Symphony, Priceless Pearls of the Milddle East ex Dubai to Mumbai

Africa - North & Middle East

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13 Night Cruise sailing from Dubai to Mumbai aboard Crystal Symphony.

13 Night Cruise sailing from Dubai to Mumbai aboard Crystal Symphony.

Five overnight stays maximize the discovery in the Middle East. Explore the ever-changing urban masterpiece of Doha, Bahrain’s proud pearl industry, Abu Dhabi’s newly opened Louvre museum and Mumbai’s Bollywood and bazaars.

Highlights of this cruise:

Dubai, UAE
Tiny Dubai is a member of the United Arab Emirates, the cluster of prosperous sheikdoms along the Arabian Sea. Dubai grew rich on pearls and gold, but today its bread and butter is petroleum, a source of fabulous wealth. In the offshore oil fields of Dubai are three submerged oil tanks, each twenty stories tall, which locals call “The Three Pyramids of Dubai.

Doha, Qatar
As home to over eighty percent of the emirate's population, headquarters for Al Jazeera Arabic television and capital of Qatar, Doha is a cultural and political hub of the Persian Gulf. It is also a growing metropolis, with the number of residents increasing by more than 60,000 between 2004 and 2006. This expansion is attributed at least in part to changes in property laws. Expatriates, of whom there are many in Qatar, were once not permitted to own land. Now non-citizens can purchase land, which entitles them to become a part of Qatar's thriving economy. So the rush is on, with acreage being scooped up and developed at a rate that compares to Dubai. Sheikh Hama bin Khalifa's modernization program further fuels the building boom. One of Doha's more impressive construction projects is the Pearl, an artificial island that covers 985 acres and house up to 30,000 residents.

Manamah, Bahrain
The capital of Bahrain, Manama (also Manamah) offers a compelling mix of local culture and world influences. Just under one-third of the Persian-Gulf city’s residents hail from other countries, giving it an infusion of international sensibilities. The result: An abundance of chic clubs and luxury accommodations, making Manama the place to shop and dine. Chances to become immersed in the Manama of the past are readily available too, as Arab boats called dhows populate the waters, and camel rides and pearl diving excursions remain popular ways to experience traditional pursuits. As for the future, it is bright and grand, as represented by plans for the Murjan Tower, envisioned to be the world’s tallest structure.

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, saw its first paved road in 1961, a few years after oil was discovered in the area. Since then, development has been at times cautious and later vigorous, resulting in today's wide modern boulevards lined with glistening towers. The city's banks, boutiques and highrises stand testament to a vital economy. Indeed, Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, is not only the most prosperous Emirate, but is also considered the wealthiest city in the world. With its ongoing commitment to science, education and the arts, Abu Dhabi is also seeking to be ranked as one of the world's top cultural destinations. The groundwork has recently been laid for a 200-million-dollar Guggenheim Museum, designed by none other than Frank Gehry. Scheduled for completion in 2011, the museum will showcase a prestigious collection of modernist and contemporary art. The structure promises to be a masterpiece in and of itself, as it promises to be the largest of the Guggenheim museums.

Muscat, Oman
Situated on a striking cove on the Gulf of Oman, ringed by striking volcanic mountains and guarded by two ancient Portuguese forts, diminutive Muscat is the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. Its architecture is a picturesque blend of Arab, Indian, African and European styles. Look for the sultan's palace at the water's edge, or visit the important national museum.

Mumbai (Bombay), India
India contains a bewildering variety of tribes, religions, cultures and languages-and most are present in Mumbai, one of the world's most densely populated cities. Remnants of British rule along oceanfront Marine Drive stand alongside the thought-provoking former home of Mahatma Gandhi, and the cave temple at Elephanta with its second-century Hindu gods.

Pricing (per person)

  • All (16)
Quad Triple Twin Single

E2 - Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window Extremely Limited View

Request Request AU$ 15,207 Request

E1 - Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window Limited View

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D - Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

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C2 - Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window Forward

Request Request AU$ 19,059 Request

C1 - Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window

Request Request AU$ 19,504 Request

B2 - Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah Forward

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B1 - Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

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A3 - Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah Forward

Request Request AU$ 20,689 Request

A2 - Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah Limited View

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A1 - Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah

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PH - Penthouse with Verandah

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SH - Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah

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PS - Penthouse Suite with Verandah

Request Request AU$ 38,467 Request

SP - Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Verandah

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CP - Suite

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CP - Crystal Penthouse with Verandah

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Please note, while prices and inclusions are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to changes in cruise line policies and pricing and due to currency fluctuations. Currency surcharges may apply. Please check details of price and inclusions at time of booking.

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