Phone: 516-626-9000

Toll-Free: 800-807-7009

April 26 - May 16, 2018

The Sands of Time

Dubai to Rome

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

From the modern marvels of the UAE, embark on a journey exploring the antiquities of Israel and Italy - the treasures of Jerusalem and the monuments of Rome.

All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS CRUISE:
Call us at: 516.626.9000 or 800.807.7009
Fax: 516.626.7255
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

April 26

Dubai, UAE (Overnight)

April 27

Dubai, UAE

April 28

Al Fujairah, UAE

April 29

Cruising the Arabian Sea

April 30

Salalah, Oman

May 01

Cruising the Gulf of Aden

May 02

Cruising the Red Sea

May 03

Cruising the Red Sea

May 04

Cruising the Red Sea

May 05

Aqaba, Jordan

May 06

Aqaba, Jordan

May 07

Eilat, Israel

May 08

Cruising the Coast of Aqaba

May 09

Transit the Suez Canal

May 10

Ashdod, Israel

May 11

Ashdod, Israel

May 12

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

May 13

Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

May 14

Sorrento, Italy

May 15

Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy (Overnight)

May 16

Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy

April 26 - Dubai, UAE (Overnight)

Embark pm

Tiny Dubai is a member of the United Arab Emirates, the cluster of prosperous sheikdoms along the Arabian Sea. Dubai has emerged as a global city and playground of the Middle East. The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers; in particular, the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. For outdoor thrills, nothing will beat a desert ride at sunset. For indoor thrills, visit the unique and spectacular indoor ski slope!

April 27 - Dubai, UAE

Depart 5 pm

April 28 - Al Fujairah, UAE

7 am to 3 pm

Unlike the other six mostly desert emirates of the UAE, Fujairah is mountainous and enjoys a fair amount of annual rainfall. Indeed, the country's relatively mild weather and unique topography are part of what make Al Fujairah, a city separated by the rest of the emirate by the Hajar Mountains, so appealing. The mountains not only create magnificent scenery, but also afford chances to get off the beaten track for off-road adventures. In the foothills are the Ain Al Madhab Gardens, where naturally warm and sulfuric waters fill therapeutic swimming pools. The gardens also are home to Heritage Village and the ruins of Fujairah Fort, both of which provide a look into the emirate's interesting past.

April 29 - Cruising the Arabian Sea

April 30 - Salalah, Oman

11 am to 7 pm

Like a magic carpet spread before the sea, Oman's coastal plain is one of the most fertile areas of Arabia. Famous since antiquity as the source of frankincense, Salalah was already a prosperous town when Marco Polo visited it in the 13th century! Inland rise the forbidding Al-Quarà Mountains, and the desolate "Empty Quarter" of central Saudi Arabia.

May 01 - Cruising the Gulf of Aden

May 02 - Cruising the Red Sea

May 03 - Cruising the Red Sea

May 04 - Cruising the Red Sea

May 05 - Aqaba, Jordan

7 am to overnight

The waterway to the Red Sea - the sea port of Aqaba (Al 'Aqabah) is the only outlet to the Hashimate Kingdom of Jordan, and is situated at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba. Aqaba brings a refreshing release from the rose-coloured desert to the North. Its sandy beaches and coral reefs are the most pristine on the Red Sea. For an amazing day, take a tour to Petra, the Rose City, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

May 06 - Aqaba, Jordan

Depart 8 pm

May 07 - Eilat, Israel

Arrive May 6, 10 pm; Depart May 7, 10 pm

A favorite destination for Israeli families seeking a waterside escape, Eilat is a booming resort town, with enough hotels and attractions to keep an itinerant busy for days. Eilat’s location on the northern tip of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aqaba makes it a true vacation hotspot, literally. Its desert setting, greened by palm trees and dotted with pools, has an average of 360 sunny days a year and water temperatures averaging between 70 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. All of which is to say, grab your swimsuit and scuba gear to take advantage of beach expanses and some of the world’s best diving. Coral reefs edge Eilat’s coast, many near shore, offering experts and novices alike chances to encounter a fascinating underwater world. Afterward, dry off and launch land-based explorations, including birdwatching (Eilat is on the main bird migration route between Africa and Europe), camel riding and visits to the biblical theme park called Kings City or Timna Valley Park, home to the world’s oldest copper mines.

May 08 - Cruising the Coast of Aqaba

May 09 - Transit the Suez Canal

May 10 - Ashdod, Israel

7 am to overnight

A tidy planned community built on golden dunes, Ashdod is southern Israel's only Mediterranean harbor. Yet this new city has fabulously ancient roots: Ashdod is mentioned in the Old Testament, and archaeologists have found ruins almost 4,000 years old. This is the doorway to the historic treasures of Jerusalem, and the worldly pleasures of Tel Aviv.

May 11 - Ashdod, Israel

Overnight; Depart 9 pm

A tidy planned community built on golden dunes, Ashdod is southern Israel's only Mediterranean harbor. Yet this new city has fabulously ancient roots: Ashdod is mentioned in the Old Testament, and archaeologists have found ruins almost 4,000 years old. This is the doorway to the historic treasures of Jerusalem, and the worldly pleasures of Tel Aviv.

May 12 - Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

May 13 - Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

May 14 - Sorrento, Italy

10 am to 7 pm

As your ship approaches the Sorrento Peninsula, delight in craggy cliffs draped with flowing pink blossoms. Renowned for its serene way of life, this romantic port exudes a special magic. Its dramatic bluffs and surrounding flowered hills bid travelers welcome to a town overflowing with charm and character. It is easy to relax in this languid southern Italian atmosphere. The sensational Amalfi Coast and the haunting ruins at Pompeii are among the region's highlights.

May 15 - Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy (Overnight)

9 am to overnight

Civitavecchia was founded by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century. Today this port is noted for its fine seafood and attractive monuments. Located 90 minutes away is the Eternal City of Rome. Steeped in 2,500 years of history, Rome was for many centuries the center of Western civilization. It was both the focal point of the Roman Empire and of Christendom. Landmarks such as the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Spanish Steps are reminders of the legacy of its rich past.

May 16 - Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy

Disembark am

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Port Charge: $1,640

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $2,000 and Early Payment Discount (good until 10/19/17).

Call us for air fares.

Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 9,600 ( $12,480)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 10,325 ( $13,420)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 10,325 ( $13,420)
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 11,650 ( $16,310)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 11,650 ( $16,310)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 11,650 ( $16,310)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 11,945 ( $16,720)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 11,945 ( $16,720)
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 12,140 ( $18,210)
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 12,140 ( $18,210)
PH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 21,880 ( $38,290)
PS (11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 29,605