Embarking on a cruise with MSC Cruises is an adventure no matter where you’re heading, but there aren’t many places more exciting to end up than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A record 15.8 million international travellers visited Dubai in 2017 and interest is only going to grow in the next few years, with 20 million visitors anticipated to descend on the sensational city in 2020. The region is hot in more than one sense, so it’s understandable that you’d be considering an Emirates cruise. But what can you get up to in Dubai and the ‘Manhattan of Arabia’ Abu Dhabi?
Go Exploring On An Excursion
A cruise on its own is exciting enough but one surefire way to inject lifelong memories into your time away is to head out on an excursion - and lucky for you, the UAE has many phenomenal spots rife for investigation. On a Dubai excursion, you’ll have the chance to gaze in wonder at the sumptuous Burj Al Arab Hotel - the only seven-star hotel in the world - and the magnificent man-made palm tree-shaped archipelago of islands that is Palm Jumeirah. There’s also the beautiful Dubai Marina, which is set to become the world’s largest man-made marina. Test your bartering skills at Souk Al Bahar with its natural stone corridors, high archways and subdued lighting. Alternatively, you could venture off into the desert on a camel for dinner in the dunes, where a delicious barbecue will be accompanied by the lithe movements of a belly dancer. Other Dubai excursions include a dune drive safari and the Aquaventure Water Park (where you can swim with dolphins) amongst others. Over in Abu Dhabi, shore excursions can see you join a city tour and see one of the world’s biggest mosques - Sheikh Zayed Mosque - as well as the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel. On other Abu Dhabi tours, fun-seekers will get their kicks at the Ferrari World Theme Park, while art lovers can while away the day at the amazing Abu Dhabi Louvre.
There’s no shortage of things to do on board your MSC Cruises ship either. The Broadway Theatre stages premium entertainment six nights a week, while kids can be kept busy at the exciting spray park, packed with fun water features. Additionally, partnerships with Lego, Chicco, and Namco have spawned fabulous new play areas for children of all ages.
Treat Your Tastebuds
On board MSC Lirica - one of the ships currently sailing in the UAE region - newly enlarged restaurant and buffet areas cover virtually every kind of cuisine and culinary treat you could ask for. The 20-hour buffet is made up of 13 different sections including a meat carvery, a fast-food themed take-away station, a dessert corner, pasta station, bakery corner, daily special corner, wellness corner as well as a dedicated kids corner. Amongst these stations, you’ll be able to indulge in freshly-prepared Mediterranean specialities and a wide array of food and drink favourites from around the world, not to mention, the best pizza available at sea.
Prop Up The Bar
You’re going to need some fancy fluids to wash down all that delicious grub. From the swish Beverly Hills Bar to the traditional English-style Lord Nelson Pub, you’ll have no trouble finding a bar or lounge that suits your mood and tastes on board an Emirates cruise with MSC Cruises.
Relax And Unwind
Any guests keen to unwind during their Emirates cruise won’t regret opting for the Aurea Experience. This reinvigorating, all-inclusive option is centred around wellbeing, pampering and peace of mind, offering all kinds of relaxing benefits for the body and soul. In the MSC Aurea Spa, guests can completely unwind and disconnect by taking advantage of up to 20 varieties of massage, 19 body treatments and another 19 facials, as well as aromatherapy treatments, a manicure and pedicure spa, a sauna and a Turkish bath. The spa isn’t just about the treatments either, you’ll be able to indulge in an exclusive wellness cocktail in the SPA Bar and sip on a drink based on the concept of the five colours of nature.