Cruise to Middle East

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Middle East Cruises: Your guide to cruising this interesting region

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Frequently asked questions

Empty your camera roll and prepare to snap selfies in destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, and historical sites in Egypt, Jordan, and Israel – all of which are popular inclusions in a Middle Eastern cruise itinerary.


Enjoy immaculate cruising vibes in the Middle East between November and March, when the weather is cooler and more comfortable for exploration.


Onshore activities may include desert safaris, visits to ancient archaeological sites, snorkeling in the Red Sea, and city tours through ancient walls and winding souks. Onboard, your cruise ship is likely decked out with plenty of spas, restaurants, bars and activities to keep you more than entertained.


Most cruises include meals onboard, with menus featuring a range of Middle Eastern and Western cuisine. Bring some local currency to so you can easily sample the local delights during shore excursions.


While wildlife is sparse in urban areas (they don’t love desert landscapes and skyscrapers as much as one would think), you may encounter marine life in the Red Sea and local fauna during desert excursions.


Middle East cruises typically range from 7 to 14 days, meaning you’ve got plenty of time to explore the region's diverse cultures and landscapes (and eat all of the epic food).


Absolutely! Pretty much every Middle Eastern cruise offers excursions to explore local markets, historical landmarks, and cultural sites. Perhaps the better question is – will there be enough time to explore all of the cultural experiences the Middle East has to offer?


Pack lightweight, modest clothing for the warm climate, along with sunscreen, hats, and comfortable shoes for walking. Ensure you pack modest clothing so you can cover up and respect local culture when exploring religious sites and ancient wonders.


If the Middle East knows anything, it’s luxury, and the cruises are no exception. If luxury is what you’re after, chat with your Flight Centre cruising expert to find a high-end ship that meets your needs. Offering everything from high-end amenities to exclusive regional experiences, we have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.


Major departure cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are well-connected by international flights and ground transfers, making embarkation a breeze.


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