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Where to stop on Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula cruises

[ 0 ] September 25, 2013 |

The Red Sea and Arabian Peninsula offer plenty of cruise options for holidaymakers and as long as people do their research, they can book itineraries that suit their needs and preferences perfectly.

One popular stop for those on Red Sea cruises is the Sharm El Sheikh region of Egypt on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. As well as a marina that has been redeveloped for private yachts and sailboats, there is a terminal for cruise ships. There is certainly plenty for visitors to see and do while at this beach destination.

Indeed, many people opt to sleep in the hotels that line its shores as part of a ‘cruise and stay’ holiday package. Sharm el Sheikh is just 20 kilometres from the Ras Mohamed Park, which is a fantastic spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. Meanwhile, there are plenty of bars and restaurants for holidaymakers to enjoy and anyone after some retail therapy can head to the Old Market. Set along narrow streets and alleyways, this is a good place to pick up souvenirs.

Sharm El Sheikh. Naama Bay.

Another popular cruise destination around the Arabian Peninsula is Dubai. This boasts an impressive cruise terminal and is popular as a pre or post-cruise destination. Renowned for its white sandy beaches, glitzy hotels, shopping and extravagant lifestyle, this is a city unlike any other. Visitors can check out a host of attractions, including the Jumeirah Mosque, which is a contemporary shopping mall designed to look like a souk.  Meanwhile, when people want to cool off, they can head to the Wild Wadi Waterpark.

Muscat in Oman also features on many cruise itineraries. It boasts grand architecture, picturesque beaches, souks, an energetic harbour and gourmet restaurants, among other things. The locals are welcoming, but visitors should note that English is not as widely spoken as it is in Dubai.

Sunset on the sea

Also in Oman, the town of Salalah can be reached by cruise ship. Like Muscat, it is ringed by the ocean and mountains. Between later June and late September, there is a monsoon season in the area and this turns the usually arid landscape green. It usually stays like this until December.

In addition, cruises around the Arabian Peninsula can stop in the Yemini city of Aden. However, while this intriguing city has lots to offer visitors, it is worth noting that security concerns are prevalent and armed police escorts are common.

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