Disclaimer: Although this Palm Inner Circle Cruise was sponsored by Xclusive Yachts, the opinions expressed are solely my own, from my experience and written by me.
Dubai will spoil you for choice when it comes to activities and for those looking to relax, in a gorgeous setting, this sunset/dinner Palm Inner Circle Cruise is one of the best things you can do. There are ample options when it comes to selecting a cruise here – from Dhow Cruise on the creek to Dhow Cruise on Dubai Marina, Bateaux Cruise on the Creek and Dhow Cruise on the Canal, and although each has its own charm, a sunset/ dinner cruise inside the circle of the Palm Island is my favourite, for many reasons.
Firstly, the yacht sails in one of the brightest, most beautiful and intriguing areas of Dubai. For those of you who may not know, Palm Jumeirah is the biggest man-made island in the world and is home to world-class resorts which line the crescent of the palm-shaped island with the iconic Atlantis Hotel in the middle and the fronds of the Palm are strewn with some of the most luxurious homes that you’ll find in Dubai. Various celebrities from around the world own villas on the Palm, such as Victoria & David Beckham and Shah Rukh Khan (the famous Bollywood actor). Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of them taking a dip in their private beach while on this Palm Inner Circle Cruise.
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Come November and Dubai has the most pleasant weather for the next six months. With average temperatures in mid-20s, dinner on an open deck with front row seats to breathtaking views of Dubai’s skyline, a gentle sea breeze caressing your face while you sip on sun-downer drinks and a selection of international fare crafted by Barrel 12, soft and relaxing music playing in the background, is just what you need to make your evening special. And the Palm Inner Circle Cruise ticks all these boxes!
Photographers and Instagrammers, bring your best phones and cameras because you’ll surely get social media worthy pictures. And don’t be surprised if your night pictures are even better than those of the sunset, Dubai is a city that comes to life more at night than it does during the day. I couldn’t get enough of clicking pictures of Atlantis Hotel, during the dusk and at night as well as the famous Marina skyline, with some of the tallest buildings in the world. I'll let my pictures convince you to take the Palm Inner Circle Cruise.
The cruise halts for a while in front of Atlantis Hotel, allowing you enough time to take pictures. It starts from one end of the Palm’s trunk (east) and goes all the way to the other end (west) before it crosses under the bridge and drops you back to the starting point. The hotels on the crescent a sight for sore eyes, each designed in a unique manner, with architectural precision and creativity. Of course, Atlantis the Palm is my favourite but the others to watch out for and get good pictures of include Kempinski and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. The water villas of Anantara The Palm and the 101 Lounge of One & Only will pique your interest as you pass by, apart from a sneak peek at Sheikh’s Palace. The staff on board will be happy to point these out to you.
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The best part? It is not common for cruises in Dubai to serve alcoholic drinks but the Palm Inner Circle Cruise is one of the few that does. A glass of wine or hop, in the middle of the islands, surrounded by some amazing architectural wonders for 2 hours, is for me, a great to spend an evening.
The only thing that didn't impress me about this experience is the on-going construction on certain parts of the island which spoils the view in places. However, the Inner Circle Palm Cruise is still unique because of the good quality of the yacht, the space available that can accommodate about 80 people, the great food from Barrel 12, the availability of alcoholic drinks on board and most importantly, the best views of the iconic Atlantis the Palm Hotel.
The meeting point: East Marina, The Palm
The cost: Without alcohol: AED 310 / USD 85 (alcohol is additional, charged by the glass or bottle)
Is it worth it?
I found the cruise slightly pricey, so I negotiated a special price. The good news? This discount is available to ALL my followers! Use PROMO CODE MEDHA 260 and get a special discount on your sunset/dinner cruise, only through Xclusive Yachts.
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