Top 5 Things to Expect With Cruise Terminal Dubai

Dubai Cruise Terminal Dubai at Port Rashid is one of top 5 luxurious ports to dock at in Dubai. The port is estimated to receive over half a million visitors every year. This is from its range of popular world-class cruise ships packed with a host of facilities and activities which we shall discuss below. 

What to Know About Cruise Terminal Dubai

  • Its ensures international visitors arriving in Dubai are well catered and given a world-class service
  • It can hold up to 6 cruise vessels 
  • It is one of the world’s largest covered cruise facility
  • The terminal was built using recycled material, among them interlocking bricks, steel structure and shipping wooden pellets
  • The terminal utilizes a green shade system for heat control
  • A controlled LED and daylight illumination helps in reducing electricity usage 
  • its also boasts irrigation and landscaping as a feature

Terminals in Operation at Cruise Terminal Dubai 

Berth Number 10

  • Size: 2750 Square Metres
  • Baggage Capacity: 900 Square Metres

Berth Number: 31

  • Terminal Size: 3450 Square Metres
  • Baggage Capacity: 2400 Metres

Berth Number: 33-34

  • Total Terminal and Baggage Space: 27,000 Square Metres

Terminals in Operation at Cruise Terminal Dubai 

Cruise Terminal Dubai Facilities 

Cruise Terminal Dubai hosts a wide range of facilities including:


Here you can access complimentary maps offered in multiple languages, brochures on various tourist attractions, heritage sites etc. 

Money Exchange 

In case you forget to exchange currency in the city, consider yourself covered. 


If the stay is really long, consider why not go shopping at the duty-free or other retail outlets. Foodies can check-in at the in-house restaurant, cafe and minimart for some delicious food.  

Prayer Room

The terminal’s premises features a beautiful prayer room 


Wondering how to travel outside the city? A taxi service is readily available. Otherwise, consider a complimentary bus service that can also take you to selected destinations across Dubai. To go to Dubai airport from Cruise Terminal Dubai consider using a paid shuttle bus. 

Customer Services 

A crucial part of the terminal is service delivered to visitors. Expect nothing short of top-notch services, well-equipped baggage handling areas, and streamlined passenger check-in facilities. 

Cruises on Cruise Terminal Dubai  

  • Holland-American line
  • TUI Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International (RCL)
  • MSC Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Aida Cruises
  • Cunard
  • Hapag-Lloyd
  • P & O Cruise

Getting to the Airport From Cruise Terminal 

The Airport is about 14.9Km from Cruise Terminal. If using a taxi, the journey can take approximately 25 minutes. However, if there’s traffic, the amount of time taken can be significantly more. An average cost for a taxi ranges between AED 50-AED 60. All taxis are operated by Roads and Transport Authority hence no room for fee negotiation. 

Dubai Airport

What’s the Future of Cruise Terminal Dubai 

In 2018, as part of the government’s diversification policy, his highness Sheikh Mohammed 

Bin Rashid Al Maktoum laid a foundation for a new project in partnership with Carnival Corporation. This has greatly contributed to the Cruise Terminal being highlighted as one of the key growth areas.

In fact, it has been decided to start October 2020, cruise ships arriving at the port will be redirected to Cruise Terminal Dubai. The massive improvements at the terminal’s facilities are definitely a huge boost in maintaining Dubai’s image as a leisure and business hub. 

As a compliment, Carnival Corporation is looking to launch new cruises targeting new markets including India and China. Further, economic projections indicate that by the year 2030, the maritime tourism sector will inject more than AED 1.5billion to the Dubai economy.

Underway are two new cruise terminal buildings spanning over 30,000 square metres. This facility will accommodate Carnival corporation’s newest and advanced cruise ships. These terminals will accommodate upto 13,000 passengers at a time. 

Nearby Hotels to Cruise Terminal Dubai 

If you plan on staying in Dubai for a few days before boarding the cruise again, There’s a host of hotels near it, including:

  • QE2 Palm Beach Hotel Dubai
  • Royal Ascot Hotel Apartment 
  • Sea View Hotel
  • The Canvas Hotel Dubai
  • Savoy Central Hotel Apartments
  • Palm Beach Hotel
  • Hyde Park Hotel

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Besides the international cruise ships docking at Cruise Terminal Dubai, there are other cruises you can explore to suit your taste and experience here: Dubai Cruises

Especially with the ongoing upgrades on Cruise Terminal Dubai, more preference will be biased towards cruise vacays over flying.  

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