Suez Canal Cruise ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

Dubai , United Arab Emirates | Khasab , Oman | Muscat , Oman | Aqaba , Jordan | Suez Canal (Passage) , Egypt | Suez Canal (Passage) , Egypt | Rhodes , Greece | Athens (Piraeus) , Greece | Naples/Capri , Italy | Rome (Civitavecchia) , Italy

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HIGHS AND SHINE

After a day spent wandering new shores, dive into a world of thrills on Jewel of the Seas®. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall or catch a movie on the poolside screen. Grab your playbill for West End to Broadway and raise a glass at Vintages. It's time to go all-in on adventure.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
CITY GLAM

DESERT SANDS

A taxi from the airport to the port or the center takes around 30 minutes. For an overview of this sprawling city, ascend the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. Cruise from Dubai to step back in time in the Al Fahidi Historical District, and visit the Dubai Museum to learn about the fast evolution from fishing and pearling village to a global center of commerce, finance and tourism.

The Dubai Fountain on the Burj Khalifa Lake with skyscrapers in the background

A taxi from the airport to the port or the center takes around 30 minutes. For an overview of this sprawling city, ascend the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. Cruise from Dubai to step back in time in the Al Fahidi Historical District, and visit the Dubai Museum to learn about the fast evolution from fishing and pearling village to a global center of commerce, finance and tourism.

The Dubai Fountain on the Burj Khalifa Lake with skyscrapers in the background
Things To Do

in Dubai

Woman in traditional muslim black dress in old arabic city district with mosque minaret in Al Fahidi Historical District of Dubai

Old Ways Still Alive

Stroll around the nicely restored Al Fahidi Historical District, where you can get an impression of life in this emirate before oil was discovered in the 1960s. Explore the narrow walking lanes with their sand-colored houses, cafes and galleries. Then visit Dubai Museum, built in 1787 and the oldest existing building in Dubai.

Aerial views of the city of Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

On Top of the World

Stand on the Burj Khalifa for breathtaking views of this extraordinary city. At 828 meters, this narrow tower is the world's tallest so far. It has an observation deck on the 124th and the 148th floor, and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. Book tickets well in advance.

Classic historical buildings in Dubai before the oil boom in the 1960s

Maze of Modern Life

Head to Madinat Jumeirah, one of Dubai's most attractive developments. With your Dubai cruise, stroll along the desert-colored villas and hotels, alongside waterways with palms, banana trees and bougainvillea. Sit down in one of the trendy local cafes for a refreshing fruit juice. At the heart of this modern village lies Souq Madinat Jumeirah, a maze-like bazaar with shops lining wood-framed walkways.

Cooking grilled meat shawarma to make hot kebabs, a typical street food in Dubai

Local Cuisine

You'll be able to find food from anywhere around the globe here — but focus on the local fare for the most authentic experience with Dubai cruises. While you're out on the town, pick up a shawarma, shaved strips of spicy spit-roasted meat served in pita bread. Try manousheh, a flatbread topped with local Akkawi cheese and za'atar herbs. Slate your sweet tooth with luqaimat, fried dough balls spiced with saffron and cardamom.

Carpets found in the markets of Dubai

Shopping

Pick one of the large number of malls in this shopping Mecca. There's Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping center, as well as the Mall of Emirates. For a more traditional experience, browse the colorful souqs in Bur Dubai and Deira for Persian carpets, Arabic coffee pots and other trinkets.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Khasab, Oman

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
THE WILD WEST

OF THE MIDDLE EAST

On the glittering shores of the Strait of Hormuz, Khasab is town full of tradition set against a dramatic landscape. Take in the slight Wild West-like atmosphere, with sandy desert and imposing hills as you walk from the porch down to quiet Bassa Beach. From here, you can go diving among the coral reefs or step aboard a dhow, a traditional wooden sailboat, to explore the coastline and its inlets surrounded by rugged fjords.

A cannon at the exterior walls of the Khasab Castle in Oman
Boats anchored in a fjord in Oman
A coastal road and village in Oman

On the glittering shores of the Strait of Hormuz, Khasab is town full of tradition set against a dramatic landscape. Take in the slight Wild West-like atmosphere, with sandy desert and imposing hills as you walk from the porch down to quiet Bassa Beach. From here, you can go diving among the coral reefs or step aboard a dhow, a traditional wooden sailboat, to explore the coastline and its inlets surrounded by rugged fjords.

A cannon at the exterior walls of the Khasab Castle in Oman
Boats anchored in a fjord in Oman
A coastal road and village in Oman
Things To Do

in Khasab

Interior of the Khasab castle in Oman

Castle in the Sand

Visit Khasab Castle, a large stone fort built by the Portuguese colonists in the 17th century. Check out the distinctive cylindrical central tower, and see the museum inside, displaying jewelry, rugs and other antique items from the period when the fort was built. Outside, you can see large wooden dhows, a type of wooden fishing sailboat traditional to the area.

A traditional dhow boat cruising through the water

Arabian Fjords

Experience a breathtaking harbor tour on a traditional Omani dhow to see Musandam's longest and most spectacular fjord, also known as the Norway of Arabia. Admire the views of towering mountains and small fishing villages. Go swimming or snorkeling in the calm turquoise waters, and watch dolphins swim past.

The Khor Najd fjord in Oman

Raw Nature

Explore the peninsula on a mountain safari, a tour with a 4WD. Visit Khor An Najd, a beautiful bay with a stunning viewpoint at the top of the graded road. Then continue the spectacular road to Jebel Harim (Mountain of Women) to soak in the scenery of limestone formations and crescent-shaped canyons.

Two grilled chicken skewer

Local Cuisine

In the Khasab center, you'll find a number of local restaurants serving simple, traditional fare. Try grilled local prawns or comforting madrouba, a porridge from soft rice, chicken and spices. Fill up on meshkak (grilled meat kebabs) or shuwa, slow-cooked lamb or other meat with cumin, cloves and other spices, served over basmati rice. Finish off with halwa, a sweet custard made with eggs, honey, rose water, nuts and spices.

Clay jugs for sale at a market in Oman

Shopping

Browse the small shops in the souq (market) area in the center of town. Buy some fresh palm dates to take home, or pick up a traditional handcrafted walking stick inlaid with silver. The shop at Khasab Castle also carries local Musandam and Omani handicrafts, including silver brooches and colorful clay jugs.

INSIDER TIP

Oman's weekend is on Friday and Saturday.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Muscat, Oman

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
SWING LIKE A

SULTAN

Explore this fairy-tale town of medieval Middle East heritage by foot. Get lost in the dazzling Mutrah Souq, a colourful labyrinth with ceramics, jewellery and spices. See the Portuguese forts of Al Mirani and Al Jalali on the sand-coloured hillsides. Explore the massive Grand Mosque, and admire the city's many other architecture landmarks, such as the Royal Opera House, a blend of Omani and Italian-imported marble.

Views of the city of Muscat, Oman with clear skies and views of mosques and city buildings
Views of the mountain landscape and ocean in Muscat, Oman
Fishermen with their boats on the docks of Muscat, Oman

Explore this fairy-tale town of medieval Middle East heritage by foot. Get lost in the dazzling Mutrah Souq, a colourful labyrinth with ceramics, jewellery and spices. See the Portuguese forts of Al Mirani and Al Jalali on the sand-coloured hillsides. Explore the massive Grand Mosque, and admire the city's many other architecture landmarks, such as the Royal Opera House, a blend of Omani and Italian-imported marble.

Views of the city of Muscat, Oman with clear skies and views of mosques and city buildings
Views of the mountain landscape and ocean in Muscat, Oman
Fishermen with their boats on the docks of Muscat, Oman
Things To Do

in Muscat

Impressive twin forts called Fort Al-Jalali at the entrance of Old Muscat's harbor near Sultan Qaboos palace in Muscat, Oman

Portuguese Past

The Portuguese occupiers built the impressive Al Jalali and Al Mirani Fort in the 16th century. Although they're closed to the public, they're a stunning backdrop for stroll along the harbour. The forts are on both sides high on the cliffs guarding the city's entrance.

Impressive twin forts called Fort Al-Jalali at the entrance of Old Muscat's harbor near Sultan Qaboos palace in Muscat, Oman

Play Sultan

Visit the Grand Mosque (open in the morning), a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos and a mix of Omani, Islamic and modern architecture. It can accommodate 20,000 worshippers and has a rich prayer hall, an elaborate chandelier and a huge Persian carpet that took four years to weave.

The National Museum entrance in Muscat, Oman

Picturesque Heritage

Learn more about Oman's past in the elegant New National Museum in Old Muscat. Browse the beautifully presented archaeological artefacts, manuscripts and ship models during your Muscat cruise. When you're finished, snap a photo of the Al Alam Palace with its blue and gold pillars opposite the museum.

A traditional arabic meal with rice, meats, and sauces

Local Cuisine

The traditional dish of Oman is majboos (also called kabsa), basmati rice with spicy beef, chicken or fish – typically local-caught lobster, mackerel or red snapper – served with yoghurt sauce. Perk up with a cup of kahwa, the local coffee mixed with cardamom powder, served alongside dates and sweets after a meal.

Beautiful and colorful decorative lamp shade lanterns being sold at the Muttrah Square in Muscat, Oman

Shopping

Head to Mutrah Souq, Muscat's oldest market and one of the most characterful souqs in the region. Cruise to Muscat and browse a variety of goods and souvenirs like frankincense, perfumes, gold and silver jewellery, Omani hats and ornate decorative lamps with traditional geometric patterns. You can also shop in The Avenues or one of the other big modern shopping centres for more modern retail therapy.

INSIDER TIP

Muscat's non-airport taxis are orange and white and don't have meters. Agree on the rate before you get in.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Family Enjoying the Pool and Tanning
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Things to Do

Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
Pools

SWIM IT TO WIN IT

Soak up the sun or savour the shade on expanded pool decks, with complimentary loungers, live music and the opportunity to enjoy a frosty cocktail.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performers dresses in costumes on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
Performers in Medieval Style stage during the Big Top Cruise Show on Independence of the Seas

Performers dresses in costumes on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
Performers in Medieval Style stage during the Big Top Cruise Show on Independence of the Seas

Things to Do

Performers on stage during the West End to Broadway Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
West End to Broadway

LYRICAL LAYOVER

Savour every note as you travel from the Big Apple across the pond in West End to Broadway, a cross-continental celebration of music theatre production.

Performers in red dresses on stage during City of Dreams Cruise Show on Jewel of the Seas
City of Dreams

ENTRANCED BY DANCE

Escape to the most ethereal cities of the world – both real and imaginary – in a show that will hypnotise your senses.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

Vintages Small Bites with Chardonnay
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

Things to Do

Couple Enjoying a Bottle of Wine
Vintages

UNCORK A VINTAGE ADVENTURE

Whether you favour a bold Cab or the subtle nuance of Pinot Noir, Vintages has the perfect glass. From France to California, Chardonnay to Shiraz, the wide world of wine is well represented through extensive partnerships with top winemakers. This is the perfect setting for indulging your passion for wine, or igniting it. Vintages also offers a small bites menu.

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Solarium Bar

SUN, SERENITY & SIPS

Does sitting in the whirlpool make you thirsty? Grab a drink at the nearby Solarium Bar.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 10 - DOCKED

Aqaba, Jordan

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
WALK INTO

A DESERT OASIS

The Red Sea's clear waters, pleasant temperatures and abundant sea life make this town with its rose-colored mountain backdrop an ideal location for snorkeling year-round — head to Al-Ghandour Beach, or try Palm Beach a few kilometers from downtown for a quieter experience. Then, dive deeper into the area's history: See the fortifications of Mamuk Castle and the Bronze Age artifacts of the Aqaba Archaeological Museum.

Aqaba Mamluk fort in Aqaba, Jordan, Middle East
Glass boats in the gulf of Aqaba, Jordan
Close-up on the minaret of Al-Sharif Al Hussein Bin Ali Mosque in Aqaba, Jordan

The Red Sea's clear waters, pleasant temperatures and abundant sea life make this town with its rose-colored mountain backdrop an ideal location for snorkeling year-round — head to Al-Ghandour Beach, or try Palm Beach a few kilometers from downtown for a quieter experience. Then, dive deeper into the area's history: See the fortifications of Mamuk Castle and the Bronze Age artifacts of the Aqaba Archaeological Museum.

Aqaba Mamluk fort in Aqaba, Jordan, Middle East
Glass boats in the gulf of Aqaba, Jordan
Close-up on the minaret of Al-Sharif Al Hussein Bin Ali Mosque in Aqaba, Jordan
Things To Do

in Aqaba

Underwater anemone at Aqaba Marine Park

Underwater Adventures

Explore the world under the sea at the Aqaba Marine Park. Instead of snorkeling or diving, you can also take a trip on the Red Sea in a glass-bottomed boat. Or visit the Aqaba Aquarium, where you'll be introduced to the wide variety of colorful local fish and corals.

Beach on the shore of the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan

Red Sea Relaxation

Head to Berenice Beach Club, where you wade in the clear waters of the Red Sea or relax in a sunbed. Or opt for the free beach at Al-Hafayer, or Palm Beach: Stroll along the tree-lined boulevard that runs along the shoreline, or join in the local tradition of beach time with tea or coffee.

Falafel wrap is the local cuisine in Aqaba, Jordan

Local Cuisine

While you're here, be sure to sample Aqaba's signature dish sayadieh, a delicately spiced fish, served with rice with onion and tahini sauce. Cruise to Aqaba to try falafel in its place of origin — some say Jordan is the best spot in the world for savoring these fried chickpea fritters, spiced with cumin and garlic and brightened up with parsley. Finish with tea flavored with sage or mint, or opt for Turkish coffee, a slightly sweeter alternative to espresso.

Bottles made of shape with shapes of deserts and camels while shopping in Aqaba, Jordan

Shopping

Some of the best shopping in Aqaba is in the souq, the market in the older part of town. Head here for Dead Sea products, handmade clothing, jewelry, carpets, pottery, glassware, nuts and spices — pick up a glass bottle filled with designs made in sand, a signature Jordanian trinket. Aqaba's special economic status also makes it a good place to pick up duty-free goods during your Jordan cruise.

INSIDER TIP

There are dozens of banks and ATMs around the city where you can get Jordanian Dinar (JD).

DAY 11 - CRUISING

Suez Canal (Passage), Egypt

ARRIVES:
11:00 PM
CANAL BETWEEN

CONTINENTS

Admire the views as you journey down the 193 kilometer Suez Canal, the remarkable achievement of Egypt's belle epoque. On one side of the shore, you'll see Africa and on the other side Asia. See the historic buildings of Port Said at the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the view of the Suez Canal House, with its white facade and striking green domes, built for the 1869 inauguration.

The landscape around the Suez Canal
The Suez Canal bridge
Coastal view of the Suez Canal

Admire the views as you journey down the 193 kilometer Suez Canal, the remarkable achievement of Egypt's belle epoque. On one side of the shore, you'll see Africa and on the other side Asia. See the historic buildings of Port Said at the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the view of the Suez Canal House, with its white facade and striking green domes, built for the 1869 inauguration.

The landscape around the Suez Canal
The Suez Canal bridge
Coastal view of the Suez Canal
Things To Do

in Suez Canal (Passage)

The Port Said lighthouse

Landmark Lighthouse

See Port Said waterfront's quarter with its 19th-century villas. Fascinating historical buildings include the Lighthouse, an octagonal-shaped, 56-meter-high tower that was completed one week before the inauguration of the canal. It's also the first building in the world created with reinforced concrete and the longest-standing construction in the city.

A coptic church along the Suez Canal

From Coptic to Colonial

As you pass by Ismailia, you'll see Lake Timsah — one of the main lakes of the historic Nile Delta, the cradle of ancient Egyptian civilization. Spot the Coptic Church of Ismailia with its cross-topped domes. Look for colonial-era buildings like De Lessep's House, the impeccably maintained former residence of the French consul to Egypt.

The Suez Canal bridge

Bridge Over Suez

Near the city of Suez, you'll pass by the Suez Canal Bridge with your Egypt cruise, also called the Mubarak Peace Bridge or simply El-Qantara ("The Bridge"). Note the bridge's two massive pylons on either side of the canal — one is in Asia, while the other is in Africa. Asia, while the other is in Africa.

INSIDER TIP

In places of worship of any denomination here, it's expected to cover your arms and legs.

DAY 12 - CRUISING

Suez Canal (Passage), Egypt

DEPARTS:
1:00 PM
CANAL BETWEEN

CONTINENTS

Admire the views as you journey down the 193 kilometer Suez Canal, the remarkable achievement of Egypt's belle epoque. On one side of the shore, you'll see Africa and on the other side Asia. See the historic buildings of Port Said at the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the view of the Suez Canal House, with its white facade and striking green domes, built for the 1869 inauguration.

The landscape around the Suez Canal
The Suez Canal bridge
Coastal view of the Suez Canal

Admire the views as you journey down the 193 kilometer Suez Canal, the remarkable achievement of Egypt's belle epoque. On one side of the shore, you'll see Africa and on the other side Asia. See the historic buildings of Port Said at the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the view of the Suez Canal House, with its white facade and striking green domes, built for the 1869 inauguration.

The landscape around the Suez Canal
The Suez Canal bridge
Coastal view of the Suez Canal
Things To Do

in Suez Canal (Passage)

The Port Said lighthouse

Landmark Lighthouse

See Port Said waterfront's quarter with its 19th-century villas. Fascinating historical buildings include the Lighthouse, an octagonal-shaped, 56-meter-high tower that was completed one week before the inauguration of the canal. It's also the first building in the world created with reinforced concrete and the longest-standing construction in the city.

A coptic church along the Suez Canal

From Coptic to Colonial

As you pass by Ismailia, you'll see Lake Timsah — one of the main lakes of the historic Nile Delta, the cradle of ancient Egyptian civilization. Spot the Coptic Church of Ismailia with its cross-topped domes. Look for colonial-era buildings like De Lessep's House, the impeccably maintained former residence of the French consul to Egypt.

The Suez Canal bridge

Bridge Over Suez

Near the city of Suez, you'll pass by the Suez Canal Bridge with your Egypt cruise, also called the Mubarak Peace Bridge or simply El-Qantara ("The Bridge"). Note the bridge's two massive pylons on either side of the canal — one is in Asia, while the other is in Africa. Asia, while the other is in Africa.

INSIDER TIP

In places of worship of any denomination here, it's expected to cover your arms and legs.

DAY 13 - DOCKED

Rhodes, Greece

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

COLOSSAL ADVENTURE

Start your exploration of Rhodes at its harbor, where you'll find the site where the city's famous Colossus once stood. Then, traipse through the ancient streets of its Old Town. Discover the diverse history of Rhodes at the Palace of the Grand Master and the Suleiman Mosque, both near the Gate of Saint Anthony. Then, sun yourself on one of the pristine beaches, and enjoy a plate fried baby shrimp and a glass of white wine while overlooking the waters.

View of Lindos Castle above the town
Ancient columns at Lindos in Rhodes, Greece
The ruins of a church in Monolithos Castle in Rhodes, Greece

Start your exploration of Rhodes at its harbor, where you'll find the site where the city's famous Colossus once stood. Then, traipse through the ancient streets of its Old Town. Discover the diverse history of Rhodes at the Palace of the Grand Master and the Suleiman Mosque, both near the Gate of Saint Anthony. Then, sun yourself on one of the pristine beaches, and enjoy a plate fried baby shrimp and a glass of white wine while overlooking the waters.

View of Lindos Castle above the town
Ancient columns at Lindos in Rhodes, Greece
The ruins of a church in Monolithos Castle in Rhodes, Greece
Things To Do

in Rhodes

Ancient ruins in Rhodes, Greece

Colossal History

The site where the Colossus once stood is a momentary stop, but Rhodes offers plenty of other history. Ascend the Acropolis of Rhode, which rises above the port. Or stroll through the scenic Old Town, where you can climb the clock tower for a bird's-eye view of the city.

Filerimos monastery in Rhodes, Greece

Monestary on the Mount

Take the 20-minute drive to Phileremos. It's a moderately difficult hike to scale the hill here. At the summit, you'll encounter a priceless panorama and a peaceful monastery lined with cypress trees.

View of Lindos Bay in Greece

Land Meets Sea

If you're up for an excursion, hail a cab to Lindos Bay. Here, with your Greece cruise, you'll find the perfect balance of idyllic scenery and convenience – it's less than an hour drive each way from the port.

A baked sea bass filet with a side of rice

Local Cuisine

If seafood is your thing, you've come to the right place. Some of Rhodes' specialities include stuffed clams shells, grilled sea bass and squid, served grilled or fried. For dessert, try tangy local feta drizzled with sweet honey and topped with crunchy sesame seeds. Cruise to Greece and stick around the harbour at the northern tip of the island for seaside dining.

A souvenir shopping boat offering a wide selection of items

Shopping

The most scenic spots to shop in Rhodes are the many boats parked along the sides of the port, where you can pick up colourful sea shells to bring back home. Once you're done here, visit Labryinthos Arts and Crafts to browse creations by local artists.

INSIDER TIP

Don't be fooled by how small Rhodes looks on the map. Put fewer items on your itinerary rather than more to avoid missing your boat.

DAY 14 - DOCKED

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

ACROPOLIS NOW

Explore the harbors of Piraeus, which showcase the Golden Age of Greek history. Visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum and the ship sheds — here, you can see how ancient ships were crafted. In the charming Castella district, you'll find some small, quaint shops and cafes amid the elegant neoclassical buildings. Head to Sotiros Street to find brand name stores, alongside smaller local shops.

View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
View of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Herodes Theater in Athens, Greece

Explore the harbors of Piraeus, which showcase the Golden Age of Greek history. Visit the Hellenic Maritime Museum and the ship sheds — here, you can see how ancient ships were crafted. In the charming Castella district, you'll find some small, quaint shops and cafes amid the elegant neoclassical buildings. Head to Sotiros Street to find brand name stores, alongside smaller local shops.

View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
View of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Herodes Theater in Athens, Greece
Things To Do

in Athens (Piraeus)

The Agia Triada church in Greece

Take Me to Church

The Agia Triada is one of the finest examples of Byzantine-style churches in Greece. The Church of St. Nicholas, which overlooks the port, has a magnificent interior filled with orthodox icons, frescoes and sculptures.

Mikrolimano harbour in Greece

Mediterranean Romance

Part of the Castella district, Mikrolimano is the smallest and most picturesque port of Athens, making it perfect for a romantic afternoon. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade to take in the amazing views, then settle in a cafe or taverna for some fresh seafood or a refreshing drink with your cruise to Athens.

Various decorative Greek vases

Boats and the Bronze Age

The Naval Museum has exhibits that present ship building from ancient times to the present day. You will be fascinated by the Neosoikoi, the archaeological remains of the ship sheds where local craftsmen maintained and repaired the boats. Art lovers will have plenty to see at the Piraeus Archaeological Museum, from Bronze Age sculptures to classical Hellenistic pottery.

Grilled octopus on a white plate with a lemon on the side

Local Cuisine

Try the local dishes prepared with sun-ripened tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and fresh seafood like mussels and grilled octopus. Look for trovolia, a typical fresh cheese to savor with marinated olives. Ask for recommendations on local wines — the most common white is lively, floral and aromatic Moschofilero, while the red of choice is Xinomavro, an indigenous grape with a bold, complex flavor.

An assortment of Greek souvenirs such as helmets and sculptures

Shopping

You may want to bring back home some of the typical liquors such as the anise-flavored Ouzo or the strong Tsipouro. Greek olives, spices and capers can be vacuumed-packed, making for convenient souvenirs. Look for locally made leather sandals, pottery and hand-painted ceramics. You'll find most shops in the Psyri district, not far from the Acropolis during your Athens cruise.

INSIDER TIP

The yellow trolley bus (number 20) will take you from the port to Passalimani, going through Castella and ending at the Metro station.

DAY 15 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.

Things to Do

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

DAY 16 - DOCKED

Naples/Capri, Italy

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

The third-largest Italian city and one of the oldest in Europe, Naples combines deep history and modern verve. Check out the extravagant Royal Palace of Naples, the former home of the royal family, with its beautiful tapestries and frescoes. People-watch from a streetside cafe in the Sanita district with a glass of wine and slice of classic margherita pizza. Then, head to Herculaneum to see the ruins left in Vesuvius wake after its historic eruption in 79 AD.

An aerial view of Capri
San Francesco di Paola church in Naples, Italy
Mount Vesuvius towering over the ruins of Pompeii in Naples

The third-largest Italian city and one of the oldest in Europe, Naples combines deep history and modern verve. Check out the extravagant Royal Palace of Naples, the former home of the royal family, with its beautiful tapestries and frescoes. People-watch from a streetside cafe in the Sanita district with a glass of wine and slice of classic margherita pizza. Then, head to Herculaneum to see the ruins left in Vesuvius wake after its historic eruption in 79 AD.

An aerial view of Capri
San Francesco di Paola church in Naples, Italy
Mount Vesuvius towering over the ruins of Pompeii in Naples
Things To Do

in Naples/Capri

The Catacombs of San Gennaro in Italy

Go Underground

Interested in getting up close and personal with Naples' past residents? Head underground to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro. These historic burial places are the oldest in the city and the largest in all of Southern Italy. Spend some time wandering around the different rooms to see how the rooms where the wealthy and poor were buried.

The interior of the Gesu Nuovo in Italy

Church Bells Ring

Naples' churches are a great way to tour its architectural treasures, and most of them are concentrated in the old town centre. Check out San Domenico Maggiore, with its impressive gold-gilded ceiling and interior. Inside Sansevero Chapel, you'll find a number of impressive Baroque statues and classical art. And don't miss the beautiful frescoes and peaceful vibe of Gesu Nuovo Church during your Capri cruise.

A margherita pizza in Naples, Italy

Local Cuisine

Neopolitan-style pizza is Naples culinary gem. Grab a seat at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which has been serving up pizza since 1870, and order a slice of simple, classic margherita, topped with fresh basil, tomato sauce and local mozzarella di fiore. Cruise to Naples and head to Friggitoria Vomero for the town's best arancini – gooey, fried spheres of rice and cheese – or panzarotti, a mini-calzone stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and other ingredients like spinach or ham.

Traditional pots at a shop in Italy

Shopping

Head to Via Toledo, the longest shopping street in Naples, which offers small boutiques and a huge department store. Continue down the road to Galleria Umberto I, a beautiful shopping gallery for some high-end souvenirs such as silk scarves and leather shoes to take back home.

INSIDER TIP

You won't be able to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro without a guided tour, so be sure to book yours well in advanced.

DAY 17 - Arrival Day

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

ARRIVES:
5:00 AM

ETERNAL ADVENTURE

Spend the afternoon combing Ancient Rome’s ruins or the spiritual treasures of Vatican City. Sip pre-dinner aperitivo – or better yet, hop in the home kitchen of a local chef for a hands-on lesson in La Cucina Romana. Evenings in this romantic city are perhaps best spent at the Teatro dell’Opera or wandering its many buzzing piazzas.

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
A narrow street in Rome, Italy
The Altare della Patria in Rome, Italy

Spend the afternoon combing Ancient Rome’s ruins or the spiritual treasures of Vatican City. Sip pre-dinner aperitivo – or better yet, hop in the home kitchen of a local chef for a hands-on lesson in La Cucina Romana. Evenings in this romantic city are perhaps best spent at the Teatro dell’Opera or wandering its many buzzing piazzas.

The Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
A narrow street in Rome, Italy
The Altare della Patria in Rome, Italy
Things To Do

in Rome (Civitavecchia)

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

ANCIENT AND AMAZING

Walk through the heart of Ancient Rome. Start at the Colosseum, an enormous arena where gladiators once battled. Then meander around the Roman Forum’s timeworn ruins, past crumbling temples and basilicas. See where emperors lived on Palatine Hill – and enjoy an up-close view of the 2,000-year-old, well-preserved Pantheon church.

A fountain in Piazza Navona  in Italy

ADVENTURE SQUARED

Roam around Rome’s piazzas, as each offers a unique perspective. Dine al fresco in Piazza Navona and climb The Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Wander cobbled alleys in bustling Trastevere and browse Campo de’ Fiori’s artisanal stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.

Statues in the Vatican Museum

SACRED SPACES

Explore the Vatican Museums’ extraordinary collection of tapestries and classical statues. Step inside the Sistine Chapel and be awed by Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. Then enter St Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s largest churches, to stand under its enormous sky-piercing dome.

Pizza, pasta, and antipasta on a table in Rome

LOCAL CUISINE

Romans live to eat, whether it’s family-style or in a pavement café. For an authentic taste of Cucina Romana, try carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or spaghetti alla carbonara. Enjoy panino (stuffed sandwiches) or thin-crusted Roman pizza. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of gelato. Then finish the night with a glass of white wine from the surrounding Lazio region.

Minitature models of the Colosseum and Vatican

SHOPPING

Street stalls throughout the city are your best bet for souvenirs. Via Condotti offers a string of couture Italian designers. Browse artist studios along Via Margutta, or the indie artisan retailers of the Monti neighbourhood. Porta Portese is the city’s largest flea market – and La Rinascente, the first department store.

INSIDER TIP

Conservative attire (no vest tops or shorts) is required when visiting Rome’s religious sites.

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