Pullmantur Cruises will bring its cruise liner Horizon to Dubai in the coming 2018/19 Middle East cruise season. The cruise line will homeport in the Arabian Gulf for the first time ever […]
QE2 returns to Port Rashid after ‘shower and a shave’ drydock and propeller removal
The former Cunard ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2, now officially re-named ‘Queen Elizabeth 2 Dubai’, has been towed from Dubai Drydocks back to Port Rashid for the next stage in her life […]
AIDAstella emerges from Dubai Drydocks with new ice-cream bar
During her final Middle East cruise season sailing roundtrip out of Dubai, AIDAstella was put into drydock at Dubai Drydocks World for a 5-day refit. The German cruise line is one of […]
QE2 Hotel to launch by 3rd week of April, according to reservations team
The QE2 Hotel will open by the second or third week of April, according to the reservations team at PCFC Hotels, the operator of the new floating hotel for the former Cunard […]
AIDA Cruises sending largest ship to Arabian Gulf for roundtrip Dubai cruises in 2019 season
AIDA Cruises, the fun-loving German ‘holiday resort’ cruise line has confirmed that AIDAprima will homeport in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the 2018/19 cruise season.
MSC Cruises drops prices for Middle East guests on MSC Seaside Caribbean itineraries
MSC Cruises announces exclusive near-50% off deals for Middle East guests aboard MSC Seaside on maiden Caribbean cruises out of Miami.
P&O Cruises makes plastics reduction pledge ahead of 2019 Dubai cruise season
As Dubai forges ahead with its sustainability initiatives, P&O Cruises and Cunard Line, both of which are cruise brands owned by Carnival Corporation, have announced a commitment to remove single use plastics […]
Seven cruise lines to homeport in UAE during 2018/19 season for first time ever
For the first time in the history of cruising in the United Arab Emirates, a total of seven cruise lines will homeport in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during the upcoming 2018/19 cruise […]
MSC Cruises’ newest mega cruise ship MSC Bellissima will cruise roundtrip from Dubai in 2020
MSC Cruises has announced that the largest cruise ship in the fleet will be homeported in Dubai during the 2019/2020 cruise season.
Cruise Industry: Dubai cruise growth hampered by other Arabian Gulf ports
While Dubai Cruise Terminal has expanded significantly over the last five years, other major destination ports (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Muscat) have not.
Dubai considering fourth cruise terminal at Port Rashid for luxury liners
Dubai is determined to remain the cruise capital of the Middle East, undertaking a major redevelopment and expansion of its facilities at Port Rashid and the recently announced Dubai Harbour, and now […]
QE2 appears a step closer to new life as floating hotel with new website launch
DP World has ‘unofficially’ confirmed its plans for the Queen Elizabeth II Hotel with a model of the Mina Rashid Marina development at Dubai Cruise Terminal 3.
MSC Cruises offers exclusive deals for Cruise Arabia & Africa readers
MSC Cruises has revealed a number of cruise deals for its roundtrip Dubai cruises in the Arabian Gulf exclusively for Cruise Arabia & Africa readers.
Best cruises from South Africa and Dubai to Indian Ocean islands in 2018 and 2019
Here are our top selections of the best cruises from Cape Town, South Africa, and Dubai in the UAE, in 2018 and 2019 to the Seychelles, Maldives and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
MSC Cruises targets Celebrity with MSC Lirica Dubai cruise deployment for 2019
MSC Cruises is making a play for Celebrity Cruises’ market share in the Dubai cruise market, with plans to send its recently refitted MSC Lirica to Dubai for the 2018/19 Middle East cruise […]
VAT introduction in UAE expected to have no impact on Middle East cruise market
Cruise market in UAE exempt from value added tax (VAT) and therefore Dubai cruise demand wont be affected, says leading Middle East cruise representative.
Costa, MSC and AIDA to ‘interport’ between Dubai and Abu Dhabi for 2018/19 Middle East cruise season
Three of the five cruise lines deploying cruise ships in the Arabian Gulf for the 2018/2019 cruise season out of Dubai will be offering both Abu Dhabi and Dubai as turnaround ports, […]
Celebrity Cruises to cruise from Dubai for first time in 2020, dropping Abu Dhabi
Celebrity Cruises has become the first of the Middle East homeporting cruise lines to take advantage of the growing number of Indian and Chinese cruise tourists coming to Dubai, with a new […]
Emirates passengers get exclusive pre- and post-cruise offers in Dubai
Emirates has extended its popular My Emirates Pass programme to passengers visiting Dubai this winter season.
All four Dubai based cruise ships meet in port at start of 2018 Middle East cruise season
All four cruise ships homeporting in Middle East for 2018 season meet in port at Dubai Cruise Terminal.