Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, as well as its largest and most developed territory. When spending time in Abu Dhabi, you can expect towering skyscrapers, upscale resorts, high-end shopping malls, pristine beaches, and a number of attractive golf courses. Their public transportation system of buses and taxis can bring you to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Aside from the usual tourist attractions, Abu Dhabi is a fabulous city to have many unique experiences. For example, you can drive race cars, ride a camel through the desert, go on wild safaris, and of course, learn about the local culture and traditions.
The "best time" time to visit Abu Dhabi is pretty broad, as it depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. The weather is at its best between December and March, but if you choose to travel in the spring or fall, you can still enjoy pleasant weather without the peak crowds.
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi, along with a brief description:
♦ Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
When spending time in Abu Dhabi, a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an absolute must! Not only does it rank as one of the largest (and most beautiful) mosques in the world, but it also showcases a multi-cultural blend of architecture unlike anything you’ve ever seen. This mosque is free to enter and guided tours are available so you can learn more about its construction, architecture, and historical insights. Please note that there is a strict dress code to enter the mosque, so if you plan to visit, ensure that you pack accordingly.
♦ Yas Island
Located just 30 minutes from the city, Yas Island is a huge tourist attraction with many exciting highlights, including the Yas Marina Circuit. The Circuit hosts the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and you can also sign up to test out the track yourself! Another highlight is the Yas Marina, which overlooks the circuit and accommodates super yachts from all over the world. Families can enjoy Yas Waterworld, which features over 30 rides, including a number of exciting thrill-rides that adrenaline junkies will love! There’s also an 18-hole golf course, a giant mall, and a beach where you can simply kick back and enjoy the sunny weather.
♦ Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
If Yas Island doesn’t provide you with enough thrills, you might consider stopping by Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. This giant award-winning indoor amusement complex features the world’s fastest roller coaster (Formula Rossa), as well as a few other thrilling coasters, go-karts, simulator rides, and family-friendly rides. Visitors even have the opportunity to drive a Ferrari! This is another great activity for families, large groups, and adrenaline junkies who love to go fast!
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