Posted August 10th, 2015
5 Things To Know About Gulf Cruises
Quicker than it has taken Dubai to rise up out of the desert and become an oasis of luxury and opulence, cruising in the Emirates has flourished greatly. After tempestuous events in the region from the end of 2010 to 2012, cruise lines are again seeing the attraction in this part of the world and some, such as Celebrity Cruises, even choosing to base their ships here for an entire season.
The appeal of sailing the Gulf is obvious. After all, these are some of the richest places in the world, offering some of the most lavish experiences any traveller could hope for. So here are a few things to know before you set off on your Middle Eastern cruise.
Sun All Year Round
This part of the world receives high temperatures all year round and so it is the perfect destination for some winter sun. In fact, winter is probably the best time to go because the weather is likely to be a lot more bearable. Although some operators do sail into the region during the summer months, temperatures can often exceed 40 degrees, which can be uncomfortably hot for many people. However, the average of between 25 and 30 degrees in December, January and February is far less stifling.
Awe-Inspiring Shore Excursions
Shore excursions are always an exciting part of a cruise, but in the Emirates things are taken up a notch. There are so many amazing experiences to be had, ranging from once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to chances to enjoy 5-star service and hospitality. Particular examples may include venturing up the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, riding through the desert in a jeep, getting the pulse racing at Ferrari World and taking high tea at some of the world’s best hotels
Respect The Etiquette
As is the case in many heavily religious parts of the world, it is important to observe and respect the beliefs and etiquette in the Gulf region. For example, both men and women will need to cover up when visiting mosques and beachwear should be worn exclusively at the beach. It’s also an offence to be under the influence of alcohol in public and during Ramadan even non-Muslims are expected to only eat in private between sunrise and sunset.
Cruise And Stay
With fascinating cities all over the region, the Emirates and Middle East are excellent places to plan a cruise and stay holiday. Many cruises either start or finish in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, giving you the perfect excuses to add a city-break to the start of end of your holiday. This will give you more opportunity to explore these opulent cities and experience their world class hotels.
Not Just For The Rich
Cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat may be playgrounds for the rich and famous, but they can still be enjoyed on a budget. At the time of writing, a 9-night cruise with Celebrity Cruises in November 2016 starts from just £542pp cruise only. Away from this, there are also plenty of 7-night options on board Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas that start from around £800pp.
If you would like to experience the finer things in life with a cruise to the Gulf, we have a wide range of itineraries throughout 2015 and 2016. Call us for more information or submit your enquiry online.