Royal Caribbean International announced today that Brilliance of the Seas will return to Dubai in 2011 for its second consecutive season. Royal Caribbean will offer nine roundtrip sailings from January through March 2011, with visits to some of the Arabian coast’s most intriguing destinations and an overnight in Dubai at the beginning and end of each cruise. Vacationers can choose a four-night cruisetour extension for an 11-night Arabian tour. Bookings for Royal Caribbean’s 2011 Dubai cruises and cruisetours are now open.
Available for both the 2010 and 2011 itineraries, the new four-night Arabian Explorer cruisetour vacation extension will offer guests a more thorough exploration of Dubai and the emirates of Raps Al Khaimah and Fujairah. Cruisetour guests will be escorted by a tour director and will experience the destinations via four-wheel drive, traveling to sand dunes, mountainsides, mosques and tranquil, picturesque villages. Other highlights include camel racing and a sunset dinner at a Bedouin camp.
The seven-night itinerary aboard Brilliance of the Seas will include calls at Fujairah and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; Mina Sulman, Bahrain; and Oman’s capital city of Muscat. New for the 2011 season are two 12-night Dubai India roundtrip sailings, departing on March 28 and April 9.
Shore excursions for 2010 and 2011 itineraries will provide both adventure and culture. In Dubai, guests can opt for four-wheel drive excursions deep into the heart of the emirate’s deserts, and through the shifting sands of Abu Dhabi’s Al Khatim desert.
Vacationers also can choose the 14- or 16-night repositioning itineraries between Barcelona and Dubai. The 14-night cruise, departing January 10, 2011, from Barcelona, will include a Suez Canal transit and calls at Egypt’s Alexandria and Safaga, and Jordan’s Aqaba. The 16-night voyage, leaving Dubai on April 21, will visit three Egyptian ports – Safaga, Sharm El Sheikh and Alexandria -- as well as Muscat and Aqaba.
Vacationers interested in exploring the Middle East sooner rather than later can choose among 13 seven-night sailings available during Brilliance of the Seas’ inaugural Dubai season, offering the same itinerary from January through April 2010. Also on the 2010 season roster are 14-night repositioning cruises between Barcelona and Dubai via the Suez Canal, departing January 4 and April 19.