Dubai’s Port Rashid’s efforts to establish itself as one of the region’s major cruise shipping hubs has received a significant boost with the news that P&O Cruises will base the Oceana in Dubai for an Arabian Gulf fly-cruise program in 2019. Between January and April, P&O will sail five 10-night cruises from Dubai on Oceana, with tickets on sale from March 30, 2017.
The ten-night Arabian Gulf cruises will be round trip from Dubai, where Oceana will home port, and will visit Sir Bani Yas Island, Manama, Khasab, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Salalah and Muscat.
P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, said: “Although there have been P&O Cruises ships cruising in the Arabian Gulf for years, this is the first time that we will have cruised in that region for an entire season. We fully expect to fill these cruises in the first year enabling us to expand to many more after that.”