Burj Al Arab. Dubai

We have some very exciting news to share – from winter 2016 you will be able to sail from Dubai with Thomson Cruises. This is the first time Thomson Cruises will have sailed from Dubai, with the inaugural sailing departing 20th December 2016.

Thomson Celebration will make Dubai its home port from December 2016 till March 2017. You can book Thomson Cruises new Dubai sailing from 5th November this year, so keep a look out on our website and Facebook page for updates.

Why cruise from Dubai

Dubai is a country of record breakers – it boasts the biggest, tallest and most opulent building and attractions in the world. It’s no wonder why it’s become a cruising hot-spot.

In 2014 over 13 million tourists visited Dubai seeking its year-round sunshine, ultra-modern architecture, luxurious hotels and lively nightlife. Not only that – Dubai was also recently named by 2015 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, as the 4th most popular destination in the world.
Sailing from Dubai with Thomson Cruises will guarantee you some winter sunshine, along with a shorter flying time than their other long haul destinations.


You will have the choice of 2, 7 night sailings from Dubai – ‘Arabian Nights’ and ‘Cities of Gold’. The new itineraries will feature an overnight stay in Dubai, as well as visiting 6 new destinations, including – Khasab and Muscat in Oman, Manama in Bahrain, Doha in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Khor Fakkan in United Arab Emirates. Each 7 night sailing will include only 1 day at sea, so you will be able to enjoy a new destination nearly every day of your cruise.

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Cruise and Stay

Both the ‘Arabian Nights’ and ‘Cities of Gold’ sailings will be combinable with Thomson Cruises signature Cruise and Stay programme. You can extend your holiday with an extra 7 nights stay at the hotels in Dubai, or the surrounding Emirates. You will have the choice to stay at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, as well as a range of other hotels to suit your preferences and budgets.

Dubai beach and skyline

Regional Flights

If you choose to book Thomson Cruises Dubai itinerary, you will be able to fly from 6 regional airports in the UK, including –
• Gatwick.
• Manchester.
• Cardiff.
• Birmingham.
• Newcastle.
• Glasgow.

You can take an overnight flight with Thomson Airways into Dubai World Central Airport, which will take around 7 ½ hours. – And remember like with all Thomson Fly/Cruises, your flights are included in the price.


‘Arabian Nights’ and ‘Cities of Gold’ excursion highlights include –

• The iconic Burj Al Arab – described as ‘the world’s only 7 star hotel’.

• Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building standing at 828 metres.

• Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – the Grand Mosque in Muscat.

• Tour the majestic Masafi Mountains in Khor Fakkan.

• Thrill seekers will adore Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi – featuring the world’s fastest roller coaster
Formula Rossa, which reaches speeds of 240 kilometres per hour and up to 4.8 G-forces.

• The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE – one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

• Take in the beautiful surroundings with a Desert safari.

Burj Khalifa Dubai

The Ship

Thomson Celebration holds up to 1,254 passengers and features –
• 5 restaurants.
• 6 bars.
• 2 lounges.
• Nightclub.
• Casino.
• Whirlpools.
• 2 swimming pools.

You can choose from 4 main cabin types, including –
• Suites.
• Deluxe.
• Standard Inside.
• Standard Outside.

Thomson Celebration can also accommodate single cruisers and wheelchair users, with a selection of single cabins and specially adapted cabins, available on-board. Thomson Celebration like all ships in the fleet, is a mid-sized ship. It is the perfect size for providing the friendly and informal atmosphere, which Thomson Cruises are so well known for.

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