Middle East Cruise News

Seabourn to return to Abu Dhabi in UAE for first time in five years in 2024

Seabourn will return to Abu Dhabi for the first time in five years on several of the 11 cruise itineraries it has released for 2024/25 featuring the Middle East.

Seabourn Encore will cruise a range of Arabian cruises next year and in 2025, with grand 35-day voyages between Athens and Singapore via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other ports in the Arabian Gulf, as well as shorter 18-day itineraries between Dubai and Singapore or Dubai and Athens.

Three of the cruises depart from Dubai 2024, with one cruise departure from Dubai in 2025 (an 18-day voyage from Dubai to Athens via the Red Sea and Suez Canal), calling Aqaba for Petra, Safaga for Cairo and Luxor, as well as ports in the Mediterranean.

Seabourn Encore

Prices start at US $7,499 per person sharing at the time of writing, with all the Middle East voyages, as well as those that call in Middle East ports, operated by Seabourn Encore, the cruise line’s luxury Encore-class ship.

When she was launched in 2016, Seabourn Encore marked a major redevelopment of the fleet by Seabourn as she is 26% larger than Seabourn’s three Odyssey-class vessels, and holds about 34% more passengers.

These Middle East itineraries for 2024 and 2025 were released with a dozen others for the Caribbean, and Asia, which depart between fall 2024 and winter/spring 2025.

Seabourn Ovation will sail to the Caribbean to visit Barbados, Curacao, and St. Maarten, while Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation will take guests on more than 40 unique sailings, including new stops and ports Seabourn has not visited in five years.

Seabourn Encore in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE

Notable ports that Seabourn hasn’t visited in at least five years include not just Abu Dhabi, but also Isabel Segunda, Puerto Rico; Santa Marta, Colombia; Port Antonio, Jamaica; and Kaohsiung and Magong (Makung), Penghu Islands, Taiwan.

The itineraries, which range from seven to 35 days, will offer opportunities for passengers to explore less explored ports, according to Seabourn.

“Our guests are highly accomplished, extraordinary individuals who are looking for out-of-the-ordinary experiences,” said Natalya Leahy, President of Seabourn. “Seabourn continues to take them to some of the world’s most stunning and captivating destinations while delighting them with joyful, unexpected, highly curated experiences.”

“From the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean to the exotic charm of Asia and Arabia, we can’t wait for our guests to experience special ‘Seabourn Moments’ with us,” she added.

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