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All your city stay questions answered


A City Stay lets you extend your fly-cruise holiday in the Arabian Gulf with extra days in Dubai (either prior to joining your ship, or before you fly home), basing yourself at a specially selected hotel.

Dubai skyline

Dubai skyline

A City Stay is a great way to acclimatise to your surroundings on arrival, explore further once your cruise has ended or just spend a few days relaxing on the beach. A City Stay will allow you the freedom to discover Dubai at your leisure, while knowing that you are still protected by the usual P&O Cruises safe guards.


Please note: A City Stay package can only be booked by Arabian Gulf fly-cruise guests who have chosen our flights and transfers. Cruise-only guests are not eligible for a City Stay.

Q: What are the benefits of booking a City Stay through P&O Cruises?

A: The key benefits of booking a City Stay through P&O Cruises are:

  • All transfers between ship, hotel and airport are included
  • Breakfast is included
  • All luggage porterage costs are included
  • P&O Cruises local representatives will be available on the day of embarkation to provide advice or assistance (subject to guest numbers staying at the hotel)
  • Local agents can be contacted 24/7 in case of emergency requirements
  • Hotels and services are all selected to fit with the high standards expected by the P&O Cruises guest
  • You have the security of booking a package with P&O Cruises, which is ATOL protected


Q: How can I book a City Stay?

A: You can book a City Stay package through your preferred ABTA bonded travel agent, do it online when making your cruise booking or by calling our Cruise Experts on 0345 355 5111 (local call charges apply). If you have any medical or disability requirements, it is essential that you advise us prior to booking hotel accommodation or transfers to ensure that we, and the hotel, can accommodate you as required. If you’re booking your City Stay online, here are a few handy hints to help you with your booking:

  • You can add your City Stay to your booking in step two of the booking process
  • When tailoring your holiday, simply select your desired hotel from the pre or post cruise hotel section and continue to the next step
  • Alternatively, to make a booking offline speak to one of our Cruise Experts on 0345 355 5111 (local call charges apply)

Q: What additional key sites and attractions could I see with a City Stay in this region?

A: Our City Stay package does not include guided tours – so you’re free to explore the city under your own steam and in your own time. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Arabian Gulf’, Dubai is a city that has under gone much transformation over the years, evolving into a vibrant, cosmopolitan and glamorous place. It boasts the world’s tallest building, an indoor ski resort in a desert city, and an island shaped like a palm tree. There’s no shortage of things to see! Visit Dubai’s waterfront and take a boat trip up Dubai creek, admire the beautiful architecture of the Grand Mosque, or barter for souvenirs in the many souks around the city. With guaranteed sunshine, water sports are hugely popular; you might also like to try sand-skiing, four-wheel drive desert safaris or camel riding. Or for something a little more relaxing, enjoy a moonlit Bedouin barbecue, deep in the heart of the desert.


Q: What about visas and inoculations?

A: British Citizen passport holders will be issued visas upon arrival into Dubai (either at the airport or port). At time of writing, British citizens do not need to obtain a UAE visa in advance. For the most up-to-date information, see No compulsory vaccinations are required, but we recommend that you are up to date with standard UK vaccination courses and boosters that typically cover hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus and polio. We recommend that you seek advice from your medical practitioner or travel medicine clinic at least six weeks before your departure, to discuss your personal travel plans and obtain appropriate advice and vaccinations prior to travel. It is your responsibility to have with you any necessary health certificates.


Q: What about visitors on medication?

A: Please be aware that some prescriptions, over the counter drugs, complementary therapies and other medicines that are purchased in the UK maybe illegal in the United Arab Emirates and are therefore banned in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other UAE destinations. Codeine, for example, is banned and no products containing codeine, which may include paracetamol, may be imported or sold in the United Arab Emirates. Penalties can be severe if banned substances are found when entering the UAE. If you are taking medication and are in any doubt then please contact United Arab Emirates London Embassy Medical Department on 0207 486 6281 prior to your arrival. You may also check for further information at Anyone travelling with medications and/or syringes should carry a prescription with them. All medications should be kept in their labelled dispensing bottles or packages. If the medications are ‘controlled’ or injectable drugs it is also advisable to carry a doctor’s letter. For United Arab Emirates, it is essential to carry a prescription for any medication as well as a medical report if you are travelling with syringes or other medical equipment. We strongly advise you to seek advice if any of the above affects you.

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