MSC Cruises Announces Middle East Island Destination Details

MSC Cruises has released details of the Sir Bani Yas Island Beach Oasis, its exclusive island destination in the Middle East. Following on the announcement of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in the Caribbean, the Swiss-based cruise line has partnered the Abu Dhabi Port Authority to transform a small islet connected to the main island for exclusive use by its guests on MSC Fantasia’s winter 2016/2017 itineraries in the emirates.

Offering 36,000 square meters of golden beaches with hundreds of palm trees, shaded cabanas and over 2,000 sunbeds, passengers are assured of an authentic beach holiday experience with the same top class facilities and service found onboard the MSC fleet. Amongst the dedicated facilities is an exclusive private space for MSC Yacht Club guests, a MSC Aurea Spa offering relaxing massages and treatments from beachside cabana huts with stunning sea views, beach and sea sports, family and kids areas, a Bedouin tent with local arts and crafts as well as a lounge space with live music entertainment.

For cruisers seeking activities that are more action-packed, the line will offer a 4×4 expedition or mountain biking over natural tracks on the main island. Alternatively, specially designed excursions including a horse riding tour, a safari-style nature drive through the Arabian Wildlife Park and a round-island Dhow sailing tour brings guests closer to the more than 13,000 indigenous and endangered animals in their natural habitat. Finally, guests can tour the ruins of a 6th century Christian monastery, learning more about the history and culture of the land through ongoing archaeological excavations.
Built in 2008 and the largest ship sailing the region, MSC Fantasia will make her first call to Sir Bani Yas Island on 5 December 2016. During her deployment to the UAE, she will sail cruises from 7 to 14 nights visiting Bahrain, Doha, Khasab, Khor Fakkan and Muscat, with guests having the option to embark in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
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