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Jewels of India and Arabia - Seabourn Encore

April 22 to May 8, 2019

This 16-day adventure begins in Singapore and ends in Dubai. You'll be in the lap of luxury on Seabourn, one of my favorite cruise lines, as you follow the old spice routes from Singapore to Dubai. In port, you'll experience the sights and sounds of Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.  At sea, you'll have the fine dining and exceptional service that Seabourn is known for.

As a Virtuoso Voyages guest, you'll enjoy additional benefits:

  • A private cocktail reception on board
  • An exclusive Virtuoso excursion in Mumbai 

Port Highlights for this Voyage:

Singapore

Singapore: Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. Two years later, it became an independent island-state, developing into one of the world's most prosperous countries. With ultra-modern skyscrapers combined with a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color, exhibiting a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.

Changi Village: Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Singapore with a trip to nearby Changi Village. Although void of traditional kampong houses, the village atmosphere lingers. Visit the Changi Prison, on your way to this seaside village, for a look at the Changi Chapel and Museum which holds a replica of the chapel used in WWII by the Allied prisoners. History comes alive in this building where memorabilia and notes pinned to the walls of the chapel are stark reminders of the country's war history. From Changi Village, you can also board a bum-boat for a short ride to the northern island of Pulau Ubin where tranquil beaches and popular seafood restaurants abound.

Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka. A name that calls to mind the exotic and mysterious. This is a land of jungles inhabited by leopards and elephants, wondrous ruins of the great civilizations of ages past, and a modern city, Colombo, where western technology is superimposed on the passion of a traditional Asian metropolis. Originally known as Ceylon, the island became famous for producing the world's finest teas. Bright fragrant spices, sparkling sapphires, and the colorful trappings of a variety of ceremonies and religious festivals make this a most rewarding destination. Today, Colombo is a bustling mix of diverse races and religions, and contrasts of old and new. The tangible history of the city is a unique mix of relics from its Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences throughout.

Mangalore

Mangalore India. Situated at the point where the Netravati and Gurupur Rivers flow into the Arabian Sea, Managlore has been a pit stop on international trade routes since the 6th century AD. The city's landscape is characterized by rolling hills, coconut palms, freshwater streams, and hard red-clay tiled-roof buildings. Visitors also enjoy the quiet Ullal Beach, 12km south of the city.

Mumbai

Mumbai. Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a captivating city, known for its striking contrasts. The fastest growing, most affluent and industrialized city in India, Mumbai represents the ever-changing face of today's India: the old coupled with the dynamic new. This vibrant city is a kaleidoscopic mixture of intriguing people and incredible places, where within a block or two you can find modern skyscrapers, ornate Victorian buildings, and bustling bazaars.

Muscat Oman

Oman. Oman, "The Pearl of Mystic Arabia," is one of the oldest civilizations on the Arabian Peninsula. Wedged between the Arabian Gulf and the Western Al Hajar Mountains, Muscat boasts an ancient history and rich Islamic heritage, evident in its prominent landmarks such as forts, castles, towers and mosques. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development, leading to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.

Abu Dhabi Mosque

Abu Dhabi. Three bridges link the island capital of the Arab Emirates to the Persian Gulf shore. Once renowned for pearls and piracy, today it is the richest place on earth. The corniche is the city’s showplace, with a walking park along the beachfront, but it gets hot! The huge white Sheikh Zhayed mosque is a must-see site for visitors. Built to exquisite standards, it boasts the largest hand-made Persian rug on earth. Its gleaming marble spaces with mesmerizing crystal chandeliers can welcome 41,000 worshippers. Modest dress is a must, and even so, women may be asked to don a provided cover-all abaya during their visit. The impressive Emirates Palace hotel is another exercise in sumptuous elegance, seemingly dedicated to the appreciation of decorative gold and crystal. A visit to the city’s unique Falcon Hospital is both entertaining and educational. For a lesson in Emirati history, the multi-media Qasr al Hosn museum is a good choice.

Dubai

Dubai. The United Arab Emirates is strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, and the traditional trading routes from Asia and the Far East to Europe and further afield are even more significant today than they were hundreds of years ago. Nestled at the very heart of the Islamic world, the country is unique in its embrace of the Western world. Here you can see the contrasts of the nomadic Bedouin people, and the opulence and splendor of the Sheiks, set against a backdrop of Western lifestyles.

Desert Safari: Futuristic architecture in Dubai gives way to desert sands and no visit is complete without a foray into the desert to experience a thrilling 4 X 4 dune ride. While you're there, try dune and wadi sand skiing and a camel ride or enjoy a desert feast complete with belly and sword dancing. Venture deeper into the desert and you may encounter wild foxes, gazelles and eagles, and of course, a Bedouin camp.

Cruise Fares start at $4999 per person. To request a quote, or get more information, please fill out the form on this page and we'll get in touch with you. within 1 business day.

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