Abu Dhabi

A roller coaster city
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
A massive $500 million mosque

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Abu Dhabi

The pleasure of untamed luxury

The United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi, where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, offers an intriguing contrast to its freewheeling neighbour Dubai, a little over an hour’s drive down the coast.


Leading attractions on your Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sir Bani Yas 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.

Must see places in Abu Dhabi

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  • DELUXE JEEP JAUNT & DINNER IN THE DESERT

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    AUH25

    Look forward to an Arabian Night that will see you travel deep into Abu Dhabi’s desert for a truly immersive cultural experience that includes a delicious dinner of authentic Arabian food. You’ll leave the ship in the afternoon, board a modern 4x4 vehicle and then embark on a 1.5-hour drive to first reach the desert. From there, you can enjoy a stunning ride over the photo-worthy dune landscape, with a break included for a chance to see what it’s like to ride a camel. Alternatively, though, the break time can be used to experience a fascinating henna-painting session, a popular and highly decorative form of semi-permanent body art in the region. On arrival at the exclusive village, your Arabian Night continues with a buffet dinner amid the most romantic desert setting. And as a final touch, your time at the village also includes a beguiling belly dance show in true Arabian style. The tour then wraps up with the return journey to your ship. Please note: the driver will provide information in English. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, wheelchair-users, elderly and for pregnant women. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      7 h

    • Adults£129.00Price per person

    • Children£112.00Price per person

  • DESERT DUNE ADVENTURE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    AUH04

    Treat yourself to the thrill of a lifetime on our Desert Dune Adventure. An exciting rollercoaster ride over Arabia’s golden sand dunes awaits you – and all from the comfort of a modern four-wheel drive vehicle. Look forward to viewing beautiful scenery from the top of the highest sand dune, taking stunning photos or letting your imagination take flight in the vast emptiness of the desert. En route to the desert location, the tour will take you through villages and past farms that still practice a traditional way of life – in stark contrast to the super-modern towers of the capital city. Please note: the driver will provide information in English. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, for elderly and for pregnant women. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. This tour is available in the morning and can be combined with one of the following tours: AUH07 or AUH09.;;;;;;
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults£69.00Price per person

    • Children£65.00Price per person

  • AL-AIN: AN OASIS OF A TOWN

    CITY TOUR

    AUH06

    A 2-hour coach drive will take you to the historical town of Al Ain, also known as the Garden City, and famed in equal measure for its modern cityscape, its lush vegetation as a desert oasis, beautiful public parks, decorative squares and gardens as well as generously sweeping boulevards. This delightful oasis town, surrounded by reddish-gold sand dunes and curiously shaped hillocks, has always been an important stop along the traditional caravan trail. The tour of Al Ain begins with a gentle stroll through abundant palm trees, amid which you will also see an excellent example of a working falaj, an ancient kind of irrigation system. The tour will also take you to the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum. The architectural simplicity of the buildings along with their cool, secluded gardens and verdant palm trees at the western edge of the Al Ain oasis are sure to leave an indelible impression on who visit. Before returning to Abu Dhabi, the tour is rounded off by a visit to the famous Al Ain camel market. This is a superb opportunity to see these hardy "ships of the desert" as well as other livestock at close hand within a highly traditional trading environment. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6:30 h

    • Adults£79.00Price per person

    • Children£62.00Price per person

  • CITY TOUR OF ABU DHABI

    CITY TOUR

    AUH01

    Situated on a T-shaped island in the coastal waters of the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is not only the capital of the United Arab Emirates, but also home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring architecture, futuristic skyscrapers and magnificent mosques. Once you leave the pier, the tour will take you to the unforgettably beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque, a masterpiece of neo-Islamic architecture and one of the largest mosques in the world. The outer areas of the Mosque are graced by around 1,000 columns, all covered with more than 20,000 marble panels that are inlaid with semi-precious stones, including lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone shell and mother of pearl. Next, the leisurely tour will take you along the spectacular Corniche Road and through the city of Abu Dhabi – fondly referred to as the
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£52.00Price per person

      • Children£39.00Price per person

    • DISCOVERING ABU DHABI

      CITY TOUR

      AUH01E

      Abu Dhabi is not only the capital of the United Arab Emirates, but also home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring architecture, futuristic skyscrapers and magnificent mosques. Once you leave the pier, the tour will take you to the unforgettably beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque, a masterpiece of neo-Islamic architecture and one of the largest mosques in the world. The outer areas of the Mosque are graced by around 1,000 columns, all covered with more than 20,000 marble panels that are inlaid with semi-precious stones, including lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone shell and mother of pearl. Next, the leisurely tour will take you along the spectacular Corniche Road and through the city of Abu Dhabi – fondly referred to as the "Manhattan of Arabia" due to its profusion of ultramodern glass skyscrapers. You will also have an opportunity to take photos of the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel (outside only), which is unique in its impressive location. The tour wraps up with a visit to Manarat Al Saadyat, a special visitor centre that offers a fascinating insight into the development of the richest city in the world. Please note: this tour is only available for guests embarking in Abu Dhabi; the excursion will be available in the afternoon and will start / end at the port. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance: loose-fitting clothes and long trousers. Ladies will require a headscarf to cover their head. If the call falls on a day of religious celebrations, the visit to the mosque will be around the exterior only.
      • No guide available

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults£52.00Price per person

      • Children£39.00Price per person

    • SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE & SCENIC ABU DHABI

      SCENIC ROUTE

      AUH32

      A visit to one of the world’s finest examples of neo-Islamic architecture and a coach-based roundup of key Abu Dhabi sights are on the itinerary of this enjoyable tour. A short coach ride will see you reach your destination: the sublimely beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the world’s largest with space for some 41,000 worshippers. Key internal features include a vast carpet that took around 1,300 carpet makers to knot by hand, seven chandeliers beset with Swarovski crystals, several pools to reflect the beautiful arched walkways and 96 marble-clad columns inlaid with mother of pearl. The outside area is graced by around 1,000 marble-clad columns – again bejewelled with lapis lazuli, red agate, amethysts, abalone shells and mother of pearl – and a high-end lighting system that illuminates the edifice at night. Back on the coach again, you’ll then be taken on a drive around Abu Dhabi’s best sights – a city also dubbed the “Manhattan of Arabia” thanks to its plethora of ultramodern glass-and-steel skyscrapers – before you are dropped off at the ship. Please note: guides are available in English only. Guests are requested to wear conservative attire for visiting places of religious importance: loose-fitting clothes and long trousers. Ladies will require a headscarf to cover their head. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. This morning tour can be combined with the AUH07 afternoon tour. This tour can be booked only during your cruise.
      • Long route by bus

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults£29.00Price per person

      • Children£25.00Price per person

    • ABU DHABI SIGHTSEEING & TEA AT ETIHAD TOWER

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH23

      This enjoyable half-day roundup of Abu Dhabi must-sees begins with a scenic coach ride along the waterside Corniche Road to reach your first stop, the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village. This living museum is dedicated to illustrating the fascinating traditions and customs of the UAE and offers a chance to see tents, courtyard houses, an old-fashioned irrigation system and artisan workshops, among others, as you stroll through. From old to new, the tour then takes you to the Etihad Towers, a super-modern complex of 5 skyscrapers completed in 2011. You’ll make for the 74th floor of one of these towers to enjoy tea, cake and spectacular views from the Observation Deck – a perfect moment to take some photos. Your outing then begins to wrap up with a drive past the palace area to reach Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque for a final outside photo stop before you return to the port and your ship. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Dress code: smart. For men: a shirt with collar, possibly short-sleeved, plus long trousers and closed shoes. No trainers, flip flops, t-shirts or shorts. For women: long trousers or skirt, long sleeves, closed or open shoes. This tour departs at approximately 14:30 h. This tour is available in the afternoon and can be combined with one of the following tours: AUH01 or AUH04. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • No guide available

      • Snack included

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£62.00Price per person

      • Children£45.00Price per person

    • ABU DHABI SIGHTSEEING & THE FERRARI WORLD THEME PARK

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH19

      Get your fill of sightseeing, exploration and fun on an all-day outing that begins with a first stop at Abu Dhabi’s man-made breakwater barrier for sublime views of the city’s jaw-dropping skyline, before you continue on for an outside look at the iconic 7-star Emirates Palace Hotel. After a little time to take photos, you will move on to the truly enchanting Sheikh Zayed Mosque along with the 1,000 jewel-encrusted, marble-panelled columns that stand in its outer areas. Leaving one feat of engineering behind, you will then move on to a venue dedicated to one of a vehicular kind: the incredible Ferrari World theme park on Yas Island. An immense, 200,000-m² roof, making it the world’s largest indoor amusement park, covers the central portion of the park. You will then have plenty of time to have lunch (not covered by the price of the tour) or explore the park and its numerous attractions, which include more than 20 family-friendly state-of-the-art rides, the world’s fastest rollercoaster and the ultimate display of sleek Ferrari cars. The tour then wraps up with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance: loose-fitting clothes and long trousers. Ladies will require a headscarf to cover their head. If the call falls on a day of religious celebrations, the visit to the mosque will be around the exterior only. The Scuderia Challenge ride is not included in the price of the tour. Guests will visit the park individually. Some of the park attractions may close without any warning during your visit due to maintenance works. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        9 h

      • Adults£89.00Price per person

      • Children£80.00Price per person

    • BACKSTAGE AT THE YAS F1 CIRCUIT

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH09

      You will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most advanced Formula 1™ circuits in the world! You will be taken around the circuit in comfort stopping at key locations including the North Grandstand, the Yas Marina, Shams Tower, the red Building and the Yas Drag Racing strip. You will explore the circuit’s high-tech facilities, including Race Control, and have the unique opportunity to take a picture at the Podium like an F1 champion. You will see the astonishing structure of the Yas Hotel and the luxurious Marina. This is a must-see experience for all motor sports fans and non-motor sport fans interested in such a state of the art sports facility. You will observe and learn all aspects of a Formula 1™ circuit and get an inside look at what is normally not visible to fans during race weekends. Please note: some locations are visited from outside (Shams Tower), some from inside depending by the venues within the circuit and the days. Guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This tour departs at approximately 14:00 h. This tour is available in the afternoon and can be combined with one of the following tours: AUH01 or AUH04.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults£72.00Price per person

      • Children£55.00Price per person

    • CAR WITH GUIDE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH67PV

      Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
      • No guide available

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£345.00Price per person

      • Children£345.00Price per person

    • CAR WITH GUIDE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH73PV

      Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
      • No guide available

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults£479.00Price per person

      • Children£479.00Price per person

    • FUN AT THE FERRARI WORLD THEME PARK

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH08

      Already known as the crossroads to Europe, Asia and Africa, Abu Dhabi now also boasts the Ferrari World Theme Park as one of its must-see locations. Only a short coach ride away, the theme park hosts a wealth of attractions and exciting rides for children and adults alike. Among more than 20 state-of-the-art rides, you will find the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Travelling at a speed of 200 km/h to emulate the thrill of riding in a Ferrari F1 car, this is one heck of a ride. Still not scary enough? Then try the G-Force experience – a ride that takes passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ascent of over 62m up through the roof, only to then to sharply make its way back down to earth again. Alternatively, try theV12 ride, a journey into the heart of a 12-cylinder Ferrari 599 engine, or get up close and personal with the ultimate display of Ferrari cars, hailing from Maranello and top collectors from around the world. The Ferrari World Theme Park tour is thoroughly recommended as a great day out for families. Please note: due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. The Scuderia Challenge ride is not included in the price of the tour. This tour departs at approximately 12:00 noon. Transfers to and from the theme park will be at fixed time. Guests will visit the park individually. Some of the park attractions may close without any warning during your visit due to maintenance works. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • No guide available

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults£79.00Price per person

      • Children£72.00Price per person

    • FUN AT THE FERRARI WORLD THEME PARK

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH08E

      Already known as the crossroads to Europe, Asia and Africa, Abu Dhabi now also boasts the Ferrari World Theme Park as one of its must-see locations. Only a short coach ride away, the theme park hosts a wealth of attractions and exciting rides for children and adults alike. Among more than 20 state-of-the-art rides, you will find the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Travelling at a speed of 200 km/h to emulate the thrill of riding in a Ferrari F1 car, this is one heck of a ride. Still not scary enough? Then try the G-Force experience – a ride that takes passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ascent of over 62m up through the roof, only to then to sharply make its way back down to earth again. Alternatively, try the V12 ride, a journey into the heart of a 12-cylinder Ferrari 599 engine, or get up close and personal with the ultimate display of Ferrari cars, hailing from Maranello and top collectors from around the world. The Ferrari World Theme Park tour is thoroughly recommended as a great day out for families. Please note: this tour is only available for guests embarking in Abu Dhabi; the excursion will be available in the afternoon and will start / end at the port. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. The Scuderia Challenge ride is not included in the price of the tour. Transfers to and from the theme park will be at fixed time. Guests will visit the park individually. Some of the park attractions may close without any warning during your visit due to maintenance works. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • No guide available

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults£79.00Price per person

      • Children£72.00Price per person

    • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH68PV

      Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
      • No guide available

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£425.00Price per person

      • Children£425.00Price per person

    • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH74PV

      Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
      • No guide available

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults£559.00Price per person

      • Children£559.00Price per person

    • SNAPSHOTS OF ABU DHABI BY SEAPLANE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH15

      One of the most delightful ways to see the sights is from above, at a height that lets the world below appear like a miniature of its real-life self, shrunk down to a somehow friendlier, more appealing size. And since humans have yet to fly unaided, this tour is the best way to enjoy aerial vistas of Abu Dhabi and its immediate vicinity. To start your outing, a minivan will first transfer you to the dock to board the seaplane that will then take you on an amazing 25-minute flight, serving up wonderful city views that are snapshots waiting to be taken, or videos to be shot. Having had a chance to savour Abu Dhabi from this unique perspective, you will then return to ground level for the short journey back to your ship. Please note: the pilot will provide information in English. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. Guests will receive a short briefing before take-off. Availability only during your cruise.
      • No guide available

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        00 m

      • Adults£159.00Price per person

      • Children£135.00Price per person

    • VISION OF ABU DHABI & HIGH TEA AT THE EMIRATES PALACE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      AUH07

      Enjoy the sumptuous vistas of Abu Dhabi city with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, spacious streets and thousands of acres planted with trees on this relaxing city tour, followed by a traditional British high tea at the resplendent Emirates Palace Hotel. The sandy dunes of Lulu Island and the sapphire waters of the Persian Gulf are just as much must-sees as the highly exclusive Corniche Road – home only to Abu Dhabi’s super-rich. Before arriving at the Emirates Palace Hotel for afternoon tea, prepare to be amazed by the jaw-dropping architecture of the city’s numerous skyscrapers and honing your skill as a photographer during a special stop at Abu Dhabi’s scenic “breakwater” area. Boasting a full 1.3 km of private white sandy beach and surrounded by no less than 85 hectares of artistically landscaped gardens, the Emirates Palace Hotel counts as one of Abu Dhabi’s most enchanting landmarks. Live your very own fairytale as you enter the gates, breathe the air of luxury that fills every corner of this serene paradise and indulge yourself with a delicious afternoon tea. The tour also includes a visit to the Saadyat Island Cultural District, which displays the vision of the emirate. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Dress code: smart. For men: a shirt with collar, possibly short-sleeved, plus long trousers and closed shoes. No trainers, flip flops, t-shirts or shorts. For women: long trousers or skirt, long sleeves, closed or open shoes. This tour departs at approximately 14:30 h. This tour is available in the afternoon and can be combined with one of the following tours: AUH01 or AUH04. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • Snack included

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • Adults£99.00Price per person

      • Children£75.00Price per person

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
     
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    United Arab Emirates

    Diamonds shining in the desert
    Diamonds shining in the desert

    Dubai is actually just one of the seven statelets which collectively form the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, a loose confederation founded in 1971 following the departure of the British from the Gulf.

    Technically the seven emirates are considered equal, and preserve a considerable measure of legislative autonomy, rather like the various states of the USA – which explains, for instance, why local laws in Dubai are so different from those in neighbouring Sharjah.

    In practice, however, as a cruise to the Emirates can show you, a clear pecking order applies. Abu Dhabi, easily the largest and wealthiest of the emirates, serves as the capital (even if Abu Dhabi city is barely half the size of Dubai) and wields the greatest influence over national policy, as well as providing the UAE with its president.

    Dubai ranks second, followed by Sharjah and then the other emirates of Umm al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah, Ajman and Fujairah, which remain relatively undeveloped and even surprisingly impoverished in places.

    The fact that the union has survived despite the sometimes considerable differences of opinion between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is a glowing tribute to local diplomacy, even though it is has also created the anomaly whereby Dubai, with its headline international standing, isn’t even the capital of its own low-key country.