Five new itineraries to the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf will begin in November 2023
Windstar Cruises has unveiled a Middle East mini-programme for 2023-2024, including the small-ship line’s first sailings to Saudi Arabia.
Five new itineraries to the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf will begin in November 2023 on the all-suite, 312-guest Star Legend.
Highlights include the nine-day Arabian Nights & Egyptian Days cruise, which will sail on two dates between Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Aqaba, Jordan, before repeating the itinerary in reverse.
The programme includes an overnight stay in Sharm el-Sheikh and Safaga with the opportunity to visit Luxor, and visits to the resort ports of Ain Sokhna and Hurghada. Departures are on 20 and 29 March 2024.
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Guests can also choose the eight-day Realm of the Queen of Sheba, which sails from Muscat, Oman to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It includes time in Muscat's Salalah following the Unesco Frankincense Trail to the ruins of ancient Al Balid and Zafar. The cruise departs 12 March 2024
The new schedule also includes a 12-day Red Sea Revelries via the Suez Canal cruise from Jeddah to Athens; an 18-day Wonders of Arabia cruise from Athens to Dubai; and the 10-day Sparkling Sands & Cities of the Arabian Gulf itinerary, which will sail between Dubai and Muscat, Oman, across 11 dates.
All five voyages are included in the line’s new 2022-2024 Voyage Collection brochure, which is available to order or can be accessed online.
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Windstar Cruises president Christopher Prelog said: “With impressive Unesco sights, beautiful beaches and wildlife, top-rated golf courses, amazing snorkelling and diving and, of course, great shopping, Windstar is excited to introduce our guests to the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf with new itineraries in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar.”