I am a first time cruiser and chose the Costa Deliziosa "Jewels of the Emirates" cruise round Dubai as this is somewhere I had always wanted to visit and the cruise seemed to have everything I was after.
Myself and my partner chose to pay for the J2 package before we left out. We could take any drink we liked from the minibar excluding super alcoholics (not sure what they were actually - but we took cans of beer, bottles of Prosecco, water and soft drinks)and these were all included in the J2 package.
It was nice to be able to raid the minibar as in hotels we always have to stay well away!!! It was great not having to think about how much each round was costing when we went out in the evening - as the drinks were all included (provided they were under 6.99 euros - but most things - glasses of wine, bottles of beer, pints of beer, cocktails - were under this price). We spent £450 for 2 people on this package and would have spent well over £600 if we had paid for each drink separately - so this was well worth it. We often stayed out until 12 - 1am and had a few drinks in the day - so if this sounds like you, I would recommend this drinks package.
Lovely balcony cabin, decent size with separate sofa and table to use in the day! Nice sized balcony with table and two chairs. Flatscreen tv - although only 2 English speaking channels!! Very quiet (deck 4) - did not hear one thing throughout the stay.
Overall cabin was excellent!
Post 5 - Dubai
Rating - 5+
We absolutely loved Dubai which we had already visited before we started the cruise.
We paid for the 4x4 Dune Safari Dinner.
We left the ship at 3.15 in a 4x4 land cruiser. We drove for about 40 minutes before we reached the desert and then went on a hair raising drive through the sand dunes!!!!!
We stopped a couple of times for photo stops and then reached the Bedouin camp where we rode a camel and you could also try sand boarding!!!
There was a barbecue which was delicious and free drinks from the bar. There was free henna tattooing and a small stall selling gifts. There was entertainment too - a hilarious clowny dance act - which is hard to describe! and a wonderful belly dancer!
We returned to the ship about 9.30.