Africa and the Middle East

Africa & the Middle East

There could hardly be two more exotic destinations than Africa and the Middle East. While Africa has its big-game safaris, sweeping savannahs and the diverse destinations of the Maghreb, the Middle East is likewise a repository of historic sites, picturesque villages and breathtaking architectural marvels. 

Get in touch with one of our friendly Cruising Specialists on 1300 769 227 for more information on how you can book your cruise to Africa or the Middle East today.

 

Destinations

Middle East
The Middle East is a veritable treasure trove of ancient sites, bustling bazaars and the occasional sun-kissed beach. Take a river cruise down Egypt's Suez Canal, visit the lost city of Petra in Jordan or tour the holy sites of Israel on a journey to some of the world's most fascinating destinations. The array of unique experiences on offer will surprise even the most seasoned of traveller.Set sail on a trip to the multifaceted Middle East by booking a cruise to these fascinating lands today.
Southern Africa
With its sweeping savannahs, exotic wildlife, golden beaches and popular safari parks, it's little wonder Southern Africa is such a popular destination for visitors. From big game to beautiful plains and plenty of southern African charm, countries like South Africa, Namibia and Botswana welcome countless awe-struck visitors each year.Take advantage of all that Southern Africa has to offer by booking in a cruise to this fascinating destination today!
Northern Africa
Northern Africa has long been viewed as one of the world's most exotic regions, with its bustling souks, eye-catching architecture and spice-laden cuisine. Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, get to know Morocco's delightful Marrakesh and take a tour through Tunisia's fabulous ancient ruins in this fabulously diverse destination.Check out an array of fantastic cruise deals to this exotic destination today!
Central East Africa
Famed for its striking scenery and abundant natural wildlife, Africa's comparatively lush east coast is a fascinating destination in its own right. Home to the African Great Lakes countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, this diverse landscape is a great place to spot endangered wildlife and the two tallest mountains in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.Discover the exotic east coast of Africa with a great cruise deal today.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the MSC Splendida.
Departs 06 Jan 2018
from
$ 549*
per person twin share

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

7 night cruise sailing from Abu Dhabi aboard the MSC Splendida.
Departs 07 Jan 2018
from
$ 549*
per person twin share

Arabian Coast Immersion

9 night cruise sailing from Abu Dhabi aboard the Celebrity Constellation.
Departs 02 Jan 2017
from
$ 552*
per person twin share

South Africa

2 night cruise sailing from Durban aboard the MSC Sinfonia.
Departs 27 Jan 2017
from
$ 554*
per person twin share

Arabian Coast Immersion

9 night cruise sailing from Abu Dhabi aboard the Celebrity Constellation.
Departs 10 Dec 2016
from
$ 558*
per person twin share

Arabian Gulf

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the Vision of the Seas.
Departs 09 Jan 2017
from
$ 597*
per person twin share

Arabian Gulf

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the Vision of the Seas.
Departs 30 Jan 2017
from
$ 597*
per person twin share

Arabian Gulf

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the Vision of the Seas.
Departs 16 Jan 2017
from
$ 597*
per person twin share

Arabian Gulf

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the Vision of the Seas.
Departs 23 Jan 2017
from
$ 597*
per person twin share

Arabian Gulf Holiday

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the Vision of the Seas.
Departs 19 Dec 2016
from
$ 598*
per person twin share

Arabian Gulf

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the Vision of the Seas.
Departs 02 Jan 2017
from
$ 599*
per person twin share

Arabian Gulf

7 night cruise sailing from Dubai aboard the Vision of the Seas.
Departs 12 Dec 2016
from
$ 599*
per person twin share

Destination Overview

As expansive as it is diverse, Africa is made up of 54 countries and is the world’s second-largest continent. Spanning more than 30 million square kilometres, this sprawling region is home to more than 1.1 billion inhabitants, making it the second most populous continent in the world.

Dissected by the equator, Africa’s vast expanses encompass a multitude of cultures and climates. Dense jungles, open savannahs and vibrant coastal cities are all hallmarks of a trip to this vibrant natural wonderland.

Stretching from the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt's sandy deserts to the sweeping plains of southern Africa and Tanzania's towering Mount Kilimanjaro, there's no shortage of spectacular sights to satisfy the senses on a trip to Africa.

Straddling the juncture between Africa and Western Asia, the Middle East is likewise one of the world's most exotic destinations. From the mosques and minarets of the Gulf States to the cosmopolitan streets of Lebanon and a Bosphorus Strait in Turkey which truly encompasses the division between east and west, there could be few more exciting places to explore.

 

Who goes there?

Cruise lines such as Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises and MSC generally include North African ports with their Mediterranean itineraries departing from Europe.

P&O Cruises International, Cunard Cruise Line and Princess Cruises also offer passengers the opportunity to visit Africa on their repositioning and world cruise voyages, with general transit through the Suez Canal.

Luxury lines such as Seabourn, Silverseas, Oceania, Crystal Cruises, Azamara and Regent Seven Seas offer options to ports in both the Middle East and Africa.

 

Best time to go?

The main cruising season for the Middle East and Africa region falls between October and April, when the winter weather is both cool and dry. Days are generally warm to hot and nights are cool, with temperatures  ranging from 14 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius throughout winter. 

 

Highlights

From religious sites of global significance to the architectural remnants of ancient civilisations, there are countless highlights to take in on an African and Middle East cruise. 

  • Wander the maze-like streets of Morocco's many souks and indulge in a spot of local bargain hunting
  • Enjoy a dizzying stop at the tallest building in the world in Dubai – the striking Burj Khalifa. At a spectacular 828 metres tall, it's the symbol of Dubai's glittering skyline
  • The world’s first Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi is home to the world's fastest roller coaster, as well as numerous Ferrari-related exhibitions
  • The penguin colony at Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town's must-see attractions, with this cute colony of African Penguins sharing the clear beach waters with sun-tanned swimmers.
     
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