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Land Programs

In anticipation of our guests' desires for even more in-depth exploration and discovery, we have created a special collection of extended land programs that is without equal.
PRE - BEST OF DUBAI

PRE - BEST OF DUBAI

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city

continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1: December 6th, 2013

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai or similar.

Day 2: December 7th, 2013

Your day begins with a leisurely drive southwest along the coast to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Because of the profusion of skyscrapers, Abu Dhabi has been called the "Manhattan of the Gulf." It is also a relatively young city, having been little more than a fishing village until the 1950s.

Now, mega-wealthy due to its oil reserves, bold Abu Dhabi looks almost futuristic. The Grand Mosque is a fine example of the newfound affluence. Finished in 2007 at a cost of $545 million, it is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. Inside the prayer hall lies the world's largest carpet, which weighs 35 tons and sprawls over 60,000 square feet, just over the size of a football field.

In the same extravagant vein, you will see Ferrari World, which is renowned as the world's largest indoor theme park, and the Yas Marina Circuit, a cutting-edge track for Formula One cars.

Abu Dhabi also has a thriving artistic side, best expressed at the beautiful Manarat Saadiyat, which mean "Place of Enlightenment." As an arts and culture center, it has no equal. Located on an island, the center houses a phenomenal collection of art in major galleries and studios with exceptional pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, much of it from Middle Eastern artists.

After visiting, you will return to the Raffles Dubai for dinner in its sophisticated Fire and Ice restaurant and to spend a delightful evening.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 3: December 8th, 2013

After checking out of the hotel, you will enjoy a city tour of Dubai starting with Dubai's pristine Jumeirah Beach. There are plenty of nearby landmarks where you will have the chance to stop for photos. Highlights include the modern Jumeirah Mosque, one of the few mosques that allow non-Muslims to enter, and the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, both of which are among the most photographed attractions in Dubai.

Continuing on, you will stop briefly at the marina that overlooks the tranquil lagoon, and then explore some of the newest residential districts around Jumeirah Beach. One of the highest profile communities is Palm Jumeirah, the manmade, so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is shaped like a palm tree and surrounded by the sea.

Of course, large extravagant homes aren't the only trappings of wealth since oil was discovered in the area in 1966, as you will see at the Dubai Mall, whose more than 1,200 stores make it one of the world's largest malls. Amazingly, it only took four years to build, and today the mall has become the world's most popular shopping and entertainment destination, with more than 65 million people visiting annually.

Still, there is no better place to see burgeoning modern Dubai than from atop the soaring Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Standing on its observation deck, you will enjoy a sweeping, 360-degree view of the city, the desert and the sea. There are even special telescopes that provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel. Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai or similar

Meals on own today

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi city

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch (at your own

expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island.

4:15pm Head towards Saadiyat Island.

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:15pm Return drive to Dubai

7:15pm Expected arrival at hotel

7:15pm Time at leisure to freshen up before dinner

8:00pm Diner at Fire & Ice Restaurant (Raffles Dubai)

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and proceed for Modern Dubai City Tour

1:30pm Visit At the top Burj Khalifa - Observation deck

3:00pm Approximate arrival at Port Rashid and check-in/board the ship

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves, long skirts and trousers

• No transparent (see-through) clothing

• No shorts for men

• No shorts or skirts for ladies

• No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

• Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation:

Raffles Dubai or similar.

Address: Raffles Dubai Hotel, Wafi City, Dubai, U.A.E

We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes for guests:

" 2 Nights accommodation at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar on twin sharing room basis including breakfast.

" All transfers using a luxury coach with English speaking tour guide on board.

" 1 Full day tour of Abu Dhabi using a luxury coach accompanied by an English speaking tour guide and all entrances.

" 1 Half day tour of Dubai using a luxury coach accompanied by an English speaking tour guide and all entrances.

" Dinner at Fire & Ice Restaurant on day 2 including soft beverages, mineral water and tea/coffee.

" Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

" Meals other than specified above

" Any alcoholic beverages during the diner at Fire & Ice restaurant.

" Any tips of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

" All expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls & mini-bar etc.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

POST-OPULENT CITIES - EMIRATES

POST-OPULENT CITIES - EMIRATES

The staggering wealth of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates is proudly on display in this tour of architectural marvels that includes the world's tallest building, massive mosques and a sprawling shopping center.

Day 1:

Disembark from the ship and drive directly to Dubai's pristine Jumeirah Beach, an excellent starting point with plenty of nearby landmarks, where you will have the chance to stop for photos. Highlights include the modern Jumeirah Mosque, one of the few mosques that allow non-Muslims to enter, and the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, both of which are among the most photographed attractions in Dubai.

Continuing on, you will stop briefly at the marina that overlooks the tranquil lagoon, and then explore some of the newest residential districts around Jumeirah Beach. One of the highest profile communities is Palm Jumeirah, the manmade, so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is shaped like a palm tree and surrounded by the sea.

Of course, large extravagant homes aren't the only trappings of wealth since oil was discovered in the area in 1966, as you will see at the Dubai Mall, whose more than 1,200 stores make it one of the world's largest malls. Amazingly, it only took four years to build, and today the mall has become the world's most popular shopping and entertainment destination, with more than 65 million people visiting annually.

Still, there is no better place to see burgeoning modern Dubai than from atop the soaring Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Standing on its observation deck, you will enjoy a sweeping, 360-degree view of the city, the desert and the sea. There are even special telescopes that provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes.

Then, following check in at the Raffles Dubai Hotel, you will tour a different side of Dubai, starting with the Al-Basktakia area, which dates to the early 1900s. The narrow lanes and tall wind-towers, known as barajeels, lend a distinct character that harkens back to the days before electricity. More history awaits you in the museum in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, which relates how pearl diving was once a primary industry here. Similarly, you will get a great sense of the past at several open-air souqs or marketplaces for spices and gold.

Finally, you will be treated to a dinner cruise in a traditional Arabic wooden dhow on Dubai Creek before spending the evening at the Raffles Dubai.

Day 2:

Your day begins with a leisurely drive southwest along the coast to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Because of the profusion of skyscrapers, Abu Dhabi has been called the "Manhattan of the Gulf." It is also a relatively young city, having been little more than a fishing village until the 1950s.

Now, mega-wealthy due to its oil reserves, bold Abu Dhabi looks almost futuristic. The Grand Mosque is a fine example of the newfound affluence. Finished in 2007 at a cost of $545 million, it is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. Inside the prayer hall lies the world's largest carpet, which weighs 35 tons and sprawls over 60,000 square feet, just over the size of a football field.

In the same extravagant vein, you will see Ferrari World, which is renowned as the world's largest indoor theme park, and the Yas Marina Circuit, a cutting-edge track for Formula One cars.

Abu Dhabi also has a thriving artistic side, best expressed at the beautiful Manarat Saadiyat, which mean "Place of Enlightenment." As an arts and culture center, it has no equal. Located on an island, the center houses a phenomenal collection of art in major galleries and studios with exceptional pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, much of it from Middle Eastern artists.

After visiting, you will return to the Raffles Dubai for dinner in its sophisticated Fire and Ice restaurant and to spend a delightful evening.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 3:

Check out from the hotel is at noon. You will then transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule. Luggage storage is available for guests with later flights.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark from ship and tour Dubai

1:00pm Burj Khalifa observation deck

3:00pm Arrive at the Raffles Dubai Hotel

5:00pm Old Dubai city tour

8:30pm Dhow dinner cruise

10:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

08:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi

1:00pm Free time at the Marina Mall

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island

4:15pm Drive towards Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:15pm Return drive to Dubai

7:15pm Arrive at Raffles Dubai Hotel

8:00pm Dinner at hotel's Fire and Ice restaurant

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out from the Raffles Dubai Hotel

Transfer to Dubai airport based on your flight schedule

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather: Warm and sunny (Average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and hat.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves, long skirts and trousers

• No transparent (see-through) clothing

• No shorts for men

• No shorts or skirts for ladies

• No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

• Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (One U.S. dollar = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5-star Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar. We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes for guests:

" Two nights accommodation at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar on

twin-sharing room basis.

" All transfers in a luxury air-conditioned coach with English-speaking

tour guide.

" Full-day tour of Abu Dhabi in a luxury air-conditioned coach,

including English-speaking tour guide and all entrance fees.

" Full-day tour of Dubai in a luxury air-conditioned coach, including

English-speaking tour guide and all entrance fees.

" Dhow dinner cruise. Includes soft drinks, mineral water, tea or

coffee.

" Dinner at Fire & Ice restaurant. Includes soft beverages, mineral

water and tea or coffee.

" Entrance fees to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

" Meals other than specified above

" Alcoholic beverages

" Any tips of a personal nature or portage at the airport and hotel

" All personal expenses such as for laundry, telephone calls and hotel

mini-bar

" Other items not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

POST - Opulent Cities of the Emirates

POST - Opulent Cities of the Emirates

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1

Disembark the ship and begin your Modern Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and to enjoy some time at leisure.

Later in the afternoon depart for an Ancient Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with the Al-Bastakia area in Bur Dubai, which dates back to the early 1900’s, with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers (barajeels)

giving the place a very distinct character. It’s a step back in time to see the traditional courtyard homes, bedecked with wind towers, which in the pre electricity days was the only means of cooling the them.

Drive further down to the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Complete with sound effects, the museum depicts various scenes that provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.

This is followed by a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souq and the extensive gold souq where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.

Dubai’s skyline at night is enchanting, and the best way to get a glimpse of both the modern structures as well as the older traditional buildings, is to take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic boat) in Dubai Creek. The slow pace of the boat, the light music and the cool breeze create a romantic

evening. Your two hour cruise will remind you of the spirits of adventure of yester years. Dinner will be served on board the boat. (Non exclusive boat)

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Check out time is 12:00nn. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark and leave for Modern Dubai tour

1:00pm Visit At the top Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at hotel and check-in

5:00pm Old Dubai city tour

8:00pm Dhow dinner cruise

10:00pm Return transfer to hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi City

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch (at your own expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island.

4:15pm Head towards Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return drive to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel.

8:00pm Diner at hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.

For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

•Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves and trousers

•No transparent (see-through) clothing

•No shorts for men

•No shorts or skirts for ladies

•No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

•Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

•Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)

Documentation: Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. Certain nationalities require a Visa – please consult with your local embassy for further details.

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Dubai Hotel

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

•2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Room) including breakfast

•All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

•1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

•1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

•Dhow dinner cruise on Day 1 including soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee.

•Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

•Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

•Meals other than specified above

•Any alcoholic beverages during the Dinner Cruise on Day 1 or dinner on Day 2

•Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

•Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

PRE CRUISE Opulent Cities of the Emirates

PRE CRUISE Opulent Cities of the Emirates

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar

Meals on own

Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have the rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the hotel, you will enjoy a city tour of Dubai - the second largest of the seven Emirates. The tour begins with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Conrad Hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar hotel

Meals on own

Check in time: 3:00pm

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi and head towards Saadiyat Island

10:00am Panoramic City Tour of Abu Dhabi – see the Grand Mosque, the Masdar City and the Corniche Area. Photo stop at Emirates Palace Hotel

1:00pm Marina Mall for lunch on own and shopping time

3:00pm Transfer to Yas Island for panoramic tour

4:15pm Head to Saadiyat Island and visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return transfer to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel to freshen up before dinner

8:00pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and proceed for Modern Dubai City Tour including a stop at the Dubai Mall

1:30pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at Port Rashid and check-in/board the ship

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

•Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves and trousers

•No transparent (see-through) clothing

•No shorts for men

•No shorts or skirts for ladies

•No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

•Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

•Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)

Documentation: Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. Certain nationalities require a Visa – please consult with your local embassy for further details.

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Hotel Dubai or similar

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

•2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Rooms) including breakfast

•All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

•1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

•1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

•Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

•Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

•Meals other than specified above

•Any alcoholic beverages on Day 2

•Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

•Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

EXTRA NIGHT - OPULENT CITIES

EXTRA NIGHT - OPULENT CITIES

You have elected to add an additional night or nights onto your land package. Your additional night(s) includes breakfast.

If your land package is pre cruise – you will be staying at the same hotel as Day 1 of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day you arrive.

If your land package is post cruise - you will be staying at the same hotel as the last day of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the hotel to the airport on the day you depart.

Sedans hold maximum 2 pieces of large luggage, 2 small carry on's and 2 guests. Should you have additional luggage, a larger vehicle will be required and surcharges may apply. Please contact our Reservations Department for more details should you require a larger vehicle.

POST - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

POST - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1

Disembark the ship and begin your Modern Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and to enjoy some time at leisure.

Later in the afternoon depart for an Ancient Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with the Al-Bastakia area in

Bur Dubai, which dates back to the early 1900’s, with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers (barajeels) giving the place a very distinct character. It’s a step back in time to see the traditional courtyard homes, bedecked with wind towers, which in the pre electricity days was the only means of cooling the them.

Drive further down to the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Complete with sound effects, the museum depicts various scenes that provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.

This is followed by a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souq and the extensive gold souq where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.

Dubai’s skyline at night is enchanting, and the best way to get a glimpse of both the modern structures as well as the older traditional buildings, is to take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic boat) in Dubai Creek. The slow pace of the boat, the light music and the cool breeze create a romantic

evening. Your two hour cruise will remind you of the spirits of adventure of yester years. Dinner will be served on board the boat. (Non exclusive boat)

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Check out time is 12:00nn. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark and leave for Modern Dubai tour

1:00pm Visit At the top Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at hotel and check-in

5:00pm Old Dubai city tour

8:00pm Dhow dinner cruise

10:00pm Return transfer to hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi City

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch (at your own expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island.

4:15pm Head towards Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return drive to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel.

8:00pm Diner at hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.

For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves and trousers

• No transparent (see-through) clothing

• No shorts for men

• No shorts or skirts for ladies

• No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

• Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Dubai Hotel

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Room) including breakfast

• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

• 1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

• Dhow dinner cruise on Day 1 including soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee.

• Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Meals other than specified above

• Any alcoholic beverages during the Dinner Cruise on Day 1 or dinner on Day 2

• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

PRE - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

PRE - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar

Meals on own

Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have the rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the hotel, you will enjoy a city tour of Dubai - the second largest of the seven Emirates. The tour begins with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Conrad Hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar hotel

Meals on own

Check in time: 3:00pm

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi and head towards Saadiyat Island

10:00am Panoramic City Tour of Abu Dhabi – see the Grand Mosque, the Masdar City and the Corniche Area. Photo stop at Emirates Palace Hotel

1:00pm Marina Mall for lunch on own and shopping time

3:00pm Transfer to Yas Island for panoramic tour

4:15pm Head to Saadiyat Island and visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return transfer to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel to freshen up before dinner

8:00pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and proceed for Modern Dubai City Tour including a stop at the Dubai Mall

1:30pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at Port Rashid and check-in/board the ship

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves and trousers

• No transparent (see-through) clothing

• No shorts for men

• No shorts or skirts for ladies

• No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

• Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Rooms) including breakfast

• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

• 1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

• Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Meals other than specified above

• Any alcoholic beverages on Day 2

• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

POST-EMIRATES REVEALED:DUBAI,ABU DHABI,SHARJAH

POST-EMIRATES REVEALED:DUBAI,ABU DHABI,SHARJAH

Discover the intriguing history and modern development of three famed emirates by touring the wonders of Dubai, the mosques of Abu Dhabi, and the cultural landmarks of Sharjah.

Day 1: November 21st, 2016

Disembark the ship and begin your Modern Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at your

leisure with dinner on your own.

Day 2: November 22nd , 2016

Enjoy breakfast at hotel before setting out for Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and named after a breed of gazelles by a Sheikh of the Bani Yas tribe. This magnificent city which was founded in 1761 is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands.

Your tour today offers an ideal introduction to Abu Dhabi. The first stop is the magnificent Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. The majestic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world - initiated no less by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of UAE.

From here you will drive along the spectacular Corniche and Palace area and around the city of Abu Dhabi, popularly referred to as “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra modern glazed skyscrapers, gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments. You will drive to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline before continuing on to the Emirates Palace, the most prestigious hotel in the Emirates. (photo stop in front of the hotel only). The Palace is an architectural wonder and an international landmark boasting a staggering 114 domes all covered in mosaic glass tiles.

Next proceed to Heritage Village which houses a small museum and depicts the daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.

Lunch will be served at the Jumeirah Ethihad Towers hotel at the Rosewater restaurant or similar

Drive back to Dubai and your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure with dinner on your own.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

DAY 3, November 23rd , 2016

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, enjoy a panoramic drive to the Emirate of Sharjah. Along the way you will pass by some well known landmarks such as the King Faisal Mosque, the Pearl Monument, symbol of the country, the Blue Souk and the Ruler’s area. Worthy to know is that, in 1998, Sharjah won the UNESCO award of being the Cultural capital of the Arab world. This Emirate really takes great pride with its commitment to art and preserving the local heritage and is host to several interesting museums, such as the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.

A visit of this museum will allow you to deepen your knowledge the country’s official religion, Islam, and to understand how the Arab civilization developed throughout the centuries. Of particular interest is also the building in which the Museum is located. Once hosting the Souk Al Majarrah, it is characterized by an impressive architecture and traditional, Arab-Islamic design elements in its ground-plan and décor. Its most outstanding feature is its majestic, gilt central dome, decorated on the inside with an intricate mosaic depicting the night sky and the signs of the zodiac.

Next walk to the nearby Souk Al Arsa, the oldest souk in the UAE. Arsa is a local Arabic word meaning ‘the area where goods is being sold in a traditional open space way' and it correctly defines this souk. Here you will find displayed various traditional items and goods, such as copper, silver and wood items, jewelry, pearls and garments. At the end of this culturally rich tour, drive back to your hotel in Dubai.

In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel restaurant.

Day 4: November 24th, 2016

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Check out time is 12:00noon. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and or /flightsindicated are approximate. They are given here only for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark and leave for Modern Dubai tour

1:00pm Visit At the top Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at hotel and check-in

Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Drive to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Arrive in Abu Dhabi and start city tour

10:30am Abu Dhabi city

2:00pm Lunch at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers

4:00pm Return drive to Dubai

6:00pm Expected arrival in Dubai

Dinner (on own and at own expense)

Overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Drive to Sharjah

9:45am Panoramic drive through Sharjah including photo stops

11:30am Visit Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

12:30pm Visit Souk Al Arsa

1:00pm Drive back to Dubai

1:30pm Arrive in hotel & rest of the day at leisure

Dinner at the hotel including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee

Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

DAY 4

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.

For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00 noon. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

•Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves and trousers

•No transparent (see-through) clothing

•No shorts for men

•No shorts or skirts for ladies

•No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

•Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

•Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Documents and Visa Requirements:

All passengers travelling to the United Arab Emirates must be in possession of a valid passport. The passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the United Arab Emirates. Please consult with your local embassy for any Visa requirements as certain nationalities require a visa to enter the U.A.E.

Accommodation:

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

P.O. Box 482032

Gate Village, DIFC

Dubai, UAE

Telephone no:- 00971 4 3722222

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program

Program Includes for guests

•3 Nights accommodation including breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar - ROH rooms

•Transfers

•1 half day Sharjah tour and all entrances as per the itinerary.

•1 half day modern Dubai tour including all entrances as per the itinerary

•1 Full Day Abu Dhabi tour including lunch with soft drinks, mineral water and tea/ coffee

•Dinner at the hotel on Day 3 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

•Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa – At The Top

Program Excludes for guests:

•Meals and beverages other than specified above

•Any gratuities of personal nature to the guides or drivers or portage at the airport / hotel

•Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

PRE- OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

PRE- OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1: November 18th, 2016

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and you are met outside the terminal and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar.

Meals on own

Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have the rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed. Should your flight arrive very early in the morning you may wish to book an additional night.

Day 2: November 19th, 2016

Following breakfast at the hotel you will depart for a tour to discover Dubai both old and new.

This tour takes you for a photo stop of Jumeirah Mosque - a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture. Another photo stop is made near the world renowned five star hotel which is a famous landmark of the city “The Burj Al Arab”.

The next stop is considered the 8th wonder of the world - The Palm Jumeirah. Drive to Palm Island for a photo stop of the famous Atlantis Hotel and also experience the beautiful Jumeirah coastline.

After this you will continue on to the famous Mall of the Emirates, which houses the 3rd largest indoor ski dome in the world. You will have some time to walk around the mall and enjoy lunch on your own.

After lunch you will drive past Sheikh Zayed road and stop for a visit at “Burj Khalifa” - the tallest building in the world. You will be directed to the observatory tower of Burj Khalifa which is aptly named “At the Top “

At The Top, located on level 124 of the Burj Khalfa, is a world class premier observatory offering 360 degree unparalleled views from the Gulf to the Arabian Desert. Your experience here includes a unique, interactive Burj Dubai Exhibit, a high speed lift ride, access to level 124, high powered, state of the art telescopes and the world’s highest outdoor observation terrace overlooking the ever growing skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road and surrounding panorama.

Next you will embark on a journey through the city centre covering other popular landmarks. Visit the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. The Museum features realistic displays, with sound effects, depicting various scenes, which provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.

Then enjoy a ride across the famed Dubai creek in a local water taxi called “abra” to see the bustling activities on the water front. This is followed by a visit to the aromatic spice souk and the extensive glittering gold souk where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.

Drive back to your hotel and dinner at the hotel

Day 3: November 20th, 2016

Enjoy breakfast at hotel before setting out for Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and named after a breed of gazelles by a Sheikh of the Bani Yas tribe. This magnificent city which was founded in 1761 is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands.

Your tour today offers an ideal introduction to Abu Dhabi. The first stop is the magnificent Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. The majestic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world - initiated no less by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of UAE.

From here you will drive along the spectacular Corniche and Palace area and around the city of Abu Dhabi, popularly referred to as “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of the ultra modern glazed skyscrapers, gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments. You will drive to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline before continuing on to the Emirates Palace, the most prestigious hotel in the Emirates. (photo stop in front of the hotel only). The Palace is an architectural wonder and an international landmark boasting a staggering 114 domes all covered in mosaic glass tiles.

Next proceed to Heritage Village which houses a small museum and depicts the daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.

Lunch will be served at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers hotel in the Rosewater restaurant or similar

Drive back to Dubai and your hotel.

The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure with dinner on your own.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 4: November 21st, 2016

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.

You will be transferred to Dubai port for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and / or flights indicated are approximate. They are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and privately transferred to the hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm at the hotel. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and will be met outside the terminal and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

Meals on own

Check in time: 3:00pm at your hotel. Although every effort will be made to have the rooms available before this time, this cannot be guaranteed. If you have an early morning arrival you may wish to book an extra night to guarantee a room when you arrive.

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Drive to Jumeirah Mosque for a photostop

10:00am Burj Al Arab photostop

10:30am Drive through Palm and photostop near Atlantis hotel

11:30am Drive to Mall of the Emirates and visit the Mall (lunch on your own)

2:00pm Visit Burj Khalifa

3:00pm Drive to Dubai Museum

3:45pm Visit Dubai Museum

4:45pm Abra ride and cross the creek to Spice Souq & Gold Souq

5:00pm Visit Spice & gold souq

6:00pm Drive back to the Hotel

6:30pm Arrive back at the hotel

Dinner at the hotel (including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee)

Overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Drive to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Arrive in Abu Dhabi and start city tour

10:30am Abu Dhabi city

2:00pm Lunch at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers

4:00pm Return drive to Dubai

6:00pm Expected arrival in Dubai

Dinner (on own and at own expense)

Overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

DAY 4

AM Breakfast

TBA Transfer to the ship for embarkation

Expected Weather: Warm and sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Light, loose clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hats, cameras

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

•Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves and trousers

•No transparent (see-through) clothing

•No shorts for men

•No shorts or skirts for ladies

•No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

•Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

•Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = approximately 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Documents and Visa Requirements:

All passengers travelling to the United Arab Emirates must be in possession of a valid passport. The passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the United Arab Emirates. Please consult with your local embassy for any Visa requirements as certain nationalities require a visa to enter the U.A.E.

Accommodation:

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar

P.O. Box 482032

Gate Village, DIFC

Dubai, UAE

Telephone no:- 00971 4 3722222

*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.

Program Includes for guests

•3 Nights accommodation including breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar (ROH rooms)

•Meet & greet at the airport

•Transfers

•1 Full Day Abu Dhabi tour with Lunch Inclusive of soft drinks, mineral water and tea/ coffee

•1 half day ancient Dubai tour & 1 half day modern Dubai tour including all entrances as per the itinerary

•Dinner at the hotel on Day 3 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

•Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa – At The Top

Program Excludes for guests:

•Meals and beverages other than specified above

•Any gratuities of personal nature to guides or drivers or portage at the airport / hotel

•Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.