15 Night Cruise sailing from Valletta to Dubai onboard Oceana.
Step into Oceana’s bustling atrium and you’ll instantly feel a flutter of anticipation. The Caribbean palm trees and brass, glass-fronted lifts speak of good times ahead.The atmosphere on board is welcoming, friendly and has plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Adults can head for the spa for some serious R&R. Or why not chill out on the terrace with a cooling cocktail? And later, why not try your luck in the casino, or take in a show?
Fly out to Valletta in Malta and brace yourself for a unique journey of discovery. It’s time to unlock the ancient (and ultra-modern) cultures of the Arabian Gulf, as well as Heraklion in Crete. Expect old world charm, absorbing culture, and some of the most spellbinding cities on earth… all in one amazing holiday.
Sail from Valletta and make your way to Heraklion, the modern capital of Crete. It’s considered to be one of the most ruggedly beautiful of the Greek isles. Explore its ancient wonders and pristine beaches before taking on the Suez Canal. This unforgettable 101-mile-long passage from the Mediterranean is your route to the Red Sea. You’ll find Salalah fragrant with frankincense, littered with ancient ruins and home to the Queen of Sheba’s palace. Onto Oman, and Muscat, its capital, brimming with culture and history. Onwards to the ‘Pearl of the Arabian Gulf’… Dubai – home to Sultan’s palaces, towering skyscrapers, blissful beaches and some of the most decadent shopping in the world. Remember, we cruise to the region during the milder months, so the weather is always pleasant. Plus, you can wear usual beach attire on most resort beaches, and enjoy alcohol in most hotel bars and restaurants.
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17 Oct 2020 Arrive Early MorningDepart Afternoon
Just along the coast, you'll find the scrupulously renovated remains of Knossos, the Palace of King Minos and the island's capital under the Minoans. Here, the endless maze of salons, staircases and courtyards gave rise to the legend of the Labyrinth, housing the evil Minotaur at its heart. See the legend come vividly to life!
Suez Canal (transit), Egypt
As the ship goes through the Suez Canal, guests can be out on deck throughout the transit, as it is one of the world's most fascinating maritime experiences, creating the bizarre impression that they are sailing right through the dry heart of the desert. The present, 101-mile-long Canal took 15 years to build, was completed in 1869 and shaved a mere 7,000 miles off the journey from England to India. It is the second to cross the Isthmus of Suez - the first was constructed in the 5th century BC and was in use until the 8th century.
From its ancient ruins and abundance of frankincense to its stunning beaches and soaring mountainous landscape, there is a wealth of attractions and traditions to explore. Many famous and fabled historic figures are reputed to have resided in the city. Visit the resting place of the biblical prophet, Job, or peruse the once palace of the Queen of Sheba. Salalah's antiquity can be enjoyed further by a stroll through the lost city of Samhuran or crumbling remains of Al Blaid, which date as far back as the 12th century. The natural beauty that surrounds the city is a pleasant surprise. For its desert location it is blessed with a temperate climate, which allows its lush green countryside to flourish. See the springs of Ain Sahnot or Ain Rzat, follow one of its many mountain streams or admire the impressive heights of the Jabal al Qar.
It's also the meeting point of Asian, African and Arabic civilizations and this unique blend of cultures makes Oman a special place to visit and explore. The old port area, which is enclosed by gated walls, is where you will find the Sultan's Main Palace, a fascinating place to wander around. Two well-preserved 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, guard the entrance to Muscat, and the city walls contain the original beautifully carved gates. Muscat has many points of interest, so whether you want to explore natural freshwater pools, parks and nature reserves, shop in one of the many excellent souks, or relax on unspoilt, soft sandy beaches, this city has something for everyone.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Arabian Gulf’, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that comprises the United Arab Emirates. With a mix of traditional architecture and glittering modern buildings, Dubai is a place of fascinating contrasts that can best be described as the ‘Middle East meets Hong Kong with a little Las Vegas thrown in for style’. It is also the home of sand, sea and sun.
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