United Arab Emirates & Oman from Dubai 7 nights 8 days

Price
7 nights
On Request
Highlights
  • Spacious en suite accommodation
  • Great service comes as standard
  • Full board in fine dining restaurants
  • Gym, pools and relaxation
  • West End-style theatre shows
  • Children Clubs and activities

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Includes & Excludes
  • Cabin Types
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Dubai’s authenticity is harder to come by in a city that is always moving forward, there are
experiences that instantly give you a taste of Arabia as it’s always been. Brilliant mosques
and spice-filled souks sit beside the glimmer of high rises so you can browse the regal-style
jewellery casually on sale in the Gold Souk (where haggling is a normal part of the
purchasing process) When you reach Abu Dhabi the scorching heat hits you first, followed
by the sultry scent of oud, and then the sight of those epic palace-style hotels – they don’t
make them small in this part of the world. Neither do they scrimp on architectural marvels.
Abu Dhabi’s leading Islamic mosque is hung with Swarovski chandeliers and covered with
the largest Persian carpet ever made and a hotel’s colossal curved steel and glass LED
canopy pretty much overlaps the renowned Formula One® racetrack. As you enjoy all the
comforts of the ship, along with all the fun of the beach at Sir Bani Yas Island where you will
experience fabulous BBQ Lunch
Dedicate part of your vacation to Oman Muscat to visit the sites, like the fish market, the
Portuguese fort and, above all Muttrah’s Souq, one of cruisers’ favourite destinations.

Itinerary

A shore excursion on your MSC Emirates and Oman cruise can be the opportunity to
discover Bur Dubai, at the heart of the metropolis of Dubai, on the south side of the
Breezy Creek. It’s the oldest part of Dubai and it offers a fascinating insight into the
city’s traditional roots.
This is where you’ll find many of the place’s most interesting Arabian heritage
houses, clustered in the beautiful old Iranian quarter of Bastakiya and the waterfront
Shindagha district, as well as the excellent Dubai Museum and the atmospheric
Textile Souk.
MSC Emirates offers excursions to the bustling district of Deira: the centre of Dubai’s
traditional commercial activity, much of it still conducted in the area’s vibrant array of
old-fashioned souks, including the famous gold and spice markets. A few kilometres

south of the old city centre, modern Dubai begins in spectacular style with Sheikh
Zayed Road, home to a neck-cracking array of skyscrapers including the glittering
Emirates Towers.
Even these, however, are outshone by the massive Downtown Dubai development at
the southern end of the strip, centred on the stupendous new Burj Khalifa, the world’s
tallest building, flanked by further record-breaking attractions including the
gargantuan Dubai Mall and spectacular Dubai Fountain.
West of the Sheikh Zayed Road, the sprawling beachside suburb of Jumeirah is the
traditional address-of-choice for Dubai’s European expats, its endless swathes of
walled villas dotted with half a dozen shopping malls and a smattering of low-key
sights. At the southern end of Jumeirah, there are more iconic sights in the sleepy
suburb of Umm Suqeim, including the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the
extraordinary mock-Arabian Madinat Jumeirah complex and the unforgettable Burj al
Arab hotel.
Leading attractions on your cruises to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates include
the extravagant Emirates Palace hotel and the even more spectacular Sheikh Zayed
Mosque, while the various attractions of Yas Island, home to the vast Ferrari World
theme park, lie just down the road.
The blockbuster attraction at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is a dream excursion for any F1
fans. The “world’s biggest indoor theme park”, it offers a wide range of
Ferrari-themed rides and displays which will appeal both to kids and grown-ups,
including the chance to drive an F1 simulator or to ride the Formula Rossa roller
coaster (the world’s fastest) or to experience race-day acceleration in the G Force
“tower of speed” – as well as numerous gentler family-oriented rides.
Dedicated motorsports enthusiasts will also enjoy the big display of classic and
contemporary Ferraris, and the virtual tour of the firm’s famous Maranello factory.
Some 15km from central Abu Dhabi, the mighty Sheikh Zayed Mosque dominates all
landward approaches to the city, its snowy-white mass of domes and minarets visible
for miles around and providing a spectacular symbol of Islamic pride at the entrance
to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Completed in 2007, the mosque was commissioned by and named after Sheikh
Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who lies buried in a modest white marble mausoleum

close to the entrance. The mosque is one of the world’s biggest and certainly the
most expensive, having taken twelve years to build at a cost of around US$500
million. It’s also unusual in being one of only two mosques in the UAE open to
non-Muslims.
An enchanting stop on this MSC Cruise to Sir Bani Yas island.
It has nothing to do with the hyper-technological progress which you will admire on
your trip to the capital, Abu Dhabi.
The MSC Beach Experience on Sir Bani Yas means relax. It includes a delicious
barbecue lunch of succulent burgers and other grilled delights, fresh salads and
vegetables, pastries and fruit. And you can enjoy cocktails, ice-cold beers and soft
drinks from the island’s six bars.
Entertainment options range from beach tennis and volleyball to paddle boarding and
snorkelling, not forgetting gym and dance activities and fun beach parties.
Meanwhile, the inflatable water park and kids’ play area will keep children happy all
day.
Without leaving the beach, you can pamper yourself with a revitalising massage or
beauty treatment provided by our expert MSC Aurea Spa personnel. And if you’ve
booked an island tour–or decide to join one at the last minute–you’ll find our
Excursion Office right there on the beach too.
On Sir Bani Yas, just like on the islands of Dalma
and the six nearby Discovery Islands, an enormous nature reserve has been
designated to species in danger of extinction, be they from the Arabian peninsula or
from Africa.
You can explore a one-of-a-kind island destination. Go horse riding or jeep riding;
take your time at wildlife watching hides, then settle down on a traditional dhow for a
mini cruise.
On Sir Bani Yas, everyone can enjoy the beach experience of their dreams or
experience a safari like no other between the mangroves, the desert and the
protected bay areas.
Enjoy fun new experiences around the clock on an MSC Cruises' ship, from enriching
indoor and outdoor activities during the day to magical night-time entertainment. With
cinemas, tournaments and competitions, outdoor activities that are fun for the whole
family and magical night-time entertainment, you’ll have a hard time choosing
between all the things you can see and experience.
Don’t miss an all-new entertainment experience and enjoy an extraordinary embrace
of sounds, lights, performers and special effects that will make you feel part of the
show. Discover Carousel Productions At Sea: all-new entertainment concept
blending breath-taking acrobatics, dance and live music to create exclusive original
production specially designed for MSC Cruises ships.
On board an MSC Cruise you can enjoy the glamour of a night in the casino or
experience thrills of the MSC Formula Racer, immerse in the 4D Cinema and play at
the bowling alley with your family and friends. We provide the magic, all you have to
do is choose the activity!
Stepping ashore in Oman’s capital Muscat, means stepping into one of the oldest
cities of the Middle East. This is where incense was shipped to Greece and Rome as
far back as the 2nd century.
Today it is still possible to find traces of its glorious past in the old centre where, until
the latter part of the past century, the gates that separated the various quarters would
be closed three hours after dawn. Muttrah, the historic centre of trade and activity of
the capital that you will see during the cruise, is one of the most intriguing and well
preserved parts of the town centre.
Dedicate part of your vacation to Muscat to visit the sites, like the fish market, the
Portuguese fort and, above all Muttrah’s Souq, one of cruisers’ favourite destinations.
You can continue along the sea road to the old town of Muscat where, about 200
years ago, the predecessor of the current head of state, built the Al Alam (the Flag),
the palace which was restored in the Seventies and has become the Sultan’s official
residence. It is a beautiful example of contemporary Arab architecture situated at the
centre of the part of Muscat which is still surrounded by its 17th century walls.

Nearby, in the quarter of Bawshar, you find the Great Mosque of Sultan Qabus.
About 6500 devotees gather to pray in the main prayer hall which has a single, huge
carpet of about 4200 sq.m., made of one billion and 700 million knots and weighs 21
tons. All the halls, which may be visited also by non-Muslims, are decorated with
motifs that celebrate Arab culture.
Khasab, is also known as the Top of the Emirates, a play of words to define its
position – it’s the most “northern” city in the Emirates – and the appeal of this Oman
port located in the northernmost exclave of the Sultanate. Sailing on an MSC cruise
you will notice that Khasab guards the Ormuz strait that separates the Arabian Sea
from the Indian Ocean.
Here the cruise proceeds into the Musandam, the longest and most famous fjord of
these coasts, with its long inlets dug out of the limestone, that open towards the
hinterland through cliffs rising vertically from the clear blue waters, populated by
dolphins and a vast varied marine life, which is why it is known as the “Norway of
Arabia”.
One of the most fascinating ways to explore these lands is aboard a dhow, typical
boats used in the Arab peninsula, nowadays also propelled by a motor, if not rigged
with one or more Latin sails. During your visit to Oman, you can choose an excursion
to Telegraph Island, the historic island in which, in the middle of the 19th century, the
British built an intermediate station of the telegraph that connected Bombay to
Bahrain.
Khasab is a town founded by the Portuguese at the beginning of the 17th century in
the best possible natural port of the area and offers many interesting excursions. One
of the most appealing is the Khasab Fortress.
Now farther from the sea, it has maintained its original charm and... some typical
boats of the region which, just as in the military buildings, are decorated in the
traditional style of the Musandam peninsula.
Or you can visit the town of Bukha with its two beautiful forts built in the Portuguese
period: Fort Bukha, perfectly preserved with its uninterrupted crown of rounded
merlons and Fort Al Qala, with its fair faced stone walls.

Price Includes

  • Choose & Cruise Option
    This offer includes Service charge- gratuities are included in the cruise fare.
  • Choose & Cruise with Drinks
    This offer includes Service charge- gratuities are included in the cruise fare –
    Premium extra package

Price Excludes

  • MSC Excursion bookable at an additional cost

Cabin Types

Balcony Rooms Relax and enjoy the sun and sea breeze from the comfort of your private balcony
Surface approx 13 sqm, Balcony approx 3 sqm, deck 9-10
Sitting area with sofa
Bathroom with shower, vanity area with hairdryer
Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar
Balcony Aurea (best ship positions, surface approx 13 sqm, deck 9-10)
Junior Balcony (surface approx 13 sqm, deck 9-10)
Suites Make your cruise memorable enjoying an elegant suite with more living space, a large private balcony and exclusive benefits
Surface approx. 23 sqm, balcony approx 5 sqm, deck 12
Balcony
Sitting area with sofa
Spacious Wardrobe
Bathroom with bathtub, vanity area with hairdryer
Comfortable double or single beds (on request)
TV, telephone, Wifi connection available (for a fee), safe and minibar

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