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The best cruise ships homeporting in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for 2017-18

The UAE’s 2017-18 cruise season will begin again on the 25th of October, when the luxury cruise liner Seabourn Encore returns to Dubai en-route to Australia, but this coming cruise season will see a number of cruise ships return, while others will be new to the city.

Here’s Cruise Arabia & Africa’s rundown of what to expect this year from those cruise ships homeporting in the Middle East for the winter cruise season that runs from November to March.

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Cruise Lifestyle: Koningsdam’s remarkable US $4.1-million art collection

One of the most notable features of any Holland America Line ship is the remarkable collection of museum-quality art on board and Koningsdam, which launched in April 2016, is no exception.

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Dubai’s DP World may be considering taking over Hong Kong’s cruise terminals

At a recent trade-focused meeting between DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, the UAE port tycoon mentioned ambitions concerning the city’s cruise terminals.

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New cruise attraction: Dubai announces ‘Floating Venice’ that looks nothing like it

A Dubai-based real estate and property developer Kleindienst Group, has announced plans to build a 3000-guest capacity ‘Floating Venice’, but it looks nothing like the city from which it gets its name.

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Dubai Harbour to be first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously

Dubai Harbour will have a second cruise terminal in addition to the one already revealed in January 2017, developer Meraas has announced.

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Ritz Carlton enters cruise industry with vessel it calls the “anti-cruise ship”

ABB will provide the power and propulsion for the first in a series of ground-breaking vessels that mark Ritz Carlton’s first foray into the cruise sector.

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Seabourn celebrates launch of new cruise ship Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn has marked a major construction milestone with a traditional coin and launch ceremony for its newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, at the Fincantieri shipyard in Sestri, Italy.

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