Arabian Adventure

from€1359
for 7 nights

Discover Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and more from the comfort of the 4* MSC Virtuosa, the latest great ship to join MSC’s fleet, lauched in April 2021.

What's Included
  • Flight from Dublin to Dubai
  • Transfer from airport to Port
  • 7 nights onboard the 4 Star MSC Virtuosa, based on 2 sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis
  • Premium Drinks Package included
  • Varied day & evening entertainment onboard
  • Flight from Dubai to Dublin
  • 1 check-in bag of 15kgs per person
  • Taxes and charges

Cruise for 7 nights experiencing Arabian Delights and visiting incredible cities such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and the Sir Bani Yas private island, and the brand new cruising port of Dammam in Saudia Arabia! Everything you need for an incredible holiday experience has been organised by Travel Escapes.

MSC Virtuosa

New Features. New Emotions.

MSC Virtuosa’s name comes from the word virtuoso, meaning someone highly skilled in any field of activity, and so MSC Virtuosa was named to pay homage to the skill and expertise of the MSC Cruises architects and shipyard partners at Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique who designed and built this innovative class of ships. This new cruise ship is one of the two largest in MSC Cruises’ fleet, along with her sister ship MSC Grandiosa, boasting an impressive array of guest features all coming together in perfect harmony to deliver the ultimate cruise holiday experience. Two brand new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows or the first humanoid robotic bartender at sea are just few of the innovations on board of MSC Virtuosa, one of the most environmentally advanced ships at sea.

Environmental Stewardship
MSC Virtuosa is one of the most environmentally-sound ships at sea and an energy-efficient role model for modern cruising:

  • Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS)
  • State-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)
  • Underwater Radiated Noise system reducing impact on large-size marine mammals
  • State-of-the-art purification system for the cleanest waste water
  • Reduced CO2-emissions thanks to the latest technologies

Galleria Virtuosa
The longest LED Dome at Sea.
The indoor promenade features both Main and Speciality Restaurants along with numerous shops.
The promenade is destined to become the ultimate destination for socializing and entertainment possibilities for guests.

Family & Children
MSC Cruises is known for its award-winning family offering and has a long-standing partnership with the LEGO Group to design the kids club areas as well as on board activities. On MSC Virtuosa, MSC Cruises and LEGO Group are working to take this to the next-level with six very special LEGO® themed cabins so that the holiday adventure literally starts in the cabin!

MSC Viruosa pools
MSC Virtuosa offers its guests 5 outstanding and unique pools, including one of the biggest and most intricate waterparks at sea.
The pools are capable of accommodating over 1,000+ guests with comfort.
The Atmosphere Pool, 1.700 m2 with about 10 m2 of public space per guest, is one of the most plentiful to be found at sea.

MSC Yacht Club
Luxury of a private club, while enjoying access to the myriad recreation and entertainment possibilities that the rest of the ship offers
The best location of the cabins and a reserved area accessible only to YC Members, dedicated restaurant and lounges and a large private pool area with solarium and whirlpool baths.
24-hour butler service, dedicated massage rooms and full access to Thermal Suite in the MSC Aurea Spa.

Exclusive partnership with Cirque du Soleil at Sea
Twice every night, six nights a week, guests on MSC Virtuosa have the unique opportunity to see two original shows by Cirque du Soleil, the world leader in live artistic entertainment, and savour a superb culinary experience in the same glamorous venue. The Carousel Lounge is a technology-packed, entertainment and dining venue designed especially to meet the needs of Cirque du Soleil. This custom-built lounge can accommodate up to 450 guests, including more than 100 enjoying the full show-and-dining experience.

Savannah Aquapark
One of the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea, with three twisting slides, a ‘Himalayan Bridge’ and a range of pools, features and activities for all ages.

Le Grand Théâtre
945 seats and 1.000 m2. Guests can enjoy live performances every evening with 3 sittings per night.

Red Gem Casino
The on-board casino offers wide variety of games for all different types of players: Slot machines offering progressive jackpots throughout the cruise, Blackjack, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Extreme Poker, Dream 21.

Attic Club
Party with friends, enjoy a nightcap or simply dance into the small hours at the stylish onboard nightclub.

Sportplex
Basketball, tennis court, football, volleyball for teens. The large and spacious amusement park provides a large arena where young guests can play sports and games during the daytime… then socialise, party and dance the evenings away.

F1 Simulators
For the young and the young at heart, two Formula 1 virtual-reality racing cars compete head-to-head in a race that will get hearts racing.

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Prices
Dates Cabin Type Price
10 Dec 2021 Inside €1359 Book Now
10 Dec 2021 Oceanview €1489 Book Now
10 Dec 2021 Balcony €1619 Book Now
24 Dec 2021 Inside €2199 Book Now
24 Dec 2021 Oceanview €2329 Book Now
24 Dec 2021 Balcony €2459 Book Now
28 Jan 2022 Inside €1369 Sold Out
28 Jan 2022 Oceanview €1499 Sold Out
28 Jan 2022 Balcony €1629 Sold Out
25 Feb 2022 Inside €1519 Book Now
25 Feb 2022 Oceanview €1649 Book Now
25 Feb 2022 Balcony €1779 Book Now
04 Mar 2022 Inside €1589 Book Now
04 Mar 2022 Oceanview €1719 Book Now
04 Mar 2022 Balcony €1849 Book Now
11 Mar 2022 Inside €1589 Book Now
11 Mar 2022 Oceanview €1719 Book Now
11 Mar 2022 Balcony €1849 Book Now
18 Mar 2022 Inside €1589 Book Now
18 Mar 2022 Oceanview €1719 Book Now
18 Mar 2022 Balcony €1849 Book Now
Agent
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Booking Remarks
Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit of €250 per person
Optional Insurance available (conditions apply)
Gratuities are not included in above price
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
Itinerary
Day 1

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the port to board the 4 star MSC Virtuosa, your home for the next 7 nights.

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 2

Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

For most people, the United Arab Emirates means just one place: Dubai, the sci-fi-esque city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. But beyond the glitter awaits a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each with its own character and allure.
Oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital, is positioning itself as a culture and leisure hub. Beyond looms the vast Al Dhafra region, home to the northern reaches of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter) desert’s rippling dunes. Its magical silence is interrupted only by the whisper of shifting sands rolling towards Saudi Arabia.

North of Dubai, Sharjah is the UAE’s art and heritage centre while Ras Al Khaimah is all about the beach – with a dash of adventure-activities thrown in. Head east into the jagged embrace of the Hajar Mountains to experience a side of the UAE far removed from Dubai’s gloss.

Day 3

Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates

In the country’s remote far west, this 87-sq-km desert island with its craggy interior swooping down to acacia-studded plains was originally the private retreat of UAE founding father Sheikh Zayed. His love of animals inspired him to turn it into a wildlife reserve and bring many native species back from the brink of extinction. Today, 60% of the island is home to 13,000 free-roaming indigenous and introduced animals, including the world’s largest herd of the endangered Arabian oryx, sand gazelles, Barbary sheep, Indian blackbuck and even giraffes and cheetahs.
Abu Dhabi’s royal family maintains two palaces on the island, but if they forgot your invitation, you can visit by staying (or booking an activity-and-lunch package) at one of the island’s three resorts. The unique wildlife-viewing opportunities combined with lunarscape vistas are a highlight of the UAE. If you’re going to splash out just once on your trip, make it here.

Day 4

At Sea

Day 5

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Boasting endless views of the tranquil Arabian Gulf, Dammam is a modern metropolis that thrives on its coastal location. Although it is known for its lush green parks, airy waterfronts, and sandy beaches, it is highly enjoyable in the winter, too, with daytime temperatures averaging in the low 20s Celsius. The region also has a growing reputation as an arts, sports, and entertainment destination. It is home to the kingdom’s first street-art exhibition, in Al Khobar’s Bayoonya district, and offers a range of cultural hubs and museums as well. Dip into science and innovation at SCITECH, or get your fill of pop culture at the quirky Taybeen and Alfelwah and Aljowharah museums. As evening falls, wander the walkways of Dammam’s Share Al Hob souq, where you may encounter traders, performers, and street musicians.

Day 6

Doha, Qatar

It’s rare to see a great city in the making these days, but here’s your chance. Whether it’s the stunning and constantly changing skyline or the massive investments Qatari authorities are making in landmark cultural icons, Doha is a city oozing confidence and style, and it’s as much ease with its modern shopping malls as it is with its heritage and traditional souqs.
Wander the fabulously atmospheric Souq Waqif, wonder at the sheer beauty of the world-class Museum of Islamic Art and its exhibits or head out to Katara to explore Doha’s art culture. Wherever you look, Doha is threatening to eclipse Dubai as the Gulf’s most dynamic city. Throw in a new metro system in the making and the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, and even despite the Gulf-Qatar diplomatic crisis, chances are Doha is going to come out on top.

Day 7-8

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is your final port of call and with an overnight stay here you have ample time to explore this stunning city.

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.

Following breakfast, you will disembark from the cruise ship and will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dublin.

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