Arabian Winter – Oman

Spend a relaxing week in the glorious warmth of the Arabian Seas on board the fabulous 4* MSC Splendida. Spend a day on the exclusive MSC private island of Sir Bani Yas while this 7 night cruise also visits Muscat in Oman & Khor Al Fakkan, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The free All-Inclusive package includes unlimited spirits, liqueurs, aperitifs, cocktails, wine by the glass and beer as well as fruit juices, sodas, mineral water, espresso, cappuccino and other hot drinks! The package also includes takeaway ice cream in a cone or cup!

The Fantastica grade experience has been designed for even greater comfort and flexibility featuring cabins on the upper decks and in the most desirable areas of the ship, and priority choice of dining times.

DESTINATION Arabian Sea
FROM Dublin / Dubai
DATE January to March 2018
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €1,189 pp

Cruise the Arabian Seas from the comfort of the 4* MSC Splendida. Cruise for 7 nights visiting incredible cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Khor Al Fakkan and Siri Bani Yas Island. Everything you need for an incredible holiday experience has been organised by Cruisescapes.

Testimonials

Arabian Voyage  MSC Jan 2016
Holiday of a lifetime enjoyed by 2 friends, both new to cruising,  my husband our 2 sons and myself.
We were celebrating a special Wedding Anniversary and our Son’s 21st Birthday.
What a holiday…..wonderful clear blue skies and warm evenings for wandering on deck……Bliss. 
Cruise was super, great itinerary with a completely new adventure at each and every stop. …
Our booking was a complicated affair as we added our  friends and sons to our original booking, this was expertly handled by Toni of Travelscapes. 
Can highly recommend  MSC and Travel Escapes.
Triona McCarthy  & Family

 

Hi Toni

We just arrived back from our trip this morning and we all had a fantastic time everything was so well organised. We will definitely go on one again with your company and we will be referring you to our friends and colleagues.  Thank you for all your help, and I look forward to dealing with you in the future. 

Best Regards

Jackie

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Depart 23.00 PM

Abu Dhabi was the first Gulf State to export oil back in 1962 and, it’s fair to say, the capital of the UAE hasn’t looked back since. Abu Dhabi’s 200 islands make for a fantastic resort, full of wonderful, spotlessly clean white-sand beaches, perfect for all manner of water sports. If you want to see what lies beneath the crystal clear waters, you can go snorkelling off the splendidly named, Snoopy Island or sit on a perfect beach and admire the city from Lulu Island.

Back in town the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is simply a ‘must see’. You’ll find acres of cool marble plus the world’s largest chandelier and the world’s biggest carpet. Elsewhere there’s so much to see and do, whether at the Heritage Village, the Emirates Palace or a visit to Al Ain’s lush oasis and archaeological site. Thrill seekers will enjoy the chance to ride a stupendous roller coaster above the dunes or discover similarly amazing attractions at the one and only Ferrari World. The city offers a safe environment with tax free shopping all manner of world cuisines and, at the Intercontinental Hotels, there’s even a Yacht Club bar with 150 varieties of vodka!

Day 2: Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates: Arrive 09.00 AM Depart 17.00 PM

An enchanting stop on this MSC Cruise to the United Arab Emirates and Oman is Sir Bani Yas island.

It has nothing to do with the hyper-technological progress which you will admire on your trip to the capital, Abu Dhabi.

On Sir Bani Yas, just like on the islands of Dalma and the six nearby Discovery Islands, an enormous nature reserve has been designated to species in danger of extinction, be they from the Arabic peninsula or from Africa.

In particular, on Sir Bani Yas you will be able to observe rare animals inside a protected area where the great majority of the animals, including giraffes, flamingos and cheetahs to name just a few, live freely.

During your cruise to Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas is therefore is an opportunity to be seized to enjoy fun excursions or safaris in the wild, or to experience some of the exciting sports on offer.

And for those who choose MSC Cruises relaxation, the beaches and the facilities that this island offers, where everything aimed at sustainability, will ensure that you spend an unforgettable day of leisure.

Day 3: At Sea:

Day 4: Muscat, Oman: Arrive 08.00 AM Depart 18.00 PM

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.

Today it is still possible to find traces of its glorious past in the old centre where, until the latter part of the past century, the gates that separated the various quarters would be closed three hours after dawn. Muttrah, the historic centre of trade and activity of the capital that you will see during the cruise, is one of the most intriguing and well-preserved parts of the town centre.

Dedicate part of your vacation to Muscat to visit the sites, like the fish market, the Portuguese fort and, above all Muttrah’s Souq, one of cruisers’ favourite destinations. You can continue along the sea road to the old town of Muscat where, about 200 years ago, the predecessor of the current head of state, built the Al Alam (the Flag), the palace which was restored in the Seventies and has become the Sultan’s official residence. It is a beautiful example of contemporary Arab architecture situated at the centre of the part of Muscat which is still surrounded by its 17th century walls.

 

Day 5: Khor al Fakkan, UAE: Arrive 08.00 AM Depart 18.00 PM

From a ship on the Gulf of Oman, you can see the sizeable town of Khor Fakkan (or Khawr Fakkan) sprawling round a superb bay, one of the loveliest in the United Arab Emirates. The port where your cruise ship lies at anchor is part of the booze-free and ultra-conservative Sharjah emirate, and hasn’t enjoyed the tourist boom its location would otherwise suggest.

It’s a pleasant spot for a brief cruise excursion though, with a fine seafront corniche complete with fish market, a tempting stretch of beach (although, this being Sharjah, modest beachwear is advised) and views of a popular diving spot, Sharq Island, sometimes mistranslated as the rather alarming “Shark Island”, although sharq is in fact simply the Arabic for “east”.

When you are in Khor Fakkan consider an excursion to Fujairah, which has recently enjoyed something of a minor boom, mainly on the back of economic developments in neighbouring emirates, especially Dubai. The focus of much of this is the city’s massive oil-refuelling port – the world’s third largest after Singapore and Rotterdam – at the southern end of town, which is where most of the United Arab Emirates’ oil is exported from, as its east coast location saves shipping from making a two-day dog-leg around the tip of the Arabian peninsula.

There’s usually a line of tankers several kilometres long offshore waiting for their turn at the pumps. The main sight in town is the photogenic Fujairah Fort, off Madhab Road on the northern edge of the city centre. Dating back to the sixteenth century, this is the most picture-perfect of the United Arab Emirates’s many forts, set atop a large plinth and with high, bare walls rising to a pretty cluster of towers and battlements, dramatically framed by an outcrop of the Hajar Mountains.

Day 6-7: Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Arrive 09.00 AM OVERNIGHT Depart 23:00 PM

Stunning and sophisticated, opulent and affluent… Dubai is one of the world’s most dazzling destinations, a city-state that draws travellers for its heady mix of shopping…tempered with heritage, tradition and culture.

Dubai is truly one of the world’s most unique cities; audacious and outrageous, Dubai needs to be seen to be believed. It impresses first-time visitors with its dazzling demeanour and futuristic vision of a modern mega city.

Day 8: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Arrive 05:00 AM

This is your final port of call. Once you have disembarked from your cruise ship you will be transferred to the airport to get your flight back home to Dublin.

 

7 Nights accommodation aboard the 4 Star MSC Splendida, operated by MSC Cruises. (See ship info tab for more information on cruise ships)

MSC Splendida

A cruise ship where technology and comfort are spectacularly combined. Futuristic, yet retaining its classic simplicity and elegance. A cruise ship that promises the ultimate cruise experience.

In the MSC AUREA Spa highly-trained staff combine the magic of Balinese massage with the most modern and exclusive treatments. Specialities include: traditional water treatments (a legacy from Roman times), saunas, Turkish bath, solarium, relaxation room, thalassotherapy, massage room and whirlpool baths. For those seeking more ‘high impact’ activities, there is an exercise room filled with the latest equipment.

MSC Splendida also features 4 swimming pools, a squash court, a Formula 1 simulator and much, much more…

 

Public Lounges

    Restaurants:          Bars & Lounges:       Entertainment:

inside 360            oceanview          balcony

MSC Yacht Club

The value of having your own sanctuary at sea with inclusive luxury amenities is immeasurable. And so the Fantasia-class ships offer an exclusive haven of luxurious suites with an opulent Concierge reception area, lounge, pool and bar area, plus a private restaurant and private access to the MSC Aurea Spa. MSC Yacht Club guests enjoy countless complimentary “extras” that aren’t extra at all – such as wines and spirits, signature Butler service and gourmet delights. This luxury enclave offers a private club ambience with breath taking views from the very front of the ship, and a wealth of valuable amenities included in your fare.

A Ship Within a Ship

Located on the prestigious foredecks of MSC Preziosa, MSC Divina, MSC Splendida and MSC Fantasia, the MSC Yacht Club offers sweeping views. In addition to the private lounge, bar and pool, guests have access to all the venues of our grandest ships at their doorstep, including world-class live entertainment.

Inclusive Drinks & Gourmet Dining

In the Top Sail Lounge or by The One Pool & Bar, enjoy all-inclusive gourmet chef’s creations, appetizers, salads and desserts––plus a selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks and specialty coffees. Or dine in the private, open seating MSC Yacht Club restaurant with a sophisticated menu and complimentary selection of wines, spirits and other beverages. En suite you can enjoy a special MSC Yacht Club menu and complimentary mini-bar.

Exclusive Butler & Concierge Services

From champagne and canapés welcoming you to the MSC Yacht Club, to daily English afternoon tea, your Butlers are there to offer gracious European style service. Butlers and Concierge staff are available 24-hours a day to see that your needs are met and exceeded.

MSC Yacht Club offers a haven of luxury and refinement centred around a striking marble Concierge Reception area with original artwork and a Swarovski crystal staircase. Upon entering you will know you have arrived.

In addition to the Concierge Reception area, private MSC Yacht Club venues include:

• The Top Sail Lounge––An elegant atmosphere with panoramic views provides a private ambiance to socialize with other MSC Yacht Club guests, enjoy gourmet foods and a selection of complimentary wines, spirits and other beverages. You can peruse tableside flat-screens to follow the ship’s course or view star charts and constellations.

• The One Pool & Bar––Enjoy a private pool, two whirlpool spas, solarium and sundeck area complete with a complimentary selection of food and beverages for a completely relaxing experience.

• Private Restaurant: Each ship offers a panoramic restaurant reserved exclusively for MSC Yacht Club guests morning, noon and night. Enjoy open seating or ask your Butler or Concierge to make reservations.

Signature Butler Service

Your Butler is at your service around-the-clock, as you wish. Trained to the standards of the prestigious International Butler Academy in the Netherlands, MSC Yacht Club Butlers are dedicated to your ease and well being throughout your stay.

Butler services include:

• Private priority embarkation with luggage assistance from our Butlers and priority debarkation
• Champagne and canapés served upon your arrival at the MSC Yacht Club
• Unpacking and packing of suitcases, shoes shined and more, upon request
• Afternoon Tea in the British tradition, served by Butlers
• Daily delivery of your favorite international newspaper in its original format
• Arrangements for cocktail parties, en suite dining and more
An Exclusive Array of Dining Pleasures

In MSC Yacht Club you’ll discover what delicious days are made of from morning to night. Perhaps you’ll begin with breakfast served by your Butler on the veranda. Throughout the day, feel free to indulge in gourmet creations by our European-trained chefs In The Top Sail Lounge or by The One Pool & Bar. And in the evening, savour dinner in the sophisticated restaurant reserved exclusively for MSC Yacht Club guests.
• Dining choices include: Top Sail Lounge and The One Pool & Bar: All-inclusive upscale menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entreés and desserts––plus a selection of wines, spirits, soft drinks, mineral water and specialty coffees.
• Private MSC Yacht Club Restaurant: Panoramic views, a gourmet menu and select complimentary wines and beverages are yours when dining in Le Muse on MSC Divina, La Palmeraie on MSC Preziosa, L’Olivo on MSC Splendida and L’Etoile on MSC Fantasia. Enjoy the ease of open seating or ask your Butler to reserve a favorite table.
• British Afternoon Tea: Savor a fine cup of tea and luscious freshly-made cakes, scones and delicate tea sandwiches served each day by Butlers in the Top Sail Lounge.
• En Suite Dining: Your Butler will graciously serve selections from our MSC Yacht Club menu, or help yourself to the complimentary mini-bar.
• Myriad Dining Options: Of course, you may choose to dine in any of the ship’s restaurants. Your Butler would be glad to make reservations at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants and our Concierge can make recommendations and reservations for a restaurant on shore.

The MSC Yacht Club Concierge Team

Within the opulent Concierge Reception lobby you’ll find a knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing information and making special arrangements for you.

• Concierge services include: Priority reservations for on board services, specialty restaurants and the MSC Aurea Spa
• Services to make each destination visit go smoothly, providing detailed information on local attractions, and priority reservations for shore excursions
• Arranging unique and unforgettable private onshore excursions with optional private photographer
• Reserving private out-of-hours en suite shopping, accompanied by your Butler

The Perfect Shopping Experience

Shop around in a completely relaxing, personal atmosphere with private out-of-hours shopping exclusively for MSC Yacht Club guests. Your Butler can make arrangements and accompany you to our designer boutiques, with purchases delivered to your suite at your request. Or we can arrange for a special selection of jewellery to view in the comfort and privacy of your suite.

Our onboard shops offer renowned name brands such as Bulgari, Mont Blanc, Baume & Mercier, Tissot, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Timberland, Lacoste, Chimento and more. Tax and duty free shopping includes:
• Designer jewelry and luxury personal accessories
• Perfumes and cosmetics
• Fashionable clothing for men, women and children
• Sunglasses and watches
• Liquor, tobacco, sweets and snacks
• MSC logo items and toys

Extraordinary Shore Excursions

As an MSC Yacht Club guest there’s no need to follow the crowd when it comes to shore excursions. Our Concierge staff is happy to help you build the perfect tailor-made excursions based on your desires and our extensive knowledge of each port of call:

• We’ll make your dream trip come true with individualized shore excursions
• Custom shore excursions may include the opportunity to explore on your own in a luxury sports car, relax and sightsee in a private car with driver, take the family in a comfortable minibus and more
• A personal multilingual guide can accompany you throughout your onshore adventure
• Enjoy exclusive shopping ashore with a personal guide, upon request
• Record life-long memories of a special destination or event––if you desire, a personal photographer can accompany you discreetly on any excursion

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Deck 5 Canaletto

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 1 Inside
  • Cat. 4 Oceanview

Theatre, Reception, Bars & Restaurants

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Deck 6 Modigliani

Theatre, Casino, Bars, Shops & Restaurants

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Deck 7 Tiziano

Theatre, Bars, Shopping & Restaurants

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Deck 8 Giotto

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 2 Inside
  • Cat. 5 Oceanview
  • Cat. 6 Balcony

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Deck 9 Tintoretto

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 2 Inside
  • Cat. 7 Balcony
  • Cat. 13 Aurea Suite

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Deck 10 Botticelli

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 8 Balcony
  • Cat. 13 Aurea Suite

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Deck 11 Caravaggio

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 9 Balcony
  • Cat. 13 Aurea Suite

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Deck 12 De Chirico

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 10 Balcony
  • Cat. 12 Balcony Suite
  • Cat. YC2 Executive/Family Suite

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Deck 13 Piero Della Francesca

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. 3 Inside
  • Cat. 5 Oceanview
  • Cat. 11 Balcony

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Deck 14 Raffaello

Spa, Pool/Aqua Park, Bars & Restaurants

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Deck 15 Leonardo Da Vinci

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. YC1 Deluxe Suite

Walking Track, Kids pools, bar & restaurant

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Deck 16 Michelangelo

Stateroom Categories:

  • Cat. YC1 Deluxe Suite
  • Cat. YC3 Royal Suite

Disco, 4D Cinema, F1 Simulator & Sports Centre

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Deck 18 Sun Deck

Solarium

Details valid as of February 2012. Subject to change.

Free All Inclusive Drinks package with all Inside, Oceanview and Balcony cabins

Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
07 January 2018 €1,289 Inside Book Now
14 January 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now
28 January 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now
04 February 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now
18 February 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now
25 February 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now
11 March 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now
18 March 2018 €1,189 Inside Book Now

*See Ship Info page for information about MSC Yacht Club, booking available On Request

Upgrade to Oceanview Cabin for €90 pp
Upgrade to Balcony Cabin for €180 pp

Price inclusions

  • Return flights Dublin to Abu Dhabi
  • Return transfers airport to port
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard 4* MSC Splendida based on 2 adults sharing a Fantastica grade inside cabin
  • Fine dining and all beverages on an All Inclusive basis
  • A variety of day and evening entertainment on board
  • Taxes, charges and one 20kgs check-in bag pp included

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • A non-refundable deposit of €250 is required at time of booking confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card. Payment can be made via bank transfer
  • Optional Insurance €44 (conditions apply, Irish residents only)
  • Onboard gratuities €8.50 per person per day not included
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change & availability. Prices will be confirmed at time of booking.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure passport/visas are obtained for your destination. We recommend your passport be valid for 6 months after the date of travel.