P&O to base first ship in Arabian Gulf

P&O Cruises have announced that they are to base a ship in the Arabian Gulf for the first time.

The Southampton based Oceana currently spend its summers sailing around the Mediterranean and is the only P&O vessel to offer fly-cruise holidays.

It’ll be based in Dubai between January and March 2019 and offer cruises to six different exotic destinations including Abu Dhabi, Mannama the capital city of Bharain on the Persian Gulf, Salalah and Kahasab in Oman and the island oasis of Sir Bani Yas with its very own wildlife park.

The decision was made public at a special company event in London where guests were entertained by a pantomime camel.

P&O senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “Although there have been P&O Cruises ships cruising the Arabian Gulf for years, this is the first time that we will have cruised in that region for an entire season,” said Paul Ludlow, senior vice president of P&O.

“This is exactly the kind of exotic mix that our guests love and they know and can trust us to deliver this fantastic experience in surroundings that are both comfortable and secure.”

“We fully expect to fill these cruises in the first year enabling us to expand to many more after that- with guests either just taking the fly cruise with our airline partner Emirates or including one of our add-on land packages.”

Ludlow told the audience that P&O’s offering to the Arabian Gulf market was the first time that a truly British home-from-home cruise product would be available for these destinations.

The Arabian Gulf cruises will go on sale from March 23rd with a starting price of £1,399.

Source: Daily Echo