Oceana will be based in Dubai in 2019 for Arabian Gulf cruises © P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has announced details of an Arabian Gulf fly-cruise programme, the first time it has ever based a ship in the region.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “Although there have been P&O Cruises ships cruising in the Arabian Gulf for years, this is the first time that we will have cruised in that region for an entire season. This is exactly the kind of exotic mix that our guests love and they know they can trust us to deliver this fantastic experience in surroundings that are both comfortable and secure.

“We fully expect to fill these cruises in the first year enabling us to expand to many more after that – with guests either just taking the fly/cruise with our airline partner Emirates or including one of our add-on land packages.”

Between 10 January and 4 April 2019, P&O Cruises will sail five 10-night cruises from Dubai on Oceana. These cruises are book-ended by two positioning cruises of 20 and 14 nights respectively, to and from Dubai.

The 10-night Arabian Gulf cruises will be roundtrip from Dubai and will visit Sir Bani Yas Island, Manama, Khasab, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the Suez Canal, Salalah and Muscat.

Itineraries combine unique cultures and a choice of unusual and exciting shore tours including camel racing and dune rides, mosques, museums, Arabic souks and shopping.

For more information or to book, visit pocruises.co.uk.