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Rome To Dubai Cruise/Voyager of the Seas
Cruise holidays   >   Middle East   >   Rome To Dubai Cruise

Voyager of the Seas

Rome To Dubai Cruise - 14 night cruise



Cruise only from €1,333

Price based on lowest available cruise only fare for double occupancy. Subject to change at any time.


Description

Gratuities

Dates and Prices

Cabins

The amped up Voyager of the Seas® is packed with more ways to play.

Take on three stories of twisting, turning adventure on two high-speed waterslides in The Perfect Storm℠ or go head to head in a glow-in-the-dark laser tag clash in Battle for Planet Z℠. Hang ten on the FlowRider℠* surf simulator or recharge and reinvigorate at the spa and adults-only solarium. Plus enjoy Voyager Dunes, ice-skating, rock-climbing wall and totally reimagined spaces for every kid and teen. 

Cruise ID: 33176

As of November 11, 2023*, the automatic service gratuity of $18.00 USD per person, per day for guests in non-suites staterooms and Junior Suite, or $20.50 USD per person, per day for guests in Suites, will be applied to each guest's SeaPass account on a daily basis. The gratuity applies to individual guests of all ages and stateroom categories. As a way to reward our crew members for their outstanding service, gratuities are shared among dining, bar & culinary services staff, stateroom attendants and other hotel services teams who work behind the scenes to enhance the cruise experience.

In the unlikely event that a guest onboard being charged the daily automatic gratuity does not receive satisfactory service, the guest may request to modify the daily amount at their discretion by visiting Guest Services onboard and will be able to do so until the morning of their departure. Guests who have pre-paid their gratuity will not see a daily charge during their cruise.

The automatic daily gratuity is based on customary industry standards. Applying this charge automatically helps streamline the recognition process for the crew members who work to enhance your cruise. We hope you find the gratuity to be an accurate reflection of your satisfaction and thank you for your generous recognition of our staff.

A 18% gratuity is automatically added to all beverages and mini bar items.

A 20% gratuity is automatically added to all spa & salon purchases.

Guests can pre-pay gratuities by calling (UK) 0344 493 4005 / (Ireland) 1800 555 604 or logging into www.royalcaribbean.co.uk before* their sailing. For guests booked through travel advisors, their advisor may add pre-paid gratuities to the guests' booking prior to sailing*. If gratuities are not prepaid prior to sailing, they will be automatically added to the guests' folios once onboard.

Guests who choose ‘My Time Dining' on all European sailings will have gratuities automatically added to their bill, as they may be served by different members of the team each night. This means tips for your waiting staff – as well as other dining and housekeeping staff – will be included in the quoted price for ‘My Time Dining' on your cruise holiday

Guests who choose our open dining option may opt-in to pre-paid gratuities for dining, or add them to their account at check-out.

*Pre-paid gratuities can be added to an individual reservation at any time outside of 48 hours of the sail date.

Date Time Price * Booking
03 November 2025 17:00 €1,333 Call us to book

* Price based on lowest available cruise only fare for double occupancy. Subject to change at any time.

Cabins on Voyager of the Seas

Interior
1-4

Enjoy your holiday in the perfect space.

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft. or 14.86 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • n/a

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Spacious Panoramic Ocean View
1-4

Marvel the view through a floor-to-ceiling panoramic window.

Size

  • Stateroom: 191 sq. ft. or 17.74 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Junior Suite Guarantee
3-4

These suites offer a comfortable bedroom, a small sitting area and a private balcony.

Size

  • Stateroom: 277 sq. ft. or 25.73 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 50 sq. ft. or 4.65 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view
Some staterooms have an obstructed view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom with tub

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Promenade View Interior
1-2

Delight in bowed windows overlooking the Royal Promenade.

Size

  • Stateroom: 167 sq. ft. or 15.51 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed

Occupancy

  • Up to 2 guests

Views

  • Royal Promenade View

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Ocean View Stateroom Guarantee
3-4

Our Ocean View staterooms offer a gorgeous view, two twin beds and a private bathroom

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft. or 14.86 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Pullman Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Junior Suite
1-4

An incredible intimate suite with a great view.

Size

  • Stateroom: 277 sq. ft. or 25.73 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 50 sq. ft. or 4.65 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view
Some staterooms have an obstructed view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom with tub

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Ocean View
1-4

Gaze at the beautiful views from your cosy room.

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft. or 14.86 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Interior Stateroom Guarantee
2-4

This standard stateroom offers two twin beds, a private bathroom and all the facilities of our standard staterooms.

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft. or 14.86 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • n/a

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Pullman Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Interior with Virtual Balcony
1-2

Enjoy a live feed scenic view in the comfort of your room.

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft. or 14.86 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King

Occupancy

  • Up to 2 guests

Views

  • Real-time ocean views and destinations via a high-definition screen

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Connecting Ocean View Balcony
1-2

Experience a spectacular view for a memorable holiday.

Size

  • Stateroom: 198 sq. ft. or 18.39 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 46 sq. ft. or 4.27 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed

Occupancy

  • Up to 2 guests

Views

  • Ocean View

Rooms

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Spacious Ocean View Balcony
1-4

Immerse yourself in a gorgeous view for a memorable holiday.

Size

  • Stateroom: 203 sq. ft. or 18.86 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 42 sq. ft. or 3.9 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Ultra Spacious Ocean View
1-6

Have a spectacular view in an immense space with family.

Size

  • Stateroom: 328 sq. ft. or 30.47 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed
  • Two Pullman beds

Occupancy

  • Up to 6 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Ocean View Balcony
1-3

Experience a spectacular view for a memorable holiday.

Size

  • Stateroom: 198 sq. ft. or 18.39 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 42 sq. ft. or 3.9 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to three guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 3 guests

Views

  • Ocean view
  • Some staterooms have an obstructed view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Pullman Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Connecting Promenade Interior
1-2

Delight in bowed windows overlooking the Royal Promenade.

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft. or 14.86 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed

Occupancy

  • Up to 2 guests

Views

  • Royal Promenade View

Rooms

  • Room with bed, vanity and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony Guarantee
2-4

Experience a spectacular view for a memorable holiday.

Size

  • Stateroom: 198 sq. ft. or 18.39 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 42 sq. ft. or 3.9 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to three guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 3 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Some staterooms have an obstructed view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Pullman Bed

Grand Suite - 2 bedroom
1-8

Indulge in a comfortable suite and enjoy the extra perks.

Size

  • Stateroom: 547 sq. ft. or 50.82 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 234 sq. ft. or 21.74 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed.
  • One double sofa bed
  • Two Pullman beds

Occupancy

  • Up to 8 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Two bedrooms
  • Living area
  • Private balcony with an outdoor dining and seating area

Bathrooms

  • Two bathrooms (master bathroom with tub)

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Royal Suite - 1 bedroom
1-4

Relish an extraordinary holiday in this luxurious suite.

Size

  • Stateroom: 1,260 sq. ft. or 117.06 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 196 sq. ft. or 18.21 sq. m.

Beds

  • One King bed
  • One double sofa bed

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Rooms

  • Bedroom
  • Private balcony with outdoor dining, seating area and whirlpool

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom with tub, two dressers and a bidet

Exclusive for Suites

  • Priority check-in and departure lounge
  • Concierge Club service on select ships
  • VIP seating at the pool deck and theatre
  • Priority tender tickets
  • Private seating for breakfast and lunch in speciality restaurants
  • Complimentary luggage valet service
  • Luxury spa bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service on formal night

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Whirlpool Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Owner's Suite - 1 bedroom
1-4

Enjoy the ultimate suite for a perfect holiday.

Size

  • Stateroom: 506 sq. ft. or 47.01 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 90 sq. ft. or 8.36 sq. m.

Beds

  • One Queen-size bed
  • One double sofa bed

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Rooms

  • Room with bed and dresser
  • Living area with double sofa bed

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom with tub

Exclusive for Suites

  • Priority check-in and departure lounge
  • Concierge Club service on select ships
  • VIP seating at the pool deck and theatre
  • Priority tender tickets
  • Private seating for breakfast and lunch in speciality restaurants
  • Complimentary luggage valet service
  • Luxury spa bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service on formal night

Facilities

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Grand Suite - 1 bedroom
1-4

Enjoy a comfortable suite and the extra perks.

Size

  • Stateroom: 381 sq. ft. or 35.4 sq. m.
  • Balcony: 95 sq. ft. or 8.83 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom with tub

Exclusive for Suites

  • Priority check-in and departure lounge
  • Concierge Club service on select ships
  • VIP seating at the pool deck and theatre
  • Priority tender tickets
  • Private seating for breakfast and lunch in speciality restaurants
  • Complimentary luggage valet service
  • Luxury spa bathrobes
  • Complimentary ironing service on formal night

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Spacious Ocean View
1-4

Have a spectacular view for a memorable holiday.

Size

  • Stateroom: 211 sq. ft. or 19.6 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Occupancy

  • Up to 4 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Room with bed, dresser and sitting area with sofa

Bathrooms

  • One bathroom

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Ocean View Panoramic Suite (No Balcony)
1-6

Enjoy the view through a wrap-around panoramic window with your family.

Size

  • Stateroom: 406 sq. ft. or 37.72 sq. m.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed
  • Two Pullman beds

Occupancy

  • Up to 6 guests

Views

  • Ocean view

Living Spaces

  • Bedroom area with double bed
  • Living area with double sofa bed, dresser and sitting area.
  • Curtained section with bunk beds

Bathrooms

  • One and a half bathrooms

Suite Facilities

  • Dedicated check-in queues
  • Reserved VIP seating
  • Priority Departure
  • Dedicated Suite Attendant
  • Luxury spa bathrobes to use onboard

Facilities

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Pullman Bed x2
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • Suite Benefits
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi (Additional Cost)
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

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Day 1 Civitavecchia, Italy

Italy's vibrant capital lives in the present, but no other city on earth evokes its past so powerfully. For over 2,500 years, emperors, popes, artists, and common citizens have left their mark here. Archaeological remains from ancient Rome, art-stuffed churches, and the treasures of Vatican City vie for your attention, but Rome is also a wonderful place to practice the Italian-perfected il dolce far niente, the sweet art of idleness. Your most memorable experiences may include sitting at a caffè in the Campo de' Fiori or strolling in a beguiling piazza.

Day 2 Naples, Italy

Naples, in the Campania region, is Italy's third largest city. Its claim to fame is the spectacular location along one of the world's most splendid bays, backed by the perfect cone of Mount Vesuvius. In addition to its beautiful setting, Naples' surprises with other outstanding attractions such as the Royal Palace, San Carlos Opera House, the impressive National Archaeological Museum and the Castel Nuovo, dating from the 13th-century. The city's central area is best explored on foot. Chaotic traffic conditions make driving around the city a very frustrating experience. Naples provides a convenient starting point for trips to such favored destinations as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. The Isle of Capri can be reached via a 45-minute hydrofoil service. The region of Campania was home to Greeks settlers some 300 years before Rome was founded. Pompeii, too, was a Greek town before being conquered by the Romans during the 5th century BC. It was under the Romans that Pompeii flourished and grew prosperous. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the population of 20,000 was wiped out, but dozens of buildings were preserved under layers of cinder more than 20 feet deep. The most important finds from Pompeii are displayed in Naples' National Archaeological Museum. A visit here will no doubt enhance a visit to ancient Pompeii.

Day 3  Cruising

Day 4 Piraeus, Greece

It's no wonder that all roads lead to the fascinating and maddening metropolis of Athens. Lift your eyes 200 feet above the city to the Parthenon, its honey-color marble columns rising from a massive limestone base, and you behold architectural perfection that has not been surpassed in 2,500 years. But, today, this shrine of classical form dominates a 21st-century boomtown. To experience Athens—Athína in Greek—fully is to understand the essence of Greece: ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid the squalor, tradition juxtaposed with modernity. Locals depend on humor and flexibility to deal with the chaos; you should do the same. The rewards are immense. Although Athens covers a huge area, the major landmarks of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods are close to the modern city center. You can easily walk from the Acropolis to many other key sites, taking time to browse in shops and relax in cafés and tavernas along the way. From many quarters of the city you can glimpse "the glory that was Greece" in the form of the Acropolis looming above the horizon, but only by actually climbing that rocky precipice can you feel the impact of the ancient settlement. The Acropolis and Filopappou, two craggy hills sitting side by side; the ancient Agora (marketplace); and Kerameikos, the first cemetery, form the core of ancient and Roman Athens. Along the Unification of Archaeological Sites promenade, you can follow stone-paved, tree-lined walkways from site to site, undisturbed by traffic. Cars have also been banned or reduced in other streets in the historical center. In the National Archaeological Museum, vast numbers of artifacts illustrate the many millennia of Greek civilization; smaller museums such as the Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum illuminate the history of particular regions or periods. Athens may seem like one huge city, but it is really a conglomeration of neighborhoods with distinctive characters. The Eastern influences that prevailed during the 400-year rule of the Ottoman Empire are still evident in Monastiraki, the bazaar area near the foot of the Acropolis. On the northern slope of the Acropolis, stroll through Plaka (if possible by moonlight), an area of tranquil streets lined with renovated mansions, to get the flavor of the 19th-century's gracious lifestyle. The narrow lanes of Anafiotika, a section of Plaka, thread past tiny churches and small, color-washed houses with wooden upper stories, recalling a Cycladic island village. In this maze of winding streets, vestiges of the older city are everywhere: crumbling stairways lined with festive tavernas; dank cellars filled with wine vats; occasionally a court or diminutive garden, enclosed within high walls and filled with magnolia trees and the flaming trumpet-shaped flowers of hibiscus bushes. Formerly run-down old quarters, such as Thission, Gazi and Psirri, popular nightlife areas filled with bars and mezedopoleia (similar to tapas bars), are now in the process of gentrification, although they still retain much of their original charm, as does the colorful produce and meat market on Athinas. The area around Syntagma Square, the tourist hub, and Omonia Square, the commercial heart of the city about 1 km (½ mi) northwest, is distinctly European, having been designed by the court architects of King Otho, a Bavarian, in the 19th century. The chic shops and bistros of ritzy Kolonaki nestle at the foot of Mt. Lycabettus, Athens's highest hill (909 feet). Each of Athens's outlying suburbs has a distinctive character: in the north is wealthy, tree-lined Kifissia, once a summer resort for aristocratic Athenians, and in the south and southeast lie Glyfada, Voula, and Vouliagmeni, with their sandy beaches, seaside bars, and lively summer nightlife. Just beyond the city's southern fringes is Piraeus, a bustling port city of waterside fish tavernas and Saronic Gulf views.

Days 5-7  Cruising

Day 8 'Aqaba, Jordan

The resort town of Aqaba, on the Red Sea at the southern end of Jordan, is a popular spot for divers with some of the best coral reefs in the world. Snorkeling and other water sports are popular, and it's easy to hire a boat for a day or half-day, including lunch.Aqaba has become quite a bustling destination, with several large luxury hotels and a large shopping area. There are many jewelry stores selling pearls, gem stones, and gold and silver jewelry. It's worth noting that although it's an international beach resort, Aqaba is quite conservative—certainly much more so than Amman—and North Americans tend to be more comfortable at the private hotel beaches.

Days 9-13  Cruising

Day 14 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai sits on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, where the warm azure waves of the sea meet the desert. A high-rise oasis, this city is a pleasure-dome surrounded by dunes; one of the most fashionable on the planet thanks to its ability to satisfy the needs of legions of demanding vacationers. Dubai is about having fun—and it's one big adult playground.Nature plays her part here, with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, dramatic arid landscapes, and warm waters, but it's the man-made attractions that make Dubai so alluring. You can launch yourself into high-adrenaline desert adventures, diving and water sports, and some of the world's best golf courses. The 5-, 6-, and 7-star hotels offer the ultimate in luxury, and the party scene is hot. Shopping malls are the biggest in the world and are packed full of high-class merchandise. And with hundreds of restaurants with cuisine from around the world, you can munch your way from Mexico to Malaysia.Dubai is an Arab country with a long history as a trading port. Traces of its traditional life, customs, and architecture can still be seen and explored, but today and tomorrow are much more important than yesterday. Almost every building in this metropolis is less than 20 years old and the most dramatic developments—groundbreaking megaprojects—have just been completed or are still under construction.The city is certainly unique. Islam is its anchor, but it has opened its doors to the rest of the world and has invited them in to work, rest, and play, which creates a truly international atmosphere. Unashamedly modern and materialistic, life here takes place at breakneck speed. The landscape is stark, the confidence is sky high, the can-do spirit is palpable, and the bling is in your face. Dubai produces strong reactions in people, but one thing is certain—love it or loathe it—you will not forget it. It is without a doubt, one of the world's true must-see destinations.Shisha: Smoke Without Fire. Emirati men love socializing, but as they don't drink alcohol they get together over coffee and shisha instead of a drink at the bar after work. The shisha, or hookah, is a smoking device, usually made of glass, that filters smoke through water before it reaches the smoker's mouth. Shisha tobaccos are aromatic and are often mixed with apple, cinnamon, or cherry, so their taste isn't as strong as other tobaccos. Smoking shisha is said to induce relaxation—but you'll have to decide if it's for you!

Day 15 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai sits on a golden sandy coastline in the Arabian Gulf, where the warm azure waves of the sea meet the desert. A high-rise oasis, this city is a pleasure-dome surrounded by dunes; one of the most fashionable on the planet thanks to its ability to satisfy the needs of legions of demanding vacationers. Dubai is about having fun—and it's one big adult playground.Nature plays her part here, with year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, dramatic arid landscapes, and warm waters, but it's the man-made attractions that make Dubai so alluring. You can launch yourself into high-adrenaline desert adventures, diving and water sports, and some of the world's best golf courses. The 5-, 6-, and 7-star hotels offer the ultimate in luxury, and the party scene is hot. Shopping malls are the biggest in the world and are packed full of high-class merchandise. And with hundreds of restaurants with cuisine from around the world, you can munch your way from Mexico to Malaysia.Dubai is an Arab country with a long history as a trading port. Traces of its traditional life, customs, and architecture can still be seen and explored, but today and tomorrow are much more important than yesterday. Almost every building in this metropolis is less than 20 years old and the most dramatic developments—groundbreaking megaprojects—have just been completed or are still under construction.The city is certainly unique. Islam is its anchor, but it has opened its doors to the rest of the world and has invited them in to work, rest, and play, which creates a truly international atmosphere. Unashamedly modern and materialistic, life here takes place at breakneck speed. The landscape is stark, the confidence is sky high, the can-do spirit is palpable, and the bling is in your face. Dubai produces strong reactions in people, but one thing is certain—love it or loathe it—you will not forget it. It is without a doubt, one of the world's true must-see destinations.Shisha: Smoke Without Fire. Emirati men love socializing, but as they don't drink alcohol they get together over coffee and shisha instead of a drink at the bar after work. The shisha, or hookah, is a smoking device, usually made of glass, that filters smoke through water before it reaches the smoker's mouth. Shisha tobaccos are aromatic and are often mixed with apple, cinnamon, or cherry, so their taste isn't as strong as other tobaccos. Smoking shisha is said to induce relaxation—but you'll have to decide if it's for you!

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