A cruise to the Emirates is sure to focus around Dubai. It's one of the most glitzy and expensive destinations in the world, but visiting on a cruise can be a great way of avoiding costly hotel rates, pricey dinners and getting sucked into going back to that favourite souk of yours just one more time. Since Dubai is a shopaholics paradise, it can be all too easy to get sucked into that high-spending lifestyle!
Most cruises involving Dubai stop start with getting a flight from the UK, with most arriving into Dubai airport - it's the largest in the area. Look out for cruises with free stays in Dubai as well to extend your exploration of this fascinating city without breaking the bank.
You'll then set off around the Emirates and beyond to destinations such as Fujairah, Muscat and Abu Dhabi, where you will be able to enjoy the mix of great weather, cultural attractions, and beautiful landscapes.
Dubai is the main focus of any Middle East cruise, and your trip wouldn't be complete without visiting the gold souk, or the Mall of the Emirates, which is consistently voted Dubai's best mall. Spare a little time to visit Bur Dubai though - this is the heart of how Dubai used to be before the money came rolling in.
Don't forget about the UAE's other amazing cities either! Muscat has been described as the "fjords of the Middle East", with beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see. And once you reach the city, the Sultan's Palace, the Grand Mosque and the Mutrah Souk are sure to give you a memorable excursion.
Fellow Emirates Fujairah and Abu Dhabi are usually also part of the itinerary on a Dubai and Emirates cruise, and they have plenty to offer too. You can explore the huge Red Dunes desert area in Fujairah, whilst in Abu Dhabi it's the historic Corniche that will grab the attention.
Emirate cruises are at their most popular over the winter, because Dubai and the Middle East are great for winter sun - plus it's too hot to do anything in Dubai in the summer! Don't fret if you want a slice of the sunshine, just make sure you look out for early booking offers to get the best deal.
Keep your eyes peeled for free nights in Dubai too, as this is a great way to extend your holiday and spend a little more time in this fascinating city without forking out a lot extra.
To save onboard, ask about drinks packages when you book. Many cruise companies offer cheaper packages before you sail, and it saves you having to worry about your drinks bill totting up to an arm and a leg. Alcoholic beverages can be harder to come by in this part of the world, so don't expect to be able to sip a cocktail or two on an excursion before heading back to the ship.
Updated 15th February 2017
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