Dubai, UAE, 25 February 2018 – Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer as a holiday destination, thanks to its unique melding of old and new, but it may also be the starting point for exploring the most beautiful cities in the world. Celebrity Constellation one of the luxury vessels from Celebrity Cruises’ fleet departs from Abu Dhabi offering several comprehensive cruise itineraries, sailing as far as the Andaman Sea in South East Asia, or the Mediterranean.
The cruise itineraries start form Abu Dhabi on March 11th, 2018 with a 12-night cruise package of the Arabian Sea and India. Before setting sail, the itinerary offers a choice of activities to be enjoyed in the city; take in the splendour and awe of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, or learn about the history and development of Arabian horse breeding; alternately for the slightly more adventurous, turn your skiing skills to the sand dune or take an action-packed ride in a 4×4 vehicle.
The cruise then stops for two nights in Dubai where guests can choose to experience an ayurvedic spa at one of the city’s finest hotels, or take a 4-wheel drive out onto the dunes of Dubai’s desert for real adventure, or enjoy a more sedate pace, and watch traditional camel races.
Two days at sea follows, before you arrive for the next stage of the journey in India, with separate days in New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai. Individuals opportunities include visits to high-end restaurants, picture-perfect beaches, fabulous shopping and a wonderful blend of many cultures. The return journey takes in a visit to Kassab, in the Sultanate of Oman, where the Omani fjords provide for a beautiful journey through the majestic Hajjar mountains or take a trip on a traditional dhow and watch the dolphins play. The cruise returns to Abu Dhabi, with opportunities to continue exploring the city at leisure.
Another cruise on Celebrity Constellation; the Best of India and Sri Lanka, departs with two cruising dates, March 23rd or April 7th with a similar itinerary that starts in Abu Dhabi and passing through Dubai. The cruise then takes in one of the Middle East’s oldest cities, Muscat, with its beautiful parks, and an ancient stone moat that surrounds the area. The ship continues via India’s key cities of Mumbai, Goa, New Mangalore, and finally Cochin before sailing on for Colombo, Sri Lanka, to enjoy many museums, art galleries, festivals and historic buildings and warm culture. Rather than returning to the UAE, the cruise then turns to the crystal water of the Andaman Sea in Phuket, Thailand, surrounded with colourful reefs filled with tropical fish. Discovering the culture of Phuket, filled with elaborate Chinese and Thai temples, take to a trail along the old rubber plantations or lie back on Patong beach and let the sand sift through your fingers.
The cruise ends in the port of Singapore located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and just north of the equator, offering a wonderful tropical rainforest climate year-round. Eastern and Western cultural influences blend seamlessly in Singapore through culture, religions and ancient treasures. Filled with incredible high-end fashion shopping on Orchard Road, wonderful antique shops in Chinatown, dozens of peaceful city parks and the cuisine is a national obsession.
Another wonderful itinerary on board Celebrity Constellation is the April 22nd sailing out of Abu Dhabi Called the Arabian Sea and Suez Canal experience, this 15-night cruise passes through Muscat, Oman along the shores of the Red Sea to Aqaba, Jordan. Visiting the magnificent city of Petra, but not before checking out all the colossal archaeological wonders this charming port city offers. Aqaba presents the richest marine life known to the region with warm, tranquil waters perfect for the growth of corals and brightly coloured fish. The year-round sun in the cruise port of Aqaba shapes the stark beauty of its desert and makes it a phenomenal destination for snorkelling and diving in its internationally renowned diving sites.
The adventure does not end there, the ship continues the amazing journey towards the Suez Canal in Egypt. People who want to learn more about the history of the Canal and observe some fascinating exhibits should make their way to the Military Museum. For those that love beaches, Lake Timsah is a worthy destination, with multiple beaches around it, both public and private. The ship follows its journey to the cradle of Western civilization, Port Piraeus in Athens. From the National Archaeological Museum, to the Acropolis and its famous columns, and the Temple of Athena Nike, not to mention the real Greek food experience. The journey concludes in the Port of Civitavecchia, where you can catch a train to the Eternal City Rome, enjoying the ruins of the Colosseum, an amphitheatre where gladiators battled each other from AD80. Or take a meander to the Villa Borghese, and witness an amazing collection of paintings and sculptures at the Borghese Gallery. Spend your last night at the magical Trevi Fountain, where intricate carvings dance in the movement of the water.
Celebrity Constellation offers a journey that takes in many destinations, with just one suitcase, for an experience filled with new cultures, delicious food and adventure, all aboard an upscale sailing experience where comfort is a priority.