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Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)/Dubai
14-night Spice Route Sojourn Cruise
April 24, 2020
Crystal Cruises®: Crystal Symphony®
Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)/Dubai
Vacation Offer ID 1308239
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Exclusive Offer

Choose ONE of the options below.

  • ONE Guided Sightseeing with Private Car and Driver tour (Value - $500 per Couple). Choose from the ports below.
  • ONE Private Car and Driver "At Your Leisure" tour (Value - $500 per Couple). Choose from the ports below.
  • $500 per Couple Shipboard Credit
  • Port Options:
    • Colombo - Please click here for the tour descriptions.
    • Mumbai - Please click here for the tour descriptions.
    • Abu Dhabi - Please click here for the tour descriptions.
    • Dubai - Please click here for the tour descriptions.
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The Signature Collection – A Hosted Sailing
Hosted Sailings offer Outstanding Value, Exclusive Amenities and an Experienced Personable Host on board to ensure your cruise is more enjoyable.

Cruise Inclusions

  • "World’s Best" All-Inclusive experiences
  • Fine wines, champagne, premium spirits, bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees
  • Dining by Reservation™
  • Nobu Matsuhisa’s Asian restaurant and Prego Italian restaurant
  • Up to eight evening dining options including 24-hour room service
  • Early embarkation with champagne lunch, daily afternoon teatime
  • Award-winning entertainment including Magic Castle® at Sea, Rocket Man! and Diva! Production Shows
  • State-of-the-art fitness center with pilates, yoga and spinning classes
  • Open bar service throughout the ship plus gratuities for all dining and bar staff including housekeeping and Penthouse butler service
  • Golf clinics with PGA instructors, full-size paddle tennis courts
  • Spacious 360° teak Promenade Deck
  • Experiences of Discovery theme cruises, Local Insights and USD School of Cinematic Arts Digital Filmmaking Program
  • 100% indelibly soft cotton linens
  • Ocean Views™ interactive polling devices in guest lecturer discussion panels.

Available Add-Ons

  • Optional air add-ons are available from Crystal Cruises' designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada, and include all government fees and taxes.
  • Pre- or Post- cruise hotel stay
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang)
04/24/2020 04/24/2020 06:00 PM
Penang

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Georgetown Heritage Tour – 4 hours

Highlights:

  • Peranakan Mansion Museum
  • Little India
  • Chinese Clan Houses
  • Armenian Street
  • Street Art
  • Chocolate Boutique
Tour Duration: 4 hours

Tour can operate: Morning and afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Return transfer from/ to the port with private car and English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to Khoo Kongsi and Pinang Peranakan Mansion (main hall only)
Not Included:
  • Any sightseeing or meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Gratuity to the guide & driver
  • Miscellaneous charges
04/25/2020 08:00 AM 04/25/2020 05:00 PM
At Sea
04/26/2020 04/26/2020
At Sea
04/27/2020 04/27/2020
Colombo

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Colombo: Visit Negombo - 6-8 hours
Highlights:
  • Drive to the beach town of Negombo from the Colombo port with your private guide/driver
  • Visit the Fishing villages in Negombo - Clients will have the opportunity to witness the fresh catch of the day being sold to the public. Typical bazaar atmosphere can be witnessed. We will give the option to the clients to walk around the fish market.
  • Visit to ancient Dutch and Portuguese churches and the Dutch canal
  • Beach side relaxation
 
Tour Duration: 6-8 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Physical Activity Level:  Light
 

Cost Includes:
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 06 to 08 hours in each location
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Lunch at a beach hotel in Negombo 
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 06 to 08  hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Extra Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
Colombo: Day at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - 8 hours
Highlights:
  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Observe bathing of elephants at the river
  • Lunch at a local restaurant or hotel
  • En route visiting the Kelaniya Temple
Tour Duration: 8 hours 
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light
 
Cost Includes: 
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 08 hours in each location
  • Lunch at a local restaurant or hotel 
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 08 hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
Colombo: City Tour 4 - 8 hours
Highlights:
  • Colombo City Tour
  • See the commercial area of the Colombo “Fort & Pettah areas” where you will able to see old Colonial style buildings and the busy market streets
  • Drive through a typical commercial area of the Colombo “Fort & Pettah areas” where you will able to see old Colonial style buildings and busy market streets
  • Visit a Handy craft/ gem /curios store
  • See Colombo’s Residential area (Cinnamon Gardens) (Photo stop) and other important buildings with historical significance like the Old Parliament, Victoria Park (Photo stop), Town Hall (Photo stop) and a Muslim Mosque (Photo stop).
  • Visit the Asokaaramaya Temple (Photo Stop)
 
Tour Duration: 4-8 hours
Tour can operate: morning or afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Physical Activity Level: Light

Cost Includes:
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 04 to 08 hours in each location
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 04 to 08 hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
Colombo: City Tour - 2 hours
Highlights:
  • Colombo City Tour
  • See Colombo’s Residential area (Cinnamon Gardens) (Photo stop) and other important buildings with historical significance like the Old Parliament, Victoria Park (Photo stop), Town Hall (Photo stop) and a Muslim Mosque (Photo stop).
  • Visit the Gangarama Temple (Photo Stop)
 
Tour Duration: 2 hours
Tour can operate: morning or afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions: 
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 02 hours in each location
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 02 hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
04/28/2020 02:00 PM 04/28/2020
Colombo

Private Car & Driver

Colombo - 2020 Private Car & Driver At Your Leisure (4 Hour) - Provided by Walkers Tours

Colombo At Your Leisure Option:

You decide where to go and what to see.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 4 hours
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • Gratuities to guide and driver **

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of personal nature

*Mileage restrictions may apply.

 

**Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Colombo - 2020 Private Car & Driver Guided Sightseeing (4 Hour) - Provided by Walkers Tours

Colombo Guided Sightseeing Option:

Meet your expert local guide for the drive to Colombo.

Today, you will visit the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (a gift to Sri Lanka from the People’s Republic of China), the Old Parliament building, Gangarama Temple, Galle Face Green park, and Independence Square.

Your tour will conclude at the pier.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 4 hours
  • Entrance fees for listed sights
  • Gratuities to guide and driver*
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Items of personal nature

*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Colombo: Visit Negombo - 6-8 hours
Highlights:
  • Drive to the beach town of Negombo from the Colombo port with your private guide/driver
  • Visit the Fishing villages in Negombo - Clients will have the opportunity to witness the fresh catch of the day being sold to the public. Typical bazaar atmosphere can be witnessed. We will give the option to the clients to walk around the fish market.
  • Visit to ancient Dutch and Portuguese churches and the Dutch canal
  • Beach side relaxation
 
Tour Duration: 6-8 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Physical Activity Level:  Light
 

Cost Includes:
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 06 to 08 hours in each location
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Lunch at a beach hotel in Negombo 
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 06 to 08  hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Extra Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
Colombo: Day at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - 8 hours
Highlights:
  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Observe bathing of elephants at the river
  • Lunch at a local restaurant or hotel
  • En route visiting the Kelaniya Temple
Tour Duration: 8 hours 
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light
 
Cost Includes: 
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 08 hours in each location
  • Lunch at a local restaurant or hotel 
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 08 hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
Colombo: City Tour 4 - 8 hours
Highlights:
  • Colombo City Tour
  • See the commercial area of the Colombo “Fort & Pettah areas” where you will able to see old Colonial style buildings and the busy market streets
  • Drive through a typical commercial area of the Colombo “Fort & Pettah areas” where you will able to see old Colonial style buildings and busy market streets
  • Visit a Handy craft/ gem /curios store
  • See Colombo’s Residential area (Cinnamon Gardens) (Photo stop) and other important buildings with historical significance like the Old Parliament, Victoria Park (Photo stop), Town Hall (Photo stop) and a Muslim Mosque (Photo stop).
  • Visit the Asokaaramaya Temple (Photo Stop)
 
Tour Duration: 4-8 hours
Tour can operate: morning or afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Physical Activity Level: Light

Cost Includes:
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 04 to 08 hours in each location
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 04 to 08 hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
Colombo: City Tour - 2 hours
Highlights:
  • Colombo City Tour
  • See Colombo’s Residential area (Cinnamon Gardens) (Photo stop) and other important buildings with historical significance like the Old Parliament, Victoria Park (Photo stop), Town Hall (Photo stop) and a Muslim Mosque (Photo stop).
  • Visit the Gangarama Temple (Photo Stop)
 
Tour Duration: 2 hours
Tour can operate: morning or afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions: 
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at the Colombo
  • Exclusive use of air conditioned Deluxe vehicles for 02 hours in each location
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Exclusive services of an English Speaking Professional guide for 02 hours in each location
  • Entrance Fees in each location
  • Applicable Government Taxes
  • Mineral Water throughout the excursion
  • Gratuities for Driver and Guide              
 
Not Included:
  • Meals and any personal expenditure of clients
04/29/2020 04/29/2020 07:00 PM
At Sea
04/30/2020 04/30/2020
Goa (Mormugao)
05/01/2020 08:30 AM 05/01/2020 05:00 PM
Mumbai

Private Car & Driver

Mumbai - 2020 Private Car & Driver At Your Leisure (8 Hour) - Provided by Ventours

Mumbai At Your Leisure Option:

You decide where to go and what to see.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 8 hours
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • Gratuities to guide and driver **

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of personal nature

*Mileage restrictions may apply.
**Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Mumbai - 2020 Private Car & Driver Guided Sightseeing (8 Hour) - Provided by Ventours

Mumbai Guided Sightseeing Option:

Meet your expert local driver and guide for the drive to Mumbai.

Depart the pier for the famous Gateway of India en route to Banganga. This Indo-Saracenic archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary and is the city's most famous landmark. We then proceed to Banganga via Art Deco Marine Drive also called the Queens Necklace at night due to its curve shape around the bay.

Walk around Banganga, the sacred tank surrounded by four hundred-year-old temples and modern skyscrapers. Nowhere are Bombay’s paradoxes more evident than at Banganga. Part of an ancient temple complex, the water in this tank is believed to come from the Holy Ganges. It sprung forth when Rama, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana stopped at the spot five thousand years ago, in search of his kidnapped wife Sita. Overcome with fatigue and thirst, he asked his brother Laxman to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the Ganga, over a thousand miles away. Although the story is the stuff of legend, the tank has always been sacred. On pious occasions, thousands turn up to take a ritual dip in its mossy waters and offer flowers at the ancient Banganga Temples.

Next, visit the `Dhobi Ghat’, the city’s open-air laundry where “Dhobis’ (washermen) attend to an astounding quantity of washing daily. Clothes, linen, towels… are washed in small open-air cubicles rented out each day. An itemized account is logged in a notebook and clothes collected from households are returned a week later. Through the apparent chaos incredibly nothing gets lost from a countless number of pieces and most clothes somehow survive the beating they receive on the washing stones.

Then stop at the Churchgate Railway Station to see the `Dabbawallahs’, members of the Bombay Union of Tiffin Box Carriers, described by Prince Charles as the symbol of this enigmatic and intriguing city. Each morning, the 2500 dabbawallahs call on suburban housewives who pack a freshly cooked lunch into small circular aluminum or stainless-steel containers - `dabbas’. Typically, the dabbawallahs collect 30-40 boxes, range them out on a long pole and cycle to the nearest station. Here he hands them over to a fellow dabbawallah who then transports them into the city for delivery to the consumer. Over 100,000 lunches of maybe sabze (vegetable curry), chapattis (Indian bread), dal (lentils) and pickle, make their way daily across town to the breadwinner and back again. The service which costs a few rupees a week, is a good example of the fine division of labor in India, reliable and efficient for the dabbawallahs pride themselves on never losing a lunch.

Time for lunch (not included).

Drive to Mani Bhawan passing through the teeming commercial areas, Crawford Market and many handsome buildings of Victorian Bombay, including the University and Victoria Terminus. Visit the Gandhi Museum. Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well-preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use.

Before returning to the pier, we spend some time where it all began, where the tide of human life rolls down the center of the street, unruffled by vehicles from all quarters ploughing their way through it. No visit to Bombay is complete without a foray into the bazaars of Bhuleshwar. The city’s densest concentration of lifestyle and retail jewelry stores is a crush of shop fronts, street stalls, hawkers and handicrafts and a seething mass of people. It may look like absolute chaos, but the areas are closely knit, and cohesively built around the traditional residential complex, temples, flower markets, community halls, cow shelter and bazaars. Within a few square kilometers there are a dozen bazaars and more commodities for sale than you will see probably anywhere else in a lifetime.

Your tour will conclude at the pier.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees for listed sights
  • Gratuities to guide and driver*
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Items of personal nature

*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Mumbai: 9 hours
With a population exceeding 18 million, this one time group of low lying mud flats is now India’s economic power base and her most industrialized city, bustling with activity of incredible diversity and complexity, her color and elegance, her wealth corresponding with her historic struggle against poverty. Certain affluent areas give Bombay an air of mini–Manhattan!
 
8:30am - 9:30am:  
Depart   the   pier for the famous Gateway of India en route to Banganga. This Indo-Saracenic archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, and is the city's most famous landmark.
We then proceed to Banganga via Art Deco Marine Drive also called the Queens Necklace at night due to its curve shape around the bay.
 
9:30am - 10:30am
Walk around Banganga, the sacred tank surrounded by four hundred-year-old temples and modern skyscrapers. Nowhere are Bombay’s paradoxes more evident than at Banganga. Part of an ancient temple complex, the water in this tank is believed to come from the Holy Ganges. It sprung forth when Rama, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana stopped at the spot five thousand years ago, in search of his kidnapped wife Sita. Overcome with fatigue and thirst, he asked his brother Laxman to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the Ganga, over a thousand miles away. Although the story is the stuff of legend, the tank has always been sacred. On pious occasions, thousands turn up to take a ritual dip in its mossy waters, and offer flowers at the ancient Banganga Temples.

 
10:30am - 10:50am
Drive to Dhobi Ghat.

 
10:50 - 11:15
Visit the `Dhobi Ghat’, the city’s open-air laundry! where “Dhobis’ (washermen) attend to an astounding quantity of washing daily. Clothes, linen, towels… are washed in small open air cubicles rented out each day. An itemized account is logged in a notebook and clothes collected from households are returned a week later. Through the apparent chaos incredibly nothing gets lost from a countless number of pieces and most clothes somehow survive the beating they receive on the washing stones.

 
11:15pm - 11:45pm 
Drive to Churchgate Railway Station.

 
11:45am - 12:15pm
We stop at the Churchgate Railway Station to see the `Dabbawallahs’, members of the Bombay Union of Tiffin Box Carriers, described by Prince Charles as the symbol of this enigmatic and intriguing city.  Each morning, the 2500 dabbawallahs call on suburban housewives who pack a freshly cooked lunch into small circular aluminum or stainless steel containers - `dabbas’.  Typically the dabbawallahs collect 30-40 boxes, range them out on a long pole and cycle to the nearest station. Here he hands them over to a fellow dabbawallah who then transports them into the city for delivery to the consumer.  Over 100,000 lunches of maybe sabze (vegetable curry), chapattis (Indian bread), dal (lentils) and pickle, make their way daily across town to the breadwinner and back again. The service which costs a few rupees a week, is a good example of the fine division of labor in India, reliable and efficient for the dabbawallahs pride themselves on never losing a lunch.

 
12:15pm - 12:30pm
Drive to `Khyber’ restaurant for lunch which specializes in the Northwest frontier cuisine.

 
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch (on own)

 
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Drive to Mani Bhawan passing through the teeming commercial areas, Crawford Market and many handsome buildings of Victorian Bombay, including the University and Victoria Terminus. 

 
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Visit the Gandhi Museum. Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. 

 
3:15pm - 4:45pm
Before returning  to the  pier, we spend some time where it all began, where the  tide of  human life rolls down the center of the street, unruffled by vehicles from all quarters ploughing their way through it. No visit to Bombay is complete without a foray into the bazaars of Bhuleshwar.  The city’s densest concentration of lifestyle and retail jewelry stores is a crush of shop fronts, street stalls, hawkers and handicrafts and a seething mass of people. It may look like absolute chaos but the areas are closely knit, and cohesively built around the traditional residential complex, temples, flower markets, community halls, cow shelter and bazaars. Within a few square kilometers there are a dozen bazaars and more commodities for sale than you will see probably anywhere else in a lifetime.
 
4: 45  -  5:30
Drive back to the ship.

Added Value:
-     A good overview of the unique aspects of this unique city.

- Tour Duration: 8 – 9 hours
- Tour can operate : Morning
- Physical activity level : Moderate
- Wheelchair Accessible : No

Inclusions:
- Transportation by an air-conditioned vehicle 
- Services of a local English speaking guide.
- All the entrance fees and camera fees.
- Credit card and bank charges.
- Lunch at the Khyber Restaurant.
- All the prevailing taxes.  
Mumbai: Elephanta Caves - 4.5 hours
Drive to the Gateway of India, the city’s most famous landmark – an Indo-Saracenic archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It was also conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England; these days it is remembered more as the place from where the British staged their final departure.

From the Gateway pier, we board local launches for a one hour cruise across the harbor to Elephanta island. Located some four miles from the city its original name was Gharapuri or Fortress City, which was later changed to Elephanta by the Portuguese who found a large stone elephant near the landing place. Within the main rock-cut temple, probably dating from between 450 to 750 A.D.  are  found  large  sculptured panels,  the  most  interesting  of  which  is   the   three  headed Shiva shown as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. Other Shiva panels, includes one of the God dancing the `tandava’ and thereby causing the world to shake !

Added Value”
A fine example of ancient Indian art.

- Tour Duration: 4 ½  hours
- Tour can operate : Morning
- Physical activity level : Strenuous
- Wheelchair Accessible : No
- Clothing Recommended :Light cottons, comfortable shoes, sun shades and sunblock.    

Note: Elephanta Caves is closed on Mondays.
  

Special comments:
It is possible to get `carried up’ on palanquins from the start of the steps up to the caves and down as well. A team of 4 operate each palanquin and this forms a source of income for the local Island inhabitants. ( This cost is not covered in the package and can be paid for directly)
                                     
Inclusions:
- Transportation by an air-conditioned vehicle 
- Services of a local English speaking guide.
- Regular Motor launch tickets.
- Credit card and bank charges.
- All the entrance fees and camera fees.
- All the prevailing taxes. 

Not Included: Meals.
Mumbai, Shore Excursion - 4 hours
You will be met at the pier. (Excursion timings will be subject to the ship's arrival and departure). Once you disembark from your cruise-liner, you will meet your guide in the arrival hall. He will escort you to your waiting vehicle and together you will set of to explore India’s most cosmopolitan city and financial nerve centre – Mumbai.

You will first explore the Fort area of Mumbai – Kala Ghoda, literally Black Horse – a neighborhood in South Mumbai. The crescent-shaped precinct is the city’s premier art district. You will drive past a large number of the city’s heritage buildings, full of museums, art galleries and educational institutions like the Jehangir Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (previously called the Prince of Wales Museum) and The Arts Trust.
 
You will end your tour with a visit to Mani Bhavan. As poignant as it is tiny, this museum is in the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during visits to Bombay from 1917 to 1934.  The museum showcases the room where the leader formulated his philosophy of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign that led to the end of British rule and Indian independence.  
 
Stop for a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant before you return to the port area.

Inclusions:
Private chauffeur driven air conditioned vehicle, Private guide, Complimentary Soft beverages and Bottled water in the car, Monument entrance and still camera fee, Meet and Assist at all airports and hotels, Porterage at airports, All currently applicable taxes


Exclusions:
Expenses of any personal nature (laundry,telephone calls etc, unless specified) Tipping at hotels and to guides/escorts (unless specified), Meals (unless specified), Any insurance or Visa, Any hike in monument entrances fee or revision in government taxes, Air fare is quoted separately. 

*Terms and conditions apply

 
Mumbai, Shore Excursion - 6 hours
You will be met at the pier. (Excursion timings will be subject to the ship's arrival and departure). Once you disembark from your cruise-liner, you will meet your guide in the arrival hall. He will escort you to your waiting vehicle and together you will set of to explore India’s most cosmopolitan city and financial nerve centre – Mumbai.
 
Your first stop will be to take pictures at Dhobi Ghat, a sight unique to this city. ‘Dhobi Ghat’ or “washerfolks’ place”, is the world's largest outdoor laundry, and where Mumbai's traditional washer-folk - or dhobis - provide a wonderful service, collecting dirty laundry, washing it, and returning it neatly pressed, all for a very small fee.
 
Drive to Churchgate Station where you get the opportunity to see the famed ‘dabbawallas’ or ‘lunch box carriers’ in action.  The Mumbai dabbawallas are international figures now, thanks to Forbes Global. The Forbes story details the efficiency with which they deliver the dabbas or lunch pails of their customers. Around 5,000 dabbawallas collect and deliver 175,000 lunches every day and take the empty boxes back. Their operation has a six sigma rating which implies less than 3.4 errors in every million transactions. This is the same rating that has made companies like Motorola and GE world famous for their quality!
 
Later you will visit Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, a structure steeped in Indian history and culture. Built in Renaissance revival style in 1872 as the Victoria & Albert Museum, it contains 3,500-plus objects centering on Mumbai’s history. This landmark building was renovated in 2008.
 
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before you continue on your tour.
 
You will end your tour with a visit to Mani Bhavan. As poignant as it is tiny, this museum is in the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during visits to Bombay from 1917 to 1934.  The museum showcases the room where the leader formulated his philosophy of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign that led to the end of British rule and Indian independence.  
 
You will then return to the port area.

 

Inclusions: Private chauffeur driven air conditioned vehicle, private guide, complimentary soft beverages and bottled water in the car, monument entrance and still camera fee, meet and assist at all airports and hotels, porterage at airports, all current applicable taxes.

Exclusions: Expenses of any personal nature (laundry, telephone calls etc, unless specified), tipping at hotels and to guides/escorts (unless specified), meals (unless specified) any insurance or Visa, any hike in monument entrances fee or revision in government taxes, air fare is quoted separately.

*Terms and conditions apply

05/02/2020 08:00 AM 05/02/2020
Mumbai

Private Car & Driver

Mumbai - 2020 Private Car & Driver At Your Leisure (8 Hour) - Provided by Ventours

Mumbai At Your Leisure Option:

You decide where to go and what to see.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 8 hours
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • Gratuities to guide and driver **

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of personal nature

*Mileage restrictions may apply.
**Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Mumbai - 2020 Private Car & Driver Guided Sightseeing (8 Hour) - Provided by Ventours

Mumbai Guided Sightseeing Option:

Meet your expert local driver and guide for the drive to Mumbai.

Depart the pier for the famous Gateway of India en route to Banganga. This Indo-Saracenic archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary and is the city's most famous landmark. We then proceed to Banganga via Art Deco Marine Drive also called the Queens Necklace at night due to its curve shape around the bay.

Walk around Banganga, the sacred tank surrounded by four hundred-year-old temples and modern skyscrapers. Nowhere are Bombay’s paradoxes more evident than at Banganga. Part of an ancient temple complex, the water in this tank is believed to come from the Holy Ganges. It sprung forth when Rama, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana stopped at the spot five thousand years ago, in search of his kidnapped wife Sita. Overcome with fatigue and thirst, he asked his brother Laxman to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the Ganga, over a thousand miles away. Although the story is the stuff of legend, the tank has always been sacred. On pious occasions, thousands turn up to take a ritual dip in its mossy waters and offer flowers at the ancient Banganga Temples.

Next, visit the `Dhobi Ghat’, the city’s open-air laundry where “Dhobis’ (washermen) attend to an astounding quantity of washing daily. Clothes, linen, towels… are washed in small open-air cubicles rented out each day. An itemized account is logged in a notebook and clothes collected from households are returned a week later. Through the apparent chaos incredibly nothing gets lost from a countless number of pieces and most clothes somehow survive the beating they receive on the washing stones.

Then stop at the Churchgate Railway Station to see the `Dabbawallahs’, members of the Bombay Union of Tiffin Box Carriers, described by Prince Charles as the symbol of this enigmatic and intriguing city. Each morning, the 2500 dabbawallahs call on suburban housewives who pack a freshly cooked lunch into small circular aluminum or stainless-steel containers - `dabbas’. Typically, the dabbawallahs collect 30-40 boxes, range them out on a long pole and cycle to the nearest station. Here he hands them over to a fellow dabbawallah who then transports them into the city for delivery to the consumer. Over 100,000 lunches of maybe sabze (vegetable curry), chapattis (Indian bread), dal (lentils) and pickle, make their way daily across town to the breadwinner and back again. The service which costs a few rupees a week, is a good example of the fine division of labor in India, reliable and efficient for the dabbawallahs pride themselves on never losing a lunch.

Time for lunch (not included).

Drive to Mani Bhawan passing through the teeming commercial areas, Crawford Market and many handsome buildings of Victorian Bombay, including the University and Victoria Terminus. Visit the Gandhi Museum. Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well-preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use.

Before returning to the pier, we spend some time where it all began, where the tide of human life rolls down the center of the street, unruffled by vehicles from all quarters ploughing their way through it. No visit to Bombay is complete without a foray into the bazaars of Bhuleshwar. The city’s densest concentration of lifestyle and retail jewelry stores is a crush of shop fronts, street stalls, hawkers and handicrafts and a seething mass of people. It may look like absolute chaos, but the areas are closely knit, and cohesively built around the traditional residential complex, temples, flower markets, community halls, cow shelter and bazaars. Within a few square kilometers there are a dozen bazaars and more commodities for sale than you will see probably anywhere else in a lifetime.

Your tour will conclude at the pier.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 8 hours
  • Entrance fees for listed sights
  • Gratuities to guide and driver*
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Items of personal nature

*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Mumbai: 9 hours
With a population exceeding 18 million, this one time group of low lying mud flats is now India’s economic power base and her most industrialized city, bustling with activity of incredible diversity and complexity, her color and elegance, her wealth corresponding with her historic struggle against poverty. Certain affluent areas give Bombay an air of mini–Manhattan!
 
8:30am - 9:30am:  
Depart   the   pier for the famous Gateway of India en route to Banganga. This Indo-Saracenic archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, and is the city's most famous landmark.
We then proceed to Banganga via Art Deco Marine Drive also called the Queens Necklace at night due to its curve shape around the bay.
 
9:30am - 10:30am
Walk around Banganga, the sacred tank surrounded by four hundred-year-old temples and modern skyscrapers. Nowhere are Bombay’s paradoxes more evident than at Banganga. Part of an ancient temple complex, the water in this tank is believed to come from the Holy Ganges. It sprung forth when Rama, the exiled hero of the epic Ramayana stopped at the spot five thousand years ago, in search of his kidnapped wife Sita. Overcome with fatigue and thirst, he asked his brother Laxman to bring him some water. Laxman instantly shot an arrow into the ground, and water gushed forth from the Ganga, over a thousand miles away. Although the story is the stuff of legend, the tank has always been sacred. On pious occasions, thousands turn up to take a ritual dip in its mossy waters, and offer flowers at the ancient Banganga Temples.

 
10:30am - 10:50am
Drive to Dhobi Ghat.

 
10:50 - 11:15
Visit the `Dhobi Ghat’, the city’s open-air laundry! where “Dhobis’ (washermen) attend to an astounding quantity of washing daily. Clothes, linen, towels… are washed in small open air cubicles rented out each day. An itemized account is logged in a notebook and clothes collected from households are returned a week later. Through the apparent chaos incredibly nothing gets lost from a countless number of pieces and most clothes somehow survive the beating they receive on the washing stones.

 
11:15pm - 11:45pm 
Drive to Churchgate Railway Station.

 
11:45am - 12:15pm
We stop at the Churchgate Railway Station to see the `Dabbawallahs’, members of the Bombay Union of Tiffin Box Carriers, described by Prince Charles as the symbol of this enigmatic and intriguing city.  Each morning, the 2500 dabbawallahs call on suburban housewives who pack a freshly cooked lunch into small circular aluminum or stainless steel containers - `dabbas’.  Typically the dabbawallahs collect 30-40 boxes, range them out on a long pole and cycle to the nearest station. Here he hands them over to a fellow dabbawallah who then transports them into the city for delivery to the consumer.  Over 100,000 lunches of maybe sabze (vegetable curry), chapattis (Indian bread), dal (lentils) and pickle, make their way daily across town to the breadwinner and back again. The service which costs a few rupees a week, is a good example of the fine division of labor in India, reliable and efficient for the dabbawallahs pride themselves on never losing a lunch.

 
12:15pm - 12:30pm
Drive to `Khyber’ restaurant for lunch which specializes in the Northwest frontier cuisine.

 
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch (on own)

 
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Drive to Mani Bhawan passing through the teeming commercial areas, Crawford Market and many handsome buildings of Victorian Bombay, including the University and Victoria Terminus. 

 
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Visit the Gandhi Museum. Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use. 

 
3:15pm - 4:45pm
Before returning  to the  pier, we spend some time where it all began, where the  tide of  human life rolls down the center of the street, unruffled by vehicles from all quarters ploughing their way through it. No visit to Bombay is complete without a foray into the bazaars of Bhuleshwar.  The city’s densest concentration of lifestyle and retail jewelry stores is a crush of shop fronts, street stalls, hawkers and handicrafts and a seething mass of people. It may look like absolute chaos but the areas are closely knit, and cohesively built around the traditional residential complex, temples, flower markets, community halls, cow shelter and bazaars. Within a few square kilometers there are a dozen bazaars and more commodities for sale than you will see probably anywhere else in a lifetime.
 
4: 45  -  5:30
Drive back to the ship.

Added Value:
-     A good overview of the unique aspects of this unique city.

- Tour Duration: 8 – 9 hours
- Tour can operate : Morning
- Physical activity level : Moderate
- Wheelchair Accessible : No

Inclusions:
- Transportation by an air-conditioned vehicle 
- Services of a local English speaking guide.
- All the entrance fees and camera fees.
- Credit card and bank charges.
- Lunch at the Khyber Restaurant.
- All the prevailing taxes.  
Mumbai: Elephanta Caves - 4.5 hours
Drive to the Gateway of India, the city’s most famous landmark – an Indo-Saracenic archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It was also conceived as an entry point for passengers arriving on P&O steamers from England; these days it is remembered more as the place from where the British staged their final departure.

From the Gateway pier, we board local launches for a one hour cruise across the harbor to Elephanta island. Located some four miles from the city its original name was Gharapuri or Fortress City, which was later changed to Elephanta by the Portuguese who found a large stone elephant near the landing place. Within the main rock-cut temple, probably dating from between 450 to 750 A.D.  are  found  large  sculptured panels,  the  most  interesting  of  which  is   the   three  headed Shiva shown as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. Other Shiva panels, includes one of the God dancing the `tandava’ and thereby causing the world to shake !

Added Value”
A fine example of ancient Indian art.

- Tour Duration: 4 ½  hours
- Tour can operate : Morning
- Physical activity level : Strenuous
- Wheelchair Accessible : No
- Clothing Recommended :Light cottons, comfortable shoes, sun shades and sunblock.    

Note: Elephanta Caves is closed on Mondays.
  

Special comments:
It is possible to get `carried up’ on palanquins from the start of the steps up to the caves and down as well. A team of 4 operate each palanquin and this forms a source of income for the local Island inhabitants. ( This cost is not covered in the package and can be paid for directly)
                                     
Inclusions:
- Transportation by an air-conditioned vehicle 
- Services of a local English speaking guide.
- Regular Motor launch tickets.
- Credit card and bank charges.
- All the entrance fees and camera fees.
- All the prevailing taxes. 

Not Included: Meals.
Mumbai, Shore Excursion - 4 hours
You will be met at the pier. (Excursion timings will be subject to the ship's arrival and departure). Once you disembark from your cruise-liner, you will meet your guide in the arrival hall. He will escort you to your waiting vehicle and together you will set of to explore India’s most cosmopolitan city and financial nerve centre – Mumbai.

You will first explore the Fort area of Mumbai – Kala Ghoda, literally Black Horse – a neighborhood in South Mumbai. The crescent-shaped precinct is the city’s premier art district. You will drive past a large number of the city’s heritage buildings, full of museums, art galleries and educational institutions like the Jehangir Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (previously called the Prince of Wales Museum) and The Arts Trust.
 
You will end your tour with a visit to Mani Bhavan. As poignant as it is tiny, this museum is in the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during visits to Bombay from 1917 to 1934.  The museum showcases the room where the leader formulated his philosophy of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign that led to the end of British rule and Indian independence.  
 
Stop for a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant before you return to the port area.

Inclusions:
Private chauffeur driven air conditioned vehicle, Private guide, Complimentary Soft beverages and Bottled water in the car, Monument entrance and still camera fee, Meet and Assist at all airports and hotels, Porterage at airports, All currently applicable taxes


Exclusions:
Expenses of any personal nature (laundry,telephone calls etc, unless specified) Tipping at hotels and to guides/escorts (unless specified), Meals (unless specified), Any insurance or Visa, Any hike in monument entrances fee or revision in government taxes, Air fare is quoted separately. 

*Terms and conditions apply

 
Mumbai, Shore Excursion - 6 hours
You will be met at the pier. (Excursion timings will be subject to the ship's arrival and departure). Once you disembark from your cruise-liner, you will meet your guide in the arrival hall. He will escort you to your waiting vehicle and together you will set of to explore India’s most cosmopolitan city and financial nerve centre – Mumbai.
 
Your first stop will be to take pictures at Dhobi Ghat, a sight unique to this city. ‘Dhobi Ghat’ or “washerfolks’ place”, is the world's largest outdoor laundry, and where Mumbai's traditional washer-folk - or dhobis - provide a wonderful service, collecting dirty laundry, washing it, and returning it neatly pressed, all for a very small fee.
 
Drive to Churchgate Station where you get the opportunity to see the famed ‘dabbawallas’ or ‘lunch box carriers’ in action.  The Mumbai dabbawallas are international figures now, thanks to Forbes Global. The Forbes story details the efficiency with which they deliver the dabbas or lunch pails of their customers. Around 5,000 dabbawallas collect and deliver 175,000 lunches every day and take the empty boxes back. Their operation has a six sigma rating which implies less than 3.4 errors in every million transactions. This is the same rating that has made companies like Motorola and GE world famous for their quality!
 
Later you will visit Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, a structure steeped in Indian history and culture. Built in Renaissance revival style in 1872 as the Victoria & Albert Museum, it contains 3,500-plus objects centering on Mumbai’s history. This landmark building was renovated in 2008.
 
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before you continue on your tour.
 
You will end your tour with a visit to Mani Bhavan. As poignant as it is tiny, this museum is in the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during visits to Bombay from 1917 to 1934.  The museum showcases the room where the leader formulated his philosophy of Satyagraha (non-violent protest) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign that led to the end of British rule and Indian independence.  
 
You will then return to the port area.

 

Inclusions: Private chauffeur driven air conditioned vehicle, private guide, complimentary soft beverages and bottled water in the car, monument entrance and still camera fee, meet and assist at all airports and hotels, porterage at airports, all current applicable taxes.

Exclusions: Expenses of any personal nature (laundry, telephone calls etc, unless specified), tipping at hotels and to guides/escorts (unless specified), meals (unless specified) any insurance or Visa, any hike in monument entrances fee or revision in government taxes, air fare is quoted separately.

*Terms and conditions apply

05/03/2020 05/03/2020 05:00 PM
At Sea
05/04/2020 05/04/2020
At Sea
05/05/2020 05/05/2020
Abu Dhabi

Private Car & Driver

Abu Dhabi - 2020 Private Car & Driver At Your Leisure (4 Hour) - Provided by Arabian Adventures

Abu Dhabi At Your Leisure Option:

You decide where to go and what to see.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 4 hours
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • Gratuities to guide and driver **

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of personal nature

*Mileage restrictions may apply.
**Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Abu Dhabi - 2020 Private Car & Driver Guided Sightseeing (4 Hour) - Provided by Arabian Adventures

Abu Dhabi Guided Sightseeing Option:

Meet your expert local guide for the drive to Abu Dhabi. This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the city and the island on which it stands. Your first stop is the impressive Grand Mosque – named after His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE. It is one of the largest mosques in the world, able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshippers. You will then visit the vegetable, date, fish and Iranian markets in Port Zayed.

Next, you will drive along the spectacular Corniche, with its gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments, you will stop at the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum that depicting the traditional daily activities of the Arab community before the discovery of oil. After a short trip to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of Abu Dhabi’s magnificent skyline, you will drive past the presidential palace areas and the majestic Emirates Palace Hotel.

Please Note: This tour will not be operational on Fridays and public holidays.

Dress Code: All visitors must be dressed appropriately upon arrival at the Grand Mosque. Otherwise, entry will be denied. All visitors should wear modest, conservative, loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves, and long skirts or trousers. Shoes will be removed prior to entering the mosque so slip-on shoes are recommended. For ladies, a headscarf is essential.

Your tour will conclude at the pier.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 4 hours
  • Entrance fees for listed sights
  • Gratuities to guide and driver*
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Items of personal nature

*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

05/06/2020 08:00 AM 05/06/2020 11:00 PM
Dubai

Private Car & Driver

Dubai - 2020 Private Car & Driver At Your Leisure (4 Hour) - Provided by Arabian Adventures

Dubai At Your Leisure Option:

You decide where to go and what to see.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 4 hours
  • Bottled water in the vehicle
  • Gratuities to guide and driver **

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Entrance fees
  • Items of personal nature

*Mileage restrictions may apply.
**Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

Dubai - 2020 Private Car & Driver Guided Sightseeing (4 Hour) - Provided by Arabian Adventures

Dubai Guided Sightseeing Option:

Meet your expert local guide for the drive to Dubai. Your route takes you from Burj Al Arab, Dubai's landmark hotel, to Majlis Al Ghorfat, a magnificent building constructed in 1955 and recently restored. The Majilis was originally the summer residence of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.

Driving past modern palaces, you will stop at the Jumeirah Mosque for a photo opportunity. Then, continue to the Al Fahidi cultural district to admire the old-wind-towered houses which were built by wealthy merchants, passing the magnificent Zabeel Palace on the way. Further on, you will visit the Al Fahidi Fort, a 200-year-old structure that houses the Dubai Museum and records the city's past as an important pearl diving and trading center.

Finally, you will continue your journey on a traditional abra (water taxi) across the Creek. This offers sights of a modern metropolis, with splendid architecture on its banks, dwarfing the bustling alleys of our next destination the Spice and Gold souks.

Your tour will conclude at the pier.

Included:

  • Private Luxury Sedan with English-Speaking guide and driver for 4 hours
  • Entrance fees for listed sights
  • Gratuities to guide and driver*
  • Bottled water in the vehicle

Excluded:

  • Cost of meals and refreshments other than bottled water
  • Items of personal nature

*Gratuities have been prepaid. Additional gratuities are at guest’s discretion.

05/07/2020 08:00 AM 05/07/2020
Dubai
05/08/2020 05/08/2020
Crystal Cruises®: Crystal Symphony®
With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. The hallmarks of Crystal - legendary service, abundant space, exceptional quality and unparalleled choices - have earned Crystal Symphony international recognition. In October 2017, the 50,000-ton Crystal Symphony will emerge from her longest-ever makeover, a multi-million-dollar Evolution of Crystal Luxury featuring spacious new suites and penthouses, new and expanded dining options with open seating, and more state-of-the-art technologies including free, unlimited Wi-Fi. The transformation reduces the guest capacity to just 848, thereby increasing service and space ratios to be among the industry's loftiest. This stylish and contemporary vessel is your home away from home as you travel the globe.

Images are representative of facilities onboard. Actual configurations and interiors may vary.

Ship Statistics
Year Built
1995
Year Refurbished
2017
Year Entered Present Fleet
1995
Previous Name
Country of Registry
The Bahamas
Tonnage (GRT)
51044
Guests (Lowers)
900
Total Guests
922
Passenger Decks
8
Number of Crew
566
Officers' Nationality
International
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
International
Total Rooms
450
Suites
105
Balconies
148
Ocean/River View
197
Interior
Accessible
35
If you believe that the journey is the adventure, then the fabulously carefree days at sea are sure to inspire the most meaningful stories. Mornings of yoga and Pilates, a rejuvenating hot stone massage, or a jog around the Promenade Deck. Afternoons quenching your curiosities about digital filmmaking at the Creative Learning Institute, sampling rare wines at a tasting, traditional afternoon tea every afternoon in the Pam Court, or mastering our technology skills on 27" iMacs® - conveniently dual platform for Mac and PC users - at the Computer University@Sea. Perhaps you'll attend an intriguing lecture or a lively dance class, practice your hand at painting, or perfect your golf game using TaylorMade® clubs at a PGA pro-hosted clinic. With Crystal, the choices are as endless as the sea.
Tipping Policy
With Crystal’s all-inclusive cruising, complimentary gratuities for housekeeping (Penthouse Butler, Penthouse Attendant, Stateroom Attendant and Trainee Stateroom Attendants), bar and dining staff (including specialty restaurants and in-room dining service staff) are included.

If you would like to present gratuities for other service personnel, please do so at your discretion, or if you have any questions regarding gratuities, please contact the Reception Desk on board.

Crystal suggests an 18% gratuity for Crystal Spa & Salon services, which will be automatically added to your bill and charged to your shipboard account for your convenience.

Shipboard Policies
  • Internet Access

    All Crystal guests will enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access for the duration of their voyage. New SpeedNet accelerators and recabled network technologies will make it easier than ever to stay connected with friends, family and business associates as you travel the world. Crystal Connect is an exclusive guest portal and digital app that allows guests to access the Internet directly from laptops, tablets and smartphones. From here, you can surf the web, browse the ships’ daily newsletter, access dozens of international news services, book spa appointments and Crystal Adventures shore excursions, and more. Aboard both ships, guests will also enjoy Crystal’s innovative Computer University@Sea®, a dedicated venue with 27” Macintosh computers offering complimentary instructional programs and classes

    Please note: It is not possible to connect a laptop through the shipboard phone system directly to any phone number ashore for dial-up services. Skype, iChat, Facetime, and other similar services are not available on board.

    Computer University@Sea Facilities

    The popular Computer University@Sea program is offered on all cruises. CU@Sea provides e-mail services, internet access, group and individual instruction on use of a PC, extensive enrichment course offerings, and digital camera support. Complimentary classes allow you to master new technologies with Mac OS or Windows on 27" Apple computers, and each ship has at least 25 state-of-the-art workstations. Details on CU@Sea programs, classes and hours are listed in the onboard daily newsletter Reflections. Internet Fees apply for internet access.

    Laptop Rentals

    Rental PC laptops are available for guests' use on board for a nominal daily charge. From these specially configured computers you can access the Internet, as well as your shipboard e-mail from your stateroom. The current schedule of charges is available on board.

  • Pregnancy Policy
    Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate women past their 24th week of pregnancy.

  • Smoking Policy
    Crystal Cruises kindly asks all guests to observe the non-smoking areas on board which have been created for the comfort and enjoyment of everyone.

    Indoor smoking is permitted only in the Connoisseur Club smoking lounge. Smoking is prohibited in all other indoor areas of the ship including all other public rooms, lounges, corridors and restaurants, as well as all staterooms, suites and verandahs. Please note, if smoke is detected in a stateroom or suite, a cleaning fee of $250 per incident will be billed to your account.

    Outdoor smoking is allowed in a limited number of designated spaces as follows:

    Cigarette Smoking (including electronic cigarettes):

    • Decks 11, 10, 9, and 8 Aft
    • Seahorse pool area, port side only
    • Promenade Deck

    Cigar and Pipe Smoking:

    • Decks 11, 10, 9, and 8 Aft

  • Special Dietary Needs - Advance Notice Required
    Guest requiring a special diet, including any food allergies, or needing specific food items during their cruise, should submit a written dietary request to the Onboard Guest Services Department, either by fax at (310)785-3975 or via email to onboardgstsvcs@crystalcruises.com, at least 90 days (3 months) prior to sailing. Guests must confirm arrangements with the Food and Beverage staff on the day of embarkation. There may be a charge for some special requests, as well as any applicable shipping fees.

    A wide choice of pre-packaged kosher-certified meals, including meats, seafood and poultry, as well as white and red kosher wines, is available on a limited basis, on every itinerary. All chefs, kitchen and dining staff have been trained in kosher food preparation, handling and servicing. Only kosher pots, pans and utensils are used, and plates, silverware and glassware are washed separately. Due to limited provisioning resources, the number of guests per cruise who may partake in a kosher-style program is restricted to 20. Guests whose diet requires, or who wish to dine kosher-style, must provide Crystal Cruises with advance notice at the time of the initial reservation, and no less than 90 days prior to sailing. Crystal will do all they can to ensure guests' needs are met. Due to limited availability, kosher-style dining is subject to confirmation from Crystal Cruises.

  • Wheelchair Access & Special Needs
    Guests with any disability, including those primarily confined to wheelchairs or scooters, are medically oxygen dependent, are hearing impaired or use service animals, must notify Crystal Cruises at the time of booking as they may be required to submit forms for Release and Indemnity directly to Onboard Guest Services, by fax to 310-785-3975 or via email at onboardgstsvcs@crystalcruises.com, prior to sailing.

    For complete details and guidelines, guests who have special requirements, physical challenges or need oxygen should refer to the Onboard Accessibility Guide. If a guest would like a hard copy of the Onboard Accessibility Guide, they may request it through the Onboard Guest Services department.

    Guests must bring their own wheelchair or electric scooter that does not exceed 22" wide. Please note: Crystal Cruises reserves the right to limit the number of electric scooters on board.

    Crystal's ships were designed to be accessible for the physically challenged, with ramp access to most decks and public areas. Ships’ elevators can accommodate most wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs or electrically-powered scooters that do not exceed 22" wide, allowing access to all public decks. It is strongly recommended that the guest be accompanied by a traveling companion for better access to all areas on and around both Crystal ships, as well as ashore.

    Certain staterooms offer extra-wide doors, fully wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and wheelchair-accessible closets with low-fitted hanging rods. Some suites offer limited wheelchair access to personal facilities. Staterooms and suites designated for guests with disabilities are subject to availability and must be reserved prior to boarding the ship.

    Going Ashore
    As some ports of call are anchorage ports and others may be challenging, certain physical conditions may preclude guests requiring wheelchairs or scooters from going ashore, especially in tender ports. This decision is made at the discretion of the ship’s Captain for safety reasons and is binding.

    The onboard Shore Excursions staff is able to assist with recommendations on which Crystal Adventures tours, if any, are best suited for guests with physical challenges or disabilities.

    Additional conditions may apply and should be discussed in detail with Onboard Guest Services at time of booking.

Public Rooms
  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)
  • Casino
  • Internet Café
  • Library
  • Movie Theater
  • Nightclub
  • Show Lounge
Stateroom Amenities
  • Bath Amenities/Toiletries
  • Bath Robes
  • Binoculars
  • Butler Service
  • Complimentary Bottled Water (and/or Other Beverages)
  • Direct Dial Phone
  • DVD Player
  • Exclusive Amenities
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Stateroom Movies
  • Luxury Bedding
  • Minibar and/or Refrigerator
  • Nightly Turndown Service
  • Private Safe
  • Showers and/or Bath Tubs
  • Sitting Area
  • Slippers
  • Spacious Closet(s)
  • Suites
  • Television / Radio
Entertainment
  • Classes and Workshops
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Dancing
  • Educational/Enrichment Programs
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Karaoke
  • Live Music
  • Wine Tasting Seminars
Dining
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Al Fresco Dining
  • All Beverages Included In Cruise Fare
  • Alternative Specialty Restaurant(s)
  • Café/Coffee Bar
  • Casual Dining Venue(s)
  • Dining Style: Flexible Dining Options
  • Dining Style: Formal Nights and Casual Evenings
  • Dining Style: Open Seating
  • Formal Restaurant(s)
  • Ice Cream Bar
Other Facilities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Boutique(s) (duty-free)
  • Business Services
  • Communications
  • Concierge Desk
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry
  • Elevators
  • Infirmary / Medical Center
    A trained physician and medical staff are on call 24 hours a day. The professional services of this staff, as well as certain medications, are available on board at reasonable costs. Guests requiring ongoing medication, or having specific dietary needs, are advised to bring an ample supply of medication or dietary supplements with them in their carry-on luggage.
  • Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Self-Service Laundromat
Sports, Health and Fitness
  • Aerobics and/or Cardio Instruction
  • Cardio Equipment
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Weights
  • Full Service Spa
  • Golf Cages and/or Golf Simulator
  • Jogging Track
  • Mini-Golf
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool(s)
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Personal Training
  • Ping Pong
  • Putting Greens
  • Sauna
  • Shuffleboard
  • Steam Room
  • Weight Machines
  • Weight Training
  • Whirlpool(s)
  • Yoga and/or Pilates Instruction
Children and Teens
  • Babysitters Available
    On all sailings and depending on demand, in-stateroom babysitting services for children 1 year and older are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Fees apply. Arrangements can be made through the Concierge located at the Reception Desk.
  • Dedicated Children's Center
  • Dedicated Teen Center
  • Seasonal Children's Program
    Crystal ships feature a fully supervised Junior Activities program for kids between the ages of 3 and 17 on Holiday voyages and nearly all summer sailings, each with dedicated play areas for both young kids and teens. Children are supervised during their activities with the Junior Activities Directors, and children with parents’ permission are free to come and go as they please. The Junior Activities program is not intended to be utilized as a babysitting service or daycare facility. Children under the age of the 3 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Youth Counselor Staff

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of February 2020. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Obstructed View

Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window - Fully Obstructed View (E2) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window - Fully Obstructed View
  • Category: E2
  • Deck 8 - Horizon Deck
  • Square Feet: 202
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window - Limited View (E1) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window - Limited View
  • Category: E1
  • Deck 8 - Horizon Deck
  • Deck 7 - Promenade Deck
  • Square Feet: 202
Deluxe PURE® Stateroom with Verandah - Slightly Limited View (A2) Limited Availability
Deluxe PURE® Stateroom with Verandah - Slightly Limited View
  • Category: A2
  • Deck 9 - Seabreeze Deck
  • Square Feet: 246 sq. ft (with verandah)

Oceanview

Deluxe Guarantee - Requires Full Payment (OG) Limited Availability
  • Category: OG
  • Stateroom/Suite assignments, deck and location may not be requested; specific stateroom and suite assignments may not be assigned until 24 hours prior to cruise departure date
  • 100% payment is due at the end of the option period.  Options will not be extended.
  • Guarantee fares are not combinable with any promotions other than: Crystal Savings, Book Now Savings, and Crystal Society Milestone Redemption
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (D) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window
  • Category: D
  • Deck 5 - Crystal Deck
  • Square Feet: 202
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (C2) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window
  • Category: C2
  • Deck 7 - Promenade Deck
  • Square Feet: 202
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (C1) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window
  • Category: C1
  • Deck 8 - Horizon Deck
  • Deck 7 - Promenade Deck
  • Square Feet: 202

Balcony

Verandah Guarantee - Requires Full Payment (VG) Limited Availability
  • Category: VG
  • Stateroom/Suite assignments, deck and location may not be requested; specific stateroom and suite assignments may not be assigned until 24 hours prior to cruise departure date
  • 100% payment is due at the end of the option period.  Options will not be extended.
  • Guarantee fares are not combinable with any promotions other than: Crystal Savings, Book Now Savings, and Crystal Society Milestone Redemption
Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (B2) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
  • Category: B2
  • Deck 8 - Horizon Deck
  • Square Feet: 246 sq. ft (with verandah)
Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (B1) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
  • Category: B1
  • Deck 8 - Horizon Deck
  • Square Feet: 246 sq. ft (with verandah)
Deluxe PURE® Stateroom with Verandah (A3) Limited Availability
Deluxe PURE® Stateroom with Verandah
  • Category: A3
  • Deck 9 - Seabreeze Deck
  • Square Feet: 246 sq. ft (with verandah)
Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (A1) Limited Availability
Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
  • Category: A1
  • Deck 9 - Seabreeze Deck
  • Square Feet: 246 sq. ft (with verandah)

Suite

Penthouse Guarantee - Requires Full Payment (PG) Limited Availability
  • Category: PG
  • Stateroom/Suite assignments, deck and location may not be requested; specific stateroom and suite assignments may not be assigned until 24 hours prior to cruise departure date
  • 100% payment is due at the end of the option period.  Options will not be extended.
  • Guarantee fares are not combinable with any promotions other than: Crystal Savings, Book Now Savings, and Crystal Society Milestone Redemption
Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah (SH) Limited Availability
Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah
  • Category: SH
  • Deck 9 - Seabreeze Deck
  • Square Feet: 367 / 34.09 sq. m. (with verandah)
Penthouse with Verandah (PH) Limited Availability
Penthouse with Verandah
  • Category: PH
  • Deck 10 - Penthouse Deck
  • Square Feet: 367 / 34.09 sq. m. (with verandah)
Sizeable living area; Queen-size bed or twin beds, and third berth; Full Jacuzzi® bathtub; Separate shower; Walk-in closet; Private verandah; Color TV with remote & DVD player; Refrigerator; Security safe; Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation; Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and bottled water in the room; Personal butler service; Total area: 367 sq.ft.
Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Verandah (SP) Limited Availability
Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Verandah
  • Category: SP
  • Deck 9 - Seabreeze Deck
  • Square Feet: 491 / 45.62 sq. m. (with verandah)
Penthouse Suite with Verandah (PS) Limited Availability
Penthouse Suite with Verandah
  • Category: PS
  • Deck 10 - Penthouse Deck
  • Square Feet: 491 / 45.62 sq. m. (with verandah)
Spacious living area; Queen-size bed or twin beds, and third berth; Full Jacuzzi® bathtub; Separate shower; Bidet; Walk-in closet; Private verandah; CD player; Color TV with remote & DVD player; Refrigerator; Security safe; Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation; Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and bottled water in the room; Personal butler service; Total area: 491 sq.ft.
Crystal Penthouse with Verandah (CP) Limited Availability
Crystal Penthouse with Verandah
  • Category: CP
  • Deck 10 - Penthouse Deck
  • Square Feet: 982 sq. ft / 91.23 sq. m. (with verandah)
Spacious living room; Dining area; Guest bathroom; Large bedroom; King-size bed or twin beds, and third berth; Master bathroom with Jacuzzi® and ocean view; Separate shower; Bidet; Walk-in closet; Large private verandah; CD player; DVD player; Large flat-screen TV; Refrigerator; Security safe; Cordless phone; Data port for laptop computer hook-up; Complimentary wine plus choice of liquor from set menu upon embarkation; Complimentary soft drinks, beer, and bottled water in the room; Personal butler service; Total area: 982 sq.ft.
Cruise port, security and handling fees of $885, transfers, airfare, government fees and taxes are additional for all guests.

Cruise-Only fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges. Solo Traveler Fares are available upon request. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Deck 12 - Sun Deck
Deck 11 - Lido Deck
Deck 10 - Penthouse Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Crystal Penthouse with Verandah (CP)
  • Penthouse Suite with Verandah (PS)
  • Penthouse with Verandah (PH)
Deck 9 - Seabreeze Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Verandah (SP)
  • Seabreeze Penthouse with Verandah (SH)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (A1)
  • Deluxe PURE® Stateroom with Verandah (A3)
  • Deluxe PURE® Stateroom with Verandah - Slightly Limited View (A2)
Deck 8 - Horizon Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (B1)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah (B2)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (C1)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window - Limited View (E1)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window - Fully Obstructed View (E2)
Deck 7 - Promenade Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (C1)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (C2)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window - Limited View (E1)
Deck 6 - Tiffany Deck
Deck 5 - Crystal Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window (D)