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Cruise Dubai

'Dubai is positioning itself as a Cruise Hotspot' - Sue Bryant, Daily Express

For over a thousand years Dubai and the Gulf area has seen maritime trade expand due to its location on the major trade routes between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Dubai has continued to be at the forefront of this growth but as well as growing its commercial port activities, it has, in recent years, set its sites on becoming a major player in the cruise world.

An increasing number of short cruises, in particular around the Gulf area, leave from Dubai. Typically a 6 or 7 day Gulf cruise from Dubai could call at Muscat (Oman), Ras Al-Kaimah, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. 


Additionally it is a regular stopping point on complete round the world cruises, in both directions, or sections of such cruises. 

Make the most of your Dubai holiday time - take a Big Bus Tour!

Dubai Cruise Terminal is a new (2010) 3300 sq. mtr. dedicated cruise hub in Port Rashid, right on the southern coast of the Arabian Gulf, near the mouth of Dubai Creek, and just ten minutes by taxi from Dubai International Airport. 

The cruise centre, with its deep water basin, has two large berths and can handle two to four cruise liners all at the same time, and the famous Dubai weather makes it perfect the year round. 

Two major cruise lines - Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean International - have vessels based in Dubai (2011) and it's likely to be just a matter of time before others join them. 

In setting up the Cruise Terminal the authorities conducted in-depth research into the needs of cruise lines and their customers and have endeavoured to make the procedures at the terminal extremely friendly and convenient with minimum bureaucracy, easy immigration, clearing of passengers by manifests, professional ground handling with excellent tourist support infrastructure including Duty Free, retail shops, an authorised money exchange, post office, luxurious VIP lounge (Majlis - 'a place of sitting'), rest rooms and internet access. You'll also find a covered baggage handling area, ample parking for tour buses and a dedicated taxi stand.

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is the only cruise terminal in the world operated by a government department of tourism, which, they say, means extra attention to every cruise visitor who stops at Dubai. 

Look at Best Ways to See Dubai, Getting Around Dubai and Places to Visit and Things to Do to get the most out of your holiday in Dubai.

Cruises For You

We're not here to sell you cruises or make specific recommendations. However it's fair to say you have various options when it comes to combining a visit to Dubai with the cruising experience. Why not.....

  • Fly to Dubai and catch a typically seven day cruise around the Gulf area.
  • Book a stay & cruise trip - a quality hotel in Dubai for a few days - see our recommended supplier Hotels Combined - and a seven day Gulf cruise.
  • Call in at Dubai on a complete world cruise - Dubai's becoming one of the regular ports of call on world cruises, but these stops generally do not give you time to explore Dubai in any way other than to get a very quick, perhaps only half a day, overview.
  • Cruise one or two legs only of a world cruise, perhaps Dubai to Singapore or Southampton, or
  • Do something unique like a cruise from Dubai to India.

Before or after you sail, we suggest you need at least three full days in Dubai to have sufficient time to get to know the city and explore some of its attractions.

Your holiday in Dubai is the time to shop 'til you drop!

The routes available from cruise companies and cruising intermediaries are many and varied and are likely to change, or at least be amended, from year to year. Similarly, the prices offered will also vary according to the proximity to the sailing date, the number of available unreserved cabins and the type and situation of the cabin selected. Enquiry and research are therefore essential.

Cruise Terminal at Dubai

Explore the internet and you'll find many cruising or holiday sites that can help you select and book your preferred type of cruise. We list below some of these websites to give you a head-start. Bear in mind we are UK-based ourselves and this is reflected in the following lists. However we would love you to Contact Us with details of any sites of cruise lines or cruising intermediaries that operate from other countries

Firstly, these are websites for specific cruise line companies that will give you much more detail about the actual ships used:











www.royalcaribbean.co.uk     (Royal Caribbean International)



www.spiritofadventure.co.uk   (Saga's sister company)

Secondly, these are some of the household name intermediaries operating out of the UK:


www.travelsphere.co.uk    (including sister company Page & Moy)


Thirdly, here is a selection of other intermediaries advertising regularly in UK based newspapers:











Finally, for something smaller and much more personal on the water have a look at:


www.seabourn.com   (Yachts of Seabourn)


Visit Best Ways to See Dubai, Getting Around Dubai and Places to Visit and Things to Do to get the most out of your trip.

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