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SILVERSEA ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISE OF THE EXOTIC MIDDLE EAST
FROM DUBAI TO THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS

Visiting the countries of Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia
Plus 3 days in India, 1 day in Abu Dhabi
2 days in the stunning Seychelles Islands
And 1 Pre cruise day & night in Dubai!

Abu Dhabi                     Sand dunes at Khawr al Udayd, photographed in 2004.

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Trip dates: Nov. 23-Dec. 13, 2023

OK CRUISERS – YOU SAY YOU HAVE BEEN ALMOST EVERYWHERE AND YOU WANT A CRUISE THAT VISITS HARD TO REACH PLACES THAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO ?...

WELL, HERE IS JUST THAT CRUISE FOR YOU !

Enjoy visits to Five countries in the Middle East, plus 3 days in India, one day in Abu Dhabi and a pre cruise day in spectacular Dubai and end your cruise with visits to two islands in the magical stunning Seychelles islands over this 18 day cruise on Silversea Cruises, the six star cruise line, always rated at the top of all cruise lines for luxury and service.  Silversea only takes less than 1000 passengers on each voyage and always with an All Inclusive program!

Departing Dubai’s skyscraper studded skyline, sail first to Abu Dhabi, then on to Doha, the sparkling capital of Qatar, which played host to the world in the 2022 World Cup of Soccer tournament.

Next, we will visit the sites of the kingdom of Bahrain and then we will be amongst the first tourists to cruise into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Silversea is the first cruise line given the rights to visit this once secluded nation, now just opening its sightseeing treasures to the world of tourism.

After a glorious day at sea, we will also visit Muscat, the magnificent capital of Oman, prior to two more relaxing sea days. Then it’s “Namaste” – on to India for a chance to visit the fast paced city of Mumbai, as our ship enjoys a 2 day visit there, as well as a day visiting the little known city of Cochin India.

Lastly, after a few sparklingly beautiful days at sea to enjoy Silversea’s all-inclusive six star luxuries, we will end our cruise with ports visits of two gorgeous islands in the stunning Seychelles islands.

 

Silversea CRUISE LINE includes everything!

AIR FROM YOUR CITY TO DUBAI AND HOME FROM MAHE IN THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS

ONE NIGHT PRE CRUISE HOTEL TO ENJOY THE EXTRAVAGENCE OF DUBAI

ALL MEALS IN SIX RESTAURANTS ONBOARD THE SHIP

ALL DRINKS, ALL WIFI, ALL GRATUITIES ONBOARD THE SHIP

YOUR CHOICE OF INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS IN EACH PORT

ALL TRANSFERS – FROM THE AIRPORT IN DUABI TO THE HOTEL; FROM THE HOTEL TO THE SHIP; AND FROM THE SHIP TO THE AIRPORT IN THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS

LIMO PICK UP SERVICE FROM YOUR HOUSE TO THE AIRPORT IN YOUR HOME CITY AND LIMO PICKUP AT YOUR HOME AIRPORT BRINGING YOU BACK TO YOUR HOUSE AFTER YOUR RETURN FLIGHT

ALL CABINS ON SILVERSEA CRUISES ARE SUITES OF AT LEAST 335 SQ. FEET OF LUXURY, ALL ARE EITHER OCEAN VIEW OR BALCONY SUITES AND All have butler service

 


 

TRIP ITINERARY

November 23rd, 2023 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY

You will be picked up today at your house by Blackline Limousine Service and taken to your airport for your included flight to Dubai, all arranged by Silversea Cruise Line.

Nov. 24th, 2023 – You will be picked up at the Dubai airport with Silversea’s special transfer service and taken to their 5 star hotel in Dubai that Silversea has arranged for your one night Pre cruise hotel stay.

Bold, brash and brilliant, Dubai’s explosion of wealth and wonder has created a dizzying, logic-defying desert wonderland. Boundary-pushing architecture, which gently nods to the region’s past - and a relentlessly futuristic vision - makes Dubai one of the most dynamic destinations on the planet. The hyper-speed transformation, from fishing village to glitzy mega-city, has been truly astounding, and it’s hard to avoid feeling humbled, as you stand dwarfed by cloud-scraping architecture, and some of the most elaborate, audacious engineering projects ever conceived. Fuelled by abundant oil reserves, it’s an understatement to say that there is cash to splash here.

Whether it’s the gleaming sports cars that purr along the streets, or the luxury shopping malls that are decked out with colossal aquariums and amusement parks, credit cards are flexed with abandon here. The sheer scale of Dubai is stupefying, and the sight of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, towering over its not inconsiderable neighbors is surreally spectacular. Rocketing up a staggering 125 floors, the world’s tallest building is an elegant affair, tapering up into the ever-blue sky, and headlining this record-breaking city’s list of architectural wonders.


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The Burj Khalifa is the World’s Tallest Building

The Dubai Fountain performs here each evening - a blur of color and haze, its waters dance before the almighty tower behind. Dubai isn’t all about the skyward scramble, however, and the Miracle Garden is a vibrant, violent explosion of multicolored flowery landscaping. Elsewhere, white-sand beaches like Sunset Beach grant sanctuary to take it easy, and enjoy splendid views of instantly recognizable buildings like the Burj Al Arab, and the reclaimed islands that fan out across Dubai’s warm sea waters. Desert landscapes of rolling sand dunes raise the pulses of the adventurous, while fine-dining and lively nightlife makes Dubai a luxury destination that truly has it all.

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The Dubai Fountain - a free show every 30  minutes.

ENJOY THE DAY AND EVENING AT YOUR LEISURE TO SAVOR THE AMBIENCE OF DUBAI AS YOU WISH.

 

November 25th 2023 – We will all be picked up at our hotel by Silversea’s transfer service and taken to the Silver Spirit, our cruise ship for the next 18 days of glorious sightseeing, cruising and so much more!

Our Ship – The Silver Spirit

With one of the highest space to guest ratios in the business and eight superlative luxury dining options, Silver Spirit offers its guests one of the most complete cruise experiences available. Spacious decks leave plenty of room for relaxation, yet the cozy niches make sure that there is something for everyone. Meet like-minded friends in the Dolce Vita Lounge for all inclusive drinks with live piano music, or in any of the many lounges onboard to enjoy Silversea’s all-inclusive and very elegant, relaxed cruising atmosphere.   Enjoy first class dining and enjoy your cruise in what is possibly the best place between sea and sky.

Our ship has an expansive pool deck to savor the sunshine on our days at sea, with all inclusive drinks to enjoy on your deck lounger, before or after a leisurely swim.  There is also an observation lounge with panoramic floor to ceiling windows, if you prefer to relax indoors.
Our ship also has a casino, a spa, fitness center and many shopping opportunities.

With a passenger capacity of only 610 people, you are cruising in very exclusive surroundings aboard the Silver Spirit.

This evening we will have a welcome orientation for our S.C.A.T.group, giving you the chance to meet the others in our S.C.A.T group, meet your trip leader and learn more about the fun that awaits you on this glamorous cruise.

Each evening, if you wish, join us for arranged group dinners in one of the ship’s many luxury dining venues.  Each night, after dinner, enjoy a fabulous show in the ship’s main showroom.

ALL CABINS ON THE SILVER SPIRIT HAVE AN OCEAN VIEW OR AN OCEAN VIEW WITH PRIVATE BALCONY.  (Unlike on mainstream cruise ships, there are no inside cabins  on Silversea Cruises).

ALL CABINS ON SILVERSEA CRUISES ARE SUITES OF AT THE LEAST 335 SQ FEET OF LUXURY


Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi

November 26th, 2023

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES


SUN, NOVEMBER 26
08:00am – 9:00pm

Emerging from the desert’s sands like a mirage, Abu Dhabi's bold, brash and brilliant skyline continues to reach new heights. The extravagance on show can be dizzying at times, but it’s counterpointed by authentic history and culture, and majestic religious statements. You’ll shrink before the scale of the 50 exquisite, pearl-white domes of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is the UAE's largest and most revered religious space. A healthy pearl trade, and strategic location, brought prosperity in the 19th century, before the discovery of rich oil reserves propelled the city giddily skywards in the latter half of the 20th century. Nowadays, palatial hotels tower above dazzling ocean and white sands, while ever-reliable weather and remarkable extravagances, make Abu Dhabi a location of unbridled opulence and intrigue.

The city's cultural scene is also burgeoning, with a stunning Louvre outpost recently opening for business. Find your bearings by ascending 300 meters to the heights of the Etihad Towers' viewing platform - where you can butter scones while enjoying a 'high tea' in every sense. The relentlessly glorious weather makes the coral-blue sea's sparkle ever-tempting, and at Saadiyat Public Beach you’ll find clear blue waves lapping soft, sugar-white sand. Wade out to enjoy bath-like temperatures of 30 degrees. The Corniche, meanwhile, is a sweeping coastal walkway, stretching for eight kilometers and offering rich views of the coral-blue ocean back-dropped by jagged skyscrapers.

 

4 Included Shore Excursion choices

Abu Dhabi Orientation
Al Khatim Desert Dune Safari
Qasr Al Watan & Wahat Al Karama
Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum & Qasar Al Hosn

Choose between a traditional orientation tour of amazing Abu Dhabi, or a thrilling jeep safari across the desert dunes, or a visit to the unique Qasr Al Watan Palace and the moving tributes at the Wahat Al Karama War Memorial.

Or, if you prefer, visit Abu Dhabi’s own Louvre Art Museum, as well as visiting the towering Qasar Al Hosan Watch Tower, fort and palace complex.

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    Qasr Al Watan

 

NOVEMBER 27TH, 2023

Doha,  QATAR

MON, NOVEMBER 27
8:00am - 7:00pm

Extravagant shopping malls, gleaming skyscrapers and mosques studded with intricate carvings all contribute to the Pearl of Qatar's flourishing skyline. A futuristic vision kept grounded by its heritage, this sprawling metropolis's ambitious structures echo the ancient Arabic art that long preceded its rise. Explore the luxurious and fascinating tapestry of interwoven extravagance and tradition that is Doha's trademark, as you soak up the sun, sea and skyline of this ever-sparkling city. Founded in the 1820s, Doha has grown apace from its pearl-farming village origins. A well of oil riches helped to propel the city on its upward trajectory, fuelling a cityscape of twisted metal and glass that shimmers amid the peninsula's desert blaze. Despite the vertical ambitions, you can quickly lose yourself in Doha's tight web of alleyways, as you delve into the oldest souk in Qatar - which swallows visitors up in a cacophony of bartering and bantering. Goods have traded hands here for over a hundred years, and it's still, the place to pick out handfuls of fresh dates and nuts, or perch at restaurants serving up saloona - a heavily spiced and perfumed broth of lamb and soft aubergine.

Wander the Corniche's four-mile parade, which unspools at the feet of skyscrapers that glow, jewel-like with multicolored allure as night descends. You'll walk with the vibrant colors of the Persian Bay stretching out next to you. The palm-tree-lined boulevard culminates in the spectacular Museum of Islamic Art, which stands proudly like a giant, glinting sandcastle. Doha may have blossomed rapidly, but it's clear that the ambition doesn't stop here – and the city's boom continues as its time in the sun as host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup (soccer) tournament welcomed nations and fans from all across the world for 4 weeks in late Nov/Dec. of 2022, exactly one year before our cruise, leaving behind many great souvenir opportunities from that event for any fan of the sport, as well as leaving behind many glamorous structures from the world’s sporting showcase.

4 Included Shore Excursion choices

Desert Dunes & Inland Sea

         Discover the remarkable desert landscape where sand dunes spill into the azure waters of the Inland Sea. Local qualified desert drivers will take you on an 4 x 4 jeep safari adventure, travelling through the dramatic sand dunes to Khor Al Adaid, a large tidal embayment recognized for its outstanding natural heritage value.

Sand dunes at Khawr al Udayd, photographed in 2004.\
Sand Dunes at Khor Al Adaid

 

Arabian Horses & National Library

         Learn about the majestic Arabian horses and discover Qatar's achievements in the unique world of the Arabian horse show. Visit the oldest stable in Qatar, first established in the time of the Ottoman Empire, and see the state-of-the-art equestrian training facilities.


Islamic Art & Culture
         
View modern day Doha's towering iconic architecture and discover the Corniche, Doha's iconic waterfront where the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf provide the setting to the city's impressive skyline.

The Desert Rose - Story of Qatar & Its People

         Experience the rich history of Qatar unfold across eleven striking galleries, each using engaging and innovative approaches to storytelling. This immersive experience narrates the story of Qatar's evolution from pre-historic times to the modern country it is today and its people.

Sheraton Hotel               Doha skyline at night
IMAGES OF DOHA QATAR

November 28th, 2023

Al ManamahBAHRAIN

TUE, NOVEMBER 28
8:00am – 6:00pm

Think dreamy Arabian landscapes juxtaposed with uber-modern buildings reaching up to the sky and you have probably pictured Al Manama. The capital of Bahrain, Al Manama, is as old as it is new – vestiges of the 16th-century trade route port remain, while the steel and glass skyscrapers line the streets of the busy financial district. The most notable of these is undoubtedly the 2008 World Trade Centre, a 240-meter (720 feet), 50-floor twin tower complex housing a five-star hotel and a luxury shopping mall, amongst others. Al Manama was first mentioned in Islamic chronicles in 1345, so expect aeons of culture here.

The city is still relatively unknown on the tourist trail, which is good news for us. Locals are warm and welcoming and above all, completely genuine. Expect invitations to taste homemade delicacies, bowls laden with Muslim hospitality and tradition. This is most apparent in the enormous Bab el-Bahrain Souq, which aside from restoration delivers everything from jewelry to carpets. Culture vultures will not be disappointed.

The famous Al Fateh Mosque gives weary travellers a welcome respite. Al Fateh is also known as the Great Mosque, due to its immense size, 6,500 m2 and able to accommodate 7,000 worshipers at a time. The Mosque itself is beautiful with marble floors and glass chandeliers, but visitors should note that it is a Muslim place of worship and traditions must be respected; shoes should be removed, and ladies must cover their heads at all times. The Bahrain National Museum is just a stone’s throw from the Mosque and houses an impressive collection of culture, customs and history.

 

6 Included Shore Excursion choices

 

Al Manamah City Orientation

         Discover a host of unique, historical and cultural Bahraini landmarks during this comprehensive, half-day sightseeing excursion that's ideal for first-time visitors to the Kingdom.

Cultural Bahrain

         Embrace the rich culture of Bahrain during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.

Desert Delights

         Discover the splendid beauty of the Bahrain Desert and origins of the Kingdom's oil industry during this private, half-day, sightseeing excursion.

Glimpse of Arabian Hospitality

         Embark on the discovery of Arabian Hospitality during this half day excursion, visiting the horse breeding center, the Bahrain Fort and the Coffee center.

In the Footsteps of Jacques Cartier

         Take a boat ride to the Bu Maher Fort, visit the Old Quarters of Muharraq & Oysters Opening and then visit the Bahrain national Museum.

High Tea Experience at Ritz Carlton Hotel & shopping at Manama Souq Bazaar

         Enjoy the traditional British experience of High Tea and scones in the opulent setting of the Bahrain Ritz Carlton Hotel.  Then enjoy a unique shopping experience at the outdoor Manama Souq Bazaar with its many winding alleys of stalls offering local goods and souvenirs.

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 Images of Al Manamah BAHRAIN

 

Nov. 29th, 2023

Dammam  SAUDI ARABIA

WED, NOVEMBER 29
8:00am - 5:00pm 

Silversea is the first cruise line which has been granted the rights to enter the port of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and explore its sightseeing treasures, previously hidden from tourism.  Saudi Arabia is a land of so many such sightseeing treasures, and you will have the chance to see them now, without the crowds, before it becomes the next big tourist haven over the next decade.

 Once a sleepy fishing village, Dammam is a strikingly modern city that underwent complete transformation in the 1940’s after the discovery of oil.

To get an overview of Dammam head for the Corniche. Day or night it’s an extremely popular place to catch the sea breeze, go for a jog or simply people watch. There are buzzing cafes, gardens to rest in and art installations to admire. From here head out to sea by bridge or ferry and visit Al Murjan, a small artificial island busy with locals and visitors alike.

Half Moon Bay beach is the most idyllic around with white sands and clear blue water, it’s great for scuba diving with plenty to see on the artificial reef.

Dammam is an absolute shopper’s delight, a perfect mix of traditional style markets selling authentic Saudi goods and huge modern shopping malls, offering luxury global brands and comfortable surroundings. It’s impossible to come away empty handed.

With a cultural history as rich as Saudi Arabia, The Heritage Village, a beautiful five story building, gives a fascinating introduction to Saudi food, culture, traditions and lifestyles The recent King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, known as Ithra is an incredible piece of modern architecture, housing several museums, cinema, library, theatre and exhibition halls. Its aim is to promote knowledge and creativity in the quickly evolving times that Saudi Arabia is embracing.

Dammam is a lush oasis in a dry desert landscape that appears to celebrate innovation and its own traditional culture.

SHORE EXCURSIONS IN SAUDIA ARABIA TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON BY SILVERSEA

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Dammam  SAUDI ARABIA

 

NOVEMBER 30TH, 2023                   DAY AT SEA

Relax and enjoy the luxury of Silversea, its all-inclusive ambience with a glorious day on the sundeck sipping pina coladas or your favorite drink from the all-inclusive bars on the ship. 

Join us for a group trivia contest if you wish today.

 

DECEMBER 1ST , 2023

Muscat OMAN

FRI, DECEMBER 1st
8:00am - 6:00pm

Oman’s capital rests overlooking the coast of the Gulf of Oman, tucked away among the country’s mountains. Discover a city surrounded by neat gardens - with streets lined by palm trees and crumbling Portuguese forts providing a tangible link to the past. Explore an elegant array of domes, minarets and marbled Arabic archways, as you’re immersed in a city where a traditional conservative outlook mingles with a pragmatic modern approach. Despite a relative boom in recent years, Muscat has clung to its old-world Arabian charm. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main mosque and an iconic landmark of Muscat.

No fewer than 20,000 people cram inside below its towering minaret, which soars upwards for a stunning 90 meters. In the evening, lights shine on the exterior, and the dome glows like a mirage floating above the city’s rooftops. White and grey marble gleams inside, and you won’t miss the showpiece chandelier - which weighs in at a staggering eight tons. The hand-woven carpet is no less impressive, created using 1.7 million knots. The Mutrah area is rich with local culture. Wander among the groaning tables of the lively fish market and busy Mutrah souk.

Mutrah Fort was constructed during the Portuguese occupation of the 16th century and offers views back down over the harbor. Things can get a little sticky in this humid climate, so head to the beach to enjoy a gentle breeze and unwind. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of indulgent stretches of soft sand, met by pristine water. Swim with fish and turtles or relax below the palm trees. Or take a cruise to spot spinner dolphins playing in the waters offshore.

3 Included Shore Excursion choices

Splendors of Muscat

Get a first-hand introduction to Oman's capital, an exciting mix of medieval, traditional and modern architecture that lends Muscat an ambiance all of its own, visiting the Grand Mosque, the National Museum, the Old Town and the Al Alam Royal Palace.

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The Grand Mosque in Muscat Oman

 

TRADITIONAL DHOW CRUISE

Experience the waters around Muscat as the ancient mariners did on this half-day cruise aboard a traditional dhow.


The sight of the graceful sail of the dhow is synonymous with being in an exotic and far away land. For thousands of years Omanis have plied a sea-trading thoroughfare on trusty Dhows,   The 'Lubna' provides interior and exterior seating. Indoors, overlooking the sea is an Arabic style saloon with stained glass windows and outside is 'majlis' or Arabic-style floor seating, all surrounded in traditional Omani ambience. The voyage is a carefully selected route along old Muscat, taking in scenes of Omani history from Portuguese architecture at the cornice to the modern wonders of the Al Alam Palace.

Evening Sunset Dhow Cruise Tour - Muscat
  DHOW CRUISING IN MUSCAT OMAN

Dolphin Watch & Snorkeling Adventure

While Muscat offers numerous cultural attractions, the rugged coastline and sparkling waters are equally appealing. During this water-oriented outing, spend approximately two hours looking for wild dolphins and other marine life, with an hour to snorkel.

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Images of Muscat Oman

Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 2023        Day At Sea

Relax and enjoy the luxury of Silversea, its all-inclusive ambience with a glorious day on the sundeck sipping pina coladas or your favorite drink from the all-inclusive bars on the ship. 

Join us for a group trivia contest if you wish today.

 

Dec. 4th and 5th, 2023

MUMBAI   INDIA

A spicy destination of color and chaos, the city formally known as Bombay is a deafening collision of contrasts and culture. Known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai is at once an economic center, fashion hub and home for Bollywood’s world of glamour. This is the real India, and Mumbai is a city of unparalleled extremes and contradictions. Brutal poverty is rife in sprawling slums, while unimaginable wealth glares in the exuberances of the world’s most expensive private residence.

A place of dazzling, cultural experiences – littered with UNESCO World Heritage sites - so just dive in headfirst and immerse yourself in India’s extraordinary and enriching embrace. The Gateway of India was completed in 1924 and formed the symbolic entrance to British India. The last of the British troops passed through the landmark in 1948, as Mumbai entered the new era of independence.

See remnants of the colonial past in the architecture and art deco buildings of the Colaba district – like the incredible High Victorian Gothic styled Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus building. Or if you wish, venture out to another World Heritage Site at the remarkable carved 7th-century Elephanta caves, which wait a short ferry ride from Mumbai Harbor.

Dharavi is a unique experience and Asia’s largest slum is one of the most densely populated places in the world. It received global attention as the setting for the film Slumdog Millionaire. Take a tour for a remarkable insight into the conditions and community within the slums, which house a majority of the city’s population.

Meet the people - kind and welcoming – as you buy products like handmade pottery and textiles, and experience an amazing city within a city. Elsewhere in Mumbai, visit the house where Gandhi lived - now transformed into a museum honoring his life and work.

7 included shore excursions to choose from over our 2 days here

Dec. 4th Included shore excursion choices:

Mumbai Panorama

See the highlights of Mumbai from the comfort of your coach during this 2.5 hour panoramic sightseeing tour of this bustling city, with highlights seeing

Gateway of India and Marine Drive
Malabar Hill, Jain Temple & Victoria Terminus
The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel

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The inner dome of the Jain Temple                            The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel   

Highlights of Mumbai

Experience the highlights of Mumbai during a scenic, half-day orientation tour of this fascinating city.

Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum
Marine Drive and Mani Bhavan (Ghandi’s former home for 17 years of his life)
Dhobi Ghat and the remarkable architecture of Victoria Terminus Railway station

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           Gateway of India                                                Victoria Terminus Rail Station

 

Mumbai's Temples

Explore the Hindu religion and its influences in depth during this scenic and informative, half-day tour of the temples of Mumbai.

Flower Market
Shri Siddhivinayak Temple
ISCKON Temple
                       

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Shri Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai

 

Dec. 5th Included shore excursion choices:

Choose from any of the same three excursion choices from yesterday

Mumbai Panorama
Highlights of Mumbai
Mumbai's Temples

Or choose a 4th excursion option today:

Mumbai's Jewish Heritage - Explore the evolution of Mumbai's longstanding Jewish heritage during this memorable, half-day synagogue excursion through the city, visiting three beautiful synagogues plus the Gateway of India monument

Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue - Also known as 'Fort Synagogue'. Built in 1884 by Sir Jacob Sassoon, this splendid structure features interior with decorated pillars, magnificent stained glass and carved wooden doors. 
(En route, pass by the Gateway of India. The city's most famous landmark)

Magen David Synagogue - This tall, imposing, Gothic-style edifice has four frontal pillars and towers over all of the other buildings in the complex.

Tiphereth Synagogue and Institute Of Science

 

And for those wishing a little something extra, Silversea offers an optional Mumbai at Dawn Experience – This unique experience takes passengers to see a side of Mumbai rarely seen, as the streets are unusually quiet  See the hara Rama Krisha Temple, the flower market, the Sasoon docks with its early morning fish market and then enjoy a fabulous breakfast at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.  (This optional special experience is offered by Silversea cruise line at an additional cost and can be purchased onboard the ship)

 

Dec. 6th, 2023                  DAY AT SEA

Relax and enjoy the luxury of Silversea, its all-inclusive ambience with a glorious day on the sundeck sipping pina coladas or your favorite drink from the all-inclusive bars on the ship. 

 

Dec. 7th, 2023

Cochin  INDIA

THU, DECEMBER 7
8:00 am-10:00 pm

A hodgepodge of cultures collide on the banks of the estuary where Cochin carves out her home. Chinese fishing nets the size of skyscrapers, boxy Dutch architecture and pretty Portuguese palaces point to the blend of influence here, while the Raj era remnants, soaring spires of old-world mosques, and near-abandoned synagogues all add to the dense, varied tapestry of inspirations and imprints.

 Founded by a prince in the 15th century, Cochin immediately became a favored anchorage for sailors and traders from every far-flung corner - even taking nearby Kerala’s crown as the world's first global port city. Now, fragrant spice markets cut the hot air with cardamom and clove, while antique stores groan beneath the weight of singing copper. Hit the backstreets of Fort Kochi for a deep and dreamy Ayurvedic massage, marvel at the Krishna murals that adorn the bedchamber walls of the Mattancherry Palace, or admire India’s one of the oldest European-built Christian churches - as you duck into the cool hues of St Francis.

A day can easily meander past on a backwater cruise, spreading south from Cochin, and gliding down a lacy network of creeks, lagoons, lakes and rivers. Surrounded by swaying palms and rice paddies – you’ll experience rural India in her best dress. When daylight dwindles, taste the soft spicy kick of dal roti, followed by Firni – almonds, apricots, and sweet milk crushed with pastel green pistachios for a silky light finish.

5 Included Shore Excursion choices

Cochin at a Glance

Experience Cochin, old and new, during this half-day sightseeing tour of the picturesque and historic city.  

See the colorful markets, shops and temples lining Mahatma Gandhi Road, the main thoroughfare. Along the way, photo stops are made at various landmarks, including the Temple of Lord Shiva the David House complex. Your sightseeing drive through Ernakulam ends at Fort Cochin.

Your tour will also include:

Historic Cochin

During a guided walking tour of this historic area, note the Chinese fishing nets near the tip of Fort Cochin

 

The Cultures of Cochin

Discover a unique blend of diverse cultures, traditions and architecture during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion to Cochin.

Fort Cochin & St. Francis Church
           
Dutch Palace & Jewish Town

During your visit, some free time is made available to browse the fascinating mix of antique and specialty shops, old houses, warehouses and spice auction rooms 

 

3) HARBOUR CRUISE & KATHAKALI DANCE

Experience the splendid beauty, culture and traditions of Cochin during this scenic harbor cruise, and a memorable Kathakali performance at the Taj Malabar Hotel.

 

4) A Glimpse of Rural Kerala

Experience the pristine natural beauty, teeming waters and local lifestyle of rural Kerala during this memorable excursion to Kumbalanghi, a small, six-square-mile (15.5-square-kilometre) island-village surrounded by backwaters and lush green paddy fields. and visiting Kallancherry Island for a fascinating walking tour to experience village life on the island

 

5) Hues of Cochin

Explore the splendid history, architecture and local lifestyles of Kerala during this scenic, half-day excursion to colorful Cochin

Clockwise from top: Marine Drive Skyline, Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi, Cochin Shipyard, Queen's Way, Hill Palace, InfoPark
Cochin Images - Clockwise from top:   Marine Drive Skyline,        
 Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi,  
Cochin Shipyard, Queen's WayHi, ll Palace, InfoPark

 

Dec 8-11, 2023            DAY AT SEA

Relax and enjoy the luxury of Silversea, its all-inclusive ambience with a glorious day on the sundeck sipping pina coladas or your favorite drink from the all-inclusive bars on the ship. 

Silversea also offers a variety of other activities to enjoy on the days at sea, including expert talks, sporting activities, trivia and more.

 

Dec. 12, 2023

La digue , Seychelles islands      AND     PRASLIN, SEYCHELLES ISLANDS

La Digue    8:00am – 12:00pm           Praslin    1:00pm – 11:00pm
                                                                 

Urbanites look away. You’ll find no bright lights or big cities here. The attraction of La Digue is that there are none. Instead it’s just long ribbons of perfect beach, lush inland forests and enough kaleidoscopic coral reef to make any diver weak at the knees. Because of La Digue’s proximity to both Praslin and Mahe, it is considered part of the holy trinity of the Seychelles.  Life is taken at a slow pace here – transport is by bicycle or ox-cart (there are rumors that motor taxis exist but for now that’s just hearsay), entertainment is a slow walk on paths shaded by tropical flowers, and life hums to the rhythm of bygone days. That is the true attraction of La Digue, the very other worldliness of the island; the feeling that nothing has changed since the 18th century. In fact, some of the residents (called Digueois) still carry the names of their forefathers, who arrived as slaves with the French colonialists in 1789.

The island’s beaches are, of course, legendary. The jewel in La Digue’s crown (and there are so many) would have to be La Anse Source d’Argent, frequently considered as one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. This is truly the Holy Grail - a long string of powdery, white sand, bordered by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Scattered around the beach and shore are smooth granite boulders that form coves and caves and provide home for some of the most colorful underwater life you’re ever likely to see, as well as providing a most unique beach stroll experience.

2 Included Shore Excursion choices this morning

Journey Back In Time

Let yourself be captivated by La Digue, one of the Seychelles' prettiest islands. Transportation is by converted pick-up truck.

Travel via the ship's tenders to La Digue jetty. On arrival at La Passe Harbor on La Digue, your tour begins with a short ride to l'Union Estate for a glimpse of bygone days of plantation life. En route ride through the picturesque village of La Passe.

 

L'Union Estate

Here visit a copra kiln, a traditional coconut oil mill and the plantation house. Then enjoy refreshments and, if you wish, take a short swim at the Anse Source d'Argent, a magnificent beach with soft white sand and dramatic granite boulders.

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The beach and surrounding rocks at Anse Source d'Argent

 

Coco Island Snorkel Adventure

Snorkeling fans can discover the exotic marine world the Seychelles are famous for. After your tender ride ashore, board the catamaran and sail towards Coco Island. Cruise onboard a sailing catamaran for a snorkeling experience that is second to none. The island is merely a small granitic outcrop with a few palm trees, but its real treasure lies in the depths around. Often compared to a living aquarium, the site attracts numerous fish species floating to the surface to feed - a unique underwater paradise.

 

Praslin Seychelles Islands

TUE, DECEMBER 12
1:00pm - 11:00pm

After our visit to La Digue this morning and then a relaxing lunch back on board our cruise ship, we will will enjoy the afternoon and evening in the second gorgeous island of the Seychelles – Praslin island.
 
Loved by those who like their paradise just as nature intended, Praslin is one the Seychelles’ most beautiful islands. And why? Anse Lazio – the island’s beach is a repeated winner for world’s best, making the island a pull for travellers who want to go the extra mile to find an unblemished island nirvana.  Praslin might be the second largest of the Seychelles islands but at just 11 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide, it is still very small. The difficulty in getting to it (other than arrival by sea, there is only a small airport that only serves flights to and from the Seychelles’ capital of Mahe) which means there are no modern attractions – but on the contrary, entertainment here comes very much in the purely natural flora and fauna of the land and surrounding sea.

The island’s original name is Isle de Palmes and it’s not hard to see why. The lush jungle that makes up the island’s interior has it all; bubbling brooks, winding paths and towering trees that provide welcome respite from the sun. This is the true heart of the island; not only is the jungle home to the endemic Black Parrot (fewer than 1,000 of these very rare birds are in existence) but also the famous Coco de Mer, the world's heaviest nut, grows abundantly in the wild. The nut is the stuff of legends.

4 Included Shore Excursion choices this afternoon

Vallée de Mai

This tour offers guests the opportunity to experience the natural wonder of the Vallée de Mai, home to the fabled Coco de Mer, a World Heritage Site. As well, spend some time at Praslin's glorious beaches, notably Côte d'Or Beach.

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Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

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       The double nut of coco de mer

 

Coco Island Snorkel Adventure

Snorkeling fans can discover the exotic marine world the Seychelles are famous for. After your tender ride ashore, board the catamaran and sail towards Coco Island. Cruise onboard a sailing catamaran for a snorkeling experience that is the best. The island is merely a small granitic outcrop with a few palm trees, but its real treasure lies in the depths around. Often compared to a living aquarium, the site attracts numerous fish species floating to the surface to feed - a unique underwater paradise.   From the boat, enter the crystalline waters to swim and snorkel among brilliantly colored fish.

 

La Digue island Highlights

Embrace the captivating, Old World beauty and charm of La Digue, one of the prettiest islands in the Seychelles, during this scenic, half-day sightseeing and beach excursion.

If you chose the snorkel tour on this morning’s La Digue island visit and you wish to see what you missed at the L Union estate, and if you wish an excursion giving you more free time to relax on the spectacular Anse Source D Argent beach with the time to stroll amidst its world famous unique rock formations along the beach, then this is the excursion for you.

Beach Grand L' Anse La Digue
The unique rock formations at Anse St. Argent beach in La Digue.

SCENIC DRIVE & ANSE LAZIO BEACH

if you just want to see the scenery of Praslin on a scenic drive and then enjoy a couple of hours to relax on one of its best beaches, then this excursion is for you.

 

Dec. 13th, 2023

Mahe Seychelles

Our cruise ends here.  Passengers will be taken to the airport for your pre-arranged included flight home.

Few places on Earth can claim to have been as blessed by nature as Mahe, the capital of the Seychelles islands. Set in the remote Seychelles archipelago over 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) east of Mombasa, Mahe is the largest of the 115 Seychelles islands.

For passengers continuing on our Dec. 13-28, 2023 Silversea cruise aboard this same ship, visiting Zanzibar island and Madagascar island off the coast of Africa, to see its unique wildlife, as well as visiting Richards Bay South Africa for two days of Safaris to see the Big Five Safari Animals, plus hippos, crocodiles and more, all in their natural habitat, you will have a free day today on Mahe island in the Seychelles, to explore the beauty of the island of Mahe.
For many the Seychelles are the destination of a lifetime. Cerulean seas, miles and miles of beach, lush, tropical jungle and surreal, natural beauty as far as the eye can see. Not only does Mahe boast 68 pristine beaches, it is dominated by the towering peaks of the Morne Seychellois National Park. This splendid National Park takes up over 20% of the island and is home to a vast amount of endemic flora and fauna, including the ultra-rare Seychelles Scops-owl.

 

TRIP PRICING:

ALL PRICES INCLUDE:

  • AIR FROM YOUR CITY TO DUBAI AND HOME FROM MAHE IN THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS
  • ONE NIGHT PRE CRUISE FIVE STAR HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN DUBAI ON NOV. 24th TO UNWIND & ENJOY THE EXTRAVAGENCE OF DUBAI
  • 18 NIGHT CRUISE NOVEMBER 25th-DECEMBER 13th, 2023 ABOARD THE SILVER SPIRIT OF SILVERSEA CRUISE LINE IN YOUR SELECTION OF OCEAN VIEW OR BALCONY SUITE.
  • ALL MEALS IN SIX RESTAURANTS ONBOARD THE SHIP\
  • ALL DRINKS, ALL WIFI, ALL GRATUITIES ONBOARD THE SHIP
  • YOUR CHOICE OF INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSIONS IN EACH PORT
  • ALL AIRPORT TRANSFERS – FROM THE AIRPORT IN DUBAI TO THE HOTEL; FROM THE HOTEL TO THE SHIP; AND FROM THE SHIP TO THE AIRPORT IN THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS
  • LIMO PICK UP SERVICE FROM YOUR HOUSE TO THE AIRPORT IN YOUR HOME CITY AND LIMO PICKUP AT YOUR HOME AIRPORT BRINGING YOU BACK TO YOUR HOUSE AFTER YOUR RETURN FLIGHT
  • ALL TAXES

 

ALL CABINS ON SILVERSEA CRUISES ARE SUITES OF AT LEAST 335 SQ. FEET OF LUXURY!

ALL ALSO HAVE...

  • A butler service INCLUDED IN YOUR CRUISE
  • A walk in closet with personal safe is in each cabin suite, as well as having a separate sitting area, with wall mounted mobile charging devices, dual voltage 110 and 220 voltage outlets to accommodate both North American and overseas passengers, flat screen TV with interactive media library, a full bathroom           with separate s hower, hair dryer, bathrobe & slippers,
  • A refrigerator stocked with your preferences (just tell your butler what you wish stocked in it and it will be done for you… its all included)…

 

Cabin category options with pricing in either double or single occupancy: 

If you are booking in double occupancy, please tell us if you wish us to assign you a roommate or if you will be travelling with your own friend/roommate.

 

Vista Suites

Location: Deck 4
Size; 335 sq. feet

A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area of the Vista Suite has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed during the cruise.

A walk in closet with  personal safe is in each suite, as well as a separate sitting area, with wall mounted mobile charging devices, dual voltage 110 and 220 voltage outlets to accommodate passengers from both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, flat screen TV with interactive media library and full bathroom with separate shower, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers

$9200 per person with 2 passengers per suite or single occupancy price of $11,500

                                               


Panorama suites

Location – Deck 8
Size: 335 sq. ft.

The Panorama Suite provides generous living space for voyagers. Located on deck 9, the Panorama offers all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard. A generous expanse of interior comforts — elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area, make this a cozy home away from home. The seating area of the Panorama Suite has plenty of room to relax, while large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views.

A walk in closet with  personal safe is in each suite, as well as a separate sitting area, with wall mounted mobile charging devices, dual voltage 110 and 220 voltage outlets to accommodate passengers from both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, flat screen TV with interactive media library, refrigerator stocked with your preferences and full bathroom with separate shower, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers.

$10,200 per person with 2 passengers per suite or single occupancy price of $12,750

                                       


Classic Verandah Balcony suites

Location – Decks 5 and 6
Size: 376 sq. feet incl. balcony.

The Classic Veranda Suite provides generous living space for voyagers. Located lower bow, the Classic Veranda Suite offers all the comfort and attention to detail that you can expect aboard — both inside and out. A generous expanse of interior comforts — elegant décor, stunning marble bathroom and ample seating area, make this a cozy home away from home. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone.

A walk in closet with  personal safe is in each suite, as well as a separate sitting area, with wall mounted mobile charging devices, dual voltage 110 and 220 voltage outlets to accommodate passengers from both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, flat screen TV with interactive media library, refrigerator stocked with your preferences and full bathroom with separate shower, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers

$11,000 per person with 2 passengers per suite or single occupancy price of $13,750

 


Superior Verandah Balcony Suites

 Location: Decks 7, 8 and 9
Size:  376 square feet incl. balcony

Located on the upper deck, and offering spectacular sunset views, the Superior Veranda Suite has all the comforts and luxury that you can expect aboard. A comfortable living space, attention to detail and a generous expanse of amenities, this stunning suite makes for a cozy home while on the seas. But perhaps this suite’s finest asset lies just outside, as floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private veranda, making every sunset feel as if it is yours alone.

A walk in closet with personal safe is in each suite, as well as a separate sitting area, with wall mounted mobile charging devices, dual voltage 110 and 220 voltage outlets to accommodate passengers from both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, flat screen TV with interactive media library, refrigerator stocked with your preferences and full bathroom with separate shower, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers

$11,500 per person with 2 passengers per suite or single occupancy price of $14,375


Silver Suites 

Location – Decks 8, 10 and 11
Size: 746 square feet with 2 bedrooms and balcony

Step onto your terrace and bask in the calm feeling of the ocean breeze. Dissolve into the comfort of your king size bed. Prepare for the evening in the beautiful marble bathroom. The upper deck location gives the most spectacular of sea views, the spacious living area allows for comfortable relaxing where cozy nights in become veritable experiences in themselves. The two-bedroom configuration of this suite makes this it the ideal option for anyone desiring the extra bedroom and space.

The Silver suites have their own whirlpool, separate dining table in the suite, and espresso machine

A walk in closet with personal safe is in each suite, as well as a separate sitting area, with wall mounted mobile charging devices, dual voltage 110 and 220 voltage outlets to accommodate passengers from both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, flat screen TV with interactive media library, refrigerator stocked with your preferences and full bathroom with separate shower, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers.

$16,899 per person with 2 passengers in this 2 bedroom suite (so each of the 2 passengers will have their own bedroom in this 2 bedroom suite)


 

Deposits and balance payments for all cabin suites

Silversea Cruise Line requires a deposit of 25 percent of your total cruise cost.  This is charged by Silversea to your credit card 7 days after making your reservation. (So if booking a double occupancy space in a Vista Suite at $9200, your deposit will be $2300)

The balance payment is not due until June 5th.

 

Cancelation policy for this cruise: 

If you cancel by April 15th, you get your full deposit refunded to you less $250 which Silversea then converts into a $250 future cruise credit good on a future Silversea cruise.

If you cancel between April 15th and June 5th, and we are able to replace you with another passenger in your suite, then you will still get the full deposit, less the same $250 which Silversea will still convert to a future cruise credit on Silversea.

If you cancel after the June 5th balance payment date, but before July 15th and we are able to replace you with another passenger in your suite, you will still get a full refund of your full payment, less the same $250 that Silversea will convert to a future cruise credit on Silversea.

If you cancel after July 15th, but we are able to replace you, with another passenger in your suite, you will get a refund less a sliding scale of penalties imposed by Silversea, based on when you cancel.

If you cancel after April 15th and we are not able to replace you, then you will lose the full amount you have paid to that point.

Travel Insurance is available and is highly suggested. This covers you for all non- refundable penalties for a cancelation resulting from a medical reason covered by the insurance company. Ask us for travel insurance rates if you are interested in covering yourself.

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