Basic maths teaches us that a plus and a plus equals a plus, and in the case of embarking on a cruise at Christmas, that analogy works perfectly. Heading out on a cruise is great at any time of year and even more so at Christmas. One region that’s particularly magical around the festive season is the Emirates; here are a few reasons why Christmas cruises in the Emirates would be unforgettable.
Take In The ‘Big And Brash’ Dubai
Many voyages operated by MSC Cruises will stop by Dubai
, a city world renowned for being larger than life - after all, this Middle Eastern metropolis is home to several record-breaking features. First, there’s Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest building. Standing at 2,722 ft, this outrageous skyscraper has more floors than any other building on the planet, as well as the highest outdoor observation and highest occupied floor. Right beside Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Fountain, which is remarkable in its own right for being the world's largest choreographed fountain system, blasting water as high as 150 metres. Dubai also boasts Palm Jumeirah - the world’s largest artificial archipelago. You’re sure to have stumbled across this incredible man-made palm-shaped island online before now, and here is your chance to see it in person. Elsewhere, The Dubai Mall is one of the world’s largest shopping malls, comprising more than 1,200 shops and 150 restaurants, not to mention an indoor theme park, ice rink, underwater zoo and a waterfall.
Experience MSC Splendida
Anyone who booked Emirates cruises this Christmas is likely to be on board MSC Splendida - a ship that is as stylish and luxurious as the Emirates itself. With enough space for more than 4,000 guests, MSC Splendida
is kitted out with a wide variety of bars and restaurants, serving everything from authentic Mediterranean specialities to spicy Tex-Mex. The range of entertainment on board is equally vast, with the Strand Theatre and the Royal Palm Casino or you could dance the night away at the Club 33 Disco. MSC Splendida is one of seven ships in the MSC Cruises fleet to offer the MSC Yacht Club
- a unique feature that allows you to enjoy the private secluded luxury of your own yacht but with the option of venturing into a larger cruise ship. Departing from Dubai on December 22nd, the ship will call into Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island before spending Christmas Day at sea and Boxing Day docked at Muscat. The eight-day/seven-night voyage finishes back at Dubai on December 29th. For longer Christmas cruises, you could enjoy two weeks on MSC Lirica and tuck into your Christmas dinner in Muscat before going on to several spots in India: New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai.
Visit Muscat And Abu Dhabi with our Emirates Cruises
Away from the craziness of Dubai, the other port cities in the Emirates are sure to expand your horizons. One notable destination likely to be on the itinerary is Muscat, Oman’s port capital renowned for its magnificent mosques and stunning souqs. Souqs are vibrant colourful marketplaces that’ll test the bartering skills of any hardened haggler (head to Mutrah Souq for your camel-themed souvenirs and llama wool pashminas). It’s worth finding the time to investigate the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with its 50-metre high gold dome and white marble flooring - just remember to adequately cover up. Abu Dhabi features plenty of standout landmarks, not least the lavish Sheikh Zayed Mosque - one of the world’s largest and most extravagant places of Islamic worship. If you enjoyed Dubai’s overblown world records, then you’ll love the fact that the United Arab Emirates capital boasts the world's largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest rollercoaster and the tower with the most extreme lean.
Stopping off in port cities in the Emirates offers the chance to head off on an adventurous excursion. The New Wonders of Dubai city tour will see you visit the aforementioned Palm Jumeirah, as well as Dubai Marina, the bustling and eclectic Souk Al Bahar and Burj Al Arab Hotel - the world’s only seven-star hotel. Alternatively, you could head off in a 4x4 to have dinner in the dunes or make some new sea mammal friends at Dolphin Bay. Abu Dhabi’s arranged city tour takes you to Sheikh Zayed Mosque and down the spectacular Corniche Road before finishing up at Manarat Al Saadiyat: a special visitor centre that offers a fascinating insight into the development of the world’s richest city. For families, the Ferrari World Theme Park tour is thoroughly recommended, featuring more than 20 state-of-the-art rides, and quite appropriately, the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
Book your Christmas cruises in the Emirates here