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Royal Caribbean Pulled Dubai Cruises ?

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Hi all, does anybody know why Royal Caribbean have pulled all Dubai itineraries ?

 

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Because they were not selling well. There's a reason why the last ones they did were priced so low!

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I know they had problems with the Port Authorities and many berths were double booked when we sailed on Jewel.

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Because they were not selling well. There's a reason why the last ones they did were priced so low!


Really? Would you go to that part of the world anytime soon?


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Most stuff bookable to April 2022, but no Dubai? No reported trouble in Dubai, is there?

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They sadly pulled the Dubai itineraries for 20/21 season on December 4th last year.  So nothing to do with C19. 
Great winter sunshine breaks to a fabulous part of the world. 
As this region is now clear of C19 and open for business perhaps RCI should rethink this.

I‘d be back like a flash! 

Edited by little britain

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27 minutes ago, Thequietone said:

No reported trouble in Dubai, is there?

Not at the moment.

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MSC which is more European line has cruises booked, along with numerous other European lines.  However, most people in Europe seem to book them leaving RCCL a secondary choice.  Mostly Americans were booking it, but not enough to justify being there.  It's a great place to visit and many choices.  I wish it was RCCL. 

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I didn't think it was Covid-19. I know they had docking issues. We had a problem when we sailed on Jewel. 

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I think this part of the world is just not very popular with Americans whereas us Europeans seem to love it. When we were on Jewel in Feb, Americans were only a small minority of the passengers, think that is the problem for RCL.

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25 minutes ago, little britain said:

They sadly pulled the Dubai itineraries for 20/21 season on December 4th last year.  So nothing to do with C19. 
Great winter sunshine breaks to a fabulous part of the world. 
As this region is now clear of C19 and open for business perhaps RCI should rethink this.

I‘d be back like a flash! 

Agree

 

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These Dubai to Oman cruises were always top notch. Better than Caribbean sh!+holes number 1-14 cruises. I would jump on any RCI ship immediately that departs from Dubai. And----it is only 6 hours flight time from here.....

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3 hours ago, CapeGal said:

 


Really? Would you go to that part of the world anytime soon?


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Enlighten us? Why not? 

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3 hours ago, little britain said:

They sadly pulled the Dubai itineraries for 20/21 season on December 4th last year.  So nothing to do with C19. 
Great winter sunshine breaks to a fabulous part of the world. 
As this region is now clear of C19 and open for business perhaps RCI should rethink this.

I‘d be back like a flash! 

 

Agree.  We loved our Dubai cruise back in 2012.  Fascinating part of the world.  Still one of our most memorable.  Would love to go back someday when the pandemic settles down and/or a vaccine becomes available.  Just wish it wasn't such a long flight to get there from the US!

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2 hours ago, kernow said:

I think this part of the world is just not very popular with Americans whereas us Europeans seem to love it. When we were on Jewel in Feb, Americans were only a small minority of the passengers, think that is the problem for RCL.

 

Yes, on our Dubai cruise there were only 150 North Americans onboard.  As I said earlier we loved it and wouldn't hesitate to go back.  A big part of the problem for us North Americans, along with with reluctance by many to travel to the Middle East, is distance.  Many would rather travel to Australia/ NZ or Asia if traveling that far.

 

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Nothing against anyone who feels differently, but the human rights practices in Dubai keep me away. 

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Enlighten us? Why not? 

Some of us don’t take chances in that part of the world and the volatility at a minutes notice. If I need to enlighten you further, you aren’t keeping up. But please, don’t let me stop you.
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Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, CapeGal said:


Some of us don’t take chances in that part of the world and the volatility at a minutes notice. If I need to enlighten you further, you aren’t keeping up. But please, don’t let me stop you.
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Dubai is one of the safest, secure, cleanest, peaceful places in the world.
Perhaps you are confusing it with somewhere else...  🤷‍♀️

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2 hours ago, goldfish65 said:

Nothing against anyone who feels differently, but the human rights practices in Dubai keep me away. 

If that is your fear you should not leave your home

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As said couldn't fill ship, cheap prices. Then as more ships getting sent to scrap yard even less likely to return in future...

Edited by ONECRUISER

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7 hours ago, little britain said:

They sadly pulled the Dubai itineraries for 20/21 season on December 4th last year.  So nothing to do with C19. 
Great winter sunshine breaks to a fabulous part of the world. 
As this region is now clear of C19 and open for business perhaps RCI should rethink this.

I‘d be back like a flash! 

 

We were on Adventure when our Jewel Suez got cancelled. Very sad. I enjoyed our stop there on the Mariner Odyssey. Went dune bashing. 

 

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Interesting to see this.  I keep getting travel e-mails showing 8 locations to go to now that welcome US citizens and Dubai is always on the list!

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Did the Dubai cruise on the second to last Splendour sailing in 2016.  Loved it.  I would say the ship was half Americans, actually, at that time, and I think there was also a Celebrity ship there at least part of that winter season.  Things in the Gulf were more stable then, of course.  Was really hoping RCCL would add the itinerary to coincide with World Expo.  With Expo delayed by a year, I haven't actually looked yet to see who is sailing the Arabian Gulf in the early months of 2022.  I remember a while ago looking at some of the really great pricing for Dec. 20 and Jan. 21 and since it overnights in Dubai, easily could do a B2B and get to the Expo for several days probably less than hotel would cost.  But, Dubai hotels and service are also phenomenal. 

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