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Jewels of India & Arabia

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard Seabourn Encore
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Cruise around Asia and the Middle East for 18 days on board the luxurious Seabourn Encore. Embark on a full-day tour of the city's picturesque sights. Penang's most interesting attractions can be found around the island, from the bustle of Georgetown's shoreline to the countryside. Batu Ferringhi's magnificent beaches and coves may be seen on the way to the island's northern point. Take a trip to Phuket, a tropical island in the Andaman Sea that's just 536 miles from Bangkok. Mumbai is a microcosm of contemporary India, a mix of the ancient and the cutting-edge. Explore Dubai's rich history and modern metropolis on an all-encompassing trip. Make a quick stop to snap a few photos of the Burj Al Arab, a hotel that looks like a billowing sail and towers over the Dubai coastline. 
Singapore skylineKuala Lumpur city skyline at nightView of the historic fort at GalleVisit the colonial Dutch fort at GalleViews of the sea over the city of MuscatGolden hour over the Grand Mosque of Muscat, OmanThe glowing evening lights of MuscatMarvel at the ornate mosques of OmanBoats on a Phuket beach
Highlights
  • Explore Kuala Lumpur's skyscrapers, mosques, and temples
  • Visit cultural and historical landmarks in Dubai
  • Enjoy Phuket, one of Southeast Asia's most popular beach destination
  • Tuk tuk ride through Dutch colonial homes in Galle
  • Tour Arabian Wildlife Park in Sir Bani Yas Island
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Day 1: Singapore | Embark

Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963. Two years later, it became an independent island-state, developing into one of the world's most prosperous countries. With ultra-modern skyscrapers combined with a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, Singapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and color, exhibiting a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture.

Day 2: Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Port Klang is your portal to the "Garden City" of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia's famous Batu Caves. Discover Kuala Lumpur's diverse architecture in giant sky scrapers, Malay mosques, Hindu temples, and impressive municipal buildings; marvel at the colorful displays of Hindu deities in the limestone Batu Caves; and visit the 222-acre Lake Gardens with its Orchid Garden, Butterfly Park and Bird Park.

Day 3: Penang, Malaysia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The name Penang comes from the Malay words for the betel nut, Palau Pinang. Ever since its founding over two centuries ago, Penang has been a favored destination of travelers for both its scenic beauty and places of ethnic and historic significance. Today, Penang is one of the most culturally diverse destinations in Malaysia. Established in 1786 as a trading post by the British, the island is a contemporary metropolis with old world charm, offering the best of both worlds while maintaining its illustrious, rich heritage.

Day 4: Phuket, Thailand

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Phuket, nestled in the balmy Andaman Sea waters, lies 536 miles south of Bangkok. Initially, Phuket derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. Located on a major trade route between India and China, Phuket was frequently mentioned in foreign trader's ship logs. Blessed with a natural heritage of stunning white-sand beaches, sapphire blue seas, exotic marine life and lushly forested hillsides, Phuket is one of Southeast Asia's most popular destinations.

Day 5-7: Days At Sea

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Enjoy onboard activities and amenities. 

Day 8: Galle, Sri Lanka

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Galle was a major trading port for more than a thousand years before the Portuguese arrived in the early 1500s, followed by the Dutch and British. Over the next few centuries, these colonial powers established a picturesque, red tile-roofed city encircled by bastioned stone walls. UNESCO granted World Heritage status to Galle’s Old Town and Fort, describing it as “the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia.” Take a walk — or a tuk tuk ride — through its narrow, cobblestoned streets lined with Dutch colonial houses, churches and government buildings; the ancient Arab Quarter is still home to a thriving Muslim community. Get a taste of local life at the buzzy fish market near the fort, or one of many farmers’ markets brimming with exotic fruits and vegetables. You can visit a tea plantation to learn how Sri Lanka’s popular export is produced; or catch some rays on Unawatuna Beach, one of Sri Lanka’s finest.

Day 9: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sri Lanka. A name that calls to mind the exotic and mysterious. This is a land of jungles inhabited by leopards and elephants, wondrous ruins of the great civilizations of ages past, and a modern city, Colombo, where western technology is superimposed on the passion of a traditional Asian metropolis. Originally known as Ceylon, the island became famous for producing the world's finest teas. Bright fragrant spices, sparkling sapphires, and the colorful trappings of a variety of ceremonies and religious festivals make this a most rewarding destination. Today, Colombo is a bustling mix of diverse races and religions, and contrasts of old and new. The tangible history of the city is a unique mix of relics from its Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements, blended with Indian influences throughout.

Day 10-11: Days At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy onboard activities and amenities. 

Day 12: Mumbai (Bombay), India

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a captivating city, known for its striking contrasts. The fastest growing, most affluent and industrialized city in India, Mumbai represents the ever-changing face of today's India: the old coupled with the dynamic new. This vibrant city is a kaleidoscopic mixture of intriguing people and incredible places, where within a block or two you can find modern skyscrapers, ornate Victorian buildings, and bustling bazaars.

Day 13-14: Days At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy onboard activities and amenities. 

Day 15: Muscat, Oman

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Oman, "The Pearl of Mystic Arabia," is one of the oldest civilizations on the Arabian Peninsula. Wedged between the Arabian Gulf and the Western Al Hajar Mountains, Muscat boasts an ancient history and rich Islamic heritage, evident in its prominent landmarks such as forts, castles, towers and mosques. Since the ascension of Qaboos bin Said as Sultan of Oman in 1970, Muscat has experienced rapid infrastructural development, leading to the growth of a vibrant economy and a multi-ethnic society.

Day 16: Days At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy onboard activities and amenities. 

Day 17: Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Founded in 1971 by the founding President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this ambitious visionary project is located on a natural island that has been occupied for centuries. There are over 40 archaeological sites on the island. One of the oldest is a Nestorian Christian monastery dating from 600 AD. Today Sir Bani Yas is a huge ecological experiment that explores “greening the desert” by re-introducing native and endangered species of Arabian flora and fauna. Over half the island is dedicated to the Arabian Wildlife Park. The island is a popular resort, where visitors indulge in active land and water sports and walk or drive to view the over 13,000 rare, free-roaming wild animals. 

Day 18: Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The United Arab Emirates is strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, and the traditional trading routes from Asia and the Far East to Europe and further afield are even more significant today than they were hundreds of years ago. Nestled at the very heart of the Islamic world, the country is unique in its embrace of the Western world. Here you can see the contrasts of the nomadic Bedouin people, and the opulence and splendor of the Sheiks, set against a backdrop of Western lifestyles.

Ship/Hotel

Seabourn Encore

The poolside view of the Encore.
The gym at the Encore.
A view of the magnificent Encore bar.

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Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite (OB)
Veranda Suite (OB) Total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V1)
Veranda Suite (V1) Located on Decks 7 and 9; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V2)
Veranda Suite (V3) Located on Decks 6, 7 and 11; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite (V3)
Veranda Suite (V3) Located on Decks 6, 7 and 11; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite (V4)
Veranda Suite (V4) Located on Decks 8 and 9; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V5)
Veranda Suite (V5) Located on Decks 6 and 7; total inside space of between 246 and 302 square feet (23 and 28 square meters) plus one veranda of between 68 and 83 square feet (6 and 7 square meters) All Veranda Suites feature A full-length window Glass door to private veranda Comfortable living area Queen-size bed or two twin beds Dining table for two Walk-in closet Interactive flat-screen television with music and movies Fully stocked bar and refrigerator Makeup vanity Spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower *Wheelchair accessible suites are roll-in shower only.
Veranda Suite room at the Encore.The bathroom of the Veranda Suite.
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Veranda Suite(V6)
Penthouse Suite Located on Deck 10 and 11; total inside space of between 449 and 450 square feet (42 square meters) plus one veranda of between 93 and 103 square feet (9 and 10 square meters) All Penthouse Suites feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
The Penthouse Suite room at the Encore.The Penthouse Suite at the Encore.The bathroom at the Penthouse Suite.Room layout of the Penthouse Suite.
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Penthouse Suite
Penthouse Suite Located on Deck 10 and 11; total inside space of between 449 and 450 square feet (42 square meters) plus one veranda of between 93 and 103 square feet (9 and 10 square meters) All Penthouse Suites feature: Dining table for two to four Separate bedroom Glass door to veranda Two flat-screen TVs Fully stocked bar Spacious bathroom with tub, shower and large vanity
The Penthouse Spa Suite at the Encore.The Penthouse Spa Suite.The room layout of the Penthouse Spa Suite.
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Penthouse Spa Suite
Signature Suite Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space (90 square meters), plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The Owner's Suite at the Encore.The room layout of the Owner's Suite at the Encore.
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Owner's Suite
Signature Suite Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space (90 square meters), plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The room layout of the Signature Suite.
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Signature Suite
Signature Suite Located on Deck 8; forward suites 800 and 801 inside space of approximately 977 square feet of inside space (90 square meters), plus one veranda of 960 square feet (89 square meters). Signature Suites feature Expansive ocean views Forward-facing windows Dining for four to six Bathroom with whirlpool bathtub Guest bath Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The Wintergarden Suite.The bedroom at the Wintergarden Suite.Awesome view at the Wintergarden Suite.Room layout of the WIntergarden Suite.
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Wintergarden Suite
Located on Deck 8; Combine mid-ship suites 849 and 851 for suite 8491 or suites 846 and 848 for suite 8468 for a total inside space of 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) plus two verandas totaling 244 square feet (23 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one whirlpool) Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
The Grand Wintergarden Suite.The bedroom at the Grand Wintergarden Suite.The room layout of the Grand Wintergarden Suite.An awesome view of the beach at the  Grand Wintergarden Suite.
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Grand Wintergarden Suite
Located on Deck 8; Combine mid-ship suites 849 and 851 for suite 8491 or suites 846 and 848 for suite 8468 for a total inside space of 1,292 square feet (120 square meters) plus two verandas totaling 244 square feet (23 square meters) Grand Wintergarden Suites feature Large windows Dining for six Glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed Two bedrooms Two bathrooms (one whirlpool) Convertible sofa bed for one Pantry with wet bar Two flat-screen TVs Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi service
Included
  • 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners
  • 17 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship
  • Complimentary marina and water sports equipment including a wide variety of aquatic toys (water skis, wakeboards, kayaks, jet skis, snorkeling equipment) based on destination's local rules and regulations and the discretion of the Captain due to weather and sea conditions
  • In-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences
  • All dining venues are complimentary
  • Personal Suite Host and Suite Attendant 
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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