Destination Dubai

Top 5 types of cruises from Dubai in 2020

In 2020, some 269 cruise itineraries will feature Dubai as an embarkation port, the vast majority of them (207), will be using the city as a homeport for roundtrip cruises in the Arabian Gulf, while others will be repositioning cruises or grand voyages to Asia, Europe and Africa.

Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame, 5 minutes from Dubai Cruise Terminal

Dubai has some of the most exotic cruise itineraries in the world. If Singapore is on your bucketlist there are 12 cruises from Dubai to the island nation, if you’d like to explore the ancient landmarks of Athens, there are six cruises to Piraeus, the gateway to the Greek capital.

There are seven cruises from Dubai to Civitavecchia, the gateway to Rome, and even two grand voyages from Dubai to Cape Town, with port calls at all the most exotic islands of the Indian Ocean. With so many itineraries on offer, here are our top 5 picks for the coming year.

7-night roundtrip Dubai cruise in the Arabian Gulf


MSC Lirica in port in Abu Dhabi

MSC Cruises

MSC Lirica

Every Sunday from November 15th, 2020 until March 4th, 2021

Between November, 2020 and April, 2021, MSC Lirica will cruise roundtrip from Dubai on Arabian Gulf cruise itineraries. Like MSC Seaview during the same season, MSC Lirica will offer alternating 7-night roundtrip itineraries from Dubai.

The first itinerary cruises from Dubai and visits Abu Dhabi and Khasab and Muscat in Oman, before returning to Dubai. On the first and last nights of the cruise she’ll stay overnight in port in Dubai, giving passengers the opportunity for night safaris and greater city exploration.

The second itinerary cruises from Dubai and visits Abu Dhabi as well, but instead of then cruising to Khasab, MSC Lirica will instead spend a day at anchor off Sir Bani Yas Island before cruising to Muscat.

She’ll then return to Dubai, and as with the other itinerary, the ship will stay overnight in Dubai at the cruise terminal on the first and last nights of the cruise.

15-night Best Of India & South East Asia cruise from Dubai to Singapore


Celebrity Constellation alongside in Dubai

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Constellation

Every 30 days from December 4th, 2020 until April 3rd, 2021

Celebrity Cruises operates the only regular cruise itinerary between Dubai and Singapore during the coming cruise season. Singapore is a major tourist destination, home to many of the world’s most famous landmarks. Singapore Visa net can assist you in getting your visa to enter Singapore, while Celebrity Constellation herself is a floating resort with pools and spas and entertainment and live music. Port calls along the way include Muscat, Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Colombo, and Phuket.

20-night Exotic Expedition cruise from Dubai to Cape Town


Norwegian Spirit underway at sea

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Spirit

March 2nd, 2020

Norwegian Spirit will cruise from Dubai on March 2nd, 2020 on a 20-night cruise to Cape Town. The itinerary is a slimmed-down version of the annual 30-night Dubai to Cape Town cruise undertaken by Oceania Nautica every year (Oceania Cruises is the premium brand in the Norwegian Cruise Line group).

Along the way she’ll visit Abu Dhabi, the Seychelles, Nosy Be, Port Louis, Pointe De Galets, Richards Bay, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, and finally Cape Town during a 20-night grand voyage across the Indian Ocean and into the Atlantic.

36-night grand voyage from Dubai to Sydney


Queen Mary 2 transiting the Suez Canal

Cunard Line

Queen Mary 2

January 30th, 2020

The flagship of the Cunard Line fleet, Queen Mary 2, will return to Dubai in 2020, to sail a 19-night cruise from the UAE to Hong Kong, and then onto Sydney, Australia. Queen Mary 2 will stay overnight in port in Dubai at the cruise terminal on January 30th, 2020 before departing the following day for Hong Kong. During the 19-night cruise to Hong Kong alone she’ll visit 8 ports, including Muscat, Colombo, Phuket, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang.

From Hong Kong she’ll make port calls in Bitung, Indonesia and Darwin, Airlie Beach and Brisbane in Australia before arriving in Sydney. Carrying 2,695 passengers and with a gross tonnage of 149,215, Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner ever built, and at the time of her launch in 2004 was the largest passenger ship ever built.

16-night Suez Canal cruise from Dubai to Civitavecchia (Rome)

Royal Caribbean International

Jewel of the Seas

March 23rd, 2020

When Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship Jewel of the Seas wraps up her first ever Dubai cruise season in 2020 she’ll depart on a repositioning cruise to Rome via the Arabian Peninsula, Suez Canal and Rhodes, Piraeus (Athens), and Naples in the Mediterranean.

This itinerary gives passengers the chance to enjoy Royal Caribbean’s famous high-energy and fun cruise concept on a longer voyage visiting some of the most ancient ports in the world.

Jewel of the Seas is herself a destination at sea, at 90,090-tons and carrying 2,100 passengers, she features six restaurants, 12 cafes and bars, a Broadway-style theatre, casino, waterpark and even a massive spa and fitness centre.

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    • Hey Ali, the only 10 night cruise next year is aboard MSC Cruises from Dubai to Jeddah, departing March 26th. Throughout Jan, Feb and Mar, however, Costa Cruises are doing 8-night roundtrip cruises from Dubai, and MSC Cruises are doing week-long itineraries.

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