From: November 8, 2020
To: November 21, 2020
The group from Desderi Travel Club that crossed the Pacific Ocean January/February 2019 on Crystal Serenity, nicknamed themselves the “Pacific Group” for WhatsApp communication.
The crossing was spectacular, and at our farewell dinner we made an oath “to do it again”!
Now we are indeed doing it again:
The new cruise will be on the somewhat smaller, but equally luxurious and comfortable Crystal Symphony. This new cruise will be an all-inclusive 14-day-crossing from Dubai to Mumbai, where we have a fine balance of interesting ports of call and seadays.
We’ll visit new and expansive cities along the Arabian Peninsula –
where innovative architecture is stooped in the traditional way of live. Here we find Camels and Cadillacs side by side, shopping malls and souks next to each other – and Veiled women and Versace-dressed men hand in hand. This is a cruise of contrasts – ending up in the extreme capital of contrasts; Mumbai, India.
Do join us onboard the Symphony!
DAY 1, NOVEMBER 8, 2020, SUNDAY: DUBAI
If you are flying from one of Scandinavia’s capital cities – Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm – Norwegian flies daily to Dubai. According to the 2019 schedule, the flight s depart from Scandinavia just before midnight, arriving Dubai around nine the following morning. Boarding time at Crystal Symphony is 12.00-noon. To kill some time before boarding, DTC arranges a short introductory tour of Dubai before taking you to the harbour where we board the splendid ship that will be our home away from home the following 14 days.
We enjoy lunch onboard and check into our stateroom of choice, please refer to the below selection of cabins you can choose from. Later you are free to disembark and explore Dubai on your own – this thriving city on the Arabian peninsula is a shopper’s
delight, so you have, indeed, come to the very right place if you need to do some last minute shopping before we set sail tomorrow. Don’t shop till you drop! – we’ll meet for a Welcome-aboard-dinner in one of the six dining venues this splendid ship has to offer.
DAY 2, NOVEMBER 9, MONDAY: DUBAI + CRUISING TO DOHA
Enjoy breakfast on the top deck – stay onboard, or take another visit ashore: Home to the world’s biggest shopping mall, tallest skyscraper, and dozens of ultra -glamourous luxury hotels, Dubai is truly a modern wonder. After exploring the new sites of the city, find yourself amongst traditional winding souks and local charm. The contrasts are mind boggling. We’ll have to be back onboard by 17.00, as we sail for Qatar at 18.00.
DAY 3, NOVEMBER 10, TUESDAY: DOHA
The cruise to Qatar is a short one as we arrive Doha seven o’clock in the morning. Doha is a major cultural and political hub of the Persian Gulf and is constantly growing. Thousands of expatriates have moved to Qatar to become a part of its development and thriving economy. One of Doha’s most impressive projects is the Pearl – an artificial island that covers 985 acres.
Today numerous exciting excursions are offered in Qatar , as we spend the night portside in Doha. Thus you have the opportunity to explore Doha by night – a glittering gem in the desert.
The Doha skyline
DAY 4, NOVEMBER 11, WEDNESDAY: DOHA + CRUISE TO MANAMA
This morning, we enjoy breakfast on the top deck pier-side with wonderful vistas of Doha. The city is the most populous city in the state of Qatar with a population of 1’850’000 in the city proper, and 2.4 million in the capital as such. Thus there is a lot to see and explore in Doha. One of the exciting excursions offers a visit to Al Shaqab Royal Stables – to experience the legend of the Arabian Horse. We set sail at 18.00 and continue our voyage to Bahrain.
DAY 5, NOVEMBER 12, THURSDAY: AL MANAMAH + CRUISING THE PERSIAN GULF
We arrive Al Manamah at seven o’clock this morning. Enjoy breakfast on the top deck with wonderful vistas of the Bahrainian capital. This city on the Persian Gulf offers a compelling mix of local culture and world influences. With about one-third of residents hailing from other countries, a fascinating mix of chic clubs and eateries and old Arab traditions is on offer. Arab boats called dhows populate the waters, and camel rides and pearl diving excursions remain popular ways to experience traditional pursuits.
The Symphony sets sail at 18.00 and we can look forward to the following day at sea.
DAY 6, NOVEMBER 13, FRIDAY – CRUISING THE PERSIAN GULF
After having had some busy days in the bustling cities along the Arabian peninsula, we can enjoy a full day at sea and enjoy all the luxurious facilities onboard the Symphony.
DAY 7, NOVEMBER 14, SATURDAY: ABU DHABI
We arrive at the United Arab Emirates at eight o’clock. Abu Dhabi is a bustling city with extraordinary sky scrapers, wide, tree-lined boulevards, and some of the most elite cultural destinations. This city is considered the wealthiest city in the world, but still retains a humble charm with its central souk and artisan hub for traditional crafts.
Today numerous exciting excursions are offered in UAE, as we spend the night portside in Abu Dhabi. Thus you have the opportunity to explore Abu Dhabi by night – and maybe establish why it is considered the wealthiest city in the world.
DAY 8, NOVEMBER 15, SUNDAY: ABU DHABI + CRUISING THE GULF OF OMAN
Today we have been aboard a full week, as it is Sunday – and seven days since we boarded in Dubai. Numerous excursions are offered by the ship today. Why not take an Abu Dhabi orientation tour with high-tea at the Emirates Palace?
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s
modern towers and shopping mega-centres such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.
On either end of the Corniche, a promenade running along the main beachfront, are Emirates Palace, a landmark luxury resort built in high Arabian style, and Dhow Harbour, anchorage for the namesake boats. The Carpet and Iranian souks provide an old-fashioned bazaar experience, while the World Trade Center Souk offers an updated take. Heritage Village is a mock traditional oasis encampment where workshop stalls sell Arabian crafts and other wares. Oil-rich Abu Dabi has many similarities to Norway in the manner in which the wealth from OIL has been distributed.
DAY 9, NOVEMBER 16, MONDAY – CRUISING THE GULF OF OMAN
A full day at sea to enjoy the six stars this fantastic ship has to offer.
DAY 10, NOVEMBER 17, TUESDAY: MUSCAT
We arrive at eight o’clock in Oman and enjoy breakfast on the top deck- a pure pleasure! Ringed by volcanic mountains and guarded by two Portuguese forts, Muscat is a picturesque blend of Arab, Indian, African and European styles, thanks to the ordinance that traditional architecture must take precedence over high-rise buildings. Just stroll around in the beautiful city or take one of the exciting excursions the ship has to offer.
DAY 11, NOVEMBER 18, WEDNESDAY – CRUISING THE ARABIAN SEA
Another full day at sea to enjoy the six stars this ship has to offer.
DAY 12, NOVEMBER 19, THURSDAY – CRUISING THE ARABIAN SEA
We continue our voyage due south as we cruise the Arabian Sea.
DAY 13, NOVEMBER 20, FRIDAY: MUMBAI
We arrive India this morning at eight o’clock and enjoy breakfast as we approach the Indian continent. Formerly known as Bombay, experience the most populous city in the world that features the former home of Mahatma Gandhi, the breath-taking cave temple at Elephanta, and India’s exciting Hindi film and television industry; Bollywood. Mumbai is hectic, noisy and dynamic – and a city of contrasts with heart-breaking poverty and glamourous wealth. We enjoy our last dinner onboard – a farewell symphony…
The Tai Mahal Palace Hotel The Gate of India Monument The busy Boulevard
DAY 14, NOVEMBER 21, SATURDAY: MUMBAI
On this 14th day of the cruise, we disembark the ship that has been our home for almost two weeks. Proceed to the airport and fly home – or to another exciting destination in India or Asia. If you want to join Desderi Travel Club’s post -tour, spend a couple of days in Mumbai and New Delhi respectively before boarding the train “Palace on Wheels” for a one-week adventurous train voyage through India’s Rajasthan. Please refer to Post Tour in India.
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