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.
Manama (al Manamah) is the capital and largest city of Bahrain. The city is the economic center of the country. Largely based on oil, and in recent years has also been developed tourism. There are several universities and colleges. In Manama there are also some of the highest buildings on Earth.
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.
Doha is the capital city of the state of Qatar. It is located on the eastern coast of the peninsula of Qatar and the Persian Gulf. The name "Doha" came from the Arabic ad-dawha, "the big tree." The reference might be to a prominent tree that stood at the site where the original fishing village arose. Doha is one of the world's fastest-developing countries.
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.
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.
|1||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||------||18:00|
|8||Sir Bani Yas, UAE||09:00||18:00|
|9||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||07:00||22:00|
|10||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||07:00||------|
|11||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||00:00||00:00|
Each year, thousands of travellers from all over the world choose Azamara Club Cruises. In fact, Azamara was the top-ranked 2012 small-ship cruise line for service, value and overall experience. Azamara Pursuit, the new addition to Azamara's fleet, is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret and you will never feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens in a large number of staterooms with verandas.
|Max Beam||84 ft|
|Cruising Speed||18.5 knots|
|Guest Capacity (Double Occupancy)||694|
Αzamara Club Cruises includes late night or overnigh stays on more than half of all port visits. And that means richer, fuller experiences of local people and cultures around the world. With Azamara, you will have enough time to marvel at the nightlife of Asia, the rainforest of Costa Rica and the palaces of St. Petersburg. On Azamara's smaler ships you will sail to less-travelled ports, enjoy scenic rivers and waterways that are off-limits to big cruise lines, and dock in prime spots close to town. It all adds to a richer travel experience. And it gets even better with Azamara's focus on Destination Immersion, meaning longer stays, more overnight and night touring in many places you visit. You'll have time to dine on local foods and wines, go to jazz clubs and listen to musicians in the cafes, and walk the lighted ramparts in old cities. We think you'll agree the world is a wonderful place when you see the Azamara way.
That’s in addition to our complimentary AzAmazing EveningsSM events, created specifically for Azamara guests to participate in a unique night of culture. And, of course, fun. Or feel free to venture out and explore the more than 200 destinations we travel to on your own. You have all the time in the world to do so. The best way to learn about a new culture? Joyfully immerse yourself in local life and encients traditions. When you come back onboard, you’ll enjoy our inclusive amenities including select standard spirits, international beers and wines, gratuities, English butler service for suite guests, and more, our award-winning spa, fitness center, and dining, and our friendly, always attentive staff, all from the comfort of our boutique, 686-guest club-like ships. Like a welcoming club
Taste your way through six distinctive dining experiences, including 24-hour room service. Discoveries Restaurant is Azamara's main dining room, with full breakfast and dinner menus and lunch service on sea days. Price C and Aqualina are elegant speciality restaurants spotlighting steakhouse classics and Mediterranean dishes. For casual breakfast, lunch and dinner, Windows Cafe and its adjoining outdoor seating area are just the ticket, while the Pool Grill is perfect for burgers and fries on sunny afternoons. Enjoy a changing daily selection of complimentary boutique wines at lunch and dinner, along with select beers. Or ask our sommelier for help choosing a special bottle from our Wine Cellar featuring thousands of vintage and small production wines.
Sea days are perfect for sampling spa services that will leave you relaxed and reinvigorated. Azamara offers exclusive body, facial and massage treatments, health and wellness consultations, acupuncture, and a full-service salon. Just another day in paradise. With more late and overnight stays, we often bring local performers to the ship for truly authentic entertainment. Dance and admire the Murano glass fixtures in the Looking Glass Lounge, test your luck at lively Casino Luxe, or enjoy a musical revue in the Cabaret Lounge. Follow your whims and do something different ever night. Or simply relax with after-dinner drinks as Mosaic@Night, one of the ship's favourite casual gathering spots day and night. All ship bars serve complimentary select spirits, international beers, cocktails and wines.
Discover a seafaring community that feels like a club. A place where guests mingle easily and the staff and crew know your name, interests and preferences. Great service anticipates your needs and meets them swiftly. It's simultaneously friendly, attentive and professional. Top-tier service is the cornerstone of Azamara culture, from headquarters to shipboard staff to onshore guides. Our motivation is simpe: we want to see you again soon!
SMALLER SHIPS, OUT OF THE ORDINARY DESTINATIONS
Azamara Club Cruises consists of two intimate ships, Azamara Journey® and Azamara Quest®. Each can carry 686 fortunate guests to discover the hidden corners of the world that larger cruise ships simply cannot reach. In addition to offering a more personalized experience, our ships have recently undergone a $17.5 million revitalization including new European bedding and soft goods, flat screen televisions, new veranda decking and furniture, and wireless internet service in all staterooms and public areas. Plus, 93% of our staterooms offer ocean views and 68% have a private veranda.