Middle East

On a Middle East cruise, you’ll have an opportunity to discover ancient and modern cultures along with some of the world’s most impressive architectural sites. Middle East cruises are sometimes referred to as Holy Land cruises, as important Christian, Jewish and Islamic sites are among the stops along the way.  Some Middle East cruises will take you through the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. Arabian Gulf cruises to the United Arab Emirates and Oman give you a taste of modern-day Middle East life, with the world's biggest buildings and malls.

Although the area is filled with many archaeological sites, once you see the glimmering towers of Dubai you will think you’ve traveled to the city of Oz. Dubai has beautiful man-made beaches and over the top luxury at every turn.

Visiting the Middle East, you will notice the striking differences in the landscape as you go. From lush oases to miles of deserts the area is as different as the many cultures that live there. You’ll find sunny winters, beautiful beaches, unique shopping and ancient sites every stop along the way.

You will come back with a better understanding of the culture, religion and social issues that make the region so intriguing.

One way to really get to know the wonders of this land is to take a River cruise on the Nile River and travel like the Pharaohs of Egypt did. Along the way you will be able to see the Pyramids of Giza one of the only remaining 7 ancient wonders of the world, the Valley of the Kings, the mysterious Sphinx and Lake Nasser that controls the flooding of the Nile.  As you take your cruise back in time don’t forget to take a ride on a camel, it’s a one of a kind experience!

A stop at the Egyptian Museum is a must.  You can find out all about the history of the pharaohs. It has thousands of artifacts that are over thousands of years old.  A highlight of the museum is the mummy room.

A cruise to the Holy Land will take you to one of the most revered destinations in the world. For thousands of years, pilgrims from all over the world have traveled there to worship and pray.  On this cruise you visit Jerusalem, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, and Temple Mount, places at the heart of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and the Baha’i faith.

Taking a cruise from Dubai, the Middle East and Indian Ocean will give you a very different perspective of the area.  The ornate mosques, beautiful gardens, and towering buildings are a sight to be seen!