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Wonderful cruise around the Persian Golf by Sunshinesunny

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Celebrity Constellation / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Nice Aqua Class cabin with balkony. The BLU restaurant is a lovely addition to the ship. Excellent service at the restaurant. Our waitress from Indonesia, Novalia was the most pleasant, thoughtful and helpful person.

 

We really missed Michael,s bar. It is only for Members and nobody was there....

We were really unsatisfied with the entertainment. Not even one piano player in one of the bars. Instead 2 violin player girls were playing in a bar every afternoon. Very boring!!! They don,t have  many activities during the day comparing with other cruiselines. No country line dancing classes!!!!! Basicly, yes it was a boring cruise. Of course the places we were visiting were fantastic!!!

ABu Dhabi, Muscat, Oman, Khasab, Oman and Dubai!!!

 

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3.8

“First timer!” by phila67

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Ship: Oceana / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Excellent first time experience onboard Oceana only slightly let down by itinerary (my choice!)

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4.6

Brilliant, real bucket list cruise by katyat

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Ship: Oceana / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Would recommend this cruise, Dubai was a bucket list place for me and I am very glad I have seen it. I plan to come back in a few years once they have completed the new tallest building in the world.

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DO NOT BOOK! This is an ordeal not a holiday. Worst Experience of My Life! by buttercup2607

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Costa Mediterranea / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Overall if you chose to have a holiday with Costa, Expect horrible staff Expect rude staff Expect untrained staff Expect rude passengers Expect terrible food Expect long queues Expect dirty rooms Expect balconies to have no views Expect to be angry 90% of the time EXPECT AN ORDEAL NOT A HOLIDAY

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4.3

Relaxing trip from Jordan to Dubai by

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: TUI Discovery / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

We missed some visits due to a defect in the power system and sailed to Dubai to get spares. For my wife and i this did not spoil our cruise.

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4.5

Wonderful Boudicca as always by irenecruise

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Ship: Boudicca / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

The ship, staff, food and service were wonderful as always. An experience but we would not go back to Arabia. The temp was in the 100's which meant we tried to stay out of it as much as possible. Going down the Red Sea is a bit scary as they have 'pirate watch' and safe havens on ship if we should encounter any. All in all a wonderful cruise as we always have with Fred Olsen.

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4.8

Excellent as always by Frampers

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Ship: Azamara Journey / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

This was our fourth Azamara cruise and we are already looking for another one. We cannot fault the ship or crew. Absolutely perfect in every way. From the captain to the cabin boys everyone is efficient and friendly

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4.3

Excellent cruise to Arabian Ports by bgbland1949

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Ship: Azamara Journey / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Very enjoyable 10 day cruise - some ports worth revisiting - Dubai, Muscat, Abu Dhabi - enjoyed the entertainment and the gym and spa facilities - feel part of the Azamara family!

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4.8

Suez Canal is so cool - Last time I was in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt 1975 there were only 6 tombs, now over 60. UAE is a phenomenal urban development. by MarkDances

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Ship: Azamara Journey / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Fascinating itinerary and great fellow passengers. Azamara has great staff to keep us happy. We visited the Regent Ship for dinner with friends when they caught up to us in Dubai. They have a beautiful ship, seeing the contrast in their additional star rating was remarkable.

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5.0

UAE with MSC by paoloke

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Fantasia / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Good itinerary.  Sir Ban Yas island is a nice in-between for a shore-day. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha are beautiful impressive cities to visit (very easy to do with taxi!). Bahrein (Manamah) was a little less.

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5.0

Celebration good cruiser by Gaterboy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Thomson Celebration / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Hi this was my first time on a cruise found Celebration to be very clean and tidy staff were extremely helpful food there was plenty of choice entertainment was something to watch every night and they tried hard to put in a variety of shows would certainly try another cruise as and when one popped its head I have already booked a trip to Arruba in May with Thompsons but this is on land in a hotel 

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That's Not Entertainment by Alicante

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Ship: Thomson Celebration / Destination: Dubai & Emirates

Good bits = food in 'smash and grab'.  Very palatable house wines

Poor bits = slow service and poor menu selection in Meridan Restaurant

Worse bit = Entertainment.  Usually on Thomson there is a variety of musical entertainment but there was no classical duo on this cruise and the show team could dance but the boys' singing was poor.  We had a repeat of previous shows eg Queen, Michael Jackson (poor singing) and a Brit Awards type show which was just shouty singing of modern pop songs.  They did try with the Cameron Macintosh songs (which was more to the audience's taste) were better but you need good singers to pull it off.

Entertainment on day at sea- included talks on water retention and frozen shoulder, yes really!

Why are public rooms on ships always blasting out cold air.  A vest under your nice evening dress is most unbecoming!

Smokers on board were allocated the nicest part of deck 6 with bar and view of poolside entertainment.  They also had on side of deck 6 so if you chose to gain access to the outside you had to fight your way through the smokers who were blocking the doorway

Cabin 672 was clean with plenty of storage but tired and dated

Organisation - what was written in cruise news wasn't exactly accurate with changes of venues/meeting points for excursions etc

Excursions - overpriced

Ports of call - good, apart from Bahrain.  Why go there?  There isn't even a wi-fi spot in the cruise terminal.

General  pre cruise information very poor.  For example I prefer to know before I book the accessibility of the town from the port and if a free shuttle bus is included.

Flights - For some reason I thought we would be on the new 787 Dreamliner.  No, the night flight (with insufficient blankets, you had to share with your neighbour) was on a 767.  The seats seemed very narrow for a long haul.  The aircraft was freezing.

Food was ok and they were generous with the alcohol.  As a cost cutting exercise Thomson are using the new Al Maktoum Dubai airport which is a 60 minute drive from the ship

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