Sail Date: February 01, 2010
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Balcony
This cruise itinerary lets people know that the Middle East does offer some interesting places to visit for reasonable prices. Dubai & Abu Dhabi are large, vibrant cities with a variety of activities to offer. Muscat & Bahrain are much smaller and more quaint. Of course, there was shopping EVERYWHERE! If I was planning it, I think I would've rather seen Doha, Qatar instead of Fujairah, UAE.
The season for this cruise is limited to the winter months. Most of the cruisers were from the UK and definitely enjoyed escaping the harsh winter they were experiencing. For the most part, the Middle East offers a mild climate from January through March/April. You can relax in the sun by day and party in the variety of venues offered at night. The few days that it was overcast and cool, we sat out in the solarium where it was warm and tropical. Others used those days to get pampered in the spa.
If I had it to do over again, I would definitely check out RCI's cruises in this area.
Pros: Ship atmosphere and attentive service;
Cons: Docks were all "working docks", not like Caribbean where you could just get off and start exploring each port.