20 February 2017
The stunning cruise ship Vision of the Seas can be your magic carpet for a week as you cruise around the Arabian Gulf. Beginning and ending in Dubai, you will visit Khasab and Muscat in Oman and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and have a full day at sea to experience all that this great Royal Caribbean vessel has to offer which includes new dining concepts and stunning new technology throughout.
Your Arabian adventure begins when you board the Vision of the Seas in Dubai with plenty of time to explore this exciting city before setting sail. Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates' vacation hot spot. This city of high-rises and shopping malls has transformed itself from a desert outpost to a top destination where people flock for sales bargains, sunshine and family fun. It is famous for attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) and malls complete with huge aquariums and indoor ski slopes.
The first port of call on your Arabian Gulf adventure is Khasab in Oman. Situated on the Musandam Peninsula on the country's northern border the high mountains of this region rise more than 2,000 metres above sea level and you have great views over the Strait of Hormuz. You can take a boat trip along the coast or go diving here on the beautiful coral reefs and there are lots of interesting archaeological sights to visit.
Today the Vision of the Seas arrives at Muscat, where you have two full days to explore. Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history going back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Mirani and Jalali, on looming clifftops overlooking Muscat Harbour.
Another day to visit the sights of Muscat. It's well worth stopping off at the city's modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with its huge gleaming dome and prodigious Persian carpet. This amazing building can accommodate 20,000 people and you can see it and other fascinating buildings on one of a number of tours that can be booked on board.
Your only full day at sea on the cruise so make the most of it and get to know all that the Vision of the Seas has to offer. The ship has five new dining areas, an aerial entertainment experience and the incredible Viking Crown Lounge which is situated 150 feet above the waves and has 360 degree views. Teenagers and kids are well catered for and there's an outdoor movie screen, fitness centre, rock climbing wall and sports courts. Enjoy the Vitality Spa and the West End style theatre.
You are really spoilt for choice of things to see and do today when the Vision opf the Seas docks at Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emirates sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping mega-centres such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet and crystal chandeliers.
Today the Vision of the Seas arrives back into Dubai and you have a full day and night to explore more of this exciting city. There are so many cultural highlights as well as all the glamorous modern add-ons. Take a wander around the Bastakia district and you'll discover the Dubai of old, then cruise along Dubai Creek in a traditional dhow and you'll soon realise there's more to this city than its flashy veneer.
Today your wonderful Arabian Gulf voyage on the Vision of the Seas comes to an end. Say farewell to new found friends and possibly stay on and extend your holiday in Dubai relaxing in the sun and seeing more of the sights. But if it's time to return home you will be taken to the state of the art international airport to catch your flight.
Inside Stateroom Q fr £477pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated