Cruises in the Middle East are gaining in popularity and leading Italian cruise lines, MSC and Costa Cruises are leaving no stone unturned to give their guests the grandest experience onboard their ships. Costa will be sailing this winter with that flagship, Costa Toscana which has a capacity to carry 6,554 passengers and is the third ship of the Costa Group fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
MSC Cruises will be sailing the Middle East with three ship - MSC Virtuosa, MSC Opera and MSC Orchestra. While Virtuosa & Opera will be sailing between Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha & Bahrain, MSC Orchestra will be cruising in the Red Sea offering 7 night cruises to Saudi Arabia, Egypt & Jordan.
And what makes a holiday to the Middle East this winter even more enticing is that Dubai will be hosting the Dubai Shopping Festival from 15th Dec 2023 till 29th Jan 2024. Most itineraries have overnight halts in Dubai which means that your cruise cabin is your hotel room in Dubai while you explore DSF 2024. Besides the UAE government has introduced a multi entry visa for cruise travellers making it really convenient to explore the Arabian Gulf on a cruise.