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|Day||Port of Call View cruise excursions||Arrival||Departure|
|01 April 2017|| || Abu Dhabi |
As the largest of the seven regions of the United Arabs Emirates, Abu Dhabi is a sprawling mix of inspiring desert scenery and modern architecture and design. Although it is best known for its lucrative oil trade, the city has a variety of attractions and landmarks, including luxury hotels, huge gardens and parks, extravagant shopping malls and impressive high-rise buildings and skyscrapers. In a recent attempt to increase tourism and foreign investment, Abu Dhabi's laws on alcohol were alleviated and land sales to foreigners were permitted. The 21st Century Abu Dhabi is a modern and sophisticated metropolis, which still manages to maintain its cultural roots and heritage.
|02 April 2017|| || Dubai ||8:00 am||11:00 pm|
|03 April 2017|| || Khasab ||8:00 am||3:00 pm|
|04 April 2017|| || Muscat ||8:00 am||6:00 pm|
|05 April 2017|| At Sea ||--||--|
|06 April 2017|| || Salalah |
Salalah is the country’s second largest city, the administrative capital of the region of Dhofar and lies over 1,000 km from the capital Muscat. Its climate is temperate all year round thanks to the influence of monsoons making Salalah a tropical city with lush vegetation: agriculture provides plenty of fresh fruit and coconuts. However there is much more to the economy of the region than agriculture: fabric and leather production, handicrafts, fishing and also shipyards and especially tourism are the main resources of a growing economy. In spite of the rather closed character typical of the era prior to Qaboos Bin Said’s government, the town has a multicultural side: the largest immigrant community is Indian with its own private school, “Indian School Salalah”. Indians make up 14% of the population today, followed by Pakistanis (8%) and by other ethnic immigrant groups
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|07 April 2017|| At Sea ||--||--|
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|10 April 2017|| At Sea ||--||--|
|11 April 2017|| || Safaga ||7:00 am||9:00 pm|
|12 April 2017|| || Aqaba |
Jordan's single deep-water port is perhaps best known as the gateway to Petra, the awe-inspiring city of stone carved into the side of rocky, arid hillsides. But Aqaba too is home to plenty of striking natural beauty; a neat port town surrounded by clear, deep blue seas that sit in beautiful contrast to the rugged desert landscape beyond.
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|13 April 2017|| Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt |
The port and town of Sharm-el-Sheikh lies near the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula where the Straits of Tiran meet the Gulf of Aqaba. With its strategic position, the Sinai posed a desirable target for various rulers over the centuries. In recent times, the last battle for the Sinai was fought between Egypt and Israel from 1967 to 1979, which ended with a peace treaty signed in Washington, D.C. Since the withdrawal of the Israelis, more and more Egyptians have settled in the Sinai, taking advantage of the booming tourist trade. However, vast interior regions are still sparsely populated. Many Bedouins have been affected by the advent of the 21st century, which is rapidly changing their age-old customs and nomadic lifestyle. As tourism and hotel projects continue to spring up along the Sinai coast, contact with Bedouins not involved in tourism is becoming increasingly rare. Once their nomadic life kept them on the move with their tents; today many Bedouins cultivate grain, vegetables and dates in addition to catering to the tourists. Sharm-el-Sheikh was initially developed by the Israelis during the Sinai occupation. Na'ama Bay, a short drive from the port, has grown from virtually nothing into a sizeable resort since the early 1980s. Between the two towns a string of hotels line a once-untouched coastline. Resort hotels offer great opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Glass bottom boat trips are available for those preferring to view the exotic marine life of the Red Sea without getting their feet wet. In addition to the aquatic highlights, a trip to St. Catherine's Monastery ranks high on visitors' list of attractions that should not be missed.
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|14 April 2017|| Suez Canal Transit ||4:00 am||6:00 pm|
|14 April 2017|| Port Said |
Take any cruise with Egypt on the schedule and you are guaranteed a fascinating time, for this North African country is the portal to wonders dating from the dawn of civilisation. Port Said, at the head of the Suez Canal, is the key gateway for Cairo. Egypt's largest city is a maelstrom of traffic, glorious mosques and palaces and bazaars, where shopping is excellent - as long as you bargain, haggle and then haggle again! Cairo also offers a fascinating selection of museums – the most famous being the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, which holds more than 100,000 relics and the Archaeological Museum, where you can gaze upon the face of Tutankhamun, the boy king. Just outside the city is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world - the Pyramids at Giza. Their sheer size, scale and age will amaze you, as will the enigmatic glance of their nearby guardian – the 65 ft high Sphinx.
|6:30 am||8:30 pm|
|15 April 2017|| || Haifa |
The city of Haifa is located in the north of Israel and is the nation's third largest city with a population of over 250,000 people. The city has a long and illustrious history, first mentioned historically during the 3rd century. Haifa's fascinating heritage and culture is celebrated and remembered at the many historic landmarks and wonderful museums found in locations across the region. The city has been through a broad range of fascinating eras, including Byzantine rule, the Ottoman era, British mandate and the modern day state of Israel. The area's main attractions include both spectacular man-made structures and impressive natural landmarks, such as caves, beaches, parks and garden as well as a range of modern developments. The city's vibrant ambience and colourful scenery create an unforgettable holiday experience.
|8:30 am||11:00 pm|
|16 April 2017|| || Jerusalem (Ashdod) |
Experience all the history of the Holy Land for yourself via the city of Ashdod, Israel's largest port and one of the oldest cities in the world. Ashdod was once thought to have housed the Ark of the Covenant, and the city has changed hands many times over the centuries because of its important location on the Mediterranean. Ashdod lies just 33 miles west of Jerusalem, making it the ideal port from which to take a shore excursion to this truly historic city.
|7:00 am||6:00 pm|
|17 April 2017|| Limassol |
Limassol is the jumping off point to explore the ancient riches of Cyprus. See ruins, majestic mountains and scenery, stunning beaches, and vast groves of lemons, oranges and olives. Visit Lemesos Castle, where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre, and its fascinating museum. Or stroll through ancient Curium and admire its stunning mosaics, theater, basilica and panoramic views over the sea. Venture inland to Nicosia and its wonders like the Cathedral of St. John, the Venetian fortifications, a restored old town and mosque, and the Cyprus Museum.
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|18 April 2017|| At Sea ||--||--|
|19 April 2017|| || Piraeus (Athens) |
History has an obvious presence within Athens and the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the old Olympic Stadium are all places of immense interest for a vast amount of holidaymakers. In a place where the history is all around, there is always something to ignite your imagination and whether you are looking to explore the city itself, go further afield or do something a bit different, Athens will definitely provide you with something special to enjoy.
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