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Red Sea Cruise

8 Day Cruise - please call for prices.

** Operates between December 2013 and end of April 2014. Departures from various airports.

              
This wonderful cruise takes in the wonders of Egypt and Jordan. You will sail tranquil waters, home to some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs and bordered by white sands. You will experience historical temples, ancient sites and spectacular sights whilst at the same time being able to relax on board your fully equipped cruise ship.

Then it's on to Egypt and to Cairo with its' bazaars and the chance to visit the Pyramids of Giza. You will also be awed by the Temple of Karnak in Luxor and the nearby Valley of The Kings.

Finally it's on to Hurghada and the chance to sample gently sloping beaches edged by crystal blue water before you return to Sharm El Sheikh with its abundance of shopping and nightlife.

Cruise and Stay:

We can also offer you a combination of the 7 night Red Sea Cruise on board ship followed by 7 nights at your chosen hotel. This can either be taken at the end of your cruise depending on which day you arrive in Egypt.

The cruise begins on a Thursday so if you fly into Sharm El Sheikh on a Monday you will spend 3 nights in resort before joining your cruise on the Thursday. At the end of the cruise you will be transferred back to your hotel for the remaining 4 nights of your stay. We can tell you more about the Cruise and Stay options if you call Colin or Barbara on Freephone 0808 1089 100.

Restaurant

Petra View

Pyramids 300

Deluxe Cabin


Cruise Itinerary:

Day Details
Day one Arrive at Sharm El Sheikh and join your cruise ship.
Day two & three Aqaba - Jordan Jordans' only sea port is home to glittering sands and waters that are so clear you can see fish weaving wildly across the seabed. A great area for water-sports, you can indulge in anything from water-skiing and windsurfing to snorkelling and scuba-diving. Out and about there is plenty to see too with local highlights including:

The incomparable rose-red city of Petra. Carved into sandstone cliffs, with tombs and temples rising out of the desert, it is considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world.

Aqaba Fort and the remains of what is believed to be the world's oldest church.

Wadi Rum, Jordan's most magnificent desert landscape made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. Here massive mountains rise out of the red rose desert sand.

The Dead Sea. Float weightlessly in the mineral-rich waters and replenish your skin with the soothing mud.

(See Optional Excursions at bottom of page)

Day four At sea.
Day five Port Sokhna - for Cairo Cairo: fast-moving, noisy, vibrant, colourful, a melting pot of old and new. Ancient monuments sit next to their contemporary equivalents; atmospheric bazaars jostel for position alongside glitzy, neon-lit shopping malls. It is a feast for the senses. Local highlights include:

The spectacular trilogy of Pyramids and the Sphinx.

The Egyptian Museum, home to riches rescued from the many tombs, including the golden treasures of Tutankhamun.

The Sultan Hasan Mosque. Featured on the Egyptian 100-pound note, it is considered to be the most outstanding Islamic monument in Egypt.

Spice-scented bazaars and the bargain-hunter's paradise of Kan el-Khalili, a web of narrow alleyways crammed with copper, gold and silver sellers.

(See Optional Excursions at bottom of page)
Day six & seven Safaga - for Luxor and Hurghada

Luxor, built on the 4,000 year old site of Thebes, stands on the Nile's east bank and is equivalent to a vast outdoor museum. By contrast Hurghada's combination of crystal clear waters, colourful corals and 1000's of fishy companions is a diver's dream. Highlights here include:

The incredible Temple of Luxor in the heart of the town, with its' obelisks built by Ramses II.

The Temple of Karnak, a jaw-dropping series of shrines and pillars - worth seeing at night during the Sound & Light show.

The Valley of The Kings with its' hill-carved tombs, including those of Tutankhamun and Ramses II. Hurghada's coral waters absolutely teaming with neon fish. Giftun Island. This protected island is a great spot for snorkelling, with a 2km-long reef at the tip of the island.

(See Optional Excursions at bottom of page)
Day eight Sharm El Sheikh

Return to Sharm el Sheikh and disembark.

** All excursions are booked and paid for locally.

Your Red Sea Cruise Ship: The home for the cruise is the Celebration or the Spirit. These identical ships each provide a luxury base from which to explore the Red Sea.
Accommodation: The 9 decks of the Celebration are home to a choice of deluxe cabins or standard inside and outside cabins. Tastefully furnished, they offer two single or double-sized beds, bath/shower, WC, air-conditioning, hairdryer and TV. Use of the safe, telephone and mini-bar in room is payable locally. Deluxe cabins have a cosy lounge area.

** Please note: The view from some deluxe cabins may be obstructed by lifeboats. Reserve your cabin to guarantee an unobstructed view.
Facilities onboard include:
Prices: Please call for our latest prices.

Optional Shore Excursion Details:

All excursions are bookable on the ship

Shore Excursions in Aqaba
Petra: The Rose Red City. Walk in the footsteps of Indiana Jones and discover this amazing city that was lost to the world for over 1000 years. Jordan's biggest national treasure, Petra is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites with 2000 years of history and 800 monuments still standing. Some archaeologists call it the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World - and it's not surprising. Put simply, this place is out of this world. Pick a path through steep rocky slopes and craggy mountain tops, admiring the temples, tombs, theatres and stairways that have been carved into the rock. First off, you'll walk to the entrance of the Old City of As-Siq. As you wander down to Al-Khazneh, also known as the Treasury, you might get a sense of deja-vu - this place landed a starring role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Your adventure carries on past the Roman Theatre to the spectacular Royal Tombs, carved into the face of Jebel Khubtha. From here, you'll head down the Colonnaded Street. You'll have time to yourself to wander round and take some pictures before making your way back via the same route. Rounding off your adventure is lunch at an exclusive 5 star hotel. Just so you know... Due to the volume of walking, steps and uneven ground, this tour's not suitable for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties. There's a lengthy walk, however you don't have to complete the whole trek. Comfortable footwear is essential and we recommend you take a jacket as it may be cold in the mountains. When overnight in Aqaba this excursion is available on Day 2. 110.00 Pounds / 70.00 Pounds (10hrs)
Wadi Rum: 4x4 Desert Adventure - "Vast, echoing and God-like". These are the words T.E. Lawrence used to describe Wadi Rum. Join us on an adventure to this hauntingly beautiful valley, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. In these jaw-dropping surroundings, marvel at massive mountains that rise out of the rose-red desert sand. If they look familiar, it's because they provided the backdrop in the classic film 'Lawrence of Arabia'. When you get to this protected Natural Reserve, you'll leave your coach and board a 4-wheel drive for an adrenaline-pumping safari. During your adventure, you'll see the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mountain and some awe-inspiring rock formations, some of which bear ancient inscriptions and art. To this day, Wadi Rum is home to Bedouin tribes whose warm hospitality is renowned. You'll be invited into a traditional Bedouin tent where you'll be served tea and coffee before the coach journey back to Aqaba. Remember to take some warm clothing with you - it can get pretty cool in the desert. 38.00 Pounds / 34.00 Pounds (5hrs)
Dead Sea: For centuries, people have been fascinated by the Dead Sea. At 400 metres below sea level it lies at the lowest spot on the earth. The water here's packed with salt and minerals, which means it's completely devoid of life. But it's all this goodness that gives it curative powers. These very salts and minerals find their way into products sold all over the world. On this tour we'll take you to one of the most luxurious spa hotels situated on the Dead Sea's north eastern shore. Here you'll get around four hours to sunbathe, swim and smother yourself in healing minerals from the sea's muddy floor - or just relax in the gently lapping waters. Remember, this is a place where you definitely can't sink! After a tasty meal in the hotel restaurant you'll make your way back to Aqaba, refreshed, relaxed and raring to go. Just so you know, Spa treatments can be purchased on arrival at the hotel. Due to the number of steps at the hotel, this tour is not suitable for the less mobile or wheelchair users. Please take suitable footwear to wear when going in and out of the sea as some areas can be a little rocky. A towel will be provided for you at the hotel. When overnight in Aqaba this excursion is available on Day 2. 64.00 Pounds / 38.00 Pounds (12hrs)
Movenpick Hotel & Beach: Ready to kick back and relax? Then come and spend some time on a private beach in Aqaba, at the luxurious Movenpick Hotel. This 5 star hotel has got a great pool complex, too, complete with two turquoise swimming pools, roomy sun terraces and an outdoor cafe. On top of that, the hotel's got a top range of watersports and activities that you can pay for when you get there. As well as cafes and restaurants, you'll find souvenir shops and a foreign exchange service at the hotel. And there's no need to bring a towel with you as you'll be given one when you get there. Just so you know, due to the number of steps at the hotel, this tour is not suitable for the less mobile or wheelchair users. 26.00 Pounds / 20.00 Pounds (5hrs).
Red Sea PADI Diving: For those of you who've come here to check out the sea life, you'll be in your element with this one. It's a course that lets you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI instructor on one of the beautiful Red Sea reefs. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to point out the marine life. You'll be amazed by what they find for you. Picture yourself swimming in a warm crystal sea, keeping your eyes peeled for turtles, lionfish, angelfish and all the other exotic creatures that find a home here. Add to the mix rainbow-coloured coral and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable deep sea adventure. Just so you know... All equipment and transfers are included in the price. For certified divers we've got lots of choices to help you make the most of the Red Sea. Our English-speaking guides can brief you on where to go and what to see. You can follow them or, if you'd prefer, you and your buddy can do your own exploring. 80.00 Pounds

Shuttle Bus - FREE

Buses will run to and from the ship to a central drop off point in Aqaba throughout the day.

Please Note: The trips and tours listed here are offered as guide and may vary slightly to what's on offer when you reach the ship.

Excursions Offered in Cairo:

Pyramids & the Cairo Museum: This full day tour will give you a glimpse into one of the greatest civilisations the world has known - the ancient Egyptians. Not only will you get to see the three enormous Pyramids of Giza, the last remaining Wonder of the World, but you'll call in at the world famous Cairo Museum, too. It all begins with a scenic drive to the big bustling city of Cairo. Once you arrive, you'll make your way to the National Archaeological Museum, home to the biggest and most important collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Your guided tour takes in everything from the Rosetta Stone replica to treasures taken from Tutankamun's tomb. You'll even get the opportunity to see the mummified remains of Egypt's pharaohs and queens (optional extra payable locally). After that, stop for lunch at a 5 star hotel before making your way to the Giza Plateau and Cairo's star attraction - the pyramids. Feast your eyes on the panoramic views and capture them on camera, before heading down the valley to see the guardian of this mortuary complex - the Sphinx. Your final port of call is the Papyrus Institute. Catch a paper-making demonstration and put a dent in your holiday kitty with a little souvenir shopping before heading back to the ship. 89.00 Pounds / 49.00 Pounds (12hrs)
Pyramids, Mohamed Ali Mosque & the Nile: This tour shines the spotlight on Egypt's chaotic capital, Cairo. Your first stop is the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. You'll have time to look inside the famous mosque, plus you'll get to see some superb views of Old Cairo. Your trip continues with a drive down to the dusty banks of the Nile where your luxurious cruise boat awaits. Once onboard, sail along Egypt's famous river and admire Cairo's famous landmarks while you tuck into a delicious lunch. Then it's time to head for the Giza Plateau to clap eyes on those famous pyramids, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. From the Western Plateau, you’ll get a great view of the pyramids so make sure you bring your cameras as there are plenty of snap-worthy shots to be had. After some time here, move closer to the pyramids and down the valley to the Sphinx. Here you'll get some time to yourself to enjoy the sights under your own steam. Your next stop is the Papyrus Institute for a demonstration on the art of paper-making. There's time for a little souvenir shopping, too. 89.00 Pounds / 49.00 Pounds (12hrs)
Nile Boat & Pyramid Sound & Light Show: First things first, you'll make your way along Egypt's famous river through downtown Cairo, with entertainment from fabulous belly dancers. After that, you'll make a short stop at a local papyrus shop for a demonstration on the ancient art of paper-making. Later, as dusk falls, enjoy a dramatic Sound and Light show amid the Pyramids of Giza and the mighty Sphinx. Words, lights and music collide with high drama to reveal the achievements of the ancient Egyptians. Dress warmly as the desert can be cold in the evenings. We recommend having lunch before you depart. Snacks, tea and coffee will be provided on the boat. The Lido will be open for late dinner upon your return to the ship. Due to the number of steps at the hotel, this tour is not suitable for the less mobile or wheelchair users. 72.00 Pounds / 32.00 Pounds (7.5hrs)
Pyramids & Tombs of Cairo: Some of Egypt's best sights are yours for the taking on this tour. Your day starts with a drive past the outskirts of Cairo, to Egypt's first capital, Memphis. Sights to look out for here include the ruined Temple of Ptah, the fallen colossal statue of King Ramses II and the alabaster Sphinx of King Amenhopis II. A short drive from Memphis brings you to the ancient cemetery of Saqqara, where you'll see the world's first monumental stone building - the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. You'll even get to go inside one of the Mastabas - or tombs - built nearby. Next, make your way to Cairo for lunch at a 5 star hotel. Then we'll whisk you off to the Giza Plateau for the most spine-tingling sight of them all - the pyramids. From the Western Plateau you'll get a great view of the three huge pyramids - it's a photo opportunity not to be missed. After that, drive closer to the pyramids and down the valley to the Sphinx. This is where you'll get some free time to enjoy the world famous sights at a pace that suits you. Your final stop is at the Papyrus Institute for a demonstration in the art of paper-making. There's time for a little souvenir shopping, too, before heading back to the ship. 89.00 Pounds / 49.00 Pounds (12hrs)
Stella Di Mari Beach Transfer: Not far from the ship lies the Stella Di Mari Beach Resort, rising up from the desert like a welcoming oasis. This transfer is your ticket to a lazy afternoon spent topping up your tan or swimming in the crystal waters of the Red Sea. The hotel's got a gigantic lagoon-style swimming pool to tempt you in for a dip, too. If you're looking for a relaxing half day away from the ship, this place will be right up your street. Towels will be provided by the hotel. Food and drinks can be purchased while you're there. 30.00 Pounds / 24.00 Pounds (4hrs)
Pyramids & City Stars Shopping: This full day trip combines world-famous sights with a spot of retail therapy. When you get to Cairo, make a beeline for the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza. You'll get to see the mighty Sphinx, too, before heading off to the Papyrus Institute. Here you'll have a demonstration in the ancient art of paper-making before it's time to blow a hole in your holiday budget. Flex your credit card at the new 'City Stars' complex, the largest American-style shopping centre in the whole of Egypt. There are lots of restaurants here, too, so you've got plenty of options when you're ready for a bite to eat. 60.00 Pounds / 28.00 Pounds (12hrs)

** Please Note: Shore excursions and prices are subject to change and latest prices will be available onboard the ship

Shore Excursions offered in Safaga

Luxor - Karnak & The Valley Of The Kings: Discover Luxor, one of the greatest open-air museums in the world. Filled with the most awe-inspiring monuments of ancient civilisation, there's nowhere quite like this city. First up is a photo-stop at the Colossi of Memnon. Crane your neck and gaze up at these two towering statues. Afterwards, carry on to the West Bank and follow in the footsteps of ancient pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. This famous necropolis is where the pharaohs found their final resting place and hoped to meet their Gods in the afterlife. Of course, of all the tombs here, the one belonging to the boy king, Tutankhamun, is the most famous, built to preserve his mummified body for all eternity. Nearby, you'll find the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Set at the foot of a 300 metre rock, it's one of Egypt's most striking monuments. From here, you'll make a quick stop at an alabaster shop before making your way to the East Bank to refuel with a tasty lunch at a 5 star hotel. Finally, you'll visit the Karnak Temples, once the most important place of worship in Egypt. It's a jaw-dropping complex of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban Gods. The journey time is approx 3.5hrs and there are toilets on the coach. 88.00 Pounds / 62.00 Pounds (15hrs)
Seascope & Hurghada City: Don't fancy the thought of squeezing into a wetsuit and strapping on an oxygen tank? Well that doesn't mean you have to give the underwater world a miss altogether. This trip is the perfect way to find out what the Red Sea fuss is about without getting wet. Seascope is a glass-bottom boat with a difference. It takes you three metres under the surface so you're surrounded by the coral and fish that these waters are so famous for. See these underwater delights through gigantic panoramic windows from the comfort of your own swivelling chair. It's secure, it's air-conditioned, and it's just like sitting in a great big aquarium, with the bonus of staying bone dry. Put simply, it's the easiest way to delve beneath the waves. After your Seascope adventure, we'll take you to Hurghada city centre where you'll have about an hour to explore and pick up a few souvenirs before returning to the ship. Don't forget your cameras for this one. 38.00 Pounds / 24.00 Pounds (5hrs)
Hurghada Shopping Transfer: Just an hour's drive from the ship lies the resort town of Hurghada. This transfer takes you to two main areas of the town, with around 90 minutes' free time in each place to eat, drink, shop and explore. Transfer 16.00 Pounds / 8.00 Pounds (5hrs)
Sol Y Mar - Hotel Beach Transfer: Ready to relax? Then consider this. This top-notch hotel's just a short drive from the ship and comes complete with its own private beach right on the Red Sea. Included in the ticket price is your round trip transport, a towel on arrival and a welcome soft drink. There's a selection of activities and watersports, too, these need to be paid for in euros while you're there. Subject to availability, there's snorkelling equipment, glass- bottom boat trips and windsurfing. How you spend your time is up to you. Chill out by the pool. Stretch out on the sand. Or get wet in the deliciously warm waters of the Red Sea. Just don't forget your suncream. 20.00 Pounds / 14.00 Pounds (4hrs)
Luxor Overnight With Sound & Light Show: Discover Luxor at a more leisurely pace on this overnight trip. Leaving the ship on Tuesday afternoon, cross the Red Sea Mountains, making your way along an ancient caravan trail. Once you get to Luxor, check into a specially selected hotel. Then, as dusk falls, watch a magical Sound and Light Show amid the world famous temples of Karnak. Words, light and music come together amid high drama to reveal the history of the temples and the achievements of the ancient Egyptians. Once you get back to the hotel, you can tuck into a buffet dinner. Then, after breakfast the next morning, you'll cross the Nile to its West Bank for a wide-eyed wander through the Valley of the Kings. It's here the pharaohs came to rest in confident expectation of eternal life. All the famous tombs are here, including the one belonging to boy king, Tutankhamun. The entrance fee for this tomb is payable in Egyptian pounds once you get there. It's inside that Dr Carter discovered the golden treasures now housed in the Cairo Museum. On the opposite side of the mountain that guards the Valley of the Kings, see the magnificent Temple of Queen Hatchepsut. Set at the foot of a 300 metre rock, it's one of Egypt's most striking monuments. Take a look - it's impressive to say the least. Travelling time to and from Luxor is around 3.5hrs (including a comfort stop). Prices are per person based on two passengers sharing a room. There is a single supplement of 15.00 pounds for those occupying a room alone. All overnight bookings are taken on a request basis and once confirmed become non-refundable. Only 1 child per room is permitted. Included in the price are hotel stay, dinner on the first night, plus breakfast and lunch on the second day. Any extras during the hotel stay - for example minibar, telephone calls and drinks - will need to be paid for when you're there. Don't forget your overnight bag and any personal medication. 149.00 Pounds / 115.00 Pounds (2days)
Sol Y Mar Reef Snorkel by Boat: The Red Sea is well- known for its exotic marine life, and you'll get a chance to see it for yourself on this tour. For starters, we'll drive to the marina at Sol Y Mar Hotel. From here, you'll jet off on a motor boat to a prime snorkelling spot, where you'll be kitted out for your underwater adventure. You'll skim over colourful corals and see shoals of tropical fish in all shapes and sizes. You might even spot dolphins and turtles out here. Later on, there'll be some time to relax back on the boat as we make our way to a second snorkel site. Here, you'll have more time in the water before we dry off and make our way back to the shore. We'll kit you out with a life vest and snorkel gear, but you'll need to bring a towel. 24.00 Pounds / 20.00 Pounds (5hrs)
Hurghada Desert Quad Biking: Get ready to kick up clouds of sand as you bounce across the desert on a quad bike. Be part of the convoy that snakes its way across golden Egyptian sands. It's one of the most popular trips we offer so don't delay in reserving your spot - it books up quickly. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women. The tour is only available for those 16yrs and above and it is one person per quad. 42.00 Pounds (3.5hrs)
Hurghada Shopping & Show: This tour is perfect for the shopaholics among you. Take a coach ride to Hurghada, around 60 kilometres from Safaga. Here, you'll get around two hours' free time to make a serious dent in your holiday budget. There are plenty of souvenirs to be snapped up, and if you're heading to the bazaars, don't forget to haggle. Play your cards right and you'll bag yourself some really good bargains. Once you're all shopped out, we'll take you to the Bedouin centre to see a show. It'll last around an hour and you'll get a soft drink included. Afterwards, we'll take you - and all your Pounds / 20.00 Pounds (3.5hrs)
Paradise Island: Seen the monuments of Luxor before? Then why not head for an island where you can play, swim, relax and soak up all that hot Egyptian sunshine? After a scenic drive to the marina, board a private motor-boat that'll take you to Giftun Island. Once you reach Giftun, time is yours to stroll along the sands, swim in the crystal waters or board one of the boats and head on out to sea for an hour's snorkelling. The island's at the southern tip of a beautiful, 2km-long reef so you're guaranteed an incredible underwater experience. Afterwards, tuck into a tasty buffet lunch, perhaps take another dip in the sea, and then sail back to the marina where your coach will be waiting to take you back to the ship. It's a great way to recharge your batteries. You will need to take your own towel and the journey to the boat pick-up point is approx 1hr. To get to the island a small tender boat will be provided for transfer from the main boat which will require you to step from one boat to another. 54.00 Pounds / 32.00 Pounds (9hrs)
Red Sea PADI Diving: For those of you who've come here to check out the sea life, you'll be in your element with this one. It's a course that lets you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI instructor on one of the beautiful Red Sea reefs. Your instructor will be with you every step of the way to point out the marine life. You'll be amazed by what they find for you. Picture yourself swimming in a warm crystal sea, keeping your eyes peeled for turtles, lionfish, angelfish and all the other exotic creatures that find a home here. Add to the mix rainbow-coloured coral and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable deep sea adventure. All equipment and transfers are included in the price. For certified divers we've got lots of choices to help you make the most of the Red Sea. Our English-speaking guides can brief you on where to go and what to see. You can follow them or, if you'd prefer, you and your buddy can do your own exploring. 80.00 Pounds / Qualified Divers 60.00 Pounds
Hot Air Balloon Ride: Glide through the skies and see Egypt as you've never seen it before on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You'll soar over the West Bank, home of the Pharaohs, taking in the sights from a whole new angle. It's one of those magical moments you'll remember long after your sun tan's faded. Availability is extremely limited so make sure you book early. All bookings are on request until they've been confirmed and are weather permitting. Flights take place at dawn when the winds are at their best. We recommend you wear flat shoes or trainers and a jumper. You can only choose this trip as an extra during the Luxor Overnight Tour and is only available to those 16yrs and above. It is not suitable for pregnant women and the less mobile. All guests must be able to climb in and out of the basket which is 1.4m/4.5ft high. 134.00 Pounds (40mins)

Please note: The trips and tours listed here are offered as guide and may vary slightly to what's on offer when you reach the ship.