Most cruisers think of repositioning cruises as those between Alaska and the Caribbean or between Europe and the Caribbean. However, as the Far East becomes a more popular cruise destination, some cruise ships travel from the Mediterranean to the Far East via countries on the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Indian Ocean in Southwest Asia. In addition, world cruises also often include stopovers in these lesser-known, exotic countries. Because of the increasing interest in cruising to this region, Costa, Royal Caribbean, and Seabourn all have ships based in Dubai for several months.
War in the Middle East (or more properly Southwest Asia) has kept many travelers from visiting this region, but a cruise is a good way to tour there in relative safety. The maps below show the most popular ports of call in Southwest Asia, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea.
Egypt Cruise Tour Pictures--Jordan