Arabian Gulf & Middle East
The Middle East is growing in popularity as a cruise destination, due to its guaranteed winter sun, amazing beaches, shopping opportunities and first-class cities steeped in history and culture. Cruises typically run between Egypt and UAE through the Arabian Gulf. African countries typically associated with the Arabian Gulf are Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, while the Middle East ports-of-call include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jordan, Oman and Bahrain.
Itineraries are usuallly 7 nights and focus on desert adventures, cultural explorations and shopping.
Trips that include the Middle East as part of a World Cruise or Repositioning, travel through the Suez Canal from the Eastern Meditteranean past Saudi Arabia.
Cruise season: Repositioning trips happen in late October - early November, and late March - early April. The Arabian Gulf cruise season is from December - March, during the cooler winter months.