Whether you’ve already vacationed in Europe, Africa, and Asia or would simply prefer something a little different on your next cruise, the Middle East should be the next cruising destination on your list. Guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, the Middle East is the perfect collision of ancient and modern cultures. One day you’ll be visiting some of the world’s most impressive historical sites, and the next you’ll be shopping in the ultra-modern and ultra-luxurious city of Dubai.
Sometimes referred to as Holy Land cruises, a Silversea Middle Eastern cruise will include day-trips to world-famous Jewish, Christian, and Islamic historic sites. Whether you’re religious or not, these sites are sure to delight, as they’re an important part of the region’s history. While the religious aspect of the Middle East is alluring to many, it isn’t the only thing the area has to offer. From the iconic Egyptian pyramids to the delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on a Silversea Cruise to the Middle East.
Silversea Cloud, Spirit, & Whisper
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Silversea Cruise will take you on board the Cloud, Spirit, or Whisper. The Silversea Silver Cloud is designed to provide an intimate sailing experience and accommodates each of its guests with six-star cruise amenities, including cigar lounges and a spa, complete with men and women’s saunas and steam rooms. The Silversea Silver Spirit is the newest vessel in the Silversea family, and retains the generous space-to-passenger ratios that have become Silversea hallmarks. Finally, the Silversea Silver Whisper takes Silversea’s award-winning concept of all-suite luxury to the next level with a cosmopolitan ambiance and a variety of special amenities, including boutique shopping and full-scale productions.
Things to Do in the Middle East
As the birthplace of ancient civilization and major world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, a cruise to the Middle East is guaranteed to be a voyage rich in history and adventure. Cruisers will be given the opportunity to visit important historical and religious sites, including the birthplace of the Apostle Paul, Mount Carmel, Bethlehem, and the Virgin Mary’s Church in Ephesus. No trip to the Middle East would be complete without a visit to the world-famous pyramids. Not only is the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza the largest Egyptian pyramid, but it’s also the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that’s still in existence.
Those who aren’t interested in religion or history shouldn’t worry- there’s plenty for you to experience on a Middle Eastern cruise. The area boasts some of the most modern cities in the world, and a trip to Dubai will take your breath away. While in Dubai, be sure to take an elevator ride up the world’s tallest building- the Burj Khalifa. And, if you consider yourself a foodie, you’ll love the cuisine of the Middle East- lamb, olives, dates, hummus, and kebabs make up the bulk of a delicious, and healthy, Middle Eastern diet.
Middle Eastern Cruise Tips
In Muslim countries, the weekend begins on Thursday and Friday is the main day off. From restaurants to gift shops, expect closures. For this reason, many ships will try hard to spend Fridays at sea. If you’re currently taking medication, many common U.S. prescriptions or medications are illegal. Although every traveler should bring a copy of their doctor’s prescription with them while cruising the Middle East regardless of the medication, those who take anti-depressants or medications with codeine should be especially aware.
Although this region is usually very hot, Western casual wear is typically looked down upon. If you’re thinking about packing only tank tops and shorts, reconsider. If possible, women should mostly pack long-sleeved tops, slacks that cover their ankles, and scarves that can serve as head coverings in a pinch. Men, on the other hand, can typically get away with wearing whatever they want. Sandals are suitable for either gender, and two-piece bathing suits should be avoided at public beaches.