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Fred. Olsen Cruises to the Middle East

Fred. Olsen Middle East Cruises are a great way to experience one of the world’s richest regions when it comes to age-old cultures, long-held traditions and spellbinding architecture - both ancient and modern. Embark on a truly memorable and fantastic value voyage to the Middle East with Fred Olsen. 

The Middle East is one the world's warmest regions, and with this in mind, whenever the line’s vessels visit the region, they make sure it is during the cooler months. A number of Fred Olsen’s longer voyages, including some of their world cruises, feature Middle Eastern ports on their itineraries, so you can call on this fascinating region as part of a wider voyage.

Middle East Itineraries

Fred Olsen’s Middle East cruises offer the perfect way to experience some of the Middle East’s key ports and cities conveniently. Some of the line's itineraries even depart from the UK, calling on the Mediterranean’s most popular ports, including Malaga in Spain and Malta’s historic capital, Valletta, before arriving in the region.


A particularly sought-after Middle Eastern destination is Egypt’s Port Said, which serves its bustling capital Cairo, where you can explore the city’s architectural attractions, its famous museum, or take a trip out to the iconic pyramids. After a passage through the Suez Canal, you could spend some time at two of the country’s most famous resorts, Safaga and Sharm el-Sheikh, with plenty of opportunities to soak up the rays or experience the local traditions. Safaga is also your gateway to Egypt’s capital of old, Luxor and also the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings, where generations of past royalty lie in their eternal slumber. Upon departing Egypt, you may also call at Aqaba, Jordan, the port which serves the country’s most famous tourist destination, the ancient city of Petra. One of the New 7 Wonders of the World, this sandstone-carved city was lost for centuries and is one of the Middle East’s must-see sites. Oman’s capital city Muscat, where you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to both beaches and splendid architecture, is another must-see port. Tour the city or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, book a snorkel or dive excursion.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates, commonly referred to as the UAE, is one of the Middle East's most memorable nations, with stops available at the mountainous Fujairah, where a desert or mountain safari is a must. From there, you could then travel on to Abu Dhabi, which has a long history as a trading port and is nowaday perhaps best known for its trading of oil. A city tour is a great way to soak up the modern commercial atmosphere, while afternoon tea at a luxury hotel will give you a taste of how the other half lives. Perhaps the Middle East's most iconic port of call is the awe-inspiring metropolis of Dubai, where you can see the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and the ultra-opulent Tower of the Arabs.

To find out more about the range of Middle East cruise currently available with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, take a look at our deals below or call our expert Cruise Concierge team today.

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