Abu Dhabi cruises

This modern island city reflects the opulence of the seven wealthy United Arab Emirates of which it is capital. Discover duty-free shopping in countless grand malls or stroll along the seafront Corniche. Gaze at the white domes of the vast Sheikh Zayed Mosque or escape into the desert for a Bedouin feast or a ride across the dunes.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Desert Safari

    Discover the wonders of the desert on this exciting off-road experience.

    Desert Safari

    Your professional driver and 4-wheel-drive vehicle will pick you up from the terminal and head east out of Abu Dhabi city for an hour long drive into the Al Khatim Desert.

    Enter the softly undulating sand dunes as they spread in a vast expanse before your eyes, their curious shapes moulded by the harsh desert winds. Make the most of your unforgettable off-road adventure with a series of exciting dune drives as your vehicle leaves its imprint on the virgin dunes.

    A refreshment stop is made en route before returning to the ship.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by 4WD jeeps. The drive over the dunes is bumpy in places and seatbelts must be worn at all times.

    Tour code

    AEA_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Seaplane over Abu Dhabi

    Treat yourself to an exciting scenic seaplane flight over the United Arab Emirates capital city, Abu Dhabi.

    Seaplane over Abu Dhabi

    Experience a bird’s eye view of the capital’s landmarks during a scenic 15 minute seaplane flight.

    Have your camera at the ready to capture the many highlights, including the popular Ferrari World Theme Park with its gigantic roof displaying the distinctive Ferrari logo, and the ultra-modern Yas Marina F1 racing circuit. Admire the intricate and uniquely designed Zayed Bridge, with its arches representing the undulating sand dunes of the desert.

    Before landing back at the port, you’ll pass over the picturesque Corniche (waterfront) as well as the world renowned 6-star Emirates Palace Hotel.


    This excursion will operate by seaplane. The running of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Seat belts must be kept fastened at all times during the flight. All current cabin baggage rules and restrictions that apply for commercial flights also apply for this tour. Guests are required to carry clear passport copies on this tour due to security requirements.

    Tour code

    AEA_009

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Abu Dhabi City Tour

    Discover the magic of this incredible city including the Grand Mosque, local culture and heritage and some amazing photo opportunities.

    Abu Dhabi City Tour

    Visit the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an opulent tribute to HH the late Sheikh Zayed, former ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of UAE whose dream has been fittingly brought alive by his son, the current President, Sheikh Khalifa.

    The next stop is Zayed Centre, a museum for Presidential memorabilia featuring the late Sheikh Zayed’s favourite cars, rifles and gifts received from royalty from all over the world. Continue the drive past the 6 star Emirates Palace Hotel for a photo-stop at the Breakwater which offers breathtaking views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline, often referred to as the ‘Manhattan of the Middle East’.

    A short walk from here brings you to the Heritage Village, where the culture and traditions of the Emirate are reflected in recreated village scenes that provide a glimpse into the simple life and times before the discovery of oil. From here a drive along the glittering tower lined Corniche brings you back to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entry to the Mosque will be refused if the correct clothing is not worn. The security guards are very strict. Clothing must not be white, animal print, tight fitting or transparent. Clothing must be loose fitting with long sleeves that cover the wrists. Clothing must cover legs to the ankles and ladies must take a head scarf to cover their head. Shoes will be required to be removed before entering the Mosque. There is approximately one hour of intermittent walking on this tour over mostly flat and paved surfaces, but there are several steps at the Zayed Centre.

    Tour code

    AEA_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Tea at Emirates Palace

    Enjoy a scenic drive along the beach front before taking tea at the stunning 6-star Emirates Palace Hotel.

    Tea at Emirates Palace

    Your leisurely drive will take you along the panoramic Corniche (beach front) of the UAE’s capital city to reach the breakwater for a picture postcard view of the ‘Manhattan of the Middle East’.

    Continue to the 6 star Emirates Palace Hotel whose opulence and subtle elegance will dazzle you. As you make your way to a private area reserved for your tour group, breathe in the air of sheer luxury that fills this unique and elegant hotel. Enjoy a delicious tea service including a variety of savoury and sweet items with time afterwards to stroll around the retail outlets in the lobby and admire the exquisite craftsmanship and sheer scale of the hotel’s architecture.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is minimal walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    AEA_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Yas Marina F1™ Circuit

    Visit the Yas Marina Formula 1™ race track and experience a behind the scenes look at the world’s most modern circuit.

    Yas Marina F1™ Circuit

    The state of the art Yas Marina circuit hosted UAE’s first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009 that was won by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vetel. On arrival, you will be assisted in completing the registration process before beginning your exciting tour. Enjoy panoramic vistas as the tour takes in the North Grandstand offering captivating views over the circuit and neighbouring Ferrari World Theme Park.

    Pass by the Driving Academy before entering the region's most advanced global communication Media Centre. Should the day's events allow, you'll also have an opportunity to visit the adrenalin-fuelled Race Control Centre for an incredible photo opportunity of the starting grid, finishing line and podium. Continue past the Pit Garages and F1™ Team Villas after which you will finally head back past the solar-powered VIP Shams Tower en route to the welcome centre where there will be time to browse and purchase souvenirs of your visit.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of intermittent walking on this tour over flat surfaces, with 50 small steps at the Grandstand.Please note that racing events may take place at short notice and access to certain areas of the circuit may be restricted.

    Tour code

    AEA_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Al Maya Island Resort

    Al Maya Island Resort is the perfect getaway, with its white sandy beach and turquoise water.

    Al Maya Island Resort

    From the port, you’ll take a coach ride to the jetty to join the Al Maya Island shuttle boat. As you head across the water, you’ll be taken away from the hustle and bustle of the city for some pure escapism.

    During your stay, you’ll have access to the resort; towels, sunbeds and a shared umbrella are included. There will be around 5 hours for you to spend as you please. Relax in the sun, enjoy the beach or take a dip in the pool. Lunch and refreshments are not included, but can be purchased at the resort’s restaurant.
    At the designated meeting time and point, you’ll re-join the shuttle boat back to Abu Dhabi.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. Children under three may not participate. The resort and shuttle boat are not exclusive to Cunard and can be busy at peak times. There is varying terrain, which includes some uneven ground and gravel. A degree of agility is required when boarding the boat. For those who suffer with seasickness please take the necessary medication. Please remember swimwear and sun protection and local currency for purchases. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

    Tour code

    AEA_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Abu Dhabi RIB Ride Experience

    Head to the Emirate Palace Marina and step aboard a RIB for a thrilling ride around the Corniche Bay!

    Abu Dhabi RIB Ride Experience

    Admire Abu Dhabi city as you drive to the Emirate Palace Marina, passing the palm tree-lined Corniche promenade along the way. Upon arrival, you’ll board your RIB power boat and whizz off around the bay, taking in the city skyline views and coastline sights. Your RIB ride will cruise by the Cultural Heritage Village Site and take you the full length of the Corniche Bay. Pause at the timeless Fisherman’s Village, and then head a little further out into the open water, where you’ll pass around the man-made Lulu Island. After an exhilarating ride, you’ll head back to the Emirates Palace Marina, for the return drive to the port.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and RIB. It is a customs requirement for all participants to carry a copy of their passports. Those who fail to do so will not be permitted on the tour. Pregnant women and children may not participate. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions that may be affected by a fast RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ride. Lifejackets must be worn. This tour is dependent on favourable sea conditions, and may be cancelled at short notice. Guests may be requested to their remove shoes once on board the RIB. The RIB ride will last around 50 minutes.

    Tour code

    AEA_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi, Grand Mosque & Sights

    Discover Louvre Abu Dhabi, combined with a visit to the spectacular Grand Mosque and a drive along the breakwater area.

    Louvre Abu Dhabi, Grand Mosque & Sights

    Louvre Abu Dhabi is the latest exciting addition to come to Abu Dhabi, beautifully designed with a dome structure. The art and civilisation museum galleries tell the story of humanity in 12inspiring chapters with the works on show ranging from prehistoric artefacts to contemporary artworks. A Louvre Museum guide will offer a fascinating insight into this wonderful new museum, its connection with the landmark Louvre Museum in Paris, and the artefacts it houses.

    Afterwards, a visit will be made to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This beautiful structure is around 22,414 square metres and was the dream of the late President, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan. Admire the imposing exterior and the ornate interior.

    To round off your tour, you’ll take a drive through the city to the breakwater area, where a short stop will be made to view the Emirates Palace Hotel. A leisurely drive along Corniche will take you back to port.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of leisurely guided walking, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Flash photography is not permitted at the Louvre. Entry to the mosque will be refused if the correct clothing is not worn. The security guards are very strict. Clothing must not be white, animal print, tight fitting or transparent. Clothing must be loose fitting with long sleeves that cover the wrists. Clothing must cover legs to the ankles and ladies must take a head scarf to cover their head. Shoes will be required to be removed before entering the mosque.

    Tour code

    AEA_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Dhow Cruise & Shopping

    Discover some of the highlights of Abu Dhabi, as well as enjoying a relaxing cruise on a traditional dhow.

    Dhow Cruise & Shopping

    Admire panoramic views of Abu Dhabi as you drive along the glittering tower-lined Corniche (sea front) en route passing Itihad Square, adorned with outsized symbols of Arabian hospitality. Reaching the 6 star Emirates Palace Hotel stop for photosgraphs.

    Marina Mall is located on the picturesque breakwater along the Corniche where you have some free time to browse the shops. A leisurely drive will take you to the wharf where you will board an Arabian dhow (traditional wooden boat). Enjoy a relaxing hour long cruise as you take in vistas of the ‘Manhattan of the Middle East’. Glide gently past well-known landmarks and admire the historical monuments, lush green parks and luxury malls as a selection of light refreshments and non alcoholic beverages are served en route.

    This excursion will operate by coach and dhow. There are 20 small steps at Marina Mall and ten steep steps in the dhow between decks and the amount of walking is optional at the Mall.

    Tour code

    AEA_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Abu Dhabi City Highlights

    Discover the magic of this incredible city, visit the Grand Mosque and become absorbed in Abu Dhabi’s local culture and heritage.

    Abu Dhabi City Highlights

    Visit the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an opulent tribute to HH the late Sheikh Zayed, former ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of UAE whose dream has been fittingly brought alive by his son, the current President, Sheikh Khalifa.

    The next stop is the Qasr Al Hosn Centre that houses an interesting exhibition of the story of Abu Dhabi city and its people. The centre, which was the first permanent building on the island, is linked closely with the origins of the city and has stood the test of time through its evolution. Continue the drive past the 6-star Emirates Palace Hotel for a photograph-stop at the Breakwater which offers breathtaking views of Abu Dhabi’s skyline, often referred to as the ‘Manhattan of the Middle East’.

    A short walk from here brings you to the Heritage Village, where the culture and traditions of the Emirate are reflected in recreated village scenes that provide a glimpse into the simple life and times before the discovery of oil. From here a drive along the glittering tower lined Corniche brings you back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.Entry to the Mosque will be refused if the correct clothing is not worn. The security guards are very strict. Clothing must not be white, animal print, tight fitting or transparent. Clothing must be loose fitting with long sleeves that cover the wrists. Clothing must cover legs to the ankles and ladies must take a head scarf to cover their head. Shoes will be required to be removed before entering the Mosque. There is approximately 1 hour of intermittent walking on this tour over mostly flat and paved surfaces.

    Tour code

    AEA_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Al Ain Highlights

    Enjoy a great day out taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Garden City of Al Ain.

    Al Ain Highlights

    Visit the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi to discover the world’s third largest Mosque and gain an insight into the culture and religion of the people of Abu Dhabi.

    Continue through fascinating desert scenery to reach the Hajar Mountains, where you will visit the Al Ain Museum. Discover the fine collection of historical objects ranging from the past (Archaeology) to more recent history (Ethnography).

    Walk into the nearby Al Ain Oasis to learn about the ancient Falaj (irrigation system) that was developed by the Persians more than 3,000 years ago, before visiting the renovated Old Palace of His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed, former President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

    Explore the Camel Market, the largest in the country, before enjoying a sumptuous buffet luncheon at a city hotel.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entry to the Mosque will be refused if the correct clothing is not worn. The security guards are very strict. Clothing must not be white, animal print, tight fitting or transparent. Clothing must be loose fitting with long sleeves that cover the wrists. Clothing must cover legs to the ankles and ladies must take a head scarf to cover their head. Shoes will be required to be removed before entering the Mosque. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over mostly paved surfaces with 25 steps at the Museum.

    Tour code

    AEA_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 hours