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 Cuisine: Seabourn Encore alternative dining venue ‘Sushi’

Seabourn Encore has been the darling of the global cruise industry since her launch last year and ahead of her return to the Middle East, with a Dubai cruise due to depart for Europe in April, Cruise Arabia & Africa went on-board to sample some of her culinary offerings.

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Sponsored: Get a taste of the cruising life aboard a private yacht

It’s not just the beautiful desert of Dubai but also the mesmerising sea with warm waters and cool breezes that draw millions of tourists to the city ever year, including more than one million cruise passengers.

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Cruise Lifestyle: Get around Trump’s Muslim Ban with a Dubai cruise

US President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry to the United States for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries means that at least one million residents of the UAE can no longer travel to the US for the next 90 days.

Cruise Arabia & Africa has found a way around the US’ ‘Muslim Ban’ and you don’t even need to leave the Arabian Gulf to experience America.

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Cruise Lifestyle: Top 10 Cruise Ship Wedding Planning Tips

Getting married at sea is the ultimate romantic dream for many people. Ocean travel has been wrapped up with notions of romance since the golden age of the ocean liner and while the modern cruise industry is not quite the same, with proper planning and research, a wedding at sea can still be the ultimate location.

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