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Rome (Civitavecchia) , Italy | Sicily (Messina) , Italy | Athens (Piraeus) , Greece | Santorini , Greece | Suez Canal (Passage) , Egypt | Suez Canal (Passage) , Egypt | Aqaba , Jordan | Muscat , Oman | Dubai , United Arab Emirates | Dubai , United Arab Emirates

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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

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

BORN TO EXPLORE

The Eternal City endures with endless adventures. Sip a cappuccino in an al fresco café and watch the city wake. Peruse ancient artifacts in National Roman Museum and Italian masterworks in Villa Borghese. Or learn about the ancestors of the Romans at the National Etruscan Museum.

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The Vatican dome in Italy

The Eternal City endures with endless adventures. Sip a cappuccino in an al fresco café and watch the city wake. Peruse ancient artifacts in National Roman Museum and Italian masterworks in Villa Borghese. Or learn about the ancestors of the Romans at the National Etruscan Museum.

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The Vatican dome in 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

FAMOUS PLACES

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 artisan stalls. Be sure to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good measure.

Statues in the Vatican Museum

SACRED PLACES

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 sidewalk 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 neighborhood. Porta Portese is the city’s largest flea market— and La Rinascente, the first department store.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Sicily (Messina), Italy

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Explore Messina

Messina is the coastal jewel of northern Sicily. Let yourself get a little lost in the city, as you wander the streets taking note the of the history embedded in its architecture. See the famous Messina Cathedral — its dome has stood since 1551. Stroll among neoclassical and Art Nouveau sculptures at the Camposanto. And check out the Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, a 12th-century church that offers a unique example of Norman architecture, blending Arab, Byzantine and Roman elements.

Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Christ the King of Montalto church in Sicily (Messina), Italy
View of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Messina

Messina is the coastal jewel of northern Sicily. Let yourself get a little lost in the city, as you wander the streets taking note the of the history embedded in its architecture. See the famous Messina Cathedral — its dome has stood since 1551. Stroll among neoclassical and Art Nouveau sculptures at the Camposanto. And check out the Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, a 12th-century church that offers a unique example of Norman architecture, blending Arab, Byzantine and Roman elements.

Aerial view of Sicily (Messina), Italy
Christ the King of Montalto church in Sicily (Messina), Italy
View of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Messina
Things To Do

in Sicily (Messina)

Orions fountain in Sicily (Messina), Italy

Photographer's Playground

Messina's panoramic views and patchwork of architectural styles are an invitation for the creative photographer. The Neptune and Orione fountains created by Michelangelo's collaborator, Montorsoli are renaissance masterpieces.

An ancient eternal calendar

Dawn of the Duomo

Head to the Astronomical Clock at noon to catch the tower's daily spectacle, starring its bronze statue carousel. The 12th-century Santissima Annunziata Church, Gothic-style Messina Cathedral and the 19th-century Galleria V. Emanuele III span through centuries of architectural diversity.

View of various buildings from a look out point in Messina, Sicily

A Piazza With a View

Once you reach the Sacrario di Cristo Re, you'll discover a panoramic view of the strait and most of Messina. Visit the beautiful temple and the tomb of the unknown soldier during your Sicily cruise. Afterward, walk back down to Piazza Cairoli to Viale San Martino where you can enjoy a refreshing granita, a sorbet-like Sicilian treat.

Three arancinis on a napkin

Local Cuisine

The cuisine here is one of the most antique in Sicily, with influences from Greek and Arabic cultures. Try Messina specialty la ghiotta di pesce stocco, filets of cod or swordfish baked in tomato sauce with potatoes, capers and herbs. Sample Sicilian bucatini, which combines pasta with local sardines and North African-inspired flavors like saffron, pine nuts and raisins. Or hit up the street vendors for arancini, the cheesy balls of fried rice that are the ultimate Sicilian comfort food.

Assorted colorful ceramic souvenirs

Shopping

Shop in local markets for the typical products, such as cheese, figs and marzipan. Visit the Galleria V. Emanuele — the world's oldest active shopping mall, dating back to the 1800s — for artisanal crafts such as coral jewelry, hand-painted glazed ceramics and fine crocheted items. Stop in the small shops off the main roads to see artisans at work during your Sicily cruise.

DAY 3 - 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

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Athens (Piraeus), Greece

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

Explore the Acropolis

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.

DAY 5 - TENDERED

Santorini, Greece

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

Greek Island

Santorini is one of the world’s most popular islands, where adventure bubbles above the Aegean Sea in breathtaking ways. Take a cable car to see Fira’s old cathedrals and enthralling museums. Swim in deep blue waters that lap black pebbled beaches. And peel back layers of history in excavated Akrotiri— all while relishing the dramatic scenery of this Cyclades isle.

Scenic view of traditional cycladic houses on small street with flowers in foreground, in Santorini, Greece
View of the sea from a beautiful terrace with flowers in Santorini, Greece
Beautiful landscape of two fishing boats anchored in blue water at the old port in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the world’s most popular islands, where adventure bubbles above the Aegean Sea in breathtaking ways. Take a cable car to see Fira’s old cathedrals and enthralling museums. Swim in deep blue waters that lap black pebbled beaches. And peel back layers of history in excavated Akrotiri— all while relishing the dramatic scenery of this Cyclades isle.

Scenic view of traditional cycladic houses on small street with flowers in foreground, in Santorini, Greece
View of the sea from a beautiful terrace with flowers in Santorini, Greece
Beautiful landscape of two fishing boats anchored in blue water at the old port in Oia, Santorini, Greece
Things To Do

in Santorini

Nea Kameni volcanic island in Santorini, Greece

VOLCANIC WONDERS

Explore the volcanic history and geology of Santorini, site of an immense eruption 3,500 years ago. Trek the rocky landscape of Nea Kameni, an island in the center of the Santorini caldera, to see its smoking craters. Then soak in the soothing hot springs of Palea Kameni.

Early morning in Byzantine Castle Ruins in Oia village, Santorini, Greece

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

Considered the island’s most picturesque village, Oia radiates authentic Cyclades charm. Meander along tiny paths squeezed between stark-white villas. Snap selfies with the blue-domed St. Gerasimos Church, and view Byzantine castle ruins. Or dine on Greek seafood in a waterfront taverna— also the perfect perch for watching Oia’s fabulous sunsets.

Bunch of white grapes in the vineyard in the Wine Museum of Thira, Santorini, Greece

THE GLASS HALF FULL

Indulge your taste buds in a delectable tasting journey among the island’s traditional wine cellars. Vineyards dapple Santorini’s countryside, and many are among some of Europe’s oldest. White Assyrtiko and red Mantilaria are both popular varietals— and be sure to sample Santorini’s beloved dessert wine, Vinsanto.

Alcohol drink Raki with anis on wooden board in Santorini, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Thanks to Santorini’s rich volcanic soil, the island has a solid reputation for producing fantastic wines and vegetables— fresh cherry tomatoes, fava beans and white eggplant included. Try egg-based sfougato and fried tomatokeftedes fritters, two Santorini specialties. Pick up melitinia cookies from a local bakery. And for an after-dinner drink, sip unsweetened, anise-flavored raki.

Small white and blue house souvenirs in Santorini, Greece

SHOPPING

Ypapantis Street in Fira is known for its dozens of jewelry stores selling pieces inspired by ancient Greek and Byzantine designs. You’ll find local artwork in the galleries of Oia and books about the Cyclades in Atlantis Books. A bottle of Santorini wine or Canava ouzo makes for a tasty souvenir.

DAY 6 - 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.

DAY 7 - 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.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Aqaba, Jordan

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

Desert City

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.

DAY 9 - 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

DAY 10 - 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

DAY 11 - 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

DAY 12 - 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

DAY 13 - 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

DAY 14 - 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

DAY 15 - DOCKED

Muscat, Oman

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Coastal Castle

Explore this fairy-tale town of medieval Middle East heritage by foot. Get lost in the dazzling Mutrah Souq, a colorful labyrinth with ceramics, jewelry and spices. See the Portuguese forts of Al Mirani and Al Jalali on the sand-colored 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 colorful labyrinth with ceramics, jewelry and spices. See the Portuguese forts of Al Mirani and Al Jalali on the sand-colored 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 harbor. 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 artifacts, manuscripts and ship models during your Muscat cruise. When you're done, 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 yogurt 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 jewelry, Omani hats and ornate decorative lamps with traditional geometric patterns. You can also shop in The Avenues or one of the other big modern malls for more modern retail therapy.

DAY 16 - DOCKED

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ARRIVES:
2:00 PM
GET DOWN

IN THE DESERT

Start your adventure near Dubai Creek: Explore the sand-colored architecture and winding alleyways of the Al Fahidi historical district, and see the nearby market. Enjoy tea in the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, one of Dubai's most famous landmarks. Or head to Palm Jumeirah, the famous artificial palm-shaped islands, where you can take the monorail to the Atlantis Hotel.

The Burj Al Arab with palm trees and water seen from Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Riding camels along the beach in front of the Dubai Marina on a summer day in the United Arab Emirates

Start your adventure near Dubai Creek: Explore the sand-colored architecture and winding alleyways of the Al Fahidi historical district, and see the nearby market. Enjoy tea in the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, one of Dubai's most famous landmarks. Or head to Palm Jumeirah, the famous artificial palm-shaped islands, where you can take the monorail to the Atlantis Hotel.

The Burj Al Arab with palm trees and water seen from Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Riding camels along the beach in front of the Dubai Marina on a summer day in the United Arab Emirates
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 17 - Arrival Day

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GET DOWN

IN THE DESERT

Less than 10 percent of Dubai's population are original Emiratis (the majority are South Asian expats). To meet locals and taste local home-cooked food, join the Cultural Breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Before you leave, pop into a mall — also a welcome escape from the heat. You can seek out some world-class bargains or indulge in some ultra-luxurious retail therapy.

Skyscrapers towering over downtown Dubai
The Luxury Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Less than 10 percent of Dubai's population are original Emiratis (the majority are South Asian expats). To meet locals and taste local home-cooked food, join the Cultural Breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Before you leave, pop into a mall — also a welcome escape from the heat. You can seek out some world-class bargains or indulge in some ultra-luxurious retail therapy.

Skyscrapers towering over downtown Dubai
The Luxury Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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.

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