Popular ports in Bahrain
Manama Port (Khalifa Bin Salman Port)
Located on the tip of the island of Bahrain, cruise ships dock in at Manama Port in Bahrain (Khalifa Bin Salman Port). Manama is the modern capital of this Persian Gulf island nation, known for its UNESCO-listed monuments. Bahrain was declared a kingdom in 2002and is approximately 92% desert, with low-lying rocky and sandy plains.
Bahrain National Museum is constructed near the King Faisal Highway in Manama. This charming museum contains ancient artefacts, cultural items, galleries and a café and is one of the oldest public museums in Bahrain. Here you will be taken on a 4,000-year journey through time, passing through captivating halls, including burial mounds, ancient documents and manuscripts, and an Islamic period hall.
A much-visited attraction in Bahrain, Al Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the biggest in the world and the largest place of worship in Bahrain. A tour of this beautiful mosque is free, and you’ll find it a pleasure visiting such a grand place of worship.
Bab-al-Bahrain Bazaar is a shopper’s delight situated in the narrow streets of central Manama behind the ‘Gateway of Bahrain’, a historical building that marks the entrance to the Manama Souq. At this traditional Arab market you’ll be engrossed by the unique smells and the sounds as you meander your way through a colourful array of handwoven fabrics, spices, groceries, pearls and more.
If time allows on your visit to Bahrain, try a taste of Bahraini beach life by taking a take a trip to the beautiful Al Dar Islands for a spot of snorkelling and swimming. Al Dar Islands is a group of resort islands situated 12 km south-east of the capital, Manama.
Cuisine in Bahrain has a diverse number of influences including Arabic, Baloch, Persian, Indian, African, Far East and even European. Popular dishes here include almsli, a pot-made rice dish with chicken, fish or shrimp.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Bahrain?
You’ll want to start your holiday to Bahrain in comfort, and there’s no better place to do this than on a ship in the Marella fleet – a comfortable and high-quality cruise taking you to the doorstep of this beautiful kingdom. Its size and scale offer travellers choice galore – a perfect cruise experience for starting your journey to the Persian Gulf.
The largest ship in its fleet, the Marella Discovery is perfect for those seeking all-round culinary variety and entertainment on a cruise to Bahrain. Perfect for those looking for fine-dining indulgences, this cruise liner offers a terrific choice of several restaurants and eight bars. Entertainment is equally first class; with a Broadway-style show lounge for your enjoyment. For thrill seekers, there’s a rock-climbing wall and those seeking relaxation can try the indoor pool or a round of mini golf.
Shore excursion ideas
If you want to get the most from your visit to Bahrain, there are a few fascinating excursions to allow you to explore the best attractions in a short space of time; enabling you to quickly capture the essence of the rich history and culture of this country.
Bahrain Black Gold and Camel Tour, Bahrain
On this eclectic tour you’ll visit the First Oil Well, which leaked precious oil for the first time in 1932. Then on the ‘gold’ part of the tour where you’ll encounter the state’s striking World Trade Centre, as well as the famous Bahrain International Circuit racetrack. Finally, the tour focuses on the camel – an animal that has been important to Bahrain locals for thousands of years.
Ultimate Bahrain, Bahrain
This excursion is perhaps the best way to encounter Bahrain’s finest attractions. You’ll see the Al Fateh Grand Mosque – with its huge capacity to accommodate more than 7,000 worshippers. Later in the day, you’ll visit and explore Bahrain National Museum. Then moving on you’ll visit the kingdom’s medieval fort, built by the Portuguese. Perhaps the main event – and one worth waiting for, is the visit to Bahrain International Circuit. You’ll climb the VIP tower for a 360-degree view of the world-famous F1 track.
Top ports of call in this destination
· Manama Port (Khalifa Bin Salman Port)