail from Dubai on a 20-day journey that will take its passengers from the landscapes of UAE to those of Indo-China while passing through India and Sri Lanka on their way. Taking a journey along the exotic Eastern spice route, the Nautica is a Regatta-class ship that features restaurants, swimming pools, a running track, and even a wellness centre.

Passengers aboard can visit Fujairah, and after their two-day journey over the sea and they arrive at Mumbai, where they get to explore the City of Dreams. Thereafter, the ship will set sail for Cochin before which it will dock in Goa, followed by Mangalore. Spending a day in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, guests can explore Buddhist-guided meditation opportunities and visit the lush tea plantations. After this, they will set sail for three days before the ship docks at Myanmar for another three days. And finally, the journey will move towards Phuket, the largest island in Thailand. The last port of call on the itinerary is Singapore, where the ship docks on December 28.

Tariff: Starts At AED12,851.44 (USD3,499)
When: December 8

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