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Middle East Cruises

On a Middle East cruise, you'll discover ancient and modern cultures and some of the world's most impressive architectural sites. Middle East cruises are sometimes referred to as Holy Land cruises, as important Christian, Jewish and Islamic sites are among the highlights of shore excursions. The Middle East offers striking topographical contrasts, from lush valleys to vast deserts, and the pyramids of Egypt are a highlight of many Middle East cruises. Some Middle East cruises transit the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. There are also some new itineraries on the Middle East radar including Bahrain and Qatar.

Why cruise the Middle East?

The Middle East is considered a relatively exotic destination for cruisers and one that has in the past proved difficult to visit due to tensions in and around some Middle East countries, causing schedules to shift. With things now much more stable in the region, this is a real opportunity to get off the beaten track and away from the typical destinations like Alaska and the Mediterranean and visit some new and exciting locations. From historic sites to beautiful beaches to luxury hotels and resorts, the Middle East can offer up a bit of everything for cruisers.

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Middle East Destinations

The itinerary for your Middle East cruise will depend on the type of holiday you are looking for; historic sites, water sports, food and drink, luxury hotels…the list of possibilities are endless making the Middle East an attractive proposition. A cruise to the Middle East is to immerse yourself in Muslim culture and put yourself at the heart of world affairs, helping you to gain a better understanding of how things work in this part of the world. It promises to be an eye-opening and fascinating experience and here are a few of the destinations you can visit:

•Egypt • Jordan • Dubai • Bahrain • Tunisia • United Arab Emirates • Oman • Qatar • Saudi Arabia

Who's sailing to the Middle East?

Many of the large cruise lines are operating itineraries in various parts of the Middle East so again, your choice of destination will dictate who you will be able to cruise with once you get to the Middle East. Whether you are looking for a large cruise line with all the modern facilities of a five star hotel or something a bit more intimate, you are sure to find something to suit your taste. Here are just a few of the cruise lines operating in the Middle East:

  • Variety Cruises
  • Voyages to Antiquity
  • Silversea
  • Cunard
  • P&O Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises
  • Peregrine Adventures
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Sea Cloud Cruises
  • APT Cruising
  • Viking Cruises
  • Voyages of Discovery
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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    When is the best time of year to go to the Middle East?

    The Arabian Gulf cruising season runs from December through to March when the weather is mild and you are pretty much guaranteed sunny days. The weather in the Middle East can be extremely hot at times making it unpleasant for cruising. The temperatures in August can get up close to or into the 40s so the cooler ‘winter’ months tend to be much more pleasant where the temperature tends to be in the low 20s with plenty of sunshine hours.

    Find out more and book today

    To choose your Middle East cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively use the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to the Middle East.

    Happy cruising!

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