Middle East cruises

From the gleaming skyscrapers of Dubai, and the green pastures of Salalah, to the shiny shopping malls in Abu Dhabi or rust-red dunes in Wadi Rum, a Middle East cruise will tease your senses with surprising contrasts.

Featured Middle East cruises from Dubai

With some of the world’s newest and oldest cities, every port in the Middle East is a melting pot of contradictions. Whether you yearn to idle away the hours on spotless sand beaches or speed through the desert in a 4x4, the Middle East is the perfect region to fulfil your holiday fantasies.

Explore the Middle East

Bustling souks. Burnt orange mountains. Bedouin and Ottoman legacies. Treat every one of your senses to the Middle East experience. Discover a city sprung from desert in Dubai, marvel at marble-domed mosques in Abu Dhabi, or sink your toes in salt-coloured sands in Salalah.

Abu Dhabi

World-class shopping. Incredible cuisine. Architecture from the ultra-modern to the traditional. Visit the gleaming desert paradise of Abu Dhabi and experience a cosmopolitan oasis where history and futuristic glamour go hand in hand.

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With so much to explore, let Dubai enchant you on your Middle East cruise. Visit venerable QE2, now transformed into a luxurious hotel. Or maybe wander the enchanting Madinat Jumeirah, a contemporary take on a traditional Arab village.

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With beaches that rival the Caribbean, Salalah’s palm-lined sands are the perfect place to pause and ponder. Or perhaps you’d prefer its Museum of the Frankincense Land, with its ancient ruins paying homage to Oman’s maritime prowess.

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Aqaba (tours to Petra)

Calling in Aqaba presents an unmissable opportunity to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra. Find yourself forever humbled by intricate temples and winding canyons at this time-defying city, carved into sandstone more than 23 centuries ago.

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Middle East cruises in 2024

Middle East cruises in 2025

Be inspired

Discover thrilling cities, pristine beaches and unique scenery across the Arabian Peninsula. Read our inspirational articles for a taste of what could be, both on board and on shore, on a Cunard cruise to this magical region.

Dazzling Dubai

Take a voyage with Cunard to a city that trades in high-octane extravagance. Here are just six exciting things to do in Dubai, along with fascinating facts, figures and more.

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The cocktail hour

Let life slow down and enjoy a cold glass as our Head Mixologist talks mixed spirits, and introduces a Cunard cocktail to make from the comfort of your own home.

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A world of possibilities

You can make your voyage anything you want it to be on a Cunard ship. Join us as we explore a dozen ways to spend your time on board, from celebrity guest speakers to cocktail masterclasses.

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Cruises to Dubai

Rich street markets. Lavish shopping malls. Experience the wonders of the sun-kissed metropolis of Dubai however you wish when you visit on board a Cunard cruise.

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