Ovation, Empires of Antiquity ex Dubai to Barcelona

Cruise Line
Seabourn
Ship
Seabourn Ovation
Cruise Departs
05 Apr 2020
Cruise Duration
34 Nights
Embark Ship
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Disembark Ship
Barcelona, Spain
V1 - Suite V2 - Suite V3 - Suite V4 - Suite
AU $21,998
per person
AU $23,098
per person
AU $24,198
per person
AU $25,298
per person

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
05 Apr 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
05:00 PM
06 Apr 2020
Sir Bani Yas, UAE
08:00 AM 05:00 PM
07 Apr 2020
Doha,Qatar
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
08 Apr 2020 At sea    
09 Apr 2020
Muscat, Oman
07:00 AM 05:00 PM
10 Apr 2020 At sea    
11 Apr 2020
Salalah, Oman
12:00 PM 10:00 PM
12 Apr 2020 At sea    
13 Apr 2020 At sea    
14 Apr 2020 At sea    
15 Apr 2020 At sea    
16 Apr 2020 At sea    
17 Apr 2020
Aqaba, Jordan
08:00 AM 07:00 PM
18 Apr 2020 At sea    
19 Apr 2020
Suez (Port Suez), Egypt
06:00 AM
19 Apr 2020
Suez Canal
Transit
19 Apr 2020
Port Said, Egypt
07:00 PM
20 Apr 2020
Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel
07:00 AM 11:00 PM
21 Apr 2020
Haifa, Israel
07:00 AM overnight
22 Apr 2020
Haifa, Israel
06:00 PM
23 Apr 2020 At sea    
24 Apr 2020
Santorini, Greece
09:00 AM 06:00 PM
25 Apr 2020
Athens (Piraeus) Greece
07:00 AM
26 Apr 2020
Mykonos, Greece
08:00 AM 09:00 PM
27 Apr 2020
Kusadasi, Turkey
07:00 AM 11:00 PM
28 Apr 2020 At sea    
29 Apr 2020
Iraklion, Crete, Gr
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
30 Apr 2020 At sea    
01 May 2020
Syracuse, Sicily. IT
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
02 May 2020
Valletta, Malta
07:00 AM 11:00 PM
03 May 2020 At sea    
04 May 2020
Naples, Italy
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
05 May 2020
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
08:00 AM 10:00 PM
06 May 2020
Bastia, Corsica. FR
08:00 AM 05:00 PM
07 May 2020
Toulon, France
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
08 May 2020
Palamos, Spain
08:00 AM 06:00 PM
09 May 2020
Barcelona, Spain
07:00 AM

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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V1 - Veranda Suite
   
V2 - Veranda Suite
   
V3 - Veranda Suite
   
V4 - Veranda Suite
   
V5 - Veranda Suite
   
V6 - Veranda Suite
   
PH - Penthouse Suite
   

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34 Night Cruise sailing from Dubai to Barcelona onboard Seabourn Ovation.

Re-Defining Ultra-Luxury Cruising…Again. As Seabourn celebrates 30 years of enriching and enhancing ultra-luxury cruising, we’re proud to introduce the next stage of our evolution. We welcome Seabourn Ovation, sister ship to the already renowned Seabourn Encore. Her arrival has crowned a fleet that is already the newest, most modern and most acclaimed at sea and will deliver a wealth of new concepts, a fresh design vision and a host of illuminating ideas to delight the world’s most discerning travelers.

As with Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn enlisted the participation of master designer Adam D. Tihany. Recognized as one of the preeminent designers in the world, Tihany specializes in developing elegantly individual spaces for the most highly rated restaurants, hotels, resorts and spas in the hospitality industry. He is also renowned for his unique ability to realize and embody the particular personalities of his clients and the preferences of their clientele in his designs.

Highlights of this cruise:

Dubai
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.

Sir Bani Yas Island
Three bridges link the island capital of the Arab Emirates to the Persian Gulf shore. Once renowned for pearls and piracy, today it is the richest place on earth. The corniche is the city’s showplace, with a walking park along the beachfront, but it gets hot! The huge white Sheikh Zhayed mosque is a must-see site for visitors. Built to exquisite standards, it boasts the largest hand-made Persian rug on earth. Its gleaming marble spaces with mesmerizing crystal chandeliers can welcome 41,000 worshippers. Modest dress is a must, and even so, women may be asked to don a provided cover-all abaya during their visit. The impressive Emirates Palace hotel is another exercise in sumptuous elegance, seemingly dedicated to the appreciation of decorative gold and crystal. A visit to the city’s unique Falcon Hospital is both entertaining and educational. For a lesson in Emirati history, the multi-media Qasr al Hosn museum is a good choice.

Doha
Qatar’s capital and largest city displays a broad sea-front corniche lined with impressive, towering, and strikingly modern architecture. View it from the sea with a ride on a traditional dhow. Notable highlights include the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art, which houses the largest collection of Islamic artifacts in the world. Modest dress is requested for visits here as well as at the serene State Grand Mosque. The teeming Souq Waqif is a contemporary incarnation of the central market area that has served the city for centuries. Many shops close for a few hours in the afternoon, so a morning visit is suggested. Next to it is the newer Falcon Souq, where not only birds of prey, but also all the equipment and accouterments of Arabia’s immensely popular hobby of falconry are on display and for sale. The unique, eclectic Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum displays one man’s massive collection of everything from cars to stamps and Islamic treasures.

Muscat
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.

Salalah
Salalah, Oman’s ancient incense capital is an oasis with lush vegetation resulting from seasonal monsoons. The city’s roads wind through groves of coconut, papaya and banana trees, and roadside stands sell fresh fruit and coconut water. The tropical atmosphere is a striking contrast to the otherwise arid landscapes of the Arabian Peninsula. Even the Queen of Sheba fell under the spell of the area’s treasure far greater than gold, and sent gifts of frankincense to impress Solomon. Today, the beautiful sand beaches, cultural history, archaeology and natural diversity draw visitors to this ancient paradise.

Aqaba (Petra)
Aqaba is a sleepy fishing village with a long and historic past. At various times, the port was a stopover on ancient caravan routes, a garrison for Roman troops and meeting place for pilgrims en route to Mecca. Recent excavations have revealed a third-century church, one of the worlds oldest. In medieval times, Aqaba was an important part of Palestine before being absorbed into the Ottoman Empire, a time when Lawrence of Arabia figured in local history. Today Aqaba is important as Jordan’s only deep water port and the jumping-off point for excursions to Petra, the country’s premier historical attraction.

Ashdod (Jerusalem)
The largest port in Israel, Ashdod is a gateway to Jerusalem, the 5,000-year-old walled city that is considered sacred to more than a third of the people on Earth. Numerous sites exist nearby, including the Jewish sacred Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre said to be the site of Calvary and to contain a piece of the true cross.
Meander along the seaside promenade, or dip your toes in the Dead Sea waters, long known for their health benefits. Visit the Bar-Gera Museum to view a collection of art by artists who were either banned or persecuted by the Nazis and other fascist governments. The Yad Vashem Memorial Museum is dedicated to the six million Jews who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

Haifa (Tel Aviv)
Situated on the slopes of Mount Carmel, along one of the most beautiful bays on the Mediterranean coast, Haifa is Israel’s primary port. It also serves as an important gateway to the biblical and historical sites of this sacred land. Although the origin of Haifa is obscure, its name appears for the first time in the 3rd century A.D. in Talmudic literature. Over the years, Crusaders, Arabs, Turks and the British occupied the city. Today, this bustling city possesses the nation’s largest industries, several important museums and the respected Haifa Technical Institute. It is also the world center of the Baha’i faith, symbolized by a beautiful gold-domed shrine.

Thira (Santorini)
“Thira, the Wild Island” and “Kalliste, the Fairest One” – all terms of endearment for this seductive, volcanic Greek island in the Sea of Crete. Extraordinary for its black sand beaches and sheer limestone cliffs, Santorini also showcases remnants of the Phoenician, Spartan and Minoan cultures, which fell under the island’s spell – an unvarying, irresistible lure that continues to this day. Fira, the picturesque, pedestrian-only capital, is reached from the seaport via a short cable car ride that offers thrilling views as you ascend.

Athens, Greece
The port of Piraeus is one of the last old-style Mediterranean ports from where you can catch ferries to all of the Greek islands and travel a short distance to Greece’s capital city Athens.

In the heart of the city lies the ancient Plaka district, with its honeycomb of streets, little shops – and tavernas that come alive at night. Situated on the north and east slopes of the Acropolis, it is rich with historic sites, such as ancient monuments and churches. Within Athens there are eight large hills, including the Acropolis, and on the outskirts, Mount Parnitha, Mount Pendeli and Mount Hymettos surround the city. A trip to Athens’ most famous tourist attraction, the impressive Parthenon built on the Acropolis around 2,500 years ago, will be memorable to say the least.

There are an extraordinary number of historic tourist sights in Athens and many of these are known world-wide. Some of the top Athens attractions include the Agora – a grand, ruined Roman building, Hadrian’s Arch – originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with original town of Athens and the stunning Dionysos Theatre – the world’s oldest theatre where many great plays have been performed over the years.

Mykonos, Greece
The quintessential Greek island of Mykonos is marked by whitewashed houses, domed churches, imposing windmills, and a labyrinth of winding streets designed to disorient pirates. Everywhere there is a dash of bright, bold blue – doors, shutters and window frames, sea and sky. The harbor bustles with colorful fishing boats, vendors selling fish and locals gathered with visitors in the casual seaside cafes. The port even comes with two beloved mascots, the pelicans Petros and Irini.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Kusadasi, which means “bird island,” is set in a superb gulf known for its sparkling water, broad sandy beaches and large marina. The city has managed to retain a certain earthiness while doing a brisk trade in Turkish carpets and leather goods to visitors. The town’s old quarter is a picturesque maze of winding streets and houses adorned with flowers and birdcages. In the center stands a 17th-century caravanserai, now converted into a hotel. The resort is also gateway to important sites of archaeological and religious interest.

Iraklion (Crete), Greece
Iraklion, or Heraklion, is the capital of the island of Crete, and the fifth largest city in Greece. It is the birthplace of the painter known in Spain as El Greco, and the modern Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis. While there are many interesting things to see in the city, including some vividly colored frescoes from the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos, it behooves a visitor to make the short trip to that archaeological site and see its magnificence firsthand. Students of mythology will recall that the palace was the legendary home of King Minos, where he constructed a labyrinth to house the monstrous Minotaur. The wonderfully excavated and restored palace is the largest Bronze Age site in Greece, and brimming with artifacts and artworks shedding the only modern light on the vanished Minoan civilization.

Valletta, Malta
Occupied successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, French and British, Malta has been of strategic importance throughout history. A British Crown Colony until 1964, Malta received the George Cross for its valiant resistance to German occupation in WWII. The island’s rich heritage is reflected in the architecture of Valletta, the current capital, and Medina, the capital until 1565. In Valletta the Knights of St. John built such masterpieces as St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Palace of the Grand Masters, along with the fortifications that guard the town’s magnificent harbors.

Naples (Pompeii), Italy
There is saying among the Italians, “See Naples and Die,” meaning that this city’s splendor and magnificent vistas are so grand that life is not complete without visiting it. Whether you want to explore in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, experience the scenic wonders and hairpin curves of the Amalfi Drive, cruise across the bay to the fabled Isle of Capri, or shop for coral and cameos along Via Santa Lucia and in the Galleria Umberto, the passionate city of Naples has an attraction for every taste.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Originally built by Emperor Trajan who had a villa here, Civitavecchia has flourished as a major port for Rome since the 13th century. Today it is an important ferry terminal and for many travelers the gateway to the Eternal City, Rome. The Renaissance fortifications that surround the harbor area were begun by Bramante and completed by Michelangelo in 1535.

Bastia, Corsica, France
Corsica’s most important port is nestled at the base of the northward-pointing finger of Cap Corse, between a looming mountain and the sea. The oldest part of town is dominated by the honey-colored Genoese citadel, which today holds the museum of history. The busy, 19th Century Place St-Nicolas is bordered in plane trees and pleasant cafes. There are a number of interesting churches, including the twin-steepled St. Jean-Batiste and the church of St.-Croix, which has a gilded ceiling and a curious black oak cross recovered from the sea in 1428. Climb the winding stairway from the waterfront to the Jardin Romieu for wonderful views over the town and the Vieux Port.

Toulon, France
One of the Mediterranean’s best ports and largest harbors welcomes you to the home of the French Mediterranean Fleet. Located in the Var prefecture of the Provence, Toulon has a long history that is revealed in various districts of the city. The Old Town is along the harbor, with narrow streets and small squares, most boasting a nicely decorated fountain. The Upper Town is mostly 19th century grandeur. You can take a cable car to Mont Faron, bypassing the road that is a notorious stretch for bicycle racers. The waterfront neighborhood of Le Mourillon is a family-friendly beach area for Toulonais. There are wonderful museums of history, art from various periods and naval history to explore as well.

Palamos, Spain
Located at the foot of the mountains on Spain’s rugged Costa Brava, Palamos boasts seven superb beaches, Iberian archeological remains from the year 6 BC, and the Church of Sant Esteve on the beach. Highlighting the town center is its 16th-century cathedral.

Barcelona, Spain
MAY 9, 2020 ARRIVES 07:00 AM
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is said to have been founded by the Phoenicians, and was once the rival of the powerful states of Venice and Genoa for control of the Mediterranean trade. Today, it is Spain’s second largest city and has long rivaled, even surpassed Madrid in industry and commerce. The medieval atmosphere of the Gothic Quarter and the elegant boulevards combine to make the city one of Europe’s most beautiful. Barcelona’s active cultural life and heritage brought forth such greats as the architect Antonio Gaudi, the painter Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Other famous native Catalan artists include cellist Pau Casals, surrealist Salvador Dali, and opera singers Montserrat Caballe and Josep Carreras. Barcelona accomplished a long-cherished goal with the opportunity to host the Olympics in 1992. This big event prompted a massive building program and created a focal point of the world’s attention.

Introducing Seabourn Ovation, the sister-ship to the already prestigious Seabourn Encore. Seabourn Ovation represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched. Both ships will deliver a wealth of new concepts, a fresh vision and a host of illuminating ideas to delight the world’s most discerning travelers.

Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 690 ft
  • Maiden Voyage: 2018

Ship Amenities

  • Flat Screen Television
  • Fully stocked bar & refrigerator
  • 24-hour complimentary room service
  • Personalized stationery
  • Wi-Fi and cell phone access

Ship Facilities

  • Casino
  • The Club
  • Whirlpools
  • Medical Facility
  • Restaurant
  • Grand Salon
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Shops
  • Coffee Bar
  • Card Room
  • The Grill
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Patio Bar
  • The Colonade
  • Sky Bar
  • Spa
  • Salon
  • Fitness Centre
  • Observation Bar
  • The Retreat

At Seabourn, we are passionate about travel. We believe that traveling for pleasure has a redemptive power that enriches people’s lives. And we believe that people should travel well.

Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed — elegant, yet casual — sumptuous, yet understated. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow.

Our ships attract interesting people, who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary. Our acclaimed staff offers a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.

This is the Seabourn experience — a style of cruising we pioneered when the company introduced Seabourn Pride, our first 208-guest, all-suite ship in 1988. At the time, a cruise expert stated that “Seabourn is in a class by itself,” and that is still true today. Experience SEABOURN SIGNATURE DELIGHTS® – Our fleet of five graceful ships carry between 208 and 604 guests each, exclusively in ocean-view suites – many with verandas. Amenities include luxury spas, restaurant and bar service as well as a variety of entertainment. They are graciously served by nearly the same number of hand-picked crew, who are consistently ranked as the finest at sea, earning Seabourn honors as the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line in surveys of readers by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

In 2009, Seabourn again raised the bar with the debut of Seabourn Odyssey, hailed as “a game-changer for the ultra-luxury segment.” Although larger than the original Seabourn sisters, Seabourn Odyssey carries just 450 guests and offers a wealth of amenities made possible by the highest ratio of space per guest in the cruise industry, including the largest spa on any luxury ship and generous private verandas on 90 percent of her suites. Seabourn Odyssey has since been joined by two identical sisters, Seabourn Sojourn in 2010 and Seabourn Quest in 2011.

Our expanded fleet allows us to offer the award-winning Seabourn experience to more travelers, in more cruising regions than ever before. No matter where in our wide world you want to travel, we offer you the opportunity to see it all in perfect elegance and ease — to travel well — aboard the best small ships in the world.

The Seabourn Difference

** Intimate ships with no more than 300 suites A Seabourn ship is like a private club, where members share expansive open decks, inviting social spaces, and the personalized attention of an exceptional crew. ** Unique itineraries to must-see cities and hidden gems where larger ships cannot go Each cruise is a hand-picked collection of fascinating places, and each day brings a new opportunity for authentic discovery – another chance to explore your world in a personal and meaningful way. ** Intuitive, gracious service provided by a staff passionate about pleasing our guests It is supremely relaxing to be looked after by thoughtful hosts, whose knack for anticipating what you might like borders on the clairvoyant. ** Spacious, all-suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views — many with verandas Seabourn suites are thoughtfully appointed and inviting, designed as homes away from home with room to unwind or entertain. ** Open bars throughout the ship, and fine wines poured at lunch and dinner. Meet and mingle with fellow guests in a carefree atmosphere, where no one has to pick up the tab. ** All dining venues are complimentary — dine where, when and with whom you wish From casual to elegant, indoors, al fresco or in your suite, a range of choices invites you to be spontaneous. ** Gourmet dining experiences that rival the finest restaurants anywhere From French fries to foie gras, every dish served on Seabourn receives the expert attention of highly skilled and imaginative chefs. The finest ingredients are selected with care, perfectly prepared to your order, and served with pride. ** Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences Soft drinks, beer and mineral water, complete glassware and your favorite wines or spirits are ready for your enjoyment or for entertaining. ** Tipping is neither required nor expected — service simply to delight you Our award-winning staff is driven only by their sincere desire to please, and with a smile that comes from the heart.

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