By Daniel Andrews
Ship will visit ports in UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain from December 2016
Dubai is to become the homeport for Thomson Cruises’ Thomson Celebration next winter with the launch of two new itineraries starting in December 2016.
The two seven-night cruises – Arabian Nights and Cities of Gold - will stop overnight in Dubai and visit six new destinations including Khasab and Muscat in Oman, Manama in Bahrain, Doha in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Khor Fakkan in UAE.
The Arabian Nights itinerary will sail from Dubai and call at Khasab, Muscat, Doha and Abu Dhabi, while ports of call for the Cities of Gold itinerary include Khor Fakkan, Muscat, Manama and Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the announcement Thomson Cruise managing director Helen Caron said: “At Thomson Cruises we know that destinations are one of the key deciding factors for our customers and our decision to set sail from Dubai will allow holiday-makers to see and experience more destinations than ever before.
“As Dubai becomes more and more popular for winter sun and incredible excursions, we know our customers will be as excited as we are to welcome this destination to our programme.”
Excursion highlights include the sites of the Burj al Arab and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Grand Mosque in Muscat. In addition, guests can choose from trips to the Musafi Mountains in Khor Fakkan, a Dubai Dhow cruise or desert safaris.
The cruise line is also offering packages inclusive of a seven-night stay at Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm.