United Arab Emirates and Oman Cruises
Travel to the United Arab Emirates and enjoy a holiday you won't forget while sailing on a modern luxury cruise.
Suspended between future and tradition.
The Persian Gulf - The name alone evokes oriental fascination, landscapes set between the turquoise sea and the warm colours of the desert. It speaks of caravans loaded with treasures, of immensely opulent palaces and of legends whose origins go back to time immemorial.
Where once there was just desert, today we find the tallest buildings in the world, the most luxurious hotels and the boldest of architecture that coexists with the historic palaces and the remnants of the long and rich Arab history.
The United Arab Emirates, also known as the UAE, is a glittering destination, full of top class hotels, restaurants and huge shopping malls. Of course, the area is particularly famous for Dubai, a city that definitely has the ‘wow factor’, with its huge range of entertainment options.
A true mysterious Arabian experience greets visitors here, with stunning beaches on offer, as well as action-packed desert adventures.
Famed for its oil production, the United Arab Emirates is a cultural place to visit, and the influence of tourism has made it an accessible and wonderful part of the world to explore, especially for those who choose to cruise to the United Arab Emirates, rather than opting for a land break.
Our Fly & Cruise packages offer you an all-in-one holiday including flight, airport taxes, transfer to port, insurance and mandatory fees.
FLY AND CRUISE PACKAGES
Experience all that the United Arab Emirates and Oman has to offer on a 7 night cruise on board MSC Splendida.
Indulge in this luxurious journey with an MSC Cruise, an old tradition that is also a part of the progress made by the Emirates in recent years: Abu Dhabi and Dubai will surprise you with their daring, futuristic architecture, and Sir Bani Yas Island will delight you with a dream beach experience or a safari like no other between the mangroves, the desert and the protected bay areas.
Nestled between the sea, the desert and the imposing mountains, descendent of a thousand year old culture, the Sultanate of Oman will make your heart leap.
Stepping ashore in Oman’s capital Muscat, means stepping into one of the oldest cities of the Middle East. This is where incense was shipped to Greece and Rome as far back as the 2nd century.
Khasab is a town in Oman founded by the Portuguese at the beginning of the 17th century in the best possible natural port of the area and offers many interesting excursions. An interesting blend of sandy desert, bright blue water and palm trees, the unique geological features and beautiful wildlife are best explored by water.
Sit back and relax as we take you on a unique holiday filled with culture, scenery, adventure and opulence while enjoying the benefits of our on board service, facilities and entertainment.
|Day 1||Sat||Dubai, U. Arab Emirates||- - - -||23:00|
|Day 2||Sun||Abu Dhabi, U. Arab Emirates||05:00||23:00|
|Day 3||Mon||Sir Bani Yas Is, U. Arab Emirates||09:00||17:00|
|Day 4||Tue||At sea||- - - -||- - - -|
|Day 5||Wed||Muscat, Oman||08:00||18:00|
|Day 6||Thu||Khasab, Oman||09:00||18:00|
|Day 7||Fri||Dubai, U. Arab Emirates||09:00||23:59|
|Day 8||Sat||Dubai, U. Arab Emirates||00:01||- - - -|
1. Saturday, 15 December 2018 from R 16,390* per person (Enquire)
2. Saturday, 22 December 2018 from R 21,390* per person (Enquire)
3. Saturday, 05 January 2019 from R 18,360* per person (Enquire)
4. Saturday, 12 January 2019 from R 18,360* per person (Enquire)
5. Saturday, 26 January 2019 from R 17,390* per person (Enquire)
* All rates are per person based on 2 adults sharing an inside cabin with Bella Experience, subject to availability and based on the MSC Cruises dynamic pricing policy. Rate includes flights, airport taxes, transfer to port, port, service but exclude insurance fees. Please note that once payment has been made, your deposit and airfare are non-refundable, non-transferable & non-reroutable. Drinks, personal spending, room service charge and optional excursions excluded. Package, subject to availability at the time of the reservation. Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations. Single supplement applies. All rates are correct at time of submission. T&Cs Apply. E&OE.
VISA INFORMATION FOR SOUTH AFRICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS
Abu Dhabi Visa:
Kindly note that passengers holding South African passports need a pre-issued Visa for the UAE. Considering that there are different itineraries, please note as follows:
VISA PROCEDURE - MSC cruises Passengers, embarking/disembarking in any airport or seaport in UAE:
Tourism Ships Cruise Multi Visa.
Multiple-entry Visa (MV)
All passengers arriving by flight into Dubai/Abu Dhabi or any other airport in UAE to embark the ship or participate in a pre-cruise hotel program prior to joining the ship should produce a valid visa while checking-in at their home countries. Airlines will deny boarding to passengers who are not in possession of a valid UAE visa. The validity of the visa is 60 days from the date of issue so passengers should bear this in mind when applying for visas.
The MV is valid for 30 days from the date of first entry to UAE. This MV can be used for one time entry through any airport of UAE and unlimited time to enter & exit UAE through any seaports of UAE. Please note that this MV will be issued only for MSC cruise passengers & MSC booking confirmation with itinerary should be attached with the visa request. Agent can refuse visa application in cases not fulfilling above requirement.
Processing takes 7-14 working days and may take longer depending on nationality of passport holder. Sharaf Tours LLC, the ground handling agent for MSC, will not be held responsible for any delays or refusals from Immigration department of UAE.
Cost of MV is USD 90 per visa. The standard time to obtain MV is up to 21 days prior to arrival in the UAE. Surcharges apply in case of requests received less than 21 days prior to arrival
Black Listed Countries: Following countries are not allowed to obtain the Tourist Visa.
Any passengers holding Israeli passports will not be issued visa to enter UAE. Tunisia , Libya , Syrian, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine , Equatorial Guinea (holding passports of) are subject to special approval and security clearance. No discrimination will be raised in case of Israeli Visa or stamp evident on any nationality passport for previous visits.
No refund is granted should your visa application be rejected by the Authorities.
Important note concerning transit countries (Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain) : the local Immigration may ask for a Face to Face interview upon arrival before granting the pass or, in some cases, deny passengers to go ashore. Should this occur passengers can stay on-board ship waiting for departure to next port.
*All information listed might be subject to changes and is updated on 22nd September 2016. For the most current information please contact the related embassies/consulates.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 794 1619