Doha will be the penultimate port of call on the luxury cruise line’s new 18-day Holy Land & Gems of Arabia cruise from Athens to Dubai, departing in October 2015. Meanwhile, Sir Bani Yas island will be the first stop for guests on board Seabourn’s new Dubai to Singapore Arabian Jewels & India sailing, also 18-days, from November 2015.
Both cruises will be on Seabourn Sojourn, one of Seabourn’s trio of Odyssey-class ships. With a maximum of just 458 guests, Sojourn will easily navigate the small natural port of Doha, until the mid-twentieth century a fishing and pearling village and now a vibrant multicultural city. The Corniche offers impressive architecture and dazzling views of the harbour, while there’s global shopping in the city’s plentiful malls.
Sir Bani Yas is the largest natural island in the UAE and a haven for wildlife. The island is home to more than one-hundred bird species and thirty species of mammals, including giraffes, gazelles, cheetahs, hyenas, and the world’s largest herd of endangered Arabian oryx. Approaching by sea, guests will have opportunities for rare encounters with dolphins and turtles in the turquoise seas of the Persian Gulf.
Seabourn’s three Odyssey-class ships received rave reviews and acclaim as “game changers” for the luxury cruise segment when they entered service beginning with Seabourn Odyssey in 2009, and followed by Seabourn Sojourn in 2010 and Seabourn Quest in 2011. The ships offer spacious suites, most with verandas, superb dining in a choice of venues, open bars throughout the ship, fine wines served at lunch and dinner, award-winning personalised service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere. The ships provide one of the highest ratios of space per guest in the industry and unmatched levels of personalised service from nearly one staff member per guest.