Cruise from Dubai - Arabian Peninsula and Suez Canal
Dubai has quickly emerged as a hub for cruises. The interesting local area, newly built cruise terminals and - not least - the chance to stop in Dubai attract both shipping companies and travellers.
The port of Mina Rashid, or Port Rashid, can handle six cruise ships and up to 25,000 passengers - simultaneously. Something that may be needed, as interest in calling at Dubai on a cruise is only growing.
During the last cruise season, 157 ships and 625,000 passengers came to Dubai, an increase of 15% compared to the previous year. The cruise season coincides with the peak season for tourism to Dubai, which is the cooler period from October to May - roughly.
Many shipping companies have cruises from Dubai
Almost all major, well-known shipping companies now include Dubai on one or more of their routes. Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Costa and Silversea Cruises are a few examples.
Cruises that include Dubai vary in length and itinerary, but they often go in the vicinity of the Arabian Peninsula, in the Gulf of Oman and a little way up the Persian Gulf.
A common example is a seven-day trip that starts and ends in Dubai, with stops in Muscat, Oman, Sir Bani Yas Island and Abu Dhabi. The longer 14-day cruises usually also include stops in Doha, Qatar and Bahrain.
Find cruises from Dubai
At our partner CruiseDirect.com you can find cruises from Dubai with different shipping lines and itineraries. You book for free and with a best price guarantee. Do a search and you'll see!
Cruise from Dubai through the Suez Canal
A really cool option are the cruises that start in Dubai and continue via the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean, for example, has such a cruise that starts in Dubai and stops in Aqaba in Jordan, Jerusalem, Crete and ends in Barcelona.
Luxury and small-scale Azamara has a 17-day cruise departing from Dubai, via the Suez Canal, to Athens. Stops include Salalah in Oman, Aqaba in Jordan, Jerusalem and Cyprus along the way.
If you want to stay at sea for a long time, you can cruise all the way from Dubai to Southampton in the UK, on the Sea Princess. Along the way there are plenty of stops in places like Aqaba, Corfu, the Gulf of Kotor in Montenegro, Venice, Dubrovnik, Barcelona and Lisbon.
Map - Dubai cruise port location
Port Rashid is located at the outlet of Dubai Bay, close to the older parts of the city. The terminal has a free shuttle to a couple of Dubai's shopping malls and a taxi stop.
From the airport to the port takes about 25 minutes by car. Here you can read more about transfer from Dubai airport.
Find the right cruise
If you are looking for a cruise from Dubai, you can of course visit the websites of the various shipping companies, but we would like to recommend CruiseDirect, a website that collects cruises from almost all shipping companies and often offers really good prices.
A newly launched Swedish alternative is cruises.se, which will soon launch a search engine for cruises worldwide.
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