As cruising expands rapidly, finding new travellers wanting new and more exciting destinations, and as the Middle East, Arabia open up again ships are now using the improved Suez Canal to base themselves in Dubai. (see our Arabian YouTube Channel) We have ten films showing how to get round Dubai it is so popular, not just as a shopping mecca. Increased cruising traffic encourages new ports, places to park the cruise ships. New entertainment ideas, travel and shopping are required for the Middle East to replace falling oil revenue. In Doha, there is an old cargo port and pier which, developers are looking to open up as a super cruise terminal. Dedicated super cruise terminals are not new, even the Caribbean Islands are beginning to have ‘resort ports’, like Amber Cove. There are plans for many more.

The new concept, the Falcon of Doha is a proposition, but it is a look into the future of cruising. It is an admission that the number of new cruise ships on the seas increases each year as does their size. Carnival, the American owners of P&O have 7 new 5,200 passenger ships being built; the first the IONA joins P&O in 2020, the second joins P&O in 2022 and they will dwarf the Britannia. Marella have taken the Mein Schiff 1 and 2, larger ships than they are used to. SAGA have the new ships Spirit Of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery while Azamara expand by taking a third ship you used to know as the Adonia and have called it the Azamara Pursuit and Fred Olsen have their heads looking at the drawing board as the directors agree it is time for a new small ship for their brand.

Next you need ports. Ports that can hold not one to two but 6 or more ships. Like Tallinn the wonderful surprise of the Baltic which often has six ships parked. Take a look at how the planners think. Then, we draw your attention to the new problem. With a dozen new HUGE ships at sea every day within a few short years over one million new cruisers are required. That marketing problem is wonderfully discussed in the romantic cruise adventure novel, AMERICAN PORTRAIT (click title of picture, on Kindle or paperback). 


Cruise deals have to be offered to fill the ships, though the price war should not mean lower service. Cruise lines will become brands, brands by dress code and style. Fred Olsen requires a jacket or collar. P&O say no shorts to dinner, and other lines have no dress code. That is how they differ, the experience. Cunard and Regent Seven Seas offer a different experience. By watching and staying with DORIS VISITS and the associated chat sites, you will be able to find your next adventure at sea that you can enjoy and feel comfortable with. We have sorted all the deals pages for many cruise lines into one page you can pin and keep. These links offer you genuine deals direct with the operator for an accurate price deal and availability check. We have also organised the deals clearly for you by destination, by summer or winter, by all inclusive. This will save you hours! Share our genuine deal one page with a genuine friend. 

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Many cruise ships are basing themselves out of Dubai for Arabian Gulf Cruises. The Oceana spends our spring there.

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The UK government (Foreign and Commonwealth Office or FCO) is currently advising against all but essential travel by air to and from Sharm el Sheikh.  As a result Marella have taken the decision to cancel all flights up to and including 31st October 2018 and at this time will not be offering holidays to Sharm el Sheikh for winter 2018.