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Magical Moments: Mumbai and the Persian Gulf: Mumbai - Dubai

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1607 - March 26, 2016

The proudest traditions and the highest skyscrapers: after an impressive start to your cruise in Mumbai, explore the secrets of the Orient. Discover time-honoured Mumbai with its Bollywood charm and sacred cows, whilst the ancient frankincense city of Muscat will sweep you away with its magical atmosphere. Explore the desert and mountain landscapes by off-road vehicle**, the Formula 1 race course in Bahrain and exotic souks. Grand mosques such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi will provide an insight into the religious secrets of the Orient. Dubai, with its famous and undiscovered aspects, marks the end of this experience of freedom that takes you places.

Highlights of this cruise: 

  • Colourful, alive and unforgettable: the mega metropolis of Mumbai.
  • Tradition and the latest architecture in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
  • Adventurous safaris** through the desert.
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package**

** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes. 

Date Destination
Sat26.03.2016 Mumbai (Bombay)/India, transfer to the embarkation point, overnight stay on board 
Arrive a little earlier in Mumbai and discover India on our pre-cruise programme*. The mega metropolis of Mumbai is in a world of its own – full of contrasts between Bollywood charm and sacred cows wandering the streets, steaming eateries and luxury hotels, haggling traders and colourful Hindu gods. Following a stroll along Colaba Causeway with its little shops and market stalls, you can enjoy a traditional teatime** in the Taj Mahal Hotel.
Sun27.03.2016 Mumbai (Bombay), departure 23.00 hrs
Mon28.03.2016 - Tue, 29.03.2016 Relaxation at sea
Wed30.03.2016 Muscat/Oman, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs 

The atmosphere of the ancient city of frankincense is as captivating as a story out of the Arabian Nights. Soak in the atmosphere in the exotic souk, for example. On a catamaran trip along the coastline**, you might be lucky enough to see some dolphins playing in the water.

Muscat – Muscat Hills GC
The first 18-hole championship course in Oman on grass; this course demands accurate play due to the natural topography – and rewards the golfer with extraordinary views.

Thu31.03.2016 Khor Fakkan/United Arab Emirates, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs 
The coastal town of Khor Fakkan is a genuine unknown gem. Enjoy the backdrop of the impressive Al-Hajar mountains range as you stroll along the long promenade. A trip by off-road vehicle** will take you into the desert and mountain landscapes of the surrounding area.
Fri01.04.2016 Relaxation at sea
Sat02.04.2016 Mina Khalifa (Menama)/Bahrain, 6.00 – 21.00 hrs 
Traditional souks and a modern financial centre: Menama is constantly changing. On a city tour**, you will visit the grand Ahmed Al-Fatah Mosque, which has room for up to 7,000 worshippers, and see influences of Arab culture in the prestigous residence of Sheikh Isa Bin Ali. Enjoy a fast-paced experience in a Caterham sports car** on the Formula 1 race track.
Sun03.04.2016 Doha/Qatar, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs 
Modern architecture, such as the Museum of Islamic Art, and traditional boats still used for fishing today: a walk along the corniche combines ancient and modern times. Discover what is probably the most exclusive district in the world on an excursion into futuristic Doha with the artificial island The Pearl**.

Doha – Doha GC
Numerous imposing limestone formations and an abundance of lush, green fairways form a striking contrast to the desert on this course, where the annual European and Asian PGA Tour Qatar Masters is held.

Mon04.04.2016 Khasab/Musandam/Oman, 12.00 – 20.00 hrs 
The port in Oman is the gateway to the picturesque fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. You can enjoy the best views of the rugged coastline of this “Norway of Arabia” on a dhow tour with a chance to swim**. Alternatively, take a trip by off-road vehicle** to the Jebel Harim mountain (around 2,000 m above sea level) with its fantastic panoramic views.
Tue05.04.2016 Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates, 8.00 – 0.00 hrs 

The glittering skyline of Abu Dhabi is witness to the seemingly relentless development of the Arabian Peninsula. The newly built and ornate Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has room for 40,000 worshippers and is sometimes also open to non-Muslim visitors. At a teatime** in the Emirates Palace Hotel, you will be surrounded by luxury and exclusivity, whilst a trip by RIB**, an agile inflatable boat, promises fast-paced fun.

Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi GC, The National Course
Hailed as a super course by golf critics, this course – designed by Peter Harradine – offers extravagant vegetation alongside challenging bunkers, lush fairways and spacious greens.

Wed06.04.2016 Dubai/United Arab Emirates, arrival 7.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board 
Explore Dubai on your own and allow yourself to be surprised by its undiscovered aspects – as well as by spectacular buildings such as the Burj al Arab and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa**. From the 124th floor, you can enjoy amazing views over Dubai, where your cruise will draw to a close after a final night on board. 

The Address Montgomerie GC
The course was designed by Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead. A total of 81 bunkers are scattered throughout the course. With bunkers and water hazards, the diverse holes offer a range of challenges and possibilities – from the 4th hole, a dog-leg, to the 13th hole in the shape of the United Arab Emirates and the 18th, which is an unbelievable 600 m in length.

Thur 07-Apr-2016 Dubai/United Arab Emirates, arrival 7.00 hrs
Disembarkation of the MS Europa 2.

Suite Type Cruise only
Veranda/Ocean Suite $8,960
Veranda/Ocean Suite $9,910
Veranda/Ocean Suite for Single Occupancy $12,420
Veranda/Ocean Suite $10,900
Veranda/Ocean Suite $11,340
Veranda/Ocean Suite for Single Occupancy $14,670
Veranda Suite $12,240
Grand Ocean Suite $15,830
Grand Ocean Suite $16,810
Penthouse Suite $18,790
Penthouse Suite $20,770
Grand Penthouse Suite on request
Owner Suite on request
Family apartment (2x20 m²) $11,340
Penthouse Suite, Equipped for Disabled Guests $15,830
Extra Bed for Third Person $6,600
Guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite¹ $7,790
5% early booking discount (cruise only) until 28-Aug-2015

Golf Cruise - Golfing with Spirit on the Persian Gulf
Basic Package: 4 Courses $1,807 USD per person
All fares are based on the current Euro to Dollar exchange rate and are subject to change.

¹ You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here. Accommodation will be provided in a Veranda/Ocean Suite of Category 1 to 4, subject to availability. If you book a combination of several cruises in a guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite, it will be necessary to change suites after each individual cruise. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number on board at the beginning of the cruise (limited allotment).

² If you book your cruise 210 days (approx. 7 months) or earlier prior to departure, you will receive an early booking discount of 5% on the cruise-only price (catalogue price minus surcharge for travel arrangements to cruise departure point and from cruise arrival point as well as share of fuel costs (ship)).