Costa Cruises announced today that for its 2016/2017 winter season in the UAE, it is adding calls at Sir Bani Yas Island.

"Thanks to this exclusive innovation, Costa’s cruise guests will have a whole day to discover the wonders of one of the finest islands in the Arabian Gulf, featuring the Arabian Wildlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary for more than 13,000 animals.  Crystal clear water, white sand, private beach, safari parks, sea turtles and dolphins near the coast await and will make this a getaway with a difference," said Costa in a prepared statement.

The Costa neoRiviera will also call on Dubai, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.