Azamara Club Cruises to Take First-Ever Loyalty Program Cruise to Middle East

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“Loyalty members will also spend a night amid the deserts of Oman, complete with an off-road drive to Wadi Arabayeen.”

Azamara Club Cruises will take its Le Club Voyage Members on its first-ever loyalty program cruise. The 10-night Arabian Gulf and Emirates voyage, sailing on Oct. 24 to Nov. 3, will feature an itinerary that immerses loyalty members in the local Middle Eastern culture—ideal for meeting planners who have never visited the area.

In Dubai, loyalty members will get to explore both the city’s newer and more traditional attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and the Gold Souk, where vendors have sold the precious metal for centuries. Outside of the city center, loyalty members will visit a working family farm, where they will taste homemade Emirati dishes created from a culinary demo prepared by a family member.

A seaplane will take off from the water in Abu Dhabi so guests can explore the city’s architecture, including the Emirates Palace, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, the Corniche and Yas Marina Circuit. Also in Abu Dhabi, loyalty members will visit the Al Khatim Desert, where they will ride camels and test their skills at sand boarding.

A similar experience is available in Doha, Qatar, as members will hop into a 4×4 vehicle and ride across the Arabian dunes to the inland sea of Khor Al Adeid. Here, they will feast on a traditional barbecue lunch and explore the Msheireb Museum that highlights a collection of historic homes in the city’s oldest neighborhood. A local photography expert guide will also encourage participants to test their skills at photography in Al Manamah, Bahrain, as they visit famous landmarks such as Al-Fateh Grand Mosque and Bahrain Fort.

As if the day excursions weren’t enough, loyalty members will also spend a night amid the deserts of Oman, complete with an off-road drive to Wadi Arabayeen. The desert-camp experience will comprise of an Arab barbecue and a visit to meet a traditional Bedouin family, descendents of nomads who have historically inhabited these desert areas.

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