Arabian Winter - Bahrain & Qatar

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Spend a relaxing week in the glorious warmth of the Arabian Seas on board the fabulous 4* MSC Splendida. Spend a day on the exclusive MSC private island of Sir Bani Yas while this 7 night cruise also visits Doha in Qatar, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The free All-Inclusive package includes unlimited spirits, liqueurs, aperitifs, cocktails, wine by the glass and beer as well as fruit juices, sodas, mineral water, espresso, cappuccino and other hot drinks! The package also includes takeaway ice cream in a cone or cup!

The Fantastica grade experience has been designed for even greater comfort and flexibility featuring cabins on the upper decks and in the most desirable areas of the ship, and priority choice of dining times.

Inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Abu Dhabi
  • Return transfers airport to port
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard 4* MSC Splendida based on 2 adults sharing a Fantastica grade inside cabin
  • Fine dining and all beverages on an All Inclusive basis
  • A variety of day and evening entertainment on board Taxes, charges and one 20kgs check-in bag pp included

Itinerary

Day 1 Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi was the first Gulf State to export oil back in 1962 and, it’s fair to say, the capital of the UAE hasn’t looked back since. Abu Dhabi’s 200 islands make for a fantastic resort, full of wonderful, spotlessly clean white-sand beaches, perfect for all manner of water sports. If you want to see what lies beneath the crystal clear waters, you can go snorkelling off the splendidly named, Snoopy Island or sit on a perfect beach and admire the city from Lulu Island.

Back in town the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is simply a ‘must see’. You’ll find acres of cool marble plus the world’s largest chandelier and the world’s biggest carpet. Elsewhere there’s so much to see and do, whether at the Heritage Village, the Emirates Palace or a visit to Al Ain’s lush oasis and archaeological site. Thrill seekers will enjoy the chance to ride a stupendous roller coaster above the dunes or discover similarly amazing attractions at the one and only Ferrari World. The city offers a safe environment with tax free shopping all manner of world cuisines and, at the Intercontinental Hotels, there’s even a Yacht Club bar with 150 varieties of vodka!

Day 2 Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates

An enchanting stop on this MSC Cruise to the United Arab Emirates and Oman is Sir Bani Yas island. It has nothing to do with the hyper-technological progress which you will admire on your trip to the capital, Abu Dhabi. On Sir Bani Yas, just like on the islands of Dalma and the six nearby Discovery Islands, an enormous nature reserve has been designated to species in danger of extinction, be they from the Arabic peninsula or from Africa. In particular, on Sir Bani Yas you will be able to observe rare animals inside a protected area where the great majority of the animals, including giraffes, flamingos and cheetahs to name just a few, live freely. During your cruise to Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas is therefore is an opportunity to be seized to enjoy fun excursions or safaris in the wild, or to experience some of the exciting sports on offer. And for those who choose MSC Cruises relaxation, the beaches and the facilities that this island offers, where everything aimed at sustainability, will ensure that you spend an unforgettable day of leisure.

Day 3 At Sea

Cruising

Day 4 Bahrain

This country with a thousand-year-old culture, is also called “the kingdom of the two seas”, because its waters border with those of Qatar to the south and with those of Saudi Arabia to the west. In the course of your stop in Bahrain, an excursion will take you on a discovery of its charming capital, Manama. The city, where modern skyscrapers stand side-by-side with old buildings, has strong ties to nomadic traditions: its inhabitants often head out to the desert and stay in large white tents to participate in the ancient tradition of falcon hunting. The National Museum is an excellent starting point for a visit to the capital: an opportunity to learn about the history and customs of this territory.

The Al Fateh Mosque, on the other hand, is a mystical experience. It is an immense holy building with two imposing minarets, which can host up to 7,000 faithful, built from materials brought from all over the world. For example, the thousand Indian lamps of inlaid wood, the gigantic Austrian chandelier of Swarovski crystal, and the Italian Carrara marble. A short distance from the capital, there is Qal’at al Bahrain (Bahrain Fort). Of great quality, in part due to recent reconstruction efforts, the fort in its current form is evidence of 16th century “raiding” by Portuguese sailors.

Day 5 Doha, Qatar

A cruise in the United Arab Emirates and Oman will introduce you to Doha, the country’s futuristic capital on the Persian Gulf. The city is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup, enhancing its already awesome skyline with new super modern skyscrapers.

The Aspire Tower in Doha (300 meters) dominates the skylines. It is the highest building of the country, whose shape is akin to a torch. This building is located near the city of sport, which has already hosted events such as the XII Pan Arab games and which will have a central role during the World Cup. Much of Doha, including places of worship such as the new mosque in the Qatar Faculty of Islamic studies, seems to be already in the future.

Day 6-7 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Stunning and sophisticated, opulent and affluent… Dubai is one of the world’s most dazzling destinations, a city-state that draws travellers for its heady mix of shopping…tempered with heritage, tradition and culture.

Dubai is truly one of the world’s most unique cities; audacious and outrageous, Dubai needs to be seen to be believed. It impresses first-time visitors with its dazzling demeanour and futuristic vision of a modern mega city.

Day 8 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This is your final port of call. Once you have disembarked from your cruise ship you will be transferred to the airport to get your flight back home to Dublin.

Accommodation

MSC Splendida

A cruise ship where technology and comfort are spectacularly combined. Futuristic, yet retaining its classic simplicity and elegance. A cruise ship that promises the ultimate cruise experience.

In the MSC AUREA Spa highly-trained staff combine the magic of Balinese massage with the most modern and exclusive treatments. Specialities include: traditional water treatments (a legacy from Roman times), saunas, Turkish bath, solarium, relaxation room, thalassotherapy, massage room and whirlpool baths. For those seeking more ‘high impact’ activities, there is an exercise room filled with the latest equipment.

MSC Splendida also features 4 swimming pools, a squash court, a Formula 1 simulator and much, much more…

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • A non-refundable deposit of €250 is required at time of booking confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card.
  • Payment can be made via bank transfer
  • Optional Insurance €44 (conditions apply, Irish residents only)
  • Onboard gratuities €8.50 per person per day not included
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change & availability.
  • Prices will be confirmed at time of booking. It is your responsibility to ensure passport/visas are obtained for your destination. We recommend your passport be valid for 6 months after the date of travel.

  Cost per person: €1,239pp
  Number of nights: 7

21 January 2018 Inside €1,239 
21 January 2018 Oceanview €1,329 
21 January 2018 Balcony €1,429 
11 February 2018 Inside €1,239 
11 February 2018 Oceanview €1,329 
11 February 2018 Balcony €1,429 
04 March 2018 Inside €1,239
04 March 2018 Oceanview €1,329 
04 March 2018 Balcony €1,429

Upgrade to Oceanview Cabin for €90 pp
Upgrade to Balcony Cabin for €180 pp

Free All Inclusive Drinks package with all Inside, Oceanview and Balcony cabins

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