Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean Cruises
(Indian Ocean Cruise)
The modern megacity of Dubai marks the beginning of your voyage across the Indian Ocean. Sail the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman as you transit outward into the open waters of the Arabian Sea, stopping at India's westernized juggernaut Mumbai. Visit the old spice city of Cochin, before two days in Sri Lanka's Colombo, where iconic statues and temples are ready to be discovered. The pristine beaches of Phuket make for a pleasant stop in Thailand, followed by stops in Malaysia, visiting Penang, and Port Klang- gateway to the cherished capital, Kuala Lumpur. Conclude your voyage in Singapore, the modern city-state, and one of the Four Asian Tigers.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Fast track clearance escort through all arrival formalities. Assistance at the baggage belt area. Handover of visa or other essential documents to passengers.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.
To experience the ancient city tour of Dubai, our route takes us past the highest buildings in the Middle East. After a short break by the Creek we arrive to the oldest part of the city, Bastakia where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants are still to be seen. Close by we visit the fascinating Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has been there almost for two centuries defending the settlers of early days. We continue our tour through material market taking a closer look at the wind-towers on our way to Abras, local water taxis that will take us across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. As the final destination of this four hour tour we will walk through the bustling alleys of these souks being amazed by mystical aromas of numerous spices and the breath-taking amount of dazzling jewelry varying from traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices displayed by almost 200 shops. This tour includes a private vehicle and driver for transfers to sites and return trip to hotels.
Your driver will pick you up and transfer you for an unforgettable evening cruise along the Dubai Creek on board a traditionally decorated Dhow. A sumptuous buffet dinner will be served including continental and Pan-Asian dishes. Soft drinks and mineral water are included. Experience the atmosphere of Dubai by night accompanied by Arabic music. The cruise takes approximately two hours.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and port.
Welcome aboard!Take a moment to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail in the late afternoon.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The ancient port city of Muscat is the capital of Oman. As an important port-town in the Gulf of Oman, the ancient city of Muscat attracted foreign tradesmen and settlers such as the Persians, the Balochs and Gujaratis. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, the capital Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development that has led to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat's urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbour, form the north-eastern periphery of the city.
Full day spent relaxingly at sea.
Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous in the world. The city lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor with a commercial seaport. Mumbai's history as a major trading centre has led to a diverse range of cultures, religions and cuisines coexisting in the city. The culture of Mumbai is a blend of traditional festivals, food, music and theatres.
Kochi (Cochin) has a powerful lure for tourists. Its location between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and Kerala’s emerald backwaters, rich medley of Indian and foreign architecture, unusual sights like the Chinese fishing nets, and quaint localities like the Jewish Quarter, all draw the attention of visitors. Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the southern region with its prime location on the west coast, fine bay, and protected harbor. Merchant ships made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood, en-route to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia. The city was alternately controlled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, whose influences are evident in the architecture of city buildings.
Arrive to Colombo this evening. You'll have an entire day tomorrow to explore the city.
Colombo is the largest city, seaport and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast of the island, it is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. Famous landmarks in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park as well as the National Museum. The Galle Face Green is the city's largest and most elegant promenade. Lined with palm trees and adjacent to the coast, this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity.
Phuket is a city and port located in the southeast of Phuket Island, Thailand. The city is famous for its night life, fine dining and is a favorite destination with international travelers.
The island of Penang lies just off the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Charming Georgetown is Penang’s main settlement, a thriving hub where Malay, Chinese, Thai, Indian and European cultures merge, as does the architecture which, in the space of a few miles, takes in a British colonial-style cricket pitch and a rumble of Chinese stilt houses. Worth visiting are Khoo Kongsi, an old Chinese clan house, Fort Cornwallis, a British 18th-century fortress, Penang Museum and Art Gallery. The first-class laksas and unique Penang cuisine are reason for visiting alone. Outside Georgetown, one of the most unusual attractions is the Snake Temple, which swarms with poisonous snakes, but their venomous threat is countered by heavily drugging them with incense. Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple contains an enormous gold-plated reclining Buddha which, at 33 meters long, is believed to be the third largest in the world.
Your ship docks in Port Klang, about 25 miles southwest of Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur - KL, as it is locally known, is Malaysia’s hub; a huge, bustling, cosmopolitan city that is the business heart of the nation. Its very ethnic diversity is part of the attraction with Malays, Chinese, Indian and European cultures melting together on the tropical streets. Often overlooked by many tourists, KL has a wealth of attractions, with the voluminous Petronas Twin Towers, at a height of 436m (1453ft), amongst the tallest buildings in the world. From the viewing level of the Towers the city unfolds with its old mosques and ramshackle buildings, contrasting with the gleaming skyscrapers that have sprouted as Malaysia has become one of the regional economic powerhouses.
This morning, you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Meet your English speaking driver for a transfer between your hotel and the cruise centre with a private vehicle.
Singapore was once part of British Malaysia for many centuries. It was ruled by the Sultanate of Johor before the British came to the island and set up a port and colony in 1819. After World War II, Singapore became an independent nation and republic. Today Singapore has a diverse population of nearly 5 million people or more which is made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians, Eurasians, and Asians of different origins. Experience the various cultures come alive before your very eyes as you explore each ethnic heritage enclave by turns. At Kampong Glam, admire the quiet majesty of the Sultan’s Mosque with its unmistakable golden dome, explore colorful food eateries, and browse through old-fashioned shops selling batiks, carpets, rattan basket-ware, and exotic perfumes. Travel to the heart of Chinatown and experience the old and the new tradition and modernity in the rows of streets, and traditional shop houses lovingly restored into tempting eateries, teahouses and shops selling Oriental arts, crafts, and souvenirs as well as traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. Little India completes the cultural kaleidoscope with its bustling streets showcasing aromatic and exotic spices, colorful flower-garland shops, vegetable vendors, and busy curry houses.
Meet your English speaking driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.
The Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa is a culturally themed hotel which is great for business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel is located in the epicentre of Bur Dubai's shopping and cultural districts. In close proximity are major shopping centers, souks and cultural attractions including the Dubai Museum and the city's creek side markets. Dubai International Airport is seven kilometers from the hotel, the nearest beach is 15 kilometers away and to the Dubai's World Trade Centre it is a four kilometer drive. The Spice Market and the Gold Souk are easily accessible via the Abra (water taxi). The medium sized rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished with an authentic Arabic ambience. The interior styling reflects the heritage of the region, with subtle colors born of sand, sky and ocean that help create an atmospheric backdrop. The rooms are equipped with modern room amenities and communication tools.
Second in the Silversea fleet, Silver Wind is a shining example of intimate, elegant cruising. As spacious as a grand hotel, as gracious as a best friends’ home, the lifestyle on board Silver Wind is one of fewer guests, more space and features Silversea’s renowned personalised service. Recent Silver Wind ship refurbishments include upgraded interiors and enticing enhancements that include a new ocean-view spa, new Observation Lounge, and eight new suites. With several dining and bar facilities, an onboard casino and show lounge, shopping boutiques, a beauty salon and spa, and a pool deck, you'll never have a moment where you are not fully relaxed, indulged, or entertained.
Centrally located near the Orchard Road shopping district, the Traders Hotel (4*) Singapore offers contemporary comfort and award-winning Shangri-La service for the value-conscious traveller. This hotel in Singapore is minutes away from the renowned Botanic Gardens, and just 25 minutes from Changi International Airport.
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