Dubai

Old souks and new shopping centres 
The world’s tallest building
The Thousand and One Nights Hotel

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Dubai

Kitsch charm and seven-star hotels

shore excursion on your MSC Emirates and Oman cruise can be the opportunity to discover Bur Dubai, at the heart of the metropolis of Dubai, on the south side of the breezy Creek. It’s the oldest part of Dubai and it offers a fascinating insight into the city’s traditional roots.
This is where you’ll find many of the place’s most interesting Arabian heritage houses, clustered in the beautiful old Iranian quarter of Bastakiya and the waterfront Shindagha district, as well as the excellent Dubai Museum and the atmospheric Textile Souk.

MSC Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sir Bani Yas cruises also offer excursions to the bustling district of Deira: the centre of Dubai’s traditional commercial activity, much of it still conducted in the area’s vibrant array of old-fashioned souks, including the famous gold and spice markets. A few kilometres south of the old city centre, modern Dubai begins in spectacular style with Sheikh Zayed Road, home to a neck-cricking array of skyscrapers including the glittering Emirates Towers.

Even these, however, are outshone by the massive Downtown Dubai development at the southern end of the strip, centred on the stupendous new Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, flanked by further record-breaking attractions including the gargantuan Dubai Mall and spectacular Dubai Fountain.

West of the Sheikh Zayed Road, the sprawling beachside suburb of Jumeirah is the traditional address-of-choice for Dubai’s European expats, its endless swathes of walled villas dotted with half a dozen shopping malls and a smattering of low-key sights. At the southern end of Jumeirah, there are more iconic sights in the sleepy suburb of Umm Suqeim, including the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the extraordinary mock-Arabian Madinat Jumeirah complex and the unforgettable Burj al Arab hotel.

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  • DUNE DRIVE SAFARI

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    DXB07

    Treat yourself to the thrill of a lifetime on our Desert Dune Adventure. An exciting rollercoaster ride over Arabia’s golden sand dunes awaits you – and all from the comfort of a modern four-wheel drive vehicle. The tour culminates in a visit to a secluded desert camp site, decorated in authentic Arabic style. This tranquil spot is not just perfect for relaxing amid majestic sand dunes, but also for having a go at sand-skiing or camel riding. Please note: the driver will provide information in English. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. As this tour involves travelling over rough and bumpy terrain, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems, with neck/back problems, for pregnant women and for children aged less than 4 years. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available only on Fridays morning for transit guests and on Saturdays afternoon for all embarking guests on Saturday morning. On Friday calls, this tour can be combined with: DXB01, DXB04, DXB06, DXB19. This tour is subject to weather conditions.
    • Drink included

    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      4 h

  • DUBAI CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    DXB06

    The Dubai city tour highlights the contrasts between the old and the new in this fast growing and exciting city. The city is popularly known as the "City of Merchants" due to its long history of trade. Your tour will take you past the world-renowned 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel, offering excellent photo opportunities. A photo stop at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of neo-Islamic architecture, is next on the list. The tour proceeds to the World Trade Centre, one of the city's leading landmarks and one of the region’s earliest skyscrapers. Then, in complete contrast, you will continue to the old Al-Bastakia area of Dubai, a perfect spot to admire the old houses with their characteristic wind towers that once cooled the buildings in the days before air conditioning. The tour also includes a visit to the museum at the eighteenth-century Al Fahidi Fort, a creek crossing in a typical Abra boat and a stop at the aromatic spice market. The tour is rounded off by visiting Dubai’s huge gold souk, a fabulous precious metals market where you can find exquisite gold jewellery at the most attractive prices in the world. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available only on Fridays afternoon for transit guests and on Saturdays afternoon for all embarking guests on Saturday morning. On Friday calls, this tour can be combined with: DXB01, DXB07, DXB12. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • Shopping

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • EXCLUSIVE DUBAI: BURJ KHALIFA & LUNCH AT BURJ AL ARAB

    CITY TOUR

    DXB25

    This excursion promises to offer you unique sensations and visits to some of the iconic symbols of Dubai. The first visit on this full day tour promises to prove you why Dubai is often referred as to the City of Merchants; a short coach drive to the Dubai Mall, which is situated at the foot of and forms an integral component of the Burj Dubai building, will give you plenty of time for shopping. Next, get ready to enjoy one of the most fabulous views of Dubai, ascending the incredible Burj Al Khalifa, which holds the current record for the world’s tallest building at a dizzying height of 828 meters. Visit the observation deck at the 124th floor for a fascinating 360 degree view of Dubai before returning back to the ground to reach the world-renowned seven-star Burj Al Arab. Built on a man-made island, this luxury hotel is not only a truly fitting monument to a new millennium, but also the iconic location where you will stop for lunch. Once refreshed, you will continue on a coach to the palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island ending at old Al-Bastakia area of Dubai. This is the perfect spot for a short stop to admire the old houses with their characteristic wind towers that once cooled the buildings in the days before air conditioning. Next on the list is the Dubai Museum, located in the late 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, which aims to illustrate Dubai’s traditional way of life. After then crossing the river in a typical abra boat and stopping at a spice market, you will get to browse Dubai’s huge gold souk – the best place to buy gold jewellery at rock-bottom prices. Return to the port. Please note: this tour is available on Friday only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This excursion is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • No guide available

    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      9 h

  • NEW WONDERS OF DUBAI

    CITY TOUR

    DXB01

    This discovery tour begins with a photo stop at the epitome of modern Dubai, the sumptuous Burj Al Arab Hotel, which is the only 7-star hotel in the world. The tour continues with a drive to the Palm Jumeirah, a magnificent man-made archipelago of islands in the shape of a palm tree. The impressive Atlantis Hotel also provides an excellent opportunity to take some breathtaking photos. The next stop on the tour is the beautiful Dubai Marina, projected to become the largest man-made marina in the world. The tour will then take you through Dubai’s swanky neighbourhoods of Emirates Hills and The Springs. Next on the itinerary is a drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, taking you to the Souk Al Bahar where you will have free time to spend in the bazaar. The souk features over 100 shops in an eclectic retail mix that includes restaurants, cafés and lounges that flank the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade. Literally meaning “The Market of the Sailor”, Souk Al Bahar derives its name both from its traditional souk architecture – natural stone corridors, high archways and subdued lighting – as well as its unique ”seaside” location on an island in Lake Burj. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available on Fridays morning for transit guests and on Saturdays afternoon for all embarking guests on Saturday morning. On Friday calls, It can be combined with following excursions: DXB03, DXB04, DXB06, DXB18, DXB19. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • Shopping

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • WALKING TOUR OF OLD DUBAI

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    DXB36

    If you like your sightseeing live and direct, there’s no better way to explore Dubai’s old quarter than on this half-day tour, which will take you on an unhurried stroll through the historical streets. To begin with, a coach drive will see you reach the Al Bastakiya district, with a short photo stop scheduled at the saltwater Dubai Creek on the way. The Al Bastakiya area is particularly famed for its old houses with wind towers, a means of passively cooling a building without the need for electrically powered air conditioning. You’ll also pass through the textile souk and the heritage area during your visit. The final highlight of the tour will then be a stop at the Dubai Museum, which forms part of the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort. You’ll have about 1 hour to have a look around on your own before the coach ride back to the ship brings the tour to a leisurely close. Please note: as the tour involves 3 hours of walking and standing (in total), it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
    • Shopping

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

  • DOLPHIN TOUCH & AQUAVENTURE WATER PARK

    NATURAL WONDERS

    DXB09

    If you have ever wanted to make friends with a dolphin at close hand, this is the perfect tour for you. On the way to the aptly named Dolphin Bay, a part of the Atlantis Hotel complex, the tour will also take you through the Palm Jumeirah, a magnificent man-made archipelago of islands. Once at Dolphin Bay, you will be escorted by an expert in aquatic mammals and given a short presentation on the life of a dolphin as well as instruction on how to behave towards these creatures in the water. You will then have an opportunity to personally interact with the dolphins in their lagoon (without swimming). The tour continues with a visit to the adjacent Aquaventure water park, which boasts exciting water slides, refreshing swimming pools and unspoiled beaches. Please note: you will not be permitted to wear sunscreen, tanning oil or jewellery since these can harm the dolphins’ skin. This activity involves wearing a swimming suit or bathing trunks. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate; a parent or a legal guardian must accompany children under the age of 12. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available on Friday morning for transit guests and combinable with DXB19.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

  • SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS & AQUAVENTURE WATER PARK

    NATURAL WONDERS

    DXB10

    This is an exceptional opportunity for anyone who wants to get up close and personal with dolphins and is capable of swimming in deep waters. On the way to the aptly named Dolphin Bay, a part of the Atlantis Hotel complex, the tour will also take you through the Palm Jumeirah, a magnificent man-made archipelago of islands. Once at Dolphin Bay, a specialized trainer will give you a brief talk on dolphins, after which you will be taken to the water where the dolphins await you to swim and play. The tour continues with a visit to the adjacent Aquaventure water park, which boasts exciting water slides, refreshing swimming pools and unspoiled beaches. Please note: you will not be permitted to wear sunscreen, tanning oil or jewellery since these can harm the dolphins’ skin. Guests must be in good physical health. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. This activity involves wearing a swimming suit or bathing trunks. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate; a parent or a legal guardian must accompany children under the age of 12. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available on Friday morning for transit guests and combinable with DXB19.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • No guide available

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      5 h

  • DUBAI SIGHTSEEING & MIRACLE GARDEN

    SCENIC ROUTE

    DXB37

    This tour of two halves combines a leisurely coach-based sightseeing drive around the City of Merchants with a chance to stretch your legs in the city’s colourful Miracle Garden. The drive around Dubai begins with a photo stop at the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7-star hotel, and then continues on to the Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. Watch out for views of the Atlantic Hotel as you head for the Dubai Marina, the largest man-made facility of its kind in the world. After soaking up these city vistas, you’ll then have a chance to enjoy outdoor time at the Miracle Garden. Among the plethora of different flowers, you’ll also find plants that are common in more temperate climes, but count as exotics in these parts, which is why petunias and geraniums also form part of the multi-hued line-up. The topiary section even features displays of blooms fashioned to resemble giant hearts, stars, igloos and pyramids. Take your time to enjoy the natural beauty of the park before the coach returns you to the ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • PANORAMA FROM BURJ AL KHALIFA

    SCENIC ROUTE

    DXB12

    The tour begins with a photo stop at the iconic Burj Al Arab, the very epitome of modern Dubai and the only 7-star hotel in the world. The itinerary continues with a drive through the Palm Jumeirah, an awe-inspiring man-made archipelago of islands in the shape of a palm tree. This is also where the impressive Atlantis Hotel is situated. After a photo stop the tour wraps up by taking you through Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai’s most magnificent boulevard, before finally stopping at the incredible Burj Al Khalifa, which holds the current record for the world’s tallest building at a dizzying height of 828 meters. Visit the observation deck at the 124th floor for a fascinating 360 degree view of Dubai. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available only on Fridays morning for transit guests and can be combined with DXB03, DXB04, DXB06, DXB19. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • AQUAVENTURE AT THE ATLANTIS

    SEA & SUN

    DXB14

    Experience Aquaventure, the largest water park in the region. Thrill your senses with the Ziggurat, Aquaventure’s centerpiece or dare to take the Leap of Faith, a near vertical drop of 27.5 meters through a submerged tunnel into shark infested waters. Glide along over two kilometres of inter-connected waterways, dare to brave the rapids or simply enjoy the leisurely tidal effect of The Surge. For a gentler experience, younger visitors can plunge into Splashers, a water playground for kids. It all adds up to a unique water adventure, with something new discovered at every turn. Relax by the sandy beach of Atlantis before returning to Dubai port. Please note: do not forget your swimming costume, towel, sunglasses. This excursion is not suitable for guests with neck/back problems and for pregnant women. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available on Friday morning for transit guests and it can be combined with DXB19.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      5:30 h

  • CAR WITH GUIDE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB67PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • CAR WITH GUIDE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB73PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

  • DINNER IN THE DUNES

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB03

    Treat yourself to the thrill of a lifetime on our Desert Dune Adventure. An exciting rollercoaster ride over the golden sand dunes of Arabia awaits you – all from the comfort of a modern four-wheel drive vehicle. Look forward to viewing the beautiful desert scenery at sunset from the top of the highest sand dune and taking stunning photos. The highlight of the tour then comes in the form of a delicious barbecue dinner, accompanied by the lithe movements of a belly dancer – all served up in a wildly romantic and relaxing setting. The entertainment programme also includes a henna artist to show the art of painting hands and feet with intricate henna designs, a popular practice in the region to mark special occasions. In addition, to round off this “Bedouin experience” you can even have a go at riding a camel. To bring this magical evening to a perfect close, you will rejoin your vehicle for your return journey to your ship. Please note: the driver will give information in English only. As this tour involves travelling over rough and bumpy terrain, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems, with neck/back problems, for pregnant women and for children aged less than 4 years. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Tour available only on Fridays afternoon for transit guests; it can be combined with following tours: DXB01 / DXB07 / DXB09 / DXB10 / DXB12.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      6 h

  • DISCOVER DUBAI & LUNCH AT THE BURJ AL ARAB

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB20

    This enjoyable sightseeing tour of Dubai will give you a chance to discover the contrasts between old and new in this fast-growing and vibrant city, which is popularly known as the "City of Merchants" due to its long history of trade. Your tour will take you to the historical Al Bastakiya district of Dubai, a quarter known for its beautiful old houses along with their characteristic wind towers. These structures were designed to cool the buildings in the days before air conditioning. The tour also includes a visit to the Dubai Museum that is located at the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, a river crossing in a typical abra boat and a stop at the aromatic spice market. Finally, you will visit the huge gold souk, which offers exquisite gold jewellery at prices lower than anywhere else in the world. The next stop on your tour is the world-renowned seven-star Burj Al Arab. Built on a man-made island, this luxury hotel is not only a truly fitting monument to a new millennium, but also the iconic location where you will stop for lunch. Once refreshed, you will continue on a coach to the incredible Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. You will have a chance to take photos of the Atlantis Hotel where a further tour highlight awaits you: a visit to the Lost Chambers Aquarium. As you make your way through this exciting maze of underground passageways and tunnels, you will feel like you are visiting the ruins of the legendary city of Atlantis. Look forward to a stunning display of marine life, including clownfish, piranhas and colourful live corals. Before returning to the port and your vessel, the final stop on the tour is the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre, where you will have time to explore scores of premium-brand shops. Please note: this tour is available on Fridays only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This excursion is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. It can be combined with the tour with code DXB19.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

  • DISCOVER DUBAI, DINNER AT THE BURJ AL ARAB & THE LOST
    CHAMBERS

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB24

    Get an unhurried start to your day, and then acquaint yourself with Dubai – the City of Merchants – on this afternoon-to-evening excursion. Your coach will first take you to the lovely old quarter of Al Bastakiya to see the traditional houses with their wind towers, a clever means of pre-electric air cooling. Then it’s on to the Dubai Museum, located in the late 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, which aims to illustrate Dubai’s traditional way of life. After then crossing the river in a typical abra boat and stopping at a spice market, you’ll get to browse Dubai’s huge gold souk – the best place to buy gold jewellery at rock-bottom prices. Dinner then follows at the iconic 7-star Burj Al Arab Hotel, a fabulous building with an inner atrium that soars to a dizzying 180 m in height. Moving on again, your next destination is the palm-shaped Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island, for a chance to first take photos of the magnificent Atlantis, The Palm resort hotel, followed by a visit to its marvellous Lost Chambers Aquarium. An artistically interpreted setting that resembles the mythical city of Atlantis serves as the backdrop to an amazing variety of marine wildlife that will swim around you as you move through a series of acrylic-walled underground passageways and tunnels. Your final stop will then be at the immense Dubai Mall for a chance to browse the high-end shops before the coach returns you to the ship. Please note: this tour is available on Fridays afternoon only. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. This excursion is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      8 h

  • DUBAI AT NIGHT FROM THE BURJ AL KHALIFA

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB19

    This tour lets you see both the breathtaking beauty of Dubai at night and the Burj Al Khalifa in one go. After leaving the port, you will drive along Sheikh Zayed Road, the most famous street in Dubai, to reach the Burj Al Khalifa building, which is currently credited as being the world’s tallest building at a dizzying height of just over 828 meters. The observation deck on the 124th floor will give you a fascinating 360-degree view of Dubai and the city’s glittering lights. The tour then continues on to the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre. You will have time to explore premium-brand outlets plus various other mall attractions such as an aquarium and an underwater zoo (admission to attractions not included in the price of the excursion). The excursion also includes the opportunity to watch the unique Dubai Fountain show, a fabulous display of water jets gushing out of a pool at the foot of the Burj Al Khalifa. You will then return to the port. Please note: this tour is available on Friday nights only; departure time: approx. 19.30. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort.
    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

  • EXCLUSIVE DUBAI BY HYDROPLANE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB15

    Why not add a special touch to your cruise holiday and treat yourself or a loved one to an excursion with a difference? This exceptional tour includes a 30-minute flight in a hydroplane over the city of Dubai. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of some of the city’s iconic sights such as the Burj Al Arab Hotel, the appropriately shaped Palm Jumeirah, the Atlantis Hotel and the literally sky-scraping Burj Al Khalifa building. Your flight ends at the port. Please note: the pilot will provide information in English only. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. You will receive a short briefing before take-off.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

  • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB68PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE 3 - 6 PAX

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB74PV

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

  • SHOPPING TRANSFER

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB33

    If shopping is your bag, this daylong celebration of all things retail is perfect for you. Your first port of call will be the wonderful Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a modern recreation of an old-fashioned bazaar with an ambience to match. After some time to browse this vibrant and colourful marketplace, you’ll move on to two of the world’s largest shopping emporia: the Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai Mall. The former opened its doors in 2005, is currently being extended and not only boasts more than 700 shopping outlets, but also features the first indoor ski resort and snow park in the Middle East. The Dubai Mall is even larger, offering no less than 1,200 high-end stores, an incredible aquarium, an indoor ice rink and much more besides. It is situated at the base of the Burj Khalifa building, which soars to a vertiginous height of just under 830 m (2,725 ft.) and is currently the world’s tallest man-made structure. You’ll then return to the ship, complete with any purchases you might have made. Please note: due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • No guide available

    • Shopping

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      7 h

  • SNAPSHOTS OF DUBAI BY HYDROPLANE

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    DXB16

    A luxury limousine (minivan) will pick you up at the port for a short transfer to the dock and the hydroplane. The ensuing 10-minute flight is an amazing opportunity to admire the beauty of Dubai from a completely new perspective and take stunning photos. Have your camera at the ready to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Please note: the pilot will provide information in English only. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, we recommend taking a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. You will receive a short briefing before take-off.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      45 m

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

United Arab Emirates

Diamonds shining in the desert
Diamonds shining in the desert

Dubai is actually just one of the seven statelets which collectively form the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, a loose confederation founded in 1971 following the departure of the British from the Gulf.

Technically the seven emirates are considered equal, and preserve a considerable measure of legislative autonomy, rather like the various states of the USA – which explains, for instance, why local laws in Dubai are so different from those in neighbouring Sharjah.

In practice, however, as a cruise to the Emirates can show you, a clear pecking order applies. Abu Dhabi, easily the largest and wealthiest of the emirates, serves as the capital (even if Abu Dhabi city is barely half the size of Dubai) and wields the greatest influence over national policy, as well as providing the UAE with its president.

Dubai ranks second, followed by Sharjah and then the other emirates of Umm al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah, Ajman and Fujairah, which remain relatively undeveloped and even surprisingly impoverished in places.

The fact that the union has survived despite the sometimes considerable differences of opinion between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is a glowing tribute to local diplomacy, even though it is has also created the anomaly whereby Dubai, with its headline international standing, isn’t even the capital of its own low-key country.