Abu Dhabi

Year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, spectacular sand dunes and pulsating cosmopolitan lifestyle await every guest in Abu Dhabi. Such idyllic setting cuddles this emirate known around the world for its massive oil reserves and majestic mosques with towering minarets. These, combined with the distinct Arabic hospitality and mystique - and world-class infrastructure - make Abu Dhabi an excellent destination both for the experienced and novice traveller.

Experience tradition in modernity

Abu Dhabi is a cosmopolitan metropolis rich in splendour, from the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world with its 800 domes and 1,000 columns, to the Heritage Village, Emirates Palace and Al ain archaeological site with palace museum. Experience the thrill of a roller coaster above the dunes and some of the finest shopping on the planet.

Enjoy cruising in Abu Dhabi with MSC Lirica. MSC Lirica is the perfect floating resort from which to explore this very special part of the world. Welcomed with traditional Italian hospitality, you’ll be treated like a sultan, surrounded by precious natural materials in creative designer interiors, cosseted in comfort and delighted by world-class leisure facilities and entertainment. Returning from our varied excursions, dining on superb Italian and international cuisine in four different restaurants, soaking up the atmosphere of the Lord Nelson Pub, chilling to the music in the Beverly Hills bar or dancing your heart out in the Blue Club Discotheque, these beautifully-conceived eight to twenty-day cruises will bring you an unforgettable experience of Arabia.

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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Port average temperature

Abu Dhabi has a hot arid climate. Sunny/blue skies can be expected throughout the year. The months of June through September are generally hot and humid with maximum temperatures averaging above 35 °C (95 °F). During this time, sandstorms also occur intermittently, in some cases reducing visibility down to a few meters.

The weather is cooler from November to March. This period also sees dense fog on some days. The oasis city of Al-Ain, about 150 km (93 mi) away, bordering Oman, regularly records the highest summer temperatures in the country; however, the dry desert air and cooler evenings make it a traditional retreat from the intense summer heat and year round humidity of the capital city.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.


ABU DHABI Months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 23
(73)
24
(75)
27
(81)
30
(86)
34
(93)
36
(97)
38
(100)
39
(102)
37
(99)
33
(91)
31
(88)
26
(79)
Averagelow °C (°F) 12
(54)
14
(57)
16
(61)
18
(64)
22
(72)
25
(77)
28
(82)
28
(82)
25
(77)
22
(72)
18
(64)
14
(57)
 AUH01 - CITY TOUR OF ABU DHABI (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Situated on a T-shaped island in the coastal waters of the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is not only the capital of the United Arab Emirates, but also home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring architecture, futuristic skyscrapers and magnificent mosques. Once you leave the pier, the tour will take you to the unforgettably beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque, a masterpiece of neo-Islamic architecture and one of the largest mosques in the world. The outer areas of the Mosque are graced by around 1,000 columns, all covered with more than 20,000 marble panels that are inlaid with semi-precious stones, including lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone shell and mother of pearl. Next, the leisurely tour will take you along the spectacular Corniche Road and through the city of Abu Dhabi – fondly referred to as the "Manhattan of Arabia" due to its profusion of ultramodern glass skyscrapers. You will also have an opportunity to take photos of the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel (outside only), which is unique in its impressive location. The tour wraps up with a visit to Manarat Al Saadyat, a special visitor centre that offers a fascinating insight into the development of the richest city in the world.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, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting places of religious importance: loose-fitting clothes and long trousers. Ladies will require a headscarf to cover their head. if the call falls on a day of religious celebrations the visit to the mosque will be around the exterior only.

Price per person $70.00 Adults $49.00 Children

   


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 AUH04 - DESERT DUNE ADVENTURE (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  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. Look forward to viewing beautiful scenery from the top of the highest sand dune, taking stunning photos or letting your imagination take flight in the vast emptiness of the desert. En route to the desert location, the tour will take you through villages and past farms that still practice a traditional way of life – in stark contrast to the super-modern towers of the capital city. Please note: the driver will provide information in English. 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. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, for elderly and for pregnant women. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Price per person $104.00 Adults $94.00 Children

   


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 AUH06 - AL AIN: AN OASIS OF A TOWN (approx. 6.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  A 2-hour coach drive will take you to the historical town of Al Ain, also known as the Garden City, and famed in equal measure for its modern cityscape, its lush vegetation as a desert oasis, beautiful public parks, decorative squares and gardens as well as generously sweeping boulevards. This delightful oasis town, surrounded by reddish-gold sand dunes and curiously shaped hillocks, has always been an important stop along the traditional caravan trail. The tour of Al Ain begins with a gentle stroll through abundant palm trees, amid which you will also see an excellent example of a working falaj, an ancient kind of irrigation system. The tour will also take you to the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum. The architectural simplicity of the buildings along with their cool, secluded gardens and verdant palm trees at the western edge of the Al Ain oasis are sure to leave an indelible impression on who visit. Before returning to Abu Dhabi, the tour is rounded off by a visit to the famous Al Ain camel market. This is a superb opportunity to see these hardy “ships of the desert” as well as other livestock at close hand within a highly traditional trading environment. Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided 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.

Price per person $118.00 Adults $89.00 Children

   


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 AUH07 - VISION OF ABU DHABI & HIGH TEA AT THE EMIRATES PALACE (approx. 3 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Snack included  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.  Enjoy the sumptuous vistas of Abu Dhabi city with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, spacious streets and thousands of acres planted with trees on this relaxing city tour, followed by a traditional British high tea at the resplendent Emirates Palace Hotel. The sandy dunes of Lulu Island and the sapphire waters of the Persian Gulf are just as much must-sees as the highly exclusive Corniche Road – home only to Abu Dhabi’s super-rich. Before arriving at the Emirates Palace Hotel for afternoon tea, prepare to be amazed by the jaw-dropping architecture of the city’s numerous skyscrapers and honing your skill as a photographer during a special stop at Abu Dhabi’s scenic “breakwater” area. Boasting a full 1.3 km of private white sandy beach and surrounded by no less than 85 hectares of artistically landscaped gardens, the Emirates Palace Hotel counts as one of Abu Dhabi’s most enchanting landmarks. Live your very own fairytale as you enter the gates, breathe the air of luxury that fills every corner of this serene paradise and indulge yourself with a delicious selection of culinary treats during afternoon tea. The tour also includes a visit to the Saadyat Island Cultural District which showcases the vision of the emirate.Please note: guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided 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. Dress code: smart. For men: a shirt with collar, possibly short-sleeved, plus long trousers and closed shoes. No trainers, flip flops, t-shirts or shorts. For women: long trousers or skirt, long sleeves, closed or open shoes. This tour departs at approximately 15:00 h.

Price per person $144.00 Adults $108.00 Children

   


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 AUH08 - FUN AT THE FERRARI WORLD THEME PARK (approx. 5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  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.  No guide available  Recommended for families  Already known as the crossroads to Europe, Asia and Africa, Abu Dhabi now also boasts the Ferrari World Theme Park as one of its must-see locations. Only a short coach ride away, the theme park hosts a wealth of attractions and exciting rides for children and adults alike. Among more than 20 state-of-the-art rides, you will find the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Travelling at a speed of 200 km/h to emulate the thrill of riding in a Ferrari F1 car, this is one heck of a ride. Still not scary enough? Then try the G-Force experience – a ride that takes passengers on an adrenaline-pumping ascent of over 62m up through the roof, only to then to sharply make its way back down to earth again. Alternatively, try theV12 ride, a journey into the heart of a 12-cylinder Ferrari 599 engine, or get up close and personal with the ultimate display of Ferrari cars, hailing from Maranello and top collectors from around the world. The Ferrari World Theme Park tour is thoroughly recommended as a great day out for families. 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, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. The Scuderia Challenge ride is not included in the price of the tour. This tour departs at approximately 12:00 noon. Transfers to and from the theme park will be at fixed time. Guests will visit the park individually. Some of the park attractions may be closed without any warning during your visit due to maintenance works.

Price per person $112.00 Adults $101.00 Children

   


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 AUH09 - BACKSTAGE AT THE YAS F1 CIRCUIT (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Limited seat  Recommended for families  You will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most advanced Formula 1™ circuits in the world! You’ll be taken around the circuit in comfort stopping at key locations including the North Grandstand, the Yas Marina, Shams Tower, the red Building and the Yas Drag Racing strip. You will explore the circuit’s high-tech facilities, including Race Control, and have the unique opportunity to take a picture at the Podium like an F1 champion. You will see the astonishing structure of the Yas Hotel and the luxurious Marina. This is a must-see experience for all motor sports fans and non-motor sport fans interested in such a state of the art sports facility. You will observe and learn all aspects of a Formula 1™ circuit and get an inside look at what’s normally not visible to fans during race weekends.Please note : some locations are visited from outside (Shams Tower), some from inside depending by the venues within the circuit and the days. Guides for languages other than English are limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided 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. This tour departs at approximately 14:00 h.

Price per person $105.00 Adults $79.00 Children

   


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 AUH15 - SNAPSHOTS OF ABU DHABY BY SEAPLANE: approx. 1 hour - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  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.  No guide available  Recommended for families  New  A minivan will pick you up at the port for a short transfer to the dock and the seaplane. The ensuing 20-minute flight is an amazing opportunity to admire the beauty of Abu Dhabi 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. 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, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. A short briefing will be given before take-off. Availability only during your cruise.

Price per person $215.00 Adults $183.00 Children

   


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 AUH16 - EXCLUSIVE ABU DHABI BY SEAPLANE: approx. 2.5 hours - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  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.  No guide available  Recommended for families  New  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 Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of some of the city’s iconic sights such as the Yas Island, Ferrari World, Saadiyat Island, Lulu Island and Emirates Palace. Your flight ends at the seaplane dock at the Emirates Palace” for a light snack following by a tour of the Emirates Palace. Return to 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, it is recommended that you take a light cotton jumper or cardigan for your comfort. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. A short briefing will be given before take-off. Availability only during your cruise.

Price per person $355.00 Adults $302.00 Children

   


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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.