The Hundred Mile Horizon
Many extended cruises sail between the Mediterranean and India via the Red Sea and Persian Gulf (Costa, Azamara, MSC, Seabourn and RCL). Dubai is a hub for shorter cruises of the Persian Gulf, and Sharm el-Sheikh (Costa Voyager) for the Red Sea. For the Persian Gulf and 7-night cruises out of Dubai, take Costa Favolosa and Brilliance of the Seas February through April.
For up-market cruising view at Seabourn itineraries between Egypt and India and that call at Dubai. For the Red Sea Costa Voyager makes regular 7-nights cruises to the vacation ports and Biblical sites. Silver Wind meanders from the Suez and Dubai south to Kenya, Madagascar and Indian Ocean islands in late 2012.