Have REALLY REALLY REALLY Low Expectations
New Year's Party 2020 Dubai Marina Cruise | jan 2020
I was in Dubai for New Year's and wanted to avoid the crowds that come along with the fireworks displays around the city, so I thought this would be a nice alternative. There were definitely some positives: it was a really cool way to see some of the sights (the Marina was awesome and we sailed past a beautiful city skyline with the new Ferris Wheel), the boat was nice- lit up for the holiday and very clean, and we also were in a good location for the countdown (got to see fireworks from Atlantis, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa (albeit very far away from the latter). I would also say that the staff I was put in contact with in my confirmation email were easy to get a hold of and the waitstaff on the boat were trying their best.
The first problem was that the boat didn't have a name on it anywhere. We were supposed to sail on a boat called "Falcon Oasis" and there were a dozen boats in the Marina which all looked the same. I had to send the contact person several messages to make sure that we were in the right place.
We set sail and the water was REALLY choppy. Like bouncing up and down choppy. There were huge (heavy) bottles of water on the table that kept falling because of this and I wouldn't be surprised if someone got hurt from it falling on them. The boat company can't control water conditions, but they can control what's on the table. There was also a guest next to me who was getting seasick and throwing up- (not sure why she came on the cruise if she's that affected by motion sickness), but the tables are all crammed REALLY close together so the fact that she was vomiting really close to me wasn't making my night much fun.
The food was not worth the money I paid. They had a good variety, but I'm a picky eater so I only got 2 items: Beef cutlets and pasta with red sauce. Both were cold. BARELY lukewarm. I couldn't eat more than 2 bites. There was a small cake on each table for the holiday, so I ate that. By the time we got back to the hotel, Room service was closed so I went hungry all night long.
I think my biggest complaint is that the tickets cost us $770 USD and there was NO INCLUDED ALCOHOL. Not only is this a TERRIBLE value for the money, but I think a couple of drinks could've made this whole situation a lot more bearable. LOL!
I would take the cruise again because it was a better experience than trying to fight the crowds in the city, but I wanted to give a good warning to anyone considering doing this in the future. Good Luck!...Meer lezen