The Middle East is not a continent, but rather a region spanning across south-western Asia, southeastern Europe and north-eastern Africa and has a lot to offer to travellers – historically and culturally. The Pyramids of Giza, Palmyra in Syria, Petra in Jordan and Persepolis in Iran are reminders of the region's glorious past. In fact, large parts are dry deserts but still many people manage to live here, mainly along major rivers like the Nile and Tigris.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The capital of United Arab Emirates and the largest city in range and population is Abu Dhabi. It is known for its parks and beautiful beaches, especially for the traditional markets. Noteworthy is the hospitality of the local people, who show to visitors their traditions and lifestyle willingly.
Sandy beaches, sun, shopping and enjoynment, there are all in Dubai. Spend a morning at a busy traditional bazaar, such as "Gold Bazaar", one of the largest retail gold markets in the world. After that visit a modern department store with a variety of duty free items before escaping into a nearby beach in the afternoon.
Don't forget to have a look to the unique hotel Jumeirah Burj Al Arabica - shaped like a yacht, 321 meters high, one of the most impressive attractions of modern Middle East.
Khasab is a city of Oman on the edge of the cape Mousantam and is known as the " Norway of Arabia " , because of the terrain of the area . The Khasab was built by Portuguese in the early 17th century during the edge of their presence in the region.
The magnificent Muscat, Oman's capital, has all the features of a modern city in an environment full of natural beauties. In Muscat you will find beautiful beaches but also mountains and canyons, worthwhile to explore. Also, the wonderful depths of the region will amaze the lovers of diving. Some of the sightseeings are the Old Town, the port Moutrach and the shopping district Rougoui, which is one of the most popular spots in the region.
Sir Bani Yas is a natural island located southwest of Abu Dhabi, the capital of theUnited Arab Emirates. Located just off the shore of the Western region of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas island was originally home to Arabia's largest wildlife reserve. Thanks to decades of conservation work and ecological investment, it is now home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and several million trees and plants. A bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve, Sir Bani Yas showcases nature through activities such as adventure safaris, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking and snorkeling.
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With more open space, balconies and expansive glass exteriors on our Radiance Class ships, youmight just forget you’re on a ship at all.
Radiance Class Royal Advantage: Outdoor film screen; various new dining options including Boardwalk Dog House, Chops Grille*, Giovanni’s Table*, Izumi*, Park Café, Rita’s Cantina*, Samba Grill Brazilian* and Chef’s Table*; an exclusive wine pairing dinner; Royal Babies and Tots Nursery; flat screen interactive TVs in all staterooms
* Cover charges apply.
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|Cruising Speed||25 knots|
|Guest Capacity (Double Occupancy)||2,114|
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