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Western Mediterranean Cruise NCL, Norwegian Epic Western Mediterranean Cruise RCCL, Liberty of the Seas Eastern Mediterranean Cruise RCCL, Navigator of the Seas Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Land Cruise RCCL, Mariner of the Seas Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Land Cruise Celebrity Cruises, Silhouette Canary Islands Cruise RCCL, Independence of the Seas Scandinavia & Russia Cruise RCCL, Jewel of the Seas Baltic Capitals Cruise NCL, Norwegian Sun Baltic Capitals Cruise RCCL, Vision of the Seas Arctic & North Cape Cruise Celebrity, Constellation Northern Europe & Mediterranean Cruise RCCL, Vision of the Seas Orlando & Western Caribbean Cruise RCCL, Oasis of the Seas Vancouver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas & 10 Night West Coast Wine Cruise - Celebrity, Millennium Eastern USA, Canada & New England Cruise RCCL, Explorer of the Seas Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise Celebrity, Century Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise RCCL, Rhapsody of the Seas Transatlantic Cruise & USA East Coast RCCL, Jewel of the Seas Australia & New Zealand Cruise RCCL, Radiance of the Seas South America Cruise Celebrity Cruises, Infinity Chain, Vietnam & Singapore Cruise Costa Cruises, Pacifica 3 Continents & Istanbul + Splendour of Greece & Turkey

Louis Cruise Lines, Cristal Western & Eastern Mediterranean Cruises - Malta to Malta Cruises

TUI Cruises, Mein Schiff Western Mediterranean Cruise - Fly Cruise & Stay Norwegian Epic Western Mediterranean Cruise - Malta to Malta Cruises Ibero Cruceros, Grand Voyager Mini Eastern Mediterranean Cruises Costa Cruises, Favolosa

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Norwegian Epic

reinventing cruising, again !

the ship and an all-day entertainment and nightclub complex. There’s entertainment, and then there’s the kind of entertainment where people leave saying something like, “That was AWESOME!” There’s never been anything like them, at least on this planet. Think vibrating techno music, light shows, comedy, lots of paint and outrageously talented Blue Men creating a wildly fun party atmosphere. Or you could just chill out and chat up. Inspired by the original ice bars and ice hotels in Scandinavia and one of only 14 ice bars in the world, the cruise industry’s first true ice bar is the ultimate chill.

Spa / Health & Fitness

NCL Norwegian Epic

Prepare to embark upon the remarkable, because NCL Freestyle Cruising has raised the game, again. NCL Epic is their brand new cruise ship that launched in summer 2010. Be sure to book your cruise holiday now. It could be the voyage of a lifetime. The ship’s New Wave style accommodation is all curves and urban chic with three private access areas serving staterooms, villas and spa guests. There are around 17 delicious Freestyle dining options and just as many bars. Add to that, unrivalled fun facilities such as the Aqua Park, bowling alleys, rock climbing walls, sports complex and spa, and you have a truly awe-inspiring cruise experience for couples, families, groups and just about anyone!

Bars & Restaurants

The Norweigen Epic is the ultimate in Freestyle cruising. With twenty one dining options available onboard and with the majority of these included in the cruise fare the choice available is unrivalled.

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When they say “full-service spa”, they mean full-service spa. Soothe your body and soul with a hot stone massage, a rejuvenating facial or a simple mani/pedi. Acupuncture, BOTOX and teeth whitening are also yours to be had. Then soak up some There are two fabulous main dining rooms with delicious five course menus inspired by the world’s leading culinary capitals. These, of course, are merely two of the 17 different dining options onboard. So whatever takes your fancy, you’re bound to find it somewhere on your ship. There’s an upscale steakhouse featuring both, tempting steaks and chops as well as a traditional Argentinean-inspired Churrascaria. There’s also our signature French Restaurant, authentic Teppanyaki, family-style Italian, tempting Chinese, sensational sushi, freshly prepared pasta dishes at our action-stations and an absolutely amazing salad bar.

Entertainment

It really is a next-generation leap with the NCL Norwegian Epic. The New Wave Staterooms for example, see above left, are just dripping with class and style. And the rest of the ship follows suit, with its unique nightlife offerings, including an industryfirst true Ice Bar, an exclusive one-of-a-kind Beach Club atop of

Ship Statistics

Year Built 2010 Tonnage 153,000tons Registry Bahamas Length 1,068 feet Beam 133 feet Passenger Capacity 4,200 Crew Size 1,730 Total Inside Cabins 688 Total Outside Cabins 1,426 Cabins & Suites w/ verandas 1,426 Suites 75

Services & Amenities

Showroom•Spa•Video Arcade Bars/Lounges 18• Beauty Salon/Barber Shop•Casino•Disco/Dancing•Elevators•Hot

serenity in the multi-treatment pool or relax on the thermal benches. And if you stay in one of our Spa Suites and Spa Balcony Staterooms you will be pampered with private key-card entry to the Spa Accommodations area.

Leisure & Recreation Facilities

As well as plenty of places to get away from it all, you’ll find unrivalled public areas onboard this ship, all of which are heaven sent for family cruising. The Aqua Park is an adrenalin fuelled water park with pools, water play and scary slides to thrill every age group. There are two bowling alleys, one that doubles up at night as an adults-only entertainment area. There are three climbing experiences, an impressive sports complex, plus toddler, tween and teen facilities to keep kids amused 24/7. Tub•Cell Phone Service•Internet Center•Wireless Internet Access Available throughout the entire ship•Laundry/Dry Cleaning•Library•Outdoor Movie Screen•Shops

Cabin Features & Amenities

24-Hour Room Service•Hair Dryer•Safe•Telephone•Television

Kids Facilities

Babysitting•Children’s Playroom•Kiddie Pool •Supervised Youth Program•Teen Center•Special Needs & Requests Adjoining Cabins (private connecting doors)•Kosher Meals Single Occupancy Cabins•Wheelchair-Accessible Cabins

Fitness & Sports Facilities

Basketball Court•Fitness Center•Jogging Track•Swimming Pool•Tennis Court •Rock Climbing Wall

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Western Mediterranean Cruise Day

Port of Call

Arrival

Wednesday

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Departure 7.00pm

Thursday Naples, Italy 07.00am 7.00pm Friday

Cruising

--

Saturday

Palma ( Majorca), Spain

06.00am

-6.00pm

Sunday Barcelona, Spain 05.00am 6.00pm --

Tuesday

Livorno ( Florence/Pisa), Italy

07.00am

Wednesday

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

07.00am

--

Palma

7.00pm

Rome

Not Included; •Return transfers Airport / Cruise / Airport – Adults @ €60.00 / Children @ €40.00

Cruising

Naples

Price Includes; •8 days / 7 nights Western Mediterranean Cruise on board Norwegian Epic •Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Midnight snack daily •Freestyle Dining ( Eat when & where your want 24 hours a day) •24 hour complimentary room service •Daily entertainment and shows •All port & government taxes

Monday

Pisa

Barcelona

Book Early & fly to Rome for FREE*

*Offer does not include airport taxes (€49.00) and is subject to flights availability at time of booking

Price per person in Euros

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Western Mediterranean Cruise

16th July - 24th July & 10th September - 18th September

Price Per Person in € Twin

16 - 24 July EBD Inside Stateroom

NRM

Triple EBD

NRM

Quad

EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

1499 1699

1449 1579 1399 1499 2179 2279 1099 1299

Outside Stateroom

1649

1849

1599 1729 1549 1649 2599 2799 1099 1299

Balcony Stateroom

1759

1959

1699

1829 1649 1749 2869 3069 1099 1299

10 - 18 Sep Inside Stateroom

1429 1629

1359 1489

1329 1429 2029 2229 1059 1259

Outside Stateroom

1599

1799

1499 1629

1399 1499 2199 2399 1059 1259

Balcony Stateroom

1699

1899

1599 1729

1499 1599 2399 2599 1059 1259

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Marseilles & Aix

€48

€24

Monaco & Montecarlo

€46

€23

Pisa & Florence

€48

€24

Rome

€42

€21

Sorrento & Pompeii (excl entr.)

€42

€21

Day Barcelona & Montserrat

€44

€22

Evening Show

€38

€20

Price Includes •Ryanair flight Malta to Girona (luggage allowance15kgs) •Spanair flight Barcelona to Malta •Airport transfers •7 night cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas on Full Board Basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •On-board gratuities •Transfer from Barcelona Port to Hotel •1 night in a 3 star hotel in Barcelona on Bed & Breakfast basis •Transfer Hotel in Barcelona to airport •Airport taxes & charges •Tour Leader Extras: Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Saturday Meet the tour leader at the Malta International Airport at 7.30 a.m. for check in for the Ryanair flight departing to Girona at 9.35 a.m. Upon your arrival in Spain you will be transferred by means of a private coach to the Barcelona Cruise Terminal where you will board one of the world’s biggest and most imaginative maritime marvels – the Liberty of the Seas. SM This Freedom class ship, with a gross tonnage of 160,000, comes fully loaded with an unlimited supply of onboard adventure. You’ll find a surf park, full-size boxing ring, H20 ZoneSM water-park (complete with ground geysers) plus flat screen TVs in every stateroom-and that’s just the short list. Liberty also offers Royal Caribbean’s very own Vitality wellness program that will rejuvenate your body and soul with soothing spa treatments, healthy menus, personal trainers, tons of fitness options and more! After the ship sets sail at 5 p.m. it would be appropriate to explore the numerous amenities and activities offered on board. You will be spoilt with all the choices varying from sunbathing by the pool, whirlpools, rock climbing, ice-skating, golfing, shopping, aerobics, casino and much more. The ship’s animators will organize activities and entertain guests in the pool area and other lounges. For the children and teenagers, the Adventure Ocean Youth Program, specifically designed to entertain them throughout the whole day with exciting games, sports and other activities will keep them occupied and happy. Sunday Our first port of call shall be in the French harbour of Toulon. After an early breakfast we offer you an optional excursion visiting the historical port city of Marseille and the old capital of Provence, Aix-en-Provence. We shall first visit Marseille, one of the oldest of the great French cities. We shall begin at the Old Port lively, colourful and picturesque city, seeing amongst others the Old Port and the lively Quai des Belges and the famous Canebière which was built in 1666 when Louis XIV gave instructions for the city to be increased in size. The name comes from the Provençal “Canebe” (hemp) and is a reminder of the rope-makers that lived in Marseille from the Middles Ages onwards. After some free time we shall then drive on to the town of Aix-en-Provence for a short visit of the historic centre of the town and enjoy the character and charm of one of the most famous towns in Provence. As you walk through Aix’s romantic streets with stately 17th and 18th century buildings, you would discover its sophisticated atmosphere. Visit the Mazarin Quarter, laid out in 1646, its rectangular design is characteristic of 17th century town planning. Here you may admire the “Place des Quatre Dauphins” (Four Dolphins Square) with its lovely fountain adorned with sculptures of four dolphins, and the “Saint Sauveur Cathedral” where architectural styles from the 5th to the 17th centuries can be seen side by side. Return to the port of Toulon in time for the ship’s departure at 5 p.m. Monday Enjoy an early breakfast before our ship drops anchor in the port of Villefranche at 7 a.m. We suggest you join our interesting optional excursion visiting Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze. After landing ashore (by tender) we shall visit the sea side village of Eze-sur-mer, where you may walk up to the medieval fortified village of Eze, with its 12th century castle ruins, that is perched like an eagles nest on a narrow rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean sea. From the top (429 m) you could enjoy a good view of the coast. The village forms a circular pattern around the base of the castle. We shall then drive along the scenic coastline before arriving in the Principality of Monaco, a sovereign state covering an area that is less than a square mile! Although Monaco can trace its origins back to prehistoric times, its history really began in 1308, when the Grimaldi family bought it from the then Republic of Genoa. You may walk round the Old Town, including the Cathedral, made famous after hosting the wedding ceremony of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, and where they are now buried. We will continue our walk through the narrow medieval streets to the main square, where we find the Prince’s palace standing atop of the Rock of Monaco. After some free time for lunch (extra), we leave for Monte Carlo, where you can visit the famous

Liberty of the Seas Casino (entr. extra) or relax in the lovely gardens located across the street from the Casino or enjoy some time window-shopping at the various designer boutiques! We shall then transfer back to our ship in time for departure, which is scheduled to be at 7 p.m. and so make sure you are on one of the open decks so as to see the beautiful scenery slowing disappearing on the horizon. After dinner you may wish to try your luck at the casino – as who knows, lady luck might be around! Tuesday Our next port of call shall be in Livorno, the 3rd largest port on the western coast of Italy. Today’s optional day excursion visits what is considered to be one of world’s greatest artistic cities – Florence, the capital of Tuscany, and Pisa. After a drive through this stunning province of hills and mountains our coach shall take us to the city of Pisa which was once a maritime power, rivalling Genoa and Venice, but now it is undoubtedly famous for its iconic Leaning Tower. But the tower is only one of a trio of works of art and architecture in the city’s Piazza dei Miracoli, as one also finds the Duomo and the Baptistry. We then continue on our way to Florence. Here we shall have enough time to wander through this incredible city where the pinnacle of Brunelleschi’s stupendous dome dominates the landscape and see the most important buildings such as the Duomo, Uffizi Galleries, one of the best art museums in the world, Palazzo Vecchio before reaching the shopladen mediaeval Ponte Vecchio and the Santo Spirito Church. Free time is given for either personal sightseeing, to shop around or just enjoy a coffee while admiring the monumental old buildings that surround you. We the return to Livorno as at 7 p.m. the ship shall cast off and after dinner enjoy the rest of the evening on board this incredible ship. Wednesday Buffet breakfast. Arrival at Civitavecchia (the port of Rome) is in the early morning (7 a.m.) and so after breakfast and as on the other days, here you have two possibilities: either remain on board and join one of the regular activities or games being organised on board, and enjoy another food feast in the ship’s restaurants, or alternatively join our optional excursion as we visit the Eternal City. After a 1.5 hour drive from Civitavecchia we shall arrive in Rome, the capital city of Italy. You shall see the main sights of this beautiful city (walking tour), among others, the Forum, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and of course the Vatican, (to visit the Vatican knees and shoulders must be covered). Return to our ship in time for departure (at 7 p.m.). After dinner enjoy once again the lavish evening performance of West-end style shows and entertainment at the theatre.

fading into the distance. Later on in the evening, after dinner, we suggest you attend the professional show and then dance the night away at the nightclub! Frday A day at sea is never boring on a Royal Caribbean cruise and as there are no ports of call today you have the opportunity to partake in the many activities organized by the ship’s animators for the guests of all ages and tastes, geared for the young at heart, children, teens and couples. Stroll along the Royal Promenade – it’s the heart of the ship and always bustling with life and visit the shops and boutiques where there is everything from jewellery to cruise wear, try your hand at rock climbing, ice skating or just relax by the pool. Saturday Today the Liberty of the Seas shall dock in the port of Barcelona in the early morning and so after our breakfast we shall disembark, undoubtedly certainly cherishing some wonderful memories of a truly unforgettable cruise. Our coach shall transfer us to our 3-star hotel in Barcelona. The rest of the day is left free for personal sightseeing and so you may wish to join the tour leader and visit Plaza de Catalunua and the Ramblas. Later on in the evening we offer an optional excursion visiting the La Siesta Show, for an unforgettable evening watching a splendid international show with an extensive repertoire by Spanish and international dancers with excellent choreography and costumes as well as other attractions wind up a unique evening. Sunday After an early breakfast and room check-out, we offer you an optional day excursion visiting Barcelona and the spectacular Benedictine Montserrat Monastery. We begin our day by stopping at the famous Sagrada Familia followed by a visit to Plaza de Catalunya, the Ramblas, the Cathedral and the Gothic quarter. We then visit the Olympic complex on Mont Juic and stop for a panoramic view of the city. In the afternoon we drive to the Monsterrat Monastery, founded in the 11th Century, and located amidst a national park which makes it one of the most spectacular of all of Spain’s natural sights. The monastery is famous for the ‘Black Virgin’ icon, which was supposedly hidden there by Saint Peter. We shall then return to our hotel in the late afternoon for some free time. At approximately 9 p.m., the group will be transferred by means of a private coach to Barcelona airport for check-in on the Spanair flight departing to Malta at 11.55 p.m. to arrive in Malta at 2 a.m.

Thursday Today the ship’s port of call shall be in Naples, located in the southern part of Italy in the region of Campania, and is the third most populated city in Italy, with over one million inhabitants. Naples sits on the northern edge of one of the most beautiful bays in Italy - the Bay of Naples. After an early breakfast you may wish to join our optional excursion as we visit Pompeii, considered to be one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Pompeii was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of the Vesuvio, which buried the whole town and its inhabitants. Free time to wander around this site (entr. extra) before we continue our drive along the Costa Amalfitana, which runs from Sorrento to Salerno, and is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines. We shall visit the historic centre of Sorrento and after some free time to wander around this wonderful city with its picturesque narrow streets where time seems to have stood still or for some shopping, we shall return to the ship. Departure is at 7 p.m. and you may wish to enjoy the wonderful view of the famous Mount Vesuvius

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Eastern Mediterranean Cruise

7th August to 14th August

Navigator of the Seas

Sunday, 7th August Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 7.30am for check in on Air Malta flight KM612 departing to Rome at 9.30am. After your arrival in Rome, you’ll be transferred to Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal where you will board Navigator of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises for your 8 day Eastern Mediterranean Cruise. After everyone has been assigned a cabin, get ready for the compulsory safety drill on board. Afterwards you may then begin exploring the many facilities this wonderful Royal Caribbean ship has to offer. The Navigator of the Seas, part of the ‘Voyager Class’ ships, is a revolutionary masterpiece if ever that was one! It contains some of the cruise industry’s most amazing features – a rock-climbing wall, a basketball court, an ice-skating rink and an in-line skating track. Dare we say there’s more? What about a five-storey theatre, a casino, a miniature golf course, a four-storey Promenade atrium and a spectacular three-storey dining room? This 138,000- ton nautical wonder has it all! Do not miss the sail away party at 5.00pm. After dinner you may wish to enjoy a West End style show.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD Inside Stateroom

Triple

NRM

EBD

NRM

Quad EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

1349 1549 1329

1469 1299 1399 1999 2199 999

1199

Window Stateroom

1699

1689 1499 1599 2599 1799 999

1199

Balcony Stateroom

1799 1999

1789 1549 1649 2999 3199 999

1199

1899 1549 1649

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Taormina

49

Children 27

Athens

48

26

Kusadasi

47

25

Crete

46

27

Discounted package price

179

99

Price Includes •Air Malta flights Malta / Rome / Malta •Airport transfers & free transfer to Rome Centre •8 day Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on board the Navigator of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises on full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes and fuel surcharge •Port taxes and fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour manager Extras: Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Monday, 08th August Out first port of call is Messina. After a lavish, you may wish to join an optional excursion to Taormina. Located on the eastern coast of Sicily half way between the cities of Messina and Catania, is fabulously located 200m above sea level and right opposite Mount Etna. Taormina has been a popular sea side resort since the 19th Century due to the attractive beaches and the breath taking sea views one can enjoy. You could visit the famous 14th Century Gothic Corvaia Paris (entr. fee extra) and then the impressive remains of the Greek Theatre (entr. extra), reconstructed in Roman style in the 2nd Century A.D. It is the 2nd largest theatre in Sicily after the one in Syracuse. Spend some free time exploring the pedestrian area and shop for some local products. We then return to our ship in the afternoon and after dinner you may wish to try your luck at the casino, and then dance the night away in the nightclub! Tuesday, 09th August You may wish to have a late buffet breakfast and enjoy a balmy day at sea! So little time but so much to do! Take a dip in the pool, or try your luck at bingo, learn some new dance steps, taste some new wines and learn about some new places. Spoil yourself in the beauty salon (extra charge) with a relaxing massage and facial or treat yourself to a new hairstyle and new-look nails. Add to that cruising feel-good factor with some fun aerobics or a work out in the gym or even try your hand at rock climbing! Alternatively you can borrow a best seller from the twin deck library and relax near the pool or solarium. Throughout the day enjoy various appetizing meals on board! In the evening, after a delicious dinner, enjoy a great show at the theatre. Wednesday, 10th August This morning we sail into Piraeus (Athens) after enjoying a mouth-watering breakfast on board, we suggest that you join our optional excursion visiting the main sites of this ancient Greek city, including the Acropolis. The Acropolis and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world, Constitution Square, the House of Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Before we return to the ship we shall have some free time for shopping. The ship sails at 6 p.m. Thursday,11th August Today we sail into the port of Kusadasi, a resort town located on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. Join the optional excursion visiting the antique and historical city of Ephesus. Although the surrounding area was inhabited in the Neolithic Age (circa 6,000 BC), the city of Ephesus was established 10 centuries BC. It is considered to be the finest preserved classical city in the Mediterranean and its visitors could appreciate the incredible Roman remains, including temples, houses, public baths and the extensively restored Library of Celsus, that once contained 12,000 papyrus scrolls and is decorated with columns and statues. The Grand

Theatre, where St Paul preached, is one of the largest theatres in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats! You shall than visit the shrine thought to be the House of the Virgin Mary. Tradition states that Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI claimed the site authentic and each year a traditional service celebrated by Orthodox and Muslim clergy, honors Mary’s Assumption into heaven. When back on board after an eventful day, enjoy a pre-dinner drink in one of the many available bars and then prepare for dinner. Afterwards you may wish to try your luck at the Casino Royale and then dance the night away! Friday, Thursday, 12th August Enjoy a buffet breakfast onboard as we enter the port of Chania in Crete. This morning you may wish to join our optional excursion. Depart from Souda port to reach the beautiful town of Rethymnon, one of the most historical and picturesqye towns of Crete. Although the town is touristically developed, it still preserves the traditional local colour particularly in the old Venetian quarter, with the little narrow streets the innumerous folklore shops and the Venetian fortress that bring back the memories of an era. We shall visit Forteza castle, built by the Venetians for the protection of the inhabitants by the Turkish threat, it is star shaped with three gates and six bastions. In the middle, the church of St Nicholas was turned into the Mosque of the Sultan Ibrahim Han. Opposite the castle we visit

the archaeological museum of Rethymnon and then continue for a guided walk through the old town of Rethymnon followed by free time for shopping or personal sightseeing Saturday, 13th August Today you have a free day at sea which is an excellent opportunity to relax and unwind, forgetting all your problems! Sit back in your deck chair by the pool or try your luck at the casino. You could go to the Ship Shape Health & Fitness centre and the state of the art gym and do some exercise or even try the game of mini golf. You may even want to try your hand at rock climbing! In the evening, enjoy the show at the theatre and afterwards enjoy a midnight snack. If you are still not tired, visit the disco and dance the night away until early hours of the morning. In the evening you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Royal Caribbean personnel early next morning. Sunday, 14th August The Navigator docks in Civitavecchia at 5.00am. Enjoy a delightful breakfast on board as we return to the port of Civitavecchia. Enjoy your last breakfast onboard as your cruise holiday comes to an end. A private coach will be in attendance at the pier to the historical centre of Rome where you will have ample time for personal sightseeing or last minute shopping, meanwhile your luggage shall remain on the coach which will pick up the group at 5.00pm and

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Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Land Cruise 11th July - 22nd July

Mariner of the Seas

Monday, 11th July Meet the tour leader at 5.30 a.m. at the Malta International Airport for check-in on Air Malta’s flight KM612 departing to Rome (via Reggio) at 7.30 a.m. After your arrival in Rome, you’ll be transferred to Civita vecchia Cruise Terminal where you will board Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Mariner of the Seas for your 11-night Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Land Cruise. After everyone has been assigned a cabin, get ready for the compulsory safety drill on board. Later you’re free to explore this beautiful mammoth of a ship. Tuesday, 12th July & Wednesday, 13th July Every day at sea is packed with activities, from deck games to entertainment. Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage, exercise or shop in the onboard boutiques. Take a dip in the pool. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. The days are yours. Indulge!

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD

Triple

Quad

Single

Child

NRM

EBD

NRM

1799 999

1749

1879 1699 1799 2699 2899 1399 1599

Window Stateroom

2199 2399

1999

2129 1899 1999 3399 3599 1399 1599

Balcony Stateroom

2399 2599

2199

2329 2049 2149 3699

Inside Stateroom

EBD NRM

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

3899 1399 1599

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Haifa ( Nazareth & Galilee)*

129

99

Ashdod ( Jerusalem & Bethlehem)*

139

114

Athens

44

24

Ephesus

59

39

Rhodes

59

39

Chania

49

29

Discounted package price

439

319

*Excursions Organised by Royal Caribbean Cruises

Price Includes •Air Malta flights Malta / Rome / Malta •Airport transfers •Free post cruise transfer to Rome Centre •12 day Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Land Cruise on board Royal Caribbean Cruise’s Mariner of the Seas on full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes and fuel surcharge •Port taxes and fuel surcharge •Onboard Gratuities •Tour Manager Extra; Tavel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Thursday, 14th July Today’s port of call is Haifa situated in the northern part of Israel. After a lavish breakfast we suggest an optional excursion visiting Nazareth and Galilee. Galilee, Israel’s luscious region and the scene of Christ’s youth is where He was baptized, preached and performed many of His miracles. Visit the river bank revered by the faithful as the spot where John the Baptist immersed Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan. Then, continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where Christ delivered the Sermon on the Mount. From the terrace of the domed Catholic Church, founded in 1937, there are splendid views of the Sea of Galilee. We then proceed to Tabgha where we enter The Church of the Multiplication, the current shrine protects a beautiful 5th century Byzantine mosaic floor depicting the miracle. Our next stop is in Capernaum - The “centre” of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. A guided walking tour visits the ruined synagogue where Christ preached. Nestled in a circle of cypress studded hills, Nazareth is the scene of Jesus’ youth. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, consecrated in 1969, the largest Christian Church in the Middle East and which is said to mark the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin. After sightseeing the area and a photo opportunity of the Sea of Galilee, your tour will return to the ship (lunch included). Clothing should cover shoulders and knees. The ship departs Haifa at midnight. Friday, 15th July This morning we shall dock in the southern Israeli port of Ashdod. Another optional excursion not to be missed gives us the opportunity to visit a number of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land. View the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), this massive wall is actually part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great. It’s the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane, where ancient olive trees shade this enclosure on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem. It was here in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ. Also visit the Church of All Nations, built next to the Garden of Gethsemane in 1924, featuring interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which is said to be site of Golgotha and is the site of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. We proceed to Bethlehem where we visit the Church of the Nativity. The Church of the Nativity is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam (lunch included). Clothing should cover shoulders and knees. Tonight the ship sets sail at 10 p.m. Saturday, 16th July A relaxing day cruising the Eastern Mediterranean so we suggest you check and partake in the ship’s daily programme, which amongst other activities includes a special lecture on forthcoming ports of call or perhaps a quiz or an arts and crafts class. Whatever your mood, there is almost certainly something happening every minute of the day. Sunday, 17th July Our port of call for today is Piraeus in Greece, so after breakfast, we can offer you an optional full day excursion to explore this Mythical City of Athens. Known as the cradle of Western civilization, it boasts a fantastic mix of clas-

sical ruins and vivacious modern life. In today’s optional excursion you will have the opportunity to see most of the important landmarks this city has to offer such as Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, Presidential Megaron, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Additional highlight of the tour include a visit to the Temple of Acropolis and its museum where you can admire the architectural masterpiece of the Golden Age of Athens, as well as views of the Propylea. Monday, 18th July This morning at 7 a.m. we sail into the port of Kusadasi, a resort town located on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. Join the optional excursion visiting the antique and historical city of Ephesus. Although the surrounding area has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age (circa 6,000 BC), the city of Ephesus was established 10 centuries BC. It is considered to be the finest preserved classical city in the Mediterranean and its visitors could appreciate the incredible Roman remains, including temples, houses, public baths and the extensively restored Library of Celsus, that once contained 12,000 papyrus scrolls and is decorated with columns and statues. The Grand Theatre, where St Paul preached, is one of the largest theatres in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats! You shall than visit the shrine thought to be the House of the Virgin Mary. Tradition states that Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI claimed the site authentic and each year a traditional service celebrated by Orthodox and Muslim clergy, honors Mary’s Assumption into heaven. When back on board after an eventful day, enjoy a pre-dinner drink in one of the many available bars and then prepare for dinner. Afterwards you may wish to try your luck at the Casino Royale and then dance the night away Tuesday, 19th July After a lavish breakfast onboard we offer another interesting excursion as we arrive in the next port of call, Rhodes, the beautiful “Island of Roses”. In the heart of the island’s biggest city, also named Rhodes is the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe, a fascinating web of Byzantine, Turkish and Latin ruins. Its mighty fortifications provide the finest surviving examples of defensive architecture of that period. Lindros, built 125 metres above sea level, with its whitewashed houses clustered beneath a castlecrapped acropolis, is Rhodes’ most picturesque village and most

important Doric settlement, because of its natural harbor and vantage point. After the ship sets sail at 5 p.m. prepare for another evening full of fun and fantastic food! Wednesday, 20th July Today we shall dock in Chaniá, the second largest city of Crete, and considered to be one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chaniá. Chaniá is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil’s Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times-at least 5000 years. The city’s rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture. Wander through the fascinating layers of Chaniá’s history with a visit to the Old Town. The Venetian Harbor and narrow, picturesque roadways retain the distinctive atmosphere of the city’s Venetian and Turkish periods. Enjoy a late lunch after your return to the ship as she sails out of port at 2 p.m. Thursday, 21st July After breakfast enjoy a day of rest and relaxation onboard the incredible Mariner of the Seas. Take advantage to visit the ship’s spa or just relax and enjoy the Mediterranean breezes in a comfortable lounge chair. Whatever your preference, you’re bound to find it on board the Mariner. Friday, 22nd July The Mariner docks in Civitavecchia at 5 a.m. Enjoy your last breakfast onboard as your cruise holiday comes to an end. A private coach will be in attendance at the pier and shall transfer us to the historical centre of Rome where you will have ample time for personal sightseeing or last minute shopping, meanwhile your luggage shall remain on the coach which will then collect the group at 5 p.m. and transfer us to the airport for the return flight to Malta on Airmalta KM615 departing from Rome Fiumicino Airport at 8.35 p.m. and arriving in Malta via Reggio at 11.15 p.m.

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Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Land Cruise

Silhouette

22nd August - 03rd September

Monday, 22nd August Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 5 a.m. for check in on the Air Malta flight KM612 departing to Rome at 7.05 a.m. After your arrival in Rome, you’ll be transferred to Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal where you will board Celebrity’s 122,400 ton brand new ship, the Silhouette, the latest addition to the Solstice-class ships and which offers fine dining, magnificent venues, spacious staterooms and award-winning service - truly a masterpiece! After everyone has been assigned a cabin, get ready for the compulsory safety drill on board. Later you’re free to explore this beautiful ship. Tuesday, 23rd August Every day at sea is packed with activities, from deck games to entertainment. Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage, exercise or shop in the onboard boutiques. Take a dip in the pool. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. The day is yours. Indulge!

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD Inside Stateroom

Triple

Quad

Single

NRM

EBD

NRM

2249 2449

2099

2229 1999 2099 3699

EBD NRM

EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

3899 1399 1599

Window Stateroom

2399

2599

2199

2329 2099 2199 3899 4099 1399 1599

Balcony Stateroom

2499

2699

2299

2429 2199 2299 3999 4199 1399 1599

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Santorini

48

29

Athens

49

29

Alexandria

54

34

Cairo & Giza

99

69

Tel-Aviv & Jaffa*

79

79

Jerusalem & Bethlehem*

129

129

Pompeii & Sorrento

54

44

Discounted package price

479

379

* Excursions organised by Celebrity Cruises

Price Includes •Air Malta flights Malta / Rome / Malta •Airport transfers •Free post cruise transfer to Rome Centre •12 day Eastern Mediterranean & Holy Land Cruise on board the Silhouette by Celebrity Cruises on full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes and fuel surcharge •Port taxes and fuel surcharge •Onboard Gratuities •Tour Manager Extras: Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Wednesday, 24th August After a leisurely morning, we shall visit the wonderful Greek island of Santorini, which embraces all that has made the Greek Isles legendary; splendid beaches, unparalleled architecture, dramatic cliffs and quaint villages (landing by tender). Ride a donkey up the trail to the city of Thira or take a cable car. The views from Thira, set atop a ledge overlooking the sea, are stirring. Most ships allow just enough time here to wander the streets, admire the churches and browse the shops and cafes before re-embarking the ship which sets sail at 10 p.m. Thursday, 25th August This morning we sail into Piraeus (Athens), so after enjoying a mouthwatering breakfast on board, we suggest that you join our optional excursion visiting the main sites of this ancient Greek city, including the Acropolis. The Acropolis and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world, Constitution Square, the House of Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Before we return to the ship we shall have some free time for shopping. The ship sails at 6 p.m. Friday, 26th August A relaxing day sailing the Eastern Mediterranean. You may choose to check the ship’s daily programme, which amongst other activities includes a special lecture on forthcoming ports of call or perhaps a quiz or an arts and crafts class. Whatever your mood, there is almost certainly something happening every minute of the day. Saturday, 27th August Enjoy an early buffet breakfast on board as we enter the Egyptian port of Alexandria at 7 a.m. We offer an exciting optional excursion visiting Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza. The excursion begins with a coach trip through the desert to the Cultural Centre of the Arab World and a fascinating Metropolis that straddles the Nile River, Cairo. Our first stop is at the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, this famous museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts with more than 120,000 items on display. After lunch (incl.) in one of the most luxurious hotels in the area, we proceed to the Valley of Giza. With its wonderful monuments it is truly a marvel of architectural prowess. The three largest pyramids located in the valley consist of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Kafhre and the Pyramid of Menkaura. Each Pyramid is a tomb dedicated to a different king of Egypt. The Great Sphinx of Giza is a statue of a reclining lion with a human head that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile, the largest monolith statue in the world and the oldest known monumental sculpture. Its bemused eyes will surely cast a spell on you and your camera. Drive back to the ship which shall overnight in the port of Alexandria.

Sunday, 28th August We suggest an early breakfast on board before joining today’s optional excursion which starts with a drive through the colorful streets of Alexandria. View the unique architecture and experience the charming nostalgia of yesteryear. In Mansheya Square, see the bronze statue of Mohamed Ali, founder of modern Egypt. Just a few steps away one finds the elegant marble edifice dedicated to the Unknown. Visit the intriguing Catacombs of Kom el Shoqfa, an extensive three level funerary complex dating from the 2nd century A.D. Afterwards stop for a photo opportunity at the Qait Bey Fort one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to the nearby Mosque of Abu El Abbas, one of Alexandria’s Islamic landmarks. Next, proceed to the Bibliotheca Alexandria, admire the Scrolls and the Antiquities Museum of the Library and continue to Montaza Gardens to see the summer palace of the former king of Egypt. On our way back to the ship enjoy a panoramic drive along the beachfront boulevard. The ship leaves at 7 p.m. Monday, 29th August At 10 a.m. our ship shall dock in the southern Israeli port of Ashdod, the country’s largest port and the fifth largest city in Israel. We recommend an optional excursion to Tel-Aviv & Jaffa. Jaffa is the oldest port in the world. The city which has always been the entry to the ancient land of Israel is today a bustling, beautiful area with stone buildings, narrow winding alleys, a fisherman’s port, an artist’s quarter, cafes, restaurants and shops. In Jaffa there are churches and mosques and in the centre of the activity is the famous landmark - the Clock Tower built by the Turkish Sultan Abed-el Hamid 11 in 1906. Walk in the Flea Market and the Old City of Jaffa where the alleys are named after the signs of the zodiac. Visit the local artists’ galleries and the museum. Drive to Carmel Market and walk down the busy, crowded stalls selling fruit and vegetables, flowers, fish and clothing. Drive along the coastal road and return to the ship, which shall overnight in port. Tuesday, 30th August Enjoy a lavish breakfast onboard followed by an interesting optional excursion visiting Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This gives us the opportunity to visit a number of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land. View the Western Wall (Wailing Wall), this massive wall is actually part of the Temple Mount foundation erected by Herod the Great. It’s the most sacred Jewish shrine in Jerusalem. Proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane, ancient olive trees shade this enclosure on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem and it was here in this garden that Judas betrayed Christ. See the Church of All Nations built in 1924, which features interior domes decorated with mosaic symbols of the countries that contributed to its construction. The Rock of Agony, where Christ endured His Passion is located at the Altar. Walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The church is believed to enshrine the sites of Christ’s crucifixion, entombment and resurrection. We then proceed to Bethlehem where we visit the Church of the Nativity which is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world.

The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam (lunch included). Clothing should cover shoulders and knees. Return to the ship in time for dinner and departure which should be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, 31st August & Thursday, 01st September Relaxing days at sea. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities on board. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply relax by the pool. The ship’s animators will be organizing varied activities by the pool deck and other lounges (kindly consult your ship’s daily programme for timings). Every evening at sea sparkles with dazzling entertainment. Designed to indulge your individual preferences, Celebrity Cruises entertainment choices range from Broadway-style productions, captivating shows and lively discotheques to the glamour and excitement of Monte Carlo-style casinos and Celebrity’s specialty lounges. Friday, 02nd September Our last port of call shall be Naples. Departing from the pier for today’s optional excursion our coach will pass Mount Vesuvius as we begin our coastal drive south to the ancient city of Pompeii, which is one of the most famous excavations in the world. Once a thriving empire over 1,900 years ago, it was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD when 30 feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered the city (entr. incl.). Admire the mansions and the art of wealthy patricians who moved to Pompeii to escape the turmoil of Rome, view countless paintings and inscriptions. Driving towards Sorrento, see the Dolomitic cliffs towering straight up out of the sea and typical villages, which have characterized its peninsula for many centuries. The next stop is the fabled town of Sorrento. This delightful town has a wonderful climate and marvelous views of Naples Bay. Take a stroll around the main square and explore the side streets. There are many souvenir shops and local specialties including articles of highly polished wood inlaid with beautiful marquetry. Return back to the ship followed by our departure, schedules for 6.30 p.m. In the evening you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Celebrity Cruises personnel early next morning. Tonight let the waiter tempt you with an irresistible dessert, try your luck in the Casino or dance the night away in the discotheque. Saturday, 03rd September The incredible Silhouette docks in Civitavecchia at 4.30 a.m. Enjoy your last early breakfast onboard as your cruise holiday comes to an end. A private coach will be in attendance at the pier to transfer you to the historical centre of Rome where you will have ample time for personal sightseeing or last minute shopping (your luggage shall remain on the coach) At around 5 p.m. we shall be transferred to the airport for our return flight to Malta on Airmalta KM615 departing from Rome Fiumicino Airport at 8.35 p.m. and arriving in Malta (via Reggio) at 11.15 p.m.

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Canary Islands Cruise

17th September – 28th September

Independance of the Seas

Saturday, 17th September Meet our tour leader at the Malta International Airport at 05.15 a.m. for check in on our Airmalta flight to London departing at 7.15 a.m. On arrival in Heathrow at 09.45 a.m. transfer by private coach to the port of Southampton where we shall board one of the most innovative cruise ship in the world, the Independence of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises. After our staterooms have been assigned, enjoy a late lunch on board, followed by a tour around the ship so as to familiarize ourselves with the various decks and lounges. The ship set sails at 4.30 p.m. Evening performances of West-end style shows and entertainment are offered daily after dinner. Sunday, 18th September The first day shall be spent cruising, and so it would be appropriate to explore the numerous amenities and activities offered on board. You will be spoilt with all the choices varying from sunbathing by the pool, surf the waves on the first ever on-board surf park, the amazing H2O zone, whirlpools, rock climbing, ice-skating, golfing, shopping, aerobics, casino and much more. The ship’s animators will organize activities and entertain guests in the pool area and other lounges. For the children and teenagers, the Adventure Ocean Youth Program, specifically designed to entertain them throughout the day with exciting games, sports and other activities will keep them occupied and happy.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD

Triple

Quad

Single

Child

NRM

EBD

1849 2049

1649

1789 1549 1649 2699 2899

999 1199

Window Stateroom

2049 2249

1799

1929 1699 1799 2999 3199

999 1199

Balcony Stateroom

2399 2599

2049

2179 1849 1949 3749

Inside Stateroom

NRM

EBD NRM

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

3949 999 1199

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Vigo

59

34

Lisbon

45

29

Las Palmas

49

29

Tenerife

44

24

Funchal

40

25

Ferrol

49

29

Discounted package

249

149

Price Includes •Air Malta flights Malta/London/Malta •Airport transfers •Free London shopping transfer •11–night Canary Islands Cruise onboard the Independence of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises on full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour manager EXTRAS: Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Monday, 19th September After a lavish breakfast we suggest an optional shore excursion visiting Vigo, our first port of call, situated on the Northwest coast of Spain. A busy, midsized port on the Atlantic Coast, Vigo is located just north of Portugal and is Galacia’s largest and most industrialized city, dating back to Roman times. If you’re a beach-lover, then Vigo is for you. You can soak up the rays at one of several sparkling beaches, including Samil, Alcabre and Canido. Enjoy some of the most beautiful coastline in the world during a drive along the scenic coastal road to La Toja, a city where you’ll experience true Galician culture - rich in historical significance and home to a church that is completely covered in seashells. Tuesday, 20th September Today we shall dock in the port of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and we recommend an optional excursion visiting this city, also known as Lisboa to the native Portuguese. See why this city reigns above all others as you stroll along elaborate mosaic sidewalks and pass by the Monument to the Discoveries. One of Portugal’s best-known monuments is the impressive Manueline masterpiece, Belem Tower. A merger of Romanesque and Gothic art with Renaissance and eastern influences, the tower stands by the Tagus River at the point from which Vasco de Gama left for the Indies. Don’t miss the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, or Jeronimo’s Monastery. Commissioned in 1501 after Vasco da Gama’s return from one of his voyages from India, this remarkable monastery is a beautiful and unique example of Manueline architecture. Be aboard in time for the ship departure scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, 21st September Day at sea. On such a ship there should never be a dull moment! On Royal Caribbean’s Independence, you are sure to enjoy every moment! Even just strolling through the Royal Promenade is an exciting activity. Obviously, you should try the numerous delicious buffets on offer throughout the day as we sail south towards the Canary Islands! Thursday, 22nd September At 10 a.m. our mega ship shall dock in Las Palmas in the Gran Canaria, the third largest of the seven Canary Islands, located off the northwest corner of Africa. Join our optional excursion beginning with a panoramic drive to Agaete Village. With a quaint little harbour and being one of the most charming spots on the island, this is a great place to visit. We then drive to the capital city of the island, Las Palmas. Here you shall enjoy some free time exploring the most interesting sites, including Plaza Santa Ana with its entrance guarded by bronze statues of dogs symbolizing the legendary dog, which since 1506 was said to have appeared in the town’s heights, and some impressive historic buildings, of which many have survived in their

original state up to date. Noteworthy among these magnificent buildings are the Palacio Regental, a largely 17th-century building serving as residence of the president of Gran Canaria’s High Court of Law, the elegant 19th-century building of the Casas Consistoriales (Offices of Island Government), the Palacio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace), of which only an ornate single storey façade remained after the great fire of 1599, and the imposing Catedral de Santa Ana. We shall then return to our ship in the late afternoon so as to continue enjoying the wonderful atmosphere on board! Friday, 23rd September This morning we shall dock in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands and with a population of 700,000. It is also the most diverse in terms of climate, landscape and places of interest. We suggest you join our optional excursion, which shall pass through the island’s administration and commercial centre and capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, before our coach heads north towards San Andres before climbing to El Bailadero and the Anaga Mountains, a sweeping panorama of volcanic peaks at the north-eastern corner of Tenerife. You will stop for photos at el Bailadero before continuing down to Taganana, one of the oldest villages of Tenerife, where you will visit the church and have free time. Your next stop will be the Pico del Ingls, from where you have a beautiful view of the north and south side of the island. Population is scarce in this harsh region but the road that runs northwards is a constant vision of stunning views over the island, pushing its way towards the Monte de Las Mercedes, a dense forest of laurel trees and one of the island’s most idyllic spots. Geographically, this is a reminder of the primitive woodlands that once stretched up and around the Mediterranean seaboard, reaching as far as Asia. After a short stop at the University town of La Laguna, we will drive back to the port of Santa Cruz for our departure. Enjoy the rest of the evening on board this incredible ship. Saturday, 24th September After a lavish breakfast, we shall arrive in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago located 650 kms off the North African coast. Although very much European, this island is in fact located some 955 kms away from the European mainland! Visitors have, over the years appreciated the island’s beautiful tropical coastline, rugged volcanic peaks and moderate climate. On our excursion we shall first visit the capital, passing by the Governor’s Residence before arriving in the centre, close by the Cathedral. After some free time we then head towards Cabo Girao, the highest sea cliff in Europe, and the second highest in the world. Soaring 1900 feet, its etched face tells the tale of its volcanic origins. From this impressive promontory, there are breathtaking views along the island’s southern coast. Finally, discover the old streets of Ribeira Brava, a small town on the southwest coast of the island. The town boasts many street cafes and

shops and is a place worthy of exploring. Ribeira Brava was one of the first parishes of the island and was inhabited early in the island’s history. After some leisurely time strolling in colourful Ribeira Brava, re-board our coach for the return trip to the pier. Sunday, 25th September Today shall be another day at sea and so another day to relax and unwind! Sun worshippers may lay down on a sun-bed or deck chair by the pool lapping in the sun whilst the more active and energetic clients may enjoy the various on-board activities, games, sports activities and aerobic classes. As cruising is also a great family vacation the ship’s animation team offer special programmes for all our ‘sailors’, whatever their age – from toddlers till teenagers! Monday, 26th September After a leisurely morning on board our wonderful ship, at 1p.m., we shall dock in our last port of call which is Ferrol, located on the northwest coast of Spain. Today’s optional shore excursion takes us to Santiago De Compostela, the capital of Galicia, Spain’s greenest region, and is also one of the country’s most important sites for pilgrims. What began as a simple 9th-century chapel built in the name of St James the Apostle has grown into Europe’s most important shrine after St Peter’s in Rome. With its twin baroque towers soaring high above Obradoiro Square, this monument to the saint is a truly magnificent sight and its interior remains as it was in medieval times. You will learn about its history and see such sights as the Jubilee Door during a guided tour, and will also have time at leisure to wander around Obradoiro Square and beyond, admiring the city’s many beautiful historic buildings. The ship shall set sail at 9 p.m. Tuesday, 27th September This shall be our last full day on board and as there are no ports of call you again have the opportunity to partake in the many activities organized by the ship’s animators. You may also opt to make the best from the various amenities offered on board, including gym, pools, rock climbing, ice skating and many more. Wednesday, 28th September Today our ship shall dock in the port of Southampton in the early morning and so after our breakfast we shall disembark and our coach shall transfer us to the centre of London where you may enjoy some free time shopping or visiting some of the main attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, just to mention a few. In the late afternoon meet the tour leader for your transfer to London Heathrow airport for check-in on our Airmalta flight. We should arrive in Malta at 00.45 a.m. (early on Thursday 29th September), undoubtedly certainly cherishing some wonderful memories of a truly unforgettable cruise.

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Scandinavia & Russia Cruise

Group 1: 17th July – 29th July / Group 2: 22nd August - 03rd September Day 1 Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 5.00am for flight check-in to London Heathrow on Airmalta flight KM100 departing at 07.15am. Upon arrival in London at 9.45am a private coach will transfer the group to Harwich Cruise Terminal for check-in formalities to board the luxurious 90,000-ton cruise ship namely “Jewel of the Seas” by Royal Caribbean Cruises. Once on board, and assigned to your cabin, you’re free to explore the facilities and décor of this magnificent floating resort. As soon as the ship leaves port get ready for the usual safety drill on board. Make sure you go on the upper deck to enjoy the sail away party as your ship leaves Harwich at 5.00pm. Day 2 Relaxing day at sea. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities on board. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply relax by the pool. The ship’s animators will be organizing varied activities by the pool deck and other lounges (kindly consult your ship’s daily programme for timings). Every evening at sea sparkles with dazzling entertainment. Designed to indulge your individual preferences, Royal Caribbean entertainment choices range from Broadway-style productions, captivating shows and lively discotheques to the glamour and excitement of Monte Carlo-style casinos and Royal Caribbean’s s specialty lounges.

Price Per Person in € Twin

17th July

Triple

Inside Stateroom

2049 2249

1949

2089 1899 1999 2999

3199 1499 1699

2149 2349

2099

2229 1999 2099 3299

3499 1499 1699

2599 2799

2349

2479 2299 2399 4099

4299 1499 1699

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

NRM

Inside Stateroom

EBD NRM

EBD

EBD

NRM

Child

Window Stateroom

22nd August

EBD NRM

Single

EBD

Balcony Stateroom

NRM

Quad

NRM

EBD

EBD

EBD

NRM

NRM

1949 2149

1899

2029 1799 1899 2799

2999 1299 1499

Window Stateroom

2049

2249

1999

2129 1899 1999 3049

3249 1299 1499

Balcony Stateroom

2449

2649

2199

2329 2099 2199 3799

3999 1299 1499

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Copenhagen (Denmark)

49

29

Stockholm (Sweden)

59

29

Helsinki (Finland)

59

29

St. Petersburg (Russia)

79

39

Peterhof (Russia)

69

39

Tallinn (Estonia)

49

29

Gothenburg(Sweeden)

59

29

Discounted package

389

199

Price Includes •Air Malta flights Malta / London / Malta •Airport transfers •13 day Scandinavia & Russia Cruise on board the Jewel of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises on full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes and fuel surcharge •Port taxes and fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour manager Notes; •Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants required is not reached. •Russian Entry Visa is required for clients who do not book an organised shore excusion and opt to go ashore individually in St. Petersburg. •Travel Insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Day 3 Our first port of call shall be in Denmark. Join our optional excursion as we explore the splendid city of Copenhagen which has been the capital city of the kingdom of Denmark since 1417. The modern developments of the 20th century have been blended with the older buildings and monuments to form a thriving and harmonious environment in a city. This excursion is an ideal introduction to the city as we shall see the main highlights within Copenhagen including the Town Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens, the Black Diamond, the New Carlsberg Glyptoteque, the National Museum, the Christiansborg Castle - home of the Danish Parliament, the old Stock Exchange and the residence of the Royal Family Amalienborg Palace and the beautiful park, Amaliehaven, at the seafront. During the tour, a photographic stop is made at the Little Mermaid the diminutive statue, which has become the world famous symbol of Copenhagen. Afterwards join the tour leader and experience the true atmosphere of this city, walking by amongst other the Nyhavn canals, which was previously the sailor’s quarter but has now been converted into a fashionable promenade with restaurants and bars, while retaining the atmosphere of the sea and the past centuries. We return to our ship in the afternoon, in time for departure, which is set for 5.00pm Day 4 Today shall be another day at sea and so another day to relax and unwind! Sun worshippers may lay down on a sun-bed or deck chair by the pool lapping in the sun whilst the more active and energetic clients may enjoy the various on-board activities, games, sports activities and aerobic classes. As cruising is also a great family vacation the ship’s animation team offer special programmes for all our ‘sailors’, whatever their age – from toddlers till teenagers! Day 5 As we enter the port of Stockholm enjoy our usual lavish breakfast. Afterwards we suggest that you join our tour leader on an optional half day city tour. Stockholm is a striking city that seems to float on water – part of it is built on 14 islands! It has been likened to Venice, due to its location by the sea, its waterways and bridges. It is dotted with parkland and refined architecture with painted rooftops. The Old Town, with its cobblestone streets, evokes memories of the 18th Century. The city boasts more than 100 museums, more than 100 slotts (castles, palaces and manor houses) and more theatres than most cities in Europe. The ship shall set sail from Stockholm at 5.00pm. Enjoy a pre dinner cocktail in one of the numerous lounges and bars onboard, spoil yourself with a mouthwatering dinner followed by a spectacular Broadway style show in the Theatre.

Iewel of the Seas Day 6 After breakfast you may wish to join our optional excursion as we explore the city of Helsinki. This excursion offers an overview of the city including some of its major highlights. The city, built on a peninsula, is a city of wide boulevards and most of the main sights are located within walking distance of one another, making it a joy to explore. After leaving the port we shall drive towards the heart of the city along the coastal road, passing by Embassy Park and the colourful open-air market before arriving in the neoclassical Senate Square. Perched above the square’s wide steps, you will see the domed Lutheran Cathedral. Designed by Carl Ludwig Engel, the square is surrounded by the University, State Council Building and Cathedral. As we continue our tour passing onto Mannerheim Street, the main thoroughfare of the city, you will see the Parliament House, National Museum and the Finlandia Hall. We return to our ship in time for departure at 6.30pm Day 7 This morning we arrive in St. Petersburg, surely one of the highlights of this cruise! The ship shall berth in this wonderful city overnight and depart on the 25th July evening. (Important note All clients who wish to disembark on their own from the ship must obtain an entry visa for Russia from the Russian Embassy). Today we offer you an optional day excursion of this wonderful city. St. Petersburg is rich in cultural heritage, and a masterpiece of architecture that embodies the soul of Imperial Russia. In 1703, Peter the Great built a fortress on the banks of the Neva River, and by 1712 a new city had emerged. Elegant façades, glorious cathedrals and grand residences were built along the city’s canals. St. Petersburg is the most European-influenced city in Russia, and certainly the most spectacular. The Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s greatest treasures and features more than 3 million exhibits. The bulk of the collection is housed in the impressive Winter Palace, the former home of the Tsars and one of the focal points of the 1917 revolution. Stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main street for shopping and restaurants. Turning off Nevsky Prospekt down Kanal Griboyedova, pass by the ornate Church of the Spilled Blood. Also in the area one finds the Milkailovsky Park and the Summer Gardens, which are famous for the number of white statues of influential Russians throughout history. Across the Neva River one finds the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the first buildings constructed in the city. All the Tsars, from Peter the Great to the last Romanovs are buried in the St. Peter & Paul Cathedral. Tonight you may wish to opt for a Russian Ballet performance which can be booked from the onboard shore excursions desk. Day 8 Another full day in St. Petersburg. After breakfast you may wish to join another optional day excursion visiting Petrodvorets (Petergof), the town of palaces, fountains and parks which was the most brilliant of all the summer residences of the Russian tsars. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland and was conceived by Peter the Great to rival Versailles in splendour and indeed, one could spend the whole day enjoying the extravaganza of the fountain display. Peterhof was officially opened in 1721 and has a commanding view over the Lower Park and the Gulf beyond. The Grand Palace commands a breathtaking view of the Grand Cascade, which is justly considered the chief delight of the grounds. The Grand Cascade is fed by the underground springs of the Ropsha hills about 13 miles away. The water from the basin flows into the Gulf of Finland through a canal lined by 22 fountains. The Grand Cascade comprises 3 waterfalls, and avenue for 64 fountains and 37 gilt statues. We return to our ship in the afternoon in time for our departure in the early evening. Day 9 Today we shall be entering the port of Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, so after an early breakfast we suggest you join our optional half day excursion. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of the oldest cities on the Baltic Sea, founded in 1154. Its Old Town has remained remarkably unchanged for the past 600 years, mak

ing it one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Today’s Tallinn is also a thoroughly modern capital filled with parks, museums, sports centres, hotels and cafés - a city certain to suit almost every traveller’s tastes. We shall first drive to Toompea Castle, passing ancient walls, tower gateways. As we walk up Toompea Hill to Palace Square enjoy the view of the baroque Toompea Castle, now the residence of the Estonian Parliament and the lovely Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevski Cathedral, a dominating feature of Upper Town’s city skyline, and home to numerous golden icons and mosaics. The church tower contains Tallinn’s grandest church bell ensemble, consisting of eleven bells. From there we shall continue along Tallinn’s medieval cobbled streets to view the Gothic St Mary’s Cathedral. We then visit the Lower Town and visit St. Nicholas Church, which was first mentioned in 1315 and is dedicated to St. Nicholas, patron saint of merchants and seafarers and continuing by the medieval narrow streets of Lower town to the merchants’ house of Hanseatic League. The ship sets sail from Tallinn at 5.00pm Day 10 Day at sea. On such a ship there should never be a dull moment! On Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, you are sure to enjoy every moment! Even just strolling through the ship is an exciting activity. Obviously, you should try the numerous delicious buffets on offer throughout the day as we sail the Baltic Sea heading south towards Gothenburg. In the evening you may chose to try your luck at the Casino or relax in one of the themed bars and lounges! Day 11 Our next port of call is Gothenburg. The approach to Gothenburg’s cruise port is the perfect introduction to this large, bustling, but very friendly Swedish city as you sail through a beautiful archipelago of small islands and past sleepy old fishing villages along the mainland coast. Your first impression of the city will be that it is so very green - there are parks and gardens galore including some extraordinarily colourful botanical ones full of rare orchids, roses and butterflies. In the city centre, there are all the latest designer stores and an array of cafés and restaurants in or around the main street: the Avenue. Look out, too, for the impressive Opera House and Maritime Centre. Elsewhere in the city, Nordstan is Scandinavia’s largest shopping centre. Day 12 This last full day prior to the end of our wonderful cruise shall be spent at sea. Relax and enjoy the facilities and entertainment onboard your ship. Take some sun and sunbathe on the pool deck. The ship’s animators shall also be organizing a number of activities on various decks and lounges, so it’s entirely up to you to participate! For those who prefer quiet moments should opt for a relaxing sauna. In the evening you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Royal Caribbean personnel early next morning. Tonight let your waiter tempt you with a chocolate Mousse or any other irresistible desert. Take a turn out on deck or enjoy one last slow dance under the canopy of stars and let the romance of the sea works its magic. Day 13 Ship docks in Harwich at 04.00 am. Enjoy last breakfast on board the Jewel of the Seas as your cruise holiday comes to an end, and wait until called to disembark. A private coach shall take us to London Gatwick Airport and check in for Airmalta flight KM117 is scheduled to leave at 11.55am. Expected time of arrival in Malta will be at 4.00pm local time.

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Baltic Capitals Cruise

NCL Sun

27th July – 7th August

(14th Jul; 21st Jul) Meet the tour leader at 5.00pm for check-in on Ryan Air flight FR1685 departing to Stockholm at 7.20pm. Upon our arrival in Stockholm at 11.10pm the group shall be transferred by means of a private coach to our central hotel in Stockholm. Room allocation and overnight. (15th Jul; 22nd Jul) After breakfast in our hotel, today we suggest that you join our tour leader for today’s optional Stockholm City Tour excursion. Stockholm is a striking city that seems to float on water – part of it is built on 14 islands! It has been likened to Venice, due to its location by the sea, its waterways and bridges. It is dotted with parkland and refined architecture with painted rooftops. The Old Town, with its cobblestone streets, evokes memories of the 18th Century. The city boasts more than 100 museums, more than 100 slots (castles, palaces and manor houses) and more theatres than most cities in Europe. This evening you may wish to join the tour leader for a walk in the city centre to experience this vibrant city by night. Overnight

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD

Triple

NRM

EBD

NRM

Quad

EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

Inside Stateroom Cat IE 1449 1649 1419

1549 1369 1469 1849 2049 1069 1169

Inside Stateroom Cat I1 1779 1979 1659

1792 1599 1699

2199 2399

2249 2449 1069 1169

799 899

Outside Stateroom Cat OC 1749

1949

1669

1799 1569 1669

Balcony Stateroom Cat BD 2449

2649

2269

2329 2169 2269 3849 4049 1069 1169

Optional Excursions in € Day Copenhagen & Roskilde

Adults €50

Children €25

Price Includes •Flights Malta/Copenhagen/Malta on Norwegian Air •Airport transfers •10 day Baltic Capitals cruise onboard NCL’s Norwegian Sun on full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •2 nights accommodation in Copenhagen in a 3-star hotel on bed & breakfast •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & charges •Tour Leader Extras •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended •On-board gratuities

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(16th Jul; 23rd Jul) After breakfast this morning we left it free for you, after checking out you may wish to do some personal sightseeing or shopping. At approximately 1.00pm you will have a direct transfer from your hotel to the Cruise Ship Pier, for check-in formalities to embark on the Vision of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The facilities on board are numerous. The ship itself is a great experience, the perfect blend of worldclass amenities, advanced technology and classic style. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable 15 night Northern Europe and Mediterranean cruise as this amazing floating beauty leaves the port of Stockholm at 5.00pm. (17th Jul; 24th Jul) Our first call shall be Helsinki. After breakfast you may wish to join our optional excursion as we explore the city of Helsinki. This excursion offers an overview of the city including some of its major highlights. The city, built on a peninsula, is a city of wide boulevards and most of the main sights are located within walking distance of one another, making it a joy to explore. After leaving the port we shall drive towards the heart of the city along the coastal road, passing by Embassy Park and the colourful open-air market before arriving in the neoclassical Senate Square. Perched above the square’s wide steps, you will see the domed Lutheran Cathedral. Designed by Carl Ludwig Engel, the square is surrounded by the University, State Council Building and Cathedral. As we continue our tour passing onto Mannerheim Street, the main thoroughfare of the city, you will see the Parliament House, National Museum and the Finlandia Hall. We return to our ship in time for departure at 6 p.m. (18th Jul; 25th Jul) Our ship today set’s port in the magnificent town of St Petersburg, surely one of the highlights of this cruise! (Important note – All clients who wish to disembark on their own from the ship must obtain an entry visa for Russia from the Russian Embassy). Today we offer you an optional day excursion of this wonderful city. St. Petersburg is rich in cultural heritage, and a masterpiece of architecture that embodies the soul of Imperial Russia. In 1703, Peter the Great built a fortress on the banks of the Neva River, and by 1712 a new city had emerged. Elegant façades, glorious cathedrals and grand residences were built along the city’s canals. Construction flourished under Catherine the Great, and the city gained new splendour with elaborate palaces, lovely parks and magnificent squares designed by French and Italian architects. St. Petersburg is the most European-influenced city in Russia, and certainly the most spectacular. The Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s greatest treasures and features more than 3 million exhibits. The bulk of the collection is housed in the impressive Winter Palace, the former home of the Tsars and one of the focal points of the 1917 revolution. Stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main street for shopping and restaurants. Turning off Nevsky Prospekt down Kanal Griboyedova, pass by the

ornate Church of the Spilled Blood. Also in the area one finds the Milkailovsky Park and the Summer Gardens, which are famous for the number of white statues of influential Russians throughout history. Across the Neva River one finds the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the first buildings constructed in the city. All the Tsars, from Peter the Great to the last Romanovs are buried in the St. Peter & Paul Cathedral. (19th Jul; 26th Jul) Day at sea. On such a ship there should never be a dull moment! On Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, you are sure to enjoy every moment! Even just strolling through the ship is an exciting activity. Obviously, you should try the numerous delicious buffets on offer throughout the day as we sail the Baltic Sea heading south towards RigaNorway. In the evening you may chose to try your luck at the Casino or relax in one of the themed bars and lounges! (20th Jul; 27th Jul) Our next port of call shall be Riga a metropolis with a big-city atmosphere. After breakfast we offer you an optional shore excursion to this city which boasts lavish beauty, timeless elegance and a restless fusion of old and new. Discover the historical city of Riga on foot, accompanied by a local English speaking guide, and acquaint yourself with the 13th century St Peter’s, St George’s and St John’s churches. In the old town, you’ll also see the medieval dwelling houses known as the ‘Three Brothers’ and pass by the Large and Small Guild buildings on Theatre Square. The Dome Cathedral is a well-known symbol of the old town and contains elements of Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and modern architectural styles. The Dome is famous for its magnificent organ, constructed in 1883, with more than 6,000 pipes. By coach we’ll travel through the boulevards of Riga city centre, viewing fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Our coach will drive by the symbol of Latvian independence - the Freedom Monument - which was erected in 1935 during Latvia’s initial period of independence and was at the heart of the Latvian freedom movement in the late 1980’s. (21st Jul; 28th Jul) Our next port of call shall be Gdansk. After breakfast onboard another interesting optional excurision awaits you. This full day tour visits the Stutthof Concentration Camp and also enjoys a walking tour of Gdansk’s Old Town. By means of a private coach we will drive towards Sztutowo where we will visit t he Stutthof concentration camp was the first Nazi camp built outside of Germany and was the last camp liberated by Allied forces. Situated about 20 miles outside of Gdansk, the camp was the place of death for over 85,000 people. Although the actual number killed is assumed to be much greater. Originally a small prison for Poles and P.O.W.’s, the camp would become the site for some of the worst atrocities of the War. Between 1939 and 1945, 127,000 prisoners were officially registered in the camp, but those who were immediately singled out for execution were not registered at all, so there is no way of knowing the exact number or people brought to Stutthof. Finally liberated on May 10, 1945 by the Soviet Army, the camp was shut down and its prisoners were released. People from 26 different nations had been kept there, a testament to the scale of the Nazi war effort. After this sobering visit, we return in Gdansk where we will have an Old Town walking tour. We’ll stroll along the main thoroughfare called Dluga Street and see the Old Town Hall, the High Gate, the Torture House Prison Tower, the Golden Gate, Artus Hall Court, Neptune fountain, and St. Mary’s Church. Later this afternoon we return to our ship by coach.

and storied past during this wonderful visit to Gotland’s capital city by joining our optional shore excursion for today. Visby boasts a swashbuckling history that began in the Viking Age, and was followed by a flourishing medieval period and the growth of the powerful Hanseatic League. Today, however, Visby is best known as the Town of Roses and Ruins, and one of Sweden’s most popular vacation resort destinations. We depart the pier for a drive along Visby’s coast to Högklint. From this dramatic cliff-top viewpoint, you will gain a geographical perspective of the walled city, and enjoy marvellous views and photo opportunities of Visby and the Baltic Sea. We will then head back towards town by way of the old hanseatic harbor of Almedalen. Along the way, we will pass by the Kruttornet, a powder tower that has the distinction of being Visby’s oldest structure, before stopping for a scenic stroll through the Botanical Gardens. After rejoining our coach, we will then drive through a gate and follow the 13th-century city walls past the Maiden’s Tower, part of the remaining 1.5-mile-long, 13th-century city wall. A stop will then be made at Dalmansporten, a wonderful Medieval city. Dalmansporten is one of the gates through the wall surrounding Visby. Upon arrival, you will take a 1-hour, guided walk down its narrow, winding streets. Along the way, we will pass by the evocative ruins of Dalmasnsporten’s many medieval churches before reaching the impressive Cathedral of St. Mary’s. Following our walking tour, we will re-board the coach for the return drive to the ship. (23rd Jul; 30th Jul) Ship docks in Stockholm at 07.00 am. Enjoy your last breakfast on board the Vision of the Seas as your cruise holiday comes to an end, however your holiday is not over yet, after disembarkation we shall be transferred to our central hotel in Istanbul by means of a private coach where another 2 days city await us in Stockholm. Rest of the day at leisure for personal sightseeing or shopping. Overnight. (24th Jul; 31st Jul) After breakfast at the hotel and check out, this morning you may wish to do some last minute shopping or take a stroll in the city centre. At approximately 12.00 we will board our private coach which will take us to Stockholm Skavsta airport to check-in our Ryan Air flight FR1684 back to Malta. Flight departs at 3.10pm and arrives in Malta at 6.55pm.

(22nd Jul; 29th Jul) Our last port of call shall be Visby. Discover Visby’s stunning beauty

Cruises 2011 21


Baltic Capitals Cruise

Vision of the Seas

Group 1: 14th July - 24th July / Group 2: 21thJuly - 31st July (14th Jul; 21st Jul) Meet the tour leader at 5.00pm for check-in on Ryan Air flight FR1685 departing to Stockholm at 7.20pm. Upon our arrival in Stockholm at 11.10pm the group shall be transferred by means of a private coach to our central hotel in Stockholm. Room allocation and overnight. (15th Jul; 22nd Jul) After breakfast in our hotel, today we suggest that you join our tour leader for today’s optional Stockholm City Tour excursion. Stockholm is a striking city that seems to float on water – part of it is built on 14 islands! It has been likened to Venice, due to its location by the sea, its waterways and bridges. It is dotted with parkland and refined architecture with painted rooftops. The Old Town, with its cobblestone streets, evokes memories of the 18th Century. The city boasts more than 100 museums, more than 100 slots (castles, palaces and manor houses) and more theatres than most cities in Europe. This evening you may wish to join the tour leader for a walk in the city centre to experience this vibrant city by night. Overnight

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD

Triple

Quad

Single

Child

NRM

EBD

1449 1649

1419

1549 1369 1469 1849 2049 1069 1169

Window Stateroom

1749

1949

1669

1799 1569 1669 2249 2449 1069 1169

Balcony Stateroom

2499

2699

2299

2429 2199 2299 3899 4099 1099 1299

Inside Stateroom

NRM

EBD NRM

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

Supplement for 20th July €100.00 per adult

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Helsinki

59

Children 29

Stockholm City tour

59

29

St Petersburg

79

39

Riga

49

29

Gdansk

49

29

Visby

54

29

Discounted package

319

169

Price Includes •Flights Malta/Stockholm/ Malta on Ryan Air (Baggage allowance of 15kg) •Pre and post cruise transfers •8 day Baltic Capitals Cruise onboard the Vision of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises on full board basis •3 night hotel accommodation in Stockholm on bed & breakfast basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour Manager Notes; •Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants required is not reached •Flights, programme & rates are subject to confirmation of Ryan Air schedule. •Travel Insurance is optional but highly recommended

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(16th Jul; 23rd Jul) After breakfast this morning we left it free for you, after checking out you may wish to do some personal sightseeing or shopping. At approximately 1.00pm you will have a direct transfer from your hotel to the Cruise Ship Pier, for check-in formalities to embark on the Vision of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The facilities on board are numerous. The ship itself is a great experience, the perfect blend of worldclass amenities, advanced technology and classic style. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable 15 night Northern Europe and Mediterranean cruise as this amazing floating beauty leaves the port of Stockholm at 5.00pm. (17th Jul; 24th Jul) Our first call shall be Helsinki. After breakfast you may wish to join our optional excursion as we explore the city of Helsinki. This excursion offers an overview of the city including some of its major highlights. The city, built on a peninsula, is a city of wide boulevards and most of the main sights are located within walking distance of one another, making it a joy to explore. After leaving the port we shall drive towards the heart of the city along the coastal road, passing by Embassy Park and the colourful open-air market before arriving in the neoclassical Senate Square. Perched above the square’s wide steps, you will see the domed Lutheran Cathedral. Designed by Carl Ludwig Engel, the square is surrounded by the University, State Council Building and Cathedral. As we continue our tour passing onto Mannerheim Street, the main thoroughfare of the city, you will see the Parliament House, National Museum and the Finlandia Hall. We return to our ship in time for departure at 6 p.m. (18th Jul; 25th Jul) Our ship today set’s port in the magnificent town of St Petersburg, surely one of the highlights of this cruise! (Important note – All clients who wish to disembark on their own from the ship must obtain an entry visa for Russia from the Russian Embassy). Today we offer you an optional day excursion of this wonderful city. St. Petersburg is rich in cultural heritage, and a masterpiece of architecture that embodies the soul of Imperial Russia. In 1703, Peter the Great built a fortress on the banks of the Neva River, and by 1712 a new city had emerged. Elegant façades, glorious cathedrals and grand residences were built along the city’s canals. Construction flourished under Catherine the Great, and the city gained new splendour with elaborate palaces, lovely parks and magnificent squares designed by French and Italian architects. St. Petersburg is the most European-influenced city in Russia, and certainly the most spectacular. The Hermitage Museum is one of the world’s greatest treasures and features more than 3 million exhibits. The bulk of the collection is housed in the impressive Winter Palace, the former home of the Tsars and one of the focal points of the 1917 revolution. Stroll along Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main street for shopping and restaurants. Turning off Nevsky Prospekt down Kanal Griboyedova, pass by the ornate Church of the Spilled Blood. Also in the area one finds the Milkailovsky

Park and the Summer Gardens, which are famous for the number of white statues of influential Russians throughout history. Across the Neva River one finds the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the first buildings constructed in the city. All the Tsars, from Peter the Great to the last Romanovs are buried in the St. Peter & Paul Cathedral. (19th Jul; 26th Jul) Day at sea. On such a ship there should never be a dull moment! On Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, you are sure to enjoy every moment! Even just strolling through the ship is an exciting activity. Obviously, you should try the numerous delicious buffets on offer throughout the day as we sail the Baltic Sea heading south towards RigaNorway. In the evening you may chose to try your luck at the Casino or relax in one of the themed bars and lounges! (20th Jul; 27th Jul) Our next port of call shall be Riga a metropolis with a big-city atmosphere. After breakfast we offer you an optional shore excursion to this city which boasts lavish beauty, timeless elegance and a restless fusion of old and new. Discover the historical city of Riga on foot, accompanied by a local English speaking guide, and acquaint yourself with the 13th century St Peter’s, St George’s and St John’s churches. In the old town, you’ll also see the medieval dwelling houses known as the ‘Three Brothers’ and pass by the Large and Small Guild buildings on Theatre Square. The Dome Cathedral is a well-known symbol of the old town and contains elements of Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and modern architectural styles. The Dome is famous for its magnificent organ, constructed in 1883, with more than 6,000 pipes. By coach we’ll travel through the boulevards of Riga city centre, viewing fine examples of Art Nouveau architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Our coach will drive by the symbol of Latvian independence - the Freedom Monument - which was erected in 1935 during Latvia’s initial period of independence and was at the heart of the Latvian freedom movement in the late 1980’s. (21st Jul; 28th Jul) Our next port of call shall be Gdansk. After breakfast onboard another interesting optional excurision awaits you. This full day tour visits the Stutthof Concentration Camp and also enjoys a walking tour of Gdansk’s Old Town. By means of a private coach we will drive towards Sztutowo where we will visit t he Stutthof concentration camp was the first Nazi camp built outside of Germany and was the last camp liberated by Allied forces. Situated about 20 miles outside of Gdansk, the camp was the place of death for over 85,000 people. Although the actual number killed is assumed to be much greater. Originally a small prison for Poles and P.O.W.’s, the camp would become the site for some of the worst atrocities of the War. Between 1939 and 1945, 127,000 prisoners were officially registered in the camp, but those who were immediately singled out for execution were not registered at all, so there is no way of knowing the exact number or people brought to Stutthof. Finally liberated on May 10, 1945 by the Soviet Army, the camp was shut down and its prisoners were released. People from 26 different nations had been kept there, a testament to the scale of the Nazi war effort. After this sobering visit, we return in Gdansk where we will have an Old Town walking tour. We’ll stroll along the main thoroughfare called Dluga Street and see the Old Town Hall, the High Gate, the Torture House Prison Tower, the Golden Gate, Artus Hall Court, Neptune fountain, and St. Mary’s Church. Later this afternoon we return to our ship by coach.

tal city by joining our optional shore excursion for today. Visby boasts a swashbuckling history that began in the Viking Age, and was followed by a flourishing medieval period and the growth of the powerful Hanseatic League. Today, however, Visby is best known as the Town of Roses and Ruins, and one of Sweden’s most popular vacation resort destinations. We depart the pier for a drive along Visby’s coast to Högklint. From this dramatic cliff-top viewpoint, you will gain a geographical perspective of the walled city, and enjoy marvellous views and photo opportunities of Visby and the Baltic Sea. We will then head back towards town by way of the old hanseatic harbor of Almedalen. Along the way, we will pass by the Kruttornet, a powder tower that has the distinction of being Visby’s oldest structure, before stopping for a scenic stroll through the Botanical Gardens. After rejoining our coach, we will then drive through a gate and follow the 13th-century city walls past the Maiden’s Tower, part of the remaining 1.5-milelong, 13th-century city wall. A stop will then be made at Dalmansporten, a wonderful Medieval city. Dalmansporten is one of the gates through the wall surrounding Visby. Upon arrival, you will take a 1-hour, guided walk down its narrow, winding streets. Along the way, we will pass by the evocative ruins of Dalmasnsporten’s many medieval churches before reaching the impressive Cathedral of St. Mary’s. Following our walking tour, we will re-board the coach for the return drive to the ship. (23rd Jul; 30th Jul) Ship docks in Stockholm at 07.00 am. Enjoy your last breakfast on board the Vision of the Seas as your cruise holiday comes to an end, however your holiday is not over yet, after disembarkation we shall be transferred to our central hotel in Istanbul by means of a private coach where another 2 days city await us in Stockholm. Rest of the day at leisure for personal sightseeing or shopping. Overnight. (24th Jul; 31st Jul) After breakfast at the hotel and check out, this morning you may wish to do some last minute shopping or take a stroll in the city centre. At approximately 12.00 we will board our private coach which will take us to Stockholm Skavsta airport to check-in our Ryan Air flight FR1684 back to Malta. Flight departs at 3.10pm and arrives in Malta at 6.55pm.

(22nd Jul; 29th Jul) Our last port of call shall be Visby. Discover Visby’s stunning beauty and storied past during this wonderful visit to Gotland’s capi-

Cruises 2011 23


Arctic & North Cape Cruise

Constellation

9th July – 22nd July

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD

Triple

NRM

EBD

NRM

Quad EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

Inside Stateroom

2249 2449

2149

2279 1999 2099 3599 3699 1499 1699

Window Stateroom

2499 2699

2399

2529 2199 2299 3899 4099 1499 1699

Balcony Stateroom

2799 2999

2599

2729 2499 2599 4699 4899 1499 1699

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Bergen

69

39

Leknes

59

49

Longyearbyen

54

44

Honnigsvag

59

39

Alesund

89

69

Amsterdam

59

39

Discounted package

365

249

Price Includes •Air Malta flights Malta/Amsterdam/Malta •Pre and post cruise transfers •13 day Arctic Circle & North Cape cruise onboard the Constellation by Celebrity Cruises on full board basis •1 night hotel accommodation in Amsterdam on bed & breakfast basis in a 3-star hotel •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour Manager Notes: •Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants required is not reached. •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Saturday, 09th July Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 6.05am for checkin on Airmalta flight KM396 departing at 08.05 a.m. Upon arrival in Amsterdam at 11.15 a.m. a private coach will transfer the group to the Amsterdam cruise terminal for check-in formalities. Your adventure begins as soon as you embark on the Constellation by Celebrity Cruise Lines. The facilities on board are numerous. The ship itself is a great experience, the perfect blend of world-class amenities, advanced technology and classic style. From stem to stern and on every one of her 11 decks, she radiates the elegance and ambience one would find in a grand hotel. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable 12 day cruise to the Arctic Circle as the ship leaves the port of Amsterdam at 4.30 a.m.

find the archipelago of Svalbard and the charming town of Longyearbyen. Today’s optional shore excursion shall offer us the chance to discover the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” you’ll find a coastline full of seals, walrus, and seabirds. A visit to the Svalbard Museum provides a history of the area that includes whaling, expeditions, winter trapping techniques and mining. At the Svalbard Gallery, spend time in the workshops of local artists. Adventurers can trek to the Esmarkbreen Glacier. With roots as a mining town, you’ll see many remnants as you walk around, including porches and benches where miners removed their boots to enter local establishments. Even though it’s one of the northernmost towns in the world, there is plenty to see and do in this amazing part of the world!!

Sunday, 10th July Fun day at sea enjoying the ship’s facilities including 2 swimming pools, 4 jacuzzi hot tubs and plenty of sun deck space. After a long day of spectacular activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, onboard the Constellation you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

Saturday, 16th July Relaxing day at sea since we shall again cruise the Arctic. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities on board. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply relax by the pool. The ship’s animators will be organizing varied activities by the pool deck and other lounges (kindly consult your ship’s daily programme for timings). Every evening at sea sparkles with dazzling entertainment. Designed to indulge your individual preferences, The various choice of entertainment on board a Celebrity Cruise ship ranges from Broadway-style productions, captivating shows and lively discotheques to the glamour and excitement of Monte Carlo-style casinos and Celebrity’s specialty lounges.

Monday, 11th July Our first port of call is Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. Today’s optional excursion gives you the opportunity to discover the so-called “City Between the Seven Mountains”. Our tour begins with a stroll along the quayside to soak up the atmosphere of Bryggen, the old Hanseatic merchants’ quarter. Comprising a maze of characteristic wooden buildings with pointed gables facing onto the harbour, the old Bryggen Hanseatic wharf is architecturally unique and is included on UNESCO’s list of world heritage of history and culture. We continue to the 12th Century Maria Church, the oldest building still existing in Bergen and one of the most outstanding Romanesque churches in the country. The pulpit is considered the finest example of Baroque decorative art in Norway. Our last stop will be at the Edvard Grieg Museum, home of the famous composer. The ship shall depart from the port at 7.00pm. Tuesday, 12th July A relaxing day spent crossing the Arctic Circle. The top of our planet features the otherworldly beauty of glaciers, vivid skies and unique wildlife, like the porpoises that race ships through these arctic waters. And nothing quite compares to relaxing on deck as you sip hot cappuccino and experience the phenomenal night skies of the Northern Lights! Wednesday, 13th July Today’s port of call shall be Leknes, from which we offer you another amazing shore excursion (by tender). From the port of Leknes, explore the land of the midnight sun - Lofoten. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque village. The natural surroundings are regarded to be among the most stunning in Norway, with mountains, peaks, cliffs and white sandy beaches. The town’s harbour, Leknes Havn, is one of Norway’s most important and visited harbour for cruise ships. In Leknes, the sun (midnight sun) is above the horizon from May 26 to July 17 but in winter the sun does not rise from December 9 to January 4! With colorful fishing cabins, rugged mountains that stretch into blue skies and whale filled waters, it’s a photographer’s dream. Thursday, 14th July Today is another day at sea to enjoy all the shipboard activities, games, sport activities, and aerobic classes (for the energetic crowd) as we cruise the Arctic Circle. Sun worshippers pull up a deck chair by the pool and enjoy the warming rays. Don’t forget that cruising is also a family vacation and all the cruise lines offers special programmes for kids of all ages. Friday, 15th July Halfway between the North Pole and Norway’s mainland is where you’ll

Sunday, 17th July At 8 a.m. this morning we shall visit Honningsvagg (landing by tender), one of the northern most Norwegian towns. For today’s optional shore excursion we shall cross the only genuine Arctic scenery in Europe to the North Cape. En route we stop at a small ‘Lapp’ Camp where Sami people in their traditional costumes sell typical souvenirs and local crafts. At the North Cape there is a steep rock with a massive wall reaching more than 1,000 feet above sea level. Here the North Cape Hall has a souvenir shop, cafeteria and post office where cards receive a specially franked postmark. The four seasons of the Norwegian region of Finnmark are brought to life in a video presentation on a 225° screen. A tunnel leads to the new hall and champagne bar. Like an amphitheatre cut out of the rock overlooking the Arctic Ocean, the balcony gives spectacular views of the sea far below. Outside on the plateau seven circular sculptures sculpted by seven children from seven lands are monuments to children of the world. On a clear day the North Cape presents magnificent photo opportunities and there is time to enjoy splendid views before returning to our ship in time for departure at 3 p.m. Monday, 18th July Day at sea. On such a ship there should never be a dull moment! On the Constellation, you are sure to enjoy every moment! Even just strolling through the ship is an exciting activity. Obviously, you should try the numerous delicious buffets on offer throughout the day as we sail the Arctic Circle heading south towards Alesund. In the evening you may chose to try your luck at the Casino or relax in one of the themed bars and lounges! Tuesday, 19th July Our last port of call shall be is Alesund, one of Norway’s most picturesque and charming fishing ports. It lies at the mouth of Stor Fjord and is set on two islands which are connected by bridges. After a hearty breakfast on board, today we can offer you an optional city tour to discover the main sights; the amazing Atlantic Sea Park and Giske church which dates back to the 12th century. During this tour you will get to know about the fire that destroyed the town centre over a hundred years ago. Today, Alesund is a modern, pulsating town with a varied cultural scene, exciting cafés and

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Arctic & North Cape Cruise

Northern Europe & Mediterranean Cruise 31st August – 19th September

Wednesday, 31st August Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 5 p.m. for flight check-in on Ryanair’s flight to Stockholm Skavsta Airport departing at 7.20 p.m. Upon arrival in Sweden’s capital city (at 11.10 p.m.) a private coach shall transfer the group to our 3-star hotel in Stockholm followed by overnight. Thursday, 01st September Today we recommend an early breakfast so as to enjoy a few hours of personal sightseeing in the city centre. At approximately noon a private coach will transfer the group to the Cruise Terminal for check-in formalities to board Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. Once on board, and assigned to your cabin, you’re free to explore the facilities and décor of this magnificent floating resort. As soon as the ship leaves port get ready for the usual safety drill on board. Make sure you go on the upper deck to enjoy the sail away party as your ship leaves port at 5 p.m. Relax & let Royal Caribbean whisk you away and you’ll discover just how much adventure and excitement you can pack during this on this European journey.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD Inside Stateroom

Triple

NRM

EBD

1899 2099

1799

NRM

Quad

EBD NRM

Single EBD

1929 1699 1799

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

2999 3199 1099 1299

Window Stateroom

2199

2399 2099

2229 1999 2099 2999 3199 1099 1299

Balcony Stateroom

2599

2799 2399

2529

2199 2299 3999 3199 1099 1299

Optional Excursions in €

restaurants and a rich assortment of shops. You will have some free time to browse around the shops before visiting the Atlantic Sea Park. This is situated a few minutes from the centre of Alesund, where Breisundet meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the largest saltwater aquariums in northern Europe. It’s an architectural gem integrated into the coastal landscape between ocean and land, officially opened by the Norwegian King and Queen in 1998. Finally we drive through the underwater tunnel to visit the old marble church at Giske, built as a family chapel for one of Norway’s most powerful and noble families. Wednesday, 20th July This last full day prior to the end of our wonderful cruise shall be spent at sea. We again shall have ample time to relax and make use of the facilities and other amenities this remarkable ship has to offer. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply relax by the pool. The ship’s animators shall also be organizing a number of activities on various decks and lounges, so it’s entirely up to you to participate! Those who prefer quiet moments should opt for a relaxing sauna. In the evening you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Celebrity Cruise personnel early next morning. Tonight let your waiter tempt you with a chocolate Mousse or any other irresistible desert. Take a walk on deck or enjoy one last slow dance under the canopy of stars and let the romance of the sea works its magic.

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Thursday, 21st July Ship docks in Amsterdam at 5 a.m. Enjoy your last breakfast on board the Constellation as your cruise holiday comes to an end, however your holiday is not over yet, as after disembarkation we shall be transferred to our 3-star hotel in Amsterdam by means of a private coach where we shall spend one night. After checking in our hotel we recommend an optional excursion of Amsterdam. After a short transfer by coach from our hotel to the city center, board a glass-topped canal boat which will take you on a 1-hour tour through the Amsterdam canals. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive around the center of Amsterdam passing such highlights as the Baroque Royal Palace at the Dam square (the Queen’s residence when she visits the city), the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church (a 550-year old church, site of numerous inaugurations and resting place of many important Dutchmen), the Mint Tower (built in 1618 over a medieval gate, a place where coins were minted), and the 15th century Weeper’s tower. In the late afternoon we return back to our hotel. This evening you may wish to join the tour leader and experience this exciting city by night. Overnight. Friday, 22nd July After breakfast in our hotel we will be transferred by means of a private coach to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in time to check-in our Airmalta flight KM397 back to Malta. Flight departs at 12.05pm to arrive in Malta at 3.05pm.

Adults

Copenhagen Brussels Paris Vigo Lisbon Cadiz Malaga Cagliari Istanbul (Bosphorus & Golden Horn) Istanbul (Topkapi & Saint Sophia) Discounted package

49 49 59 47 49 47 49 44 38 38 429

Children 25 25 29 25 25 25 29 25 29 24 239

Price Includes •Ryanair flight Malta to Stockholm (luggage allowance15kgs) •Airmalta flight Istanbul to Malta •Pre and post cruise transfers •16 day Northern Europe & Mediterranean Cruise onboard the Vision of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises on full board basis •1 night hotel accommodation in Stockholm on bed & breakfast basis •3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul on bed & breakfast basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour Manager Notes: •Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants required is not reached. •Flights and prices are subject to confirmation of Ryan Air schedule. •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

Friday, 02nd September Relaxing day at sea. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities on board. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply relax by the pool. The ship’s animators will be organizing varied activities by the pool deck and other lounges (kindly consult your ship’s daily programme for timings). Every evening at sea sparkles with dazzling entertainment designed to indulge your individual preferences. The on-board entertainment ranges from Broadway-style productions, captivating shows and lively discotheques to the glamour and excitement of Monte Carlo-style casinos and Royal Caribbean’s specialty lounges. Saturday, 03rd September Our first port of call shall be in Denmark. Join our optional excursion as we explore the splendid city of Copenhagen which has been the capital city of the kingdom of Denmark since 1417. The modern developments of the 20th century have been blended with the older buildings and monuments to form a thriving and harmonious environment in a city. This excursion is an ideal introduction to the city as we shall see the main highlights within Copenhagen including the Town Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens, the Black Diamond, the New Carlsberg Glyptoteque, the National Museum, the Christiansborg Castle - home of the Danish Parliament, the old Stock Exchange and the residence of the Royal Family Amalienborg Palace and the beautiful park, Amaliehaven, at the seafront. During the tour, a photographic stop is made at the Little Mermaid - the diminutive statue, which has become the world famous symbol of Copenhagen. Afterwards join the tour leader and experience the true atmosphere of this city, walking by amongst other the Nyhavn canals, which was previously the sailor’s quarter but has now been converted into a fashionable promenade with restaurants and bars, while retaining the atmosphere of the sea and the past centuries. We return to our ship in the afternoon, in time for departure, which is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, 04th September Fun day at sea to enjoy the ships facilities including 2 swimming pools, 6 jacuzzi hot tubs and plenty of sun deck space. After a long day of spectacular activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill- seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Monday, 05th September At 7 a.m. the ship shall dock in the major Belgian port of Zeebrugge in Bruge and so after an early lavish breakfast, join an

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Northern Europe & Mediterranean Cruise optional excursion visiting Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union, earning the city the title of the Capital of Europe. Brussels has been given its character by the coexistence of French and Flemish culture, and it is nowadays home to nationalities around the world, adding a cosmopolitan flavour to its atmosphere. The vibrant atmosphere of Brussels is further enhanced by picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cozy cafés, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life. We return on-board in time for the Vision’s departure set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, 06th September Today’s port of call is Le Havre on the French Normandy coast. We suggest you join our optional full day excursion visiting Paris, the largest city and capital of France. One of the highlights is the Champs-Élysées, the main thoroughfare of the Right Bank which runs from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde, one of the world’s most famous avenues. The Eiffel Tower, a symbol of France and the famous landmark still attracts over 5.5 million visitors per year. The 165-foot Arc de Triomphe (the second largest triumphal arch in existence), located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, and the end point of the Tour de France, or the 12th-century Notre Dame de Paris, where Napoleon crowned himself emperor. Notre Dame is widely considered to be the finest example of French Gothic architecture. The little village of Montmartre, a former wine-making and grain milling town, home to the old cobbled streets where bohemian artists such as Renoir, Matisse, Degas, and van Gogh worked and gathered inspiration. Wednesday, 07th September Day at sea. On such a ship there should never be a dull moment! On Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas, you are sure to enjoy every moment! Even just strolling through the ship is an exciting activity. Obviously, you should try the numerous delicious buffets on offer throughout the day as we sail the Atlantic Ocean heading south towards Vigo. In the evening you may chose to try your luck at the Casino or relax in one of the themed bars and lounges! Thursday, 08th September Our next port of call is Vigo, a busy, mid-sized port on the Atlantic Coast, Vigo is located just north of the border with Portugal and is Galicia’s largest and most industrialized city, dating back to Roman times. Enjoy some of the most beautiful coastline in the world during a drive along the scenic coastal road to La Toja, a city where you’ll experience true Galician culture - rich in historical significance and home to a church that is completely covered in seashells. A nearby attraction is Santiago de Compostela, located at an approximately 45 minutes drive. Catholic pilgrims flock to the nearby sacred cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, built over the burial spot of St. James. Friday, 09th September Today we shall dock in the port of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and we recommend an optional excursion visiting this city, also known as Lisboa to the native Portuguese. See why this city reigns above all others as you stroll along elaborate mosaic sidewalks and pass by the Monument to the Discoveries. One of Portugal’s bestknown monuments is the impressive Manueline masterpiece, Belem Tower. A merger of Romanesque and Gothic art with Renaissance and eastern influences, the tower stands by the Tagus River at the point from which Vasco de Gama left for the Indies. Don’t miss the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, or Jeronimo’s Monastery. Commissioned in 1501 after Vasco da Gama’s return from one of his voyages from India, this remarkable monastery is a beautiful and unique example of Manueline architecture. Be aboard in time for the ship departure scheduled for 5 p.m.

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Vision of the Seas

Saturday, 10th September Our next port of call is Cádiz which may, in fact, be the oldest inhabited city in the western world, with more than 3,000 years of history. Located on the southern coast of Spain, it borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Christopher Columbus departed on two of his voyages to the New World from here and with his discovery of the Americas, Cádiz quickly grew into a major city by importing gold and silver and exporting local specialties like sherry and cork. By the 18th century, Cádiz had become the wealthiest port in Western Europe. Amazingly, this beautiful coastal city has been largely undiscovered by international tourists, however, it is a popular destination for Spaniards in the summer and during Carnival time. Sunday, 11th September After a lavish breakfast we recommend an optional excursion of Malaga. A bustling coastal city and the capital of Costa del Sol, Málaga is the second largest port in Spain. One of the most interesting places to explore is the old historic quarter, which dates back nearly 800 years. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Málaga boasts miles of beautiful beaches, picturesque gardens and fantastic weather. At the heart of town is the unusual Cathedral of Málaga, built over two centuries ago on the site of the former main mosque. It features 17th-century carved choir stalls, fine pictures and 103 individually carved saints. Monday, 12th September Today shall be another day at sea and so another day to relax and unwind! Sun worshippers may lay down on a sun-bed or deck chair by the pool lapping in the sun whilst the more active and energetic clients may enjoy the various on-board activities, games, sports activities and aerobic classes. As cruising is also a great family vacation the ship’s animation team offer special programmes for all our ‘sailors’, whatever their age – from toddlers till teenagers! Tuesday, 13th September Today we shall dock in the Italian port of Cagliari, Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean. The island is surrounded by gorgeous blue waters and sandy-white beaches and since Sardinian towns are often farther inland, many beaches have been left unspoiled and perfect for catching rays or scuba diving in amazing underwater caves. Cagliari is one of the island’s liveliest cities, and it just so happens to be your port of call. This city offers the best of everything: colorful festivals, architectural wonders, historic monuments, tranquil lagoons, and one of the longest beaches in the Mediterranean. Wednesday, 14th September & Thursday, 15th September Every day at sea is packed with activities, from deck games to entertainment. Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage, exercise or shop in the onboard boutiques. Take a dip in the pool. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for The day is yours. Indulge! Friday, 16th September The ship docks in Istanbul at 5 a.m. and so enjoy your last breakfast on board the Vision of the Seas as your cruise holiday comes to an end however your holiday is not over yet! After disembarkation we shall be transferred to our centrally located tourist class hotel in Istanbul by means of a private coach where another 3 exciting days exploring this multicultural city await us. Rest of the day at leisure where you may wish to join the tour leader for a walk to the Grand Bazaar, which has been a shopper’s Mecca since just the mid 15th Century, when the smallish warehouse was turned into a teem-

ing bazaar by a constant stream of traders selling everything from carpets to spices. Nowadays it’s the most fantastic, monstrous, labyrinthine and totally manic shopping bazaar you could hope to experience. Overnight in Istanbul. Saturday, 17th September After breakfast we suggest you join our optional day excursion as we explore the Bosphorus. We first shall visit a Spice Bazaar and afterwards we shall board a boat (incl.) and sail up the Boshorus, one of the most historic waterways of the world. This extraordinary winding strait links the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea and is 32 kms long and a width that varies between 500 metres and 3 kms. Appreciate the scenes of this wonderful city from a different perspective before we visit Beylerbeyi Palace, built in 1861 as a summer residence for the Sultan. We shall then drive through the area known as the Golden Horn. This horn-shaped estuary divides European Istanbul and it was once the centre for the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests. Today, attractive parks and promenades line the shores. We shall visit the village of Fener where one finds streets filled with old wooden houses, St. Stephen Bulgarian Church (considered to be one of the most beautiful churches of the Bulgarian minority of the Ottoman Empire). We return to our hotel after some free time for shopping followed by overnight.

Sunday, 18th September Today, after breakfast, you may wish to join our tour leader on a morning excursion visiting the famous Topkapi Palace. Our coach shall transfer us to this former imperial residence, from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for three centuries. Today it houses a spectacular museum including the Treasury section, an exhibition of the precious personal belongings of members of the Ottoman dynasty. We then proceed and visit the one thousand five hundred year old Cathedral of Saint Sophia .There can be few places with such an overwhelming sense of history. This is the centre of what was Byzantine Constantinople, an extraordinary building, whose history is the very mirror of Byzantium itself! Our next stop shall be at the famous Blue Mosque, which dominates the skyline of Istanbul with its six tall minarets. We then shall visit the Hippodrome, the main square of the city and which was the centre of Byzantium’s life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400 years. Overnight. Monday, 19th September Early morning departure from our hotel and transfer to the airport in time to check-in our Airmalta flight back to Malta. Flight departs at 9.55 a.m. and arrives in Malta at 11.15 a.m.

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Orlando & Western Caribbean Cruise 26th August – 11th September

Oasis of the Seas

Friday, 26th August Meet your tour leader at Malta International airport at 6.30am and check-in on Airmalta flight KM116 departing to London Gatwick Airport at 08.40am and arriving at 10.55am. We remain in transit for British Airways flight BA2167 departing for Tampa Airport at 12.25pm. Upon arrival in Tampa at 4.45pm (local time) our coach shall transfer us to our hotel located on International Drive for room allocation. After checking in the hotel we suggest that you join the tour leader for an orientation walk on International Drive in which one can experience world-class attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping fun for the entire family! Overnight.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD Inside Stateroom Oceanview Stateroom with window

Triple

NRM

EBD

2199 2349

NRM

Quad EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

2039

2129 1929 1999 2799 2999 1499 1699

2299 2449 2139

2229 2029 2099 2899 3099 1499 1699

Central Park View Stateroom with window Central Park View Stateroom with balcony

2349 2499

NA

NA

NA

2379

2499

NA

NA

NA

Boardwalk View Stateroom with balcony

2399

2549

NA

Ocean View Stateroom with balcony

2449

2599 2339

NA

NA

2949 3149

NA

NA

NA

NA

3049 3249

NA

NA

NA

3099 3299

NA

NA

2429 2229 2299 3149 3349 1499 1699

Optional Optional Excursions Excursions in in €€ Adults Children Disney’s Hollywood Studios* 86 73 Epcot Centre* 86 73 Magic Kingdom* 86 73 Universal Studios 94 84 Busch Gardens** 89 76 Sea World** 79 69 London transfers 25 18 Discounted Package 499 439 *and**These park tickets have to be purchased together and cannot be sold individually

Price Includes •British Airways and Air Malta flights Malta/London/Tampa – Miami/London/ Malta •8 nights accommodation in a superior standard hotel in Orlando International Drive on bed & breakfast basis •Transfers as per programme •Free Miami sightseeing Tour •7 night Western Caribbean Cruise on the Oasis of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises •All meals and entertainment onboard •Airport taxes, port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour Manager Notes; •Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants required is no reached. •Valid USA entry visa or Biometric passport required to join this tour. •Clients in possession of a Biometric passport need to fill an online form and print authorisation from https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov •Tipping is obligatory in the USA your tour manager will give tipping guidelines throughout the land tour. •You may Pre-book shore excursions online or from the onboard Shore Excursions desk. •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Saturday, 27th August The first optional excursion planned for today is to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There’s no business like show business, and no place better to experience first-hand its glitz, glamour and excitement than at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Go on an exhilarating journey of pulsepounding explosions, crashes, and death-defying stunts of Indiana Jones’ onscreen adventures or simply join Ariel for an exciting voyage up from the ocean floor to where humans live. It’s an undersea party of live performers, colourful puppets, special effects, film clips and enchanting music with Flounder, King Triton, Sebastian and others at Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Get a taste of what fun life can be from a bug’s perspective! Climb, crawl and explore in this larger-than-life interactive playground where anthills are mountains, Lego Bricks are hiding places and blades of grass tower like trees on the movie set of Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Sunday, 28th August Today’s optional excursion in Orlando takes us to Epcot Centre. Celebrate the fascinating cultures and numerous wonders of the world through dazzling shows, interactive experiences and amazing attractions. Marvel at the power of the human imagination to set the spirits soaring. Encounter surprises at every turn, as the streets of the world spring to life with glorious and hilarious entertainment. Be it street theatre or musical concerts, live shows are a big part of Epcot. Explore the world in a day. Sail away to the distant shores of nations and imagination as you experience all that is possible on the planet and in the future. Monday, 29th August An optional full-day excursion to Magic Kingdom is on offer. Follow your Disney dreams to a place where storybook fantasies come to life for children of all ages. Seek out adventures, create magical memories with beloved characters and discover the fun where imagination reigns. Journey to imaginary lands of adventure, fantasy, the past and the future; or sail on magic carpets, plunge down waterfalls, hurtle through space as you travel to places beyond your imagination. Walk in the footsteps of legends and immerse yourself in fabled tales that have made this kingdom so magical. From insider stories of Walt Disney’s life to the revelations of long-held secrets, the pleasures of these tours are many. Tuesday, 30th August Today has been left free for personal sightseeing. Alternatively you may wish to do some shopping in one of the factory outlets situated close to International Drive, here one can find the most famous brands under one roof at incredible prices. Wednesday, 31st August Today’s optional excursion is to Universal Studios. Finally, you can break into showbiz and be a star for the day at this real working film and TV studio. Universal Studios Florida, in Orlando, is unlike any place on earth there’s something for everyone with full scale movie production sets you can actually walk through and experience! With an incredible array of rides, shows, and attractions, you’ll get deep into the action of your favorite movies [Shrek, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black, ET and much more] and TV shows. With more excitement per square foot than anywhere else, it’s the most unique theme park in Orlando, and one of most popular attractions in Florida.

Thursday, 01st September Another exciting day ahead. Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. With a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s top zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled “real” excitement for guests of every age. From exciting roller-coaster rides, to a fearsome Egyptian thriller that will scare the pyramids off you. Python, Tanganyika Tidalwave, Congo River Rapids, Sheikra, Land Of The Dragons, Pirates 4-D, Myombe Reserve are just a few of the many attractions on offer. Friday, 02nd September Today’s optional excursion is to the famous Sea World theme park. Sea World Orlando is the world’s premiere marine adventure park with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. More than 80 million visitors have explored the mysteries of the sea with up-close animal interactions. New state-of-the-art rides such as “Kraken” and “Journey to Atlantis” twist, turn, and drench guests with unprecedented thrills, while amazing animal encounters include killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, stingrays and more. Saturday, 03rd September Early morning transfer to Fort Lauderdale cruise terminal to embark on the world’s most spectacular cruise liner afloat – Oasis of the Seas, by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. A feat of architecture and imagination, Oasis of the Seas is designed around 7 neighborhood concepts, each with a distinct personality and range of sights and activities. From the awe-inspiring ocean-side seating of the Aqua Theater to the lush green landscape of Central Park, there’s something for everyone to discover on the grandest ships the world has ever seen. After everyone has been assigned a cabin, get ready for the compulsory safety drill on board. Later you’re free to explore this beautiful ship.

Sunday, 04th September A day at sea is never boring on a Royal Caribbean cruise. There is an activity programme for guests of all ages and tastes. There are activities geared for the young at heart, children, teens and couples. Programmes run all day from dawn to dusk. Start by taking a stroll along the Boardwalk – it’s the heart of the ship and always bustling with life. Visit the shops and boutiques where there is everything from jewellery to cruise wear. Participate in one of the games or event organised by the animation team on board or just relax by the pool. Monday, 05th September On the north coast of Hispaniola, surrounded by the beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage sits Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private paradise. Today this exclusive destination sits on a 260acre wooded peninsula and offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and spectacular water activities. There is an amazing Aqua Park for both kids and adults. It’s impossible to choose just one thing that’s special about Labadee. The sandy beach and coral reefs provide the ideal place to relax and have fun. Tuesday, 06th September Our next port of call shall be Falmouth. Step off the ship and step back in time. You might not think so at first glance but little Falmouth was an economic and shipping powerhouse and center for dramatic social change during the English Colonial Period. Take a stroll through Falmouth’s Historic District and explore an impressive collection of nineteenth-century Georgian architecture. Many of the buildings are still intact and renowned for their unique gingerbread woodwork. From small wooden houses to brick Georgian mansions to plantation complexes, here you’ll find yourself on a delightful excursion of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. You’ll return with sun kissed skin, timeless memories as well as interesting historical tidbits to share with friends, like this one: Falmouth received piped water before New York City.

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Orlando & Western Caribbean Cruise

Oasis of the Seas The Floating City with

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At more than 220,000 tons, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is, by far, the largest cruise ship ever built. The Oasis of the Seas carries an incredible 5,400 passengers and spans 16 decks high. Longer than New York City’s famed Chrysler building, the Oasis of the Seas is so big, that it has “neighborhoods” like Central Park, Royal Promenade and Boardwalk. Like a city at sea, each “neighborhood” has its own unique “personality” along with numerous attractions that everyone onboard can enjoy such as the huge Aqua Theater, an amusement park, an ice skating rink, the largest water park at sea and countless other innovations you wouldn’t imagine on a cruise ship. Forget everything you know about cruising because the Oasis of the Seas has truly changed the concept of cruising forever. 1. “Central Park” features boutiques, restaurants and bars, including access to the Rising Tide bar, which can be raised or low ered to three separate levels. It will house the first living park at sea with over 12,000 plants and 56 trees. 2.“The Pool and Sports Zone” features a sloped-entry beach pool and two surf simulators. 3.“Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center” features a spa for teens. 4.“Boardwalk” features a handcrafted carousel, restaurants, bars, shops, two rock-climbing walls, and a tattoo parlor. Its out door 750-seat AquaTheatre amphitheater hosts the ship’s largest freshwater pool. 5.“Royal Promenade” features restaurants and shops and is viewable from a mezzanine. 6.“Youth Zone” features a science lab and computer gaming. 7.“Entertainment Place“

Wednesday, 07th September Today is another day at sea to enjoy all the shipboard activities, games, sport activities, and aerobic classes (for the energetic crowd). Sun worshippers pull up a deck chair by the pool and enjoy the warming rays. Don’t forget that cruising is also a family vacation and all the cruise lines offers special programmes for kids of all ages.

ing thalassotherapy pool work its wonders. In the evening prepare yourself for the grand finale. It comes in the form of a fantastic dinner with delicacies from all over the world. Pop up on the deck or enjoy one last slow dance under the canopy of stars and let the romance of the sea work its magic. Tonight you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Royal Caribbean personnel early next morning.

Thursday, 08th September Blanketed with lush, tropical vegetation, the island of Cozumel is the gateway to ancient Mayan ruins, dating back to 300 AD. Visit the many beautiful shops and tax free jewellery outlets, which offer fine diamonds and gem stones. Snorkeling and scuba diving offer the perfect combination of colourful reefs, transparent water and sunny skies. If you’re still in the mood for tequila pay a visit to the ever so popular Carlos and Charlie Bar. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulúm, majestically perched above the turquoise Caribbean. The site was occupied as far back as 600 A.D. However, it was most densely populated around 1200 A.D. You will be struck by the pyramid-shaped El Castillo, which dominates the city from atop a forty-foot cliff. The nearby Temple of the Descending

Saturday, 10th September The liner arrives in the port of Fort Lauderdale at 7.00am. Stay on deck and enjoy one last breakfast until you’re called to disembark. At approximately 10.00am a private coach will be in attendance for a free panoramic drive around the main attractions followed by a stop at Bayside Marketplace where you can you will have time for lunch and shopping. At approximately 4.30pm we will be transferred to Miami International Airport for check-in on British Airways flight BA206 departing at 8.45pm.

Friday, 09th September This is the last day at sea where you can enjoy all the amenities this marvelous ship has to offer. There’s always something to keep you occupied on board the Oasis of the Seas. If you feel like pampering yourself check out the Aqua Spa for a massage or let the sooth-

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Sunday, 11th September The plane is scheduled to arrive in London Heathrow Airport at 6.35am, stay in transit for your connecting flight. Alternatively since there is a waiting time of more than 12 hours for our connecting flight to Malta, you may wish to join our private optional transfers to London City centre where you will the opportunity to either enjoy some personal sightseeing or do some last minute shopping. We will then return in time to check in for our Airmalta flight KM103 leaving at 8.30pm to arrive at 00.45am local time.(Early on 12th September)

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Vancouver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas & 10 Night West Coast Wine Cruise 7th September – 26th September

Millennium

Wednesday, 07th September Meet your tour leader at Malta International airport at 5.00am and check-in on Airmalta flight KM100 departing to London Heathrow Airport at 07.15am and arriving at 09.45am. We remain in transit for British Airways flight BA87 departing for Vancouver Airport at 12.55pm. Upon arrival in Vancouver at 2.25pm (local time) our coach shall transfer us to our centrally located hotel in Vancouver for room allocation. After checking in the hotel we suggest that you join the tour leader for an orientation walk of the vibrant city. Overnight

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Optional Excursions in € Vancouver Nanaimo Victoria Seattle San Francisco half day San Francisco & Alcatraz full day Monterey Los Angeles & Hollywood Universal Studios incl transfers Grand Canyon Air tour Discounted Package

Adults 79 69 69 69 39 69 69 59 94 249 799

Children 49 39 44 38 25 39 39 39 79 189 549

Price Includes •British Airways and Air Malta flights Malta/London/Vancouver – Las Vegas/London/Malta •All transfers •2 nights accommodation in Vancouver on bed & breakfast basis •3 nights accommodations in Los Angeles (Anaheim) on room bed & breakfast basis •3 nights accommodation in Las Vegas on bed & breakfast basis •Porterage fees •10 night West Coast Wine Cruise on Millenium by Celebrity Cruises •Free San Diego Excursion •All meals and entertainment onboard •Airport taxes, port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour Manager Notes;

•Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants required is not reached. •Valid USA entry visa or Biometric passport required to join this tour. •Clients in possession of a Biometric passport need to fill an online form and print authorisation from https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov •Tipping is obligatory in the USA your tour manager will give tipping guidelines throughout the land tour.

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Thursday, 08th September After breakfast, this morning, depart on an optional full day sightseeing tour of Vancouver and the North Shore. Begin with a transfer over the Lions Gate Bridge, built in 1938; this bridge links the North Shore to Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Highlights include the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the longest and highest suspended footbridge in the world spanning 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano Canyon! Continue your tour to Grouse Mountain for a ride aboard the Grouse Mountain Skyride. As the tramway whisks you from the valley floor, enjoy spectacular panoramas of land, sea and city views from magnificent rugged landscapes. Return to Vancouver over the Lions Gate Bridge and tour to the 1000-acre Stanley Park. Also included in your tour today are Coal Harbour, Chinatown and Gastown. Overnight in Vancouver. Friday, 09th September After breakfast and check out, you will have a direct transfer from your hotel to the Cruise Ship Pier, for check-in formalities to embark on the Millenium by Celebrity Cruise Lines. The facilities on board are numerous. The ship itself is a great experience, the perfect blend of world-class amenities, advanced technology and classic style. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable 10 night cruise to the West Coast as this amazing floating beauty leaves the port of Vancouver at 4.30pm. Saturday, 10th September Our first port of call shall be Nanaimo. After a lavish breakfast we recommend an optional excursion which is particularly appealing for wine connoisseurs but not only. We depart from the port of Nanaimo for a scenic narrated ride to the Cowichan Valley, “the warm land,” for a taste of the Island! You will visit the two oldest Estate vineyards/wineries on Vancouver Island and an Estate Cidery. All places are boutique style products which are hand crafted, non-commercial and locally owned and operated. Some of the products produced here include Pinot Noir, Ortega, Pinot Gris, Sparkling Wines, English Ciders, dessert cider and the famous Blackberry dessert wine (Port style), along with homemade brick oven breads and dips. A full guided tour through the vineyard and the orchard learning about the production process from fruit to bottle will be provided. Sunday, 11th September The second port of call shall be Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. After breakfast today we offer you an optional excursion of the island. We shall start our tour with a visit to Butchart Gardens. With over 50 acres of gardens including the fragrant Rose Garden, the relaxing Japanese Garden, the unique Sunken Garden, the Italian Garden, the Concert Lawn, and Ross Fountain - just to name a few, a visit to Butchart Gardens is a treat for all your senses! This 50 acre botanical showcase is renowned for its skillful blending of rare and exotic plants and trees mixed with native flora in a colourful and authentic series of formal gardens joined by restful paths. Continue to Victoria where additional sightseeing highlights include the exclusive residential areas of Oak Bay and Uplands, Marine Drive, Beacon Hill Park, and the B.C. Parliament Buildings. Enjoy the heart of Victoria close up - at street level, strolling Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Olde Town districts. A little free time to explore the shops and attractions around the Inner Harbour, before returning onboard the Millenium. Monday, 12th September Seattle shall be our next port of call, first thing you will notice on our optional shore excursion for today are the extravagant high-rise and Art

Deco buildings of the downtown area. Also in the heart of downtown, lies Pike Place Public Market. This world-renowned market has been in continuous operation for a century and remains a treasure among locals and tourists alike. From your seat, you’ll be able to see the large array of colorful flowers, produce and handmade crafts brought to the market daily. Next to Pike Market, you’ll drive through the birthplace of Seattle - Pioneer Square. This historical area has retained its tree lined streets and old, red brick buildings now home to art galleries, classy eateries and fine entertainment. Learn the fascinating history of Pioneer Square and its “Underground City” on your Seattle city tour. As we drive along the glistening waters of Lake Union, you’ll find an abundance of boathouses along the docks. The Hollywood film Sleepless in Seattle was filmed on a Lake Union boathouse in the early 1990’s and has made the area famous. Following Lake Union, you will enter the adorable, funky-but-classy downtown of the Fremont neighborhood. Be entertained by the tale of Fremont’s interesting statues and sculptures.. Tuesday, 13th September Every day at sea is packed with activities, from deck games to entertainment. Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage, exercise or shop in the onboard boutiques. Take a dip in the pool. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. The day is yours. Indulge!

Wednesday, 14th September An exciting day awaits you as our ship docs in San Francisco bay. Today we highly recommend an optional half day city tour of San Francisco, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, famous for its natural harbor, lush parks, cable cars, and bustling docks. One of the attractions is the Golden Gate Park, home to many museums, gardens, and outdoor recreation activities, the park boasts 6,000 varieties of plants. Another highlight of the day is Chinatown, the largest outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. We also drive by the Victorian houses made famous by the movie Mrs. Doubtfire . Thursday, 15th September Our today’s optional excursion starts with a drive north along the picturesque Highway 1 to Muir Woods. This 550 acre National Monument is home to Coastal Redwoods, some of the tallest and oldest trees in the World. After leaving the National Park the tour follows the Coastal road towards the city of Sausalito to enjoy some shopping galleries and fabulous spectacular waterfront views. Sausalito is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the south-eastern tip of Marin County. Sausalito was named by 18th century Spanish explorers for the “little willow” trees -Saucelito which were found on the banks of its streams. We then proceed to the most famous prison, known in the US – Alcatraz. The ‘Rock’ is an island 1.5 miles from the mainland and was the residence of famous gangsters like Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and many others. Tour includes award-winning cell house audio tour, orientation video, and the ferry ride from and to Fisherman’s Wharf. Once back onboard the Millenium we recommend you to be on deck as our ship sets sail and makes it’s way out of the legendary San Francisco Bay at 8.00pm.

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ancouver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas & 10 Night West Coast Wine Cruise

Friday, 16th September The Millenium today sets port in Monterey, where we suggest an optional full day excursion to Monterey, Carmel by the Sea and the 17-mile Scenic Drive. We start our excursion driving south along the rugged Coastal Highway 1 to the historic Monterey, California’s first Capital (under Mexican rule). Here we will have time to stroll historic Cannery Row filled with shops, hotels, and unique restaurants, and possibly a chance to visit the Aquarium (admission not included). We will then proceed through Pacific Grove, and onto 17-Mile Drive, with spectacular views including the beautiful coastline, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Club, and the famous Lone Cypress Tree. Our next stop is at the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a step into another world, unlike any city along the California coast. The cobbled sidewalks, quaint cottages, breath-taking seascapes, tucked away shops and incredible art galleries are a few of the attractions that draw travelers from around the globe to experience a part of California unique unto itself. We end our excursion with a drive through the agricultural regions of Watsonville, Salinas, and Gilroy before traveling through Silicon Valley on our way back to the ship. Saturday, 17th September Relaxing day at sea cruising the Pacific Ocean. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities on board. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply relax by the pool. The ship’s animators will be organizing varied activities by the pool deck and other lounges (kindly consult your ship’s daily programme for timings). Every evening at sea sparkles with dazzling entertainment. Designed to indulge your individual preferences, The various choice of entertainment on board a Celebrity Cruise ship ranges from Broadwaystyle productions, captivating shows and lively discotheques to the glamour and excitement of Monte Carlo-style casinos and Celebrity’s specialty lounges. Sunday, 18th September Our next port of call shall be Catalina Island located only twenty miles off the coast of Los Angeles and it’s a throwback to a more genteel era is a favorite playground of the boat set. Catalina is the West Coast’s answer to Martha’s Vineyard with its quaint boutiques and eateries-and its unique penchant for pleasing visitors. Once the exclusive domain of Hollywood’s entertainment gentry, Catalina houses lavish retreats like the Wrigley Mansion and Holy Hill House. Monday, 19th September After an early breakfast we will disembark and by means of a private coach we proceed for a panoramic drive around San Diego, San Diego in addition to being home to a world-class zoo and aquarium, it’s a laidback navy town that is the closest U.S. city to Mexico. Great Mexican/ American cuisine, Spanish-inspired architecture and what some consider the best weather in North America, make San Diego a destination unto itself. We then continue our journey to Anaheim and check in our hotel. Overnight. Tuesday, 20th September After time for breakfast, today we recommend an optional ‘complete’ tour to explore the City of Angeles, where everything goes on and all is possible. Your tour begins with a visit to downtown LA to see the towering skyscrapers and the city centre. Next visit the entertainment capital of the world – to the world famous Hollywood Walk Of fame where you can follow more than 2,000 marble bronze stars inlaid in pavements, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where the Academy Awards are held year after year. We proceed to Sunset Strip where we’ll see all kinds of chic hotels, snazzy restaurants and clubs of all type. Continue to Beverly Hills and Bel-Air Rodeo Drive where all the stars probably shop from all the Fashion designer shops. There will be a stop for lunch (45min) before continuing to Miracle Mile, Olvera Street and China Town – a fascinating place where the mix of Chinese culture and the west seam so seamless. Rest of the evening free.

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Eastern USA, Canada &New England Cruise 24th August – 11th September

Wednesday, 24th August Meet your tour leader at Malta International airport at 5.00am and check-in on Airmalta flight KM100 departing to London Heathrow Airport at 07.15am and arriving at 09.45am. We remain in transit for British Airways flight BA93 departing for Toronto Airport at 11.55am. Upon arrival in Toronto 2.40pm (local time) our coach shall transfer us to our hotel located in St Catherine’s for room allocation. Rest of the afternoon is free, we recommend take the opportunity to have a rest or relax in order to be ready for the exciting days ahead of us. Overnight

Wednesday, 21st September Today we suggest an optional full day excursion to Universal Studios. Why just watch the movies when you can live them in Universal Studios. Experience Universal Hollywood Studios, get into blockbuster thrills, go behind the scenes and on the sets where movies are made. Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite movies and TV shows are made on the Studio Tour. With Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg your new virtual guide, see more sets than ever before like The War of the Worlds, Crossing Jordan, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, along with hundreds of facades on Hollywood’s most famous backlot. Then cast yourself in the thrilling rides, shows and attractions that bring movie action to life. Enter the World of Real Moviemaking. Face Blockbuster thrills! Swing into family fun!

Thursday, 25th August This morning’s excitement begins with a half hour thrill on the “Maid of the Mist” to explore the roar of the world famous Niagara Falls. A powerful diesel-engined boat will take you from the Canadian docks past the base of the American Falls, then into the basin of the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls. A recyclable souvenir raincoat is provided free with admission to help keep you dry from the mist and spray. At the end of your boat tour, you will enter the Maid of the Mist Plaza, which includes gift shops and a quick serve food outlet. In the afternoon, you will be on your way towards Niagara Falls with a stop at the charming village of Niagara-on-the-Lake to discover its quaint charm and Victorian architecture. Every evening beginning at dusk the Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow - don’t miss the unmatched beauty of the Niagara Falls at night! Overnight at hotel.

Thursday, 22nd September After breakfast and check out we will be transferred by means of a private coach to Las Vegas. After checking into your room we recommend that you join your tour leader for a familiarization walk on the Vegas Strip. There is no more “happening” place than the Las Vegas strip. It is called the city that never sleeps for a reason. There are continuous things to do and places to see. No matter what your definition of fun is, Las Vegas has it. Overnight in Las Vegas. Friday, 23rd September Today, your tour manager will help you discover Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Strip is often referred to as the Jewel of the Desert because of its reputation as the entertainment vacation capital of the country. More than 35 million visitors from around the world are drawn to experience its unique blend of exciting entertainment, scenic beauty, and lavishly landscaped resorts. An array of theme resorts can transport you to various exotic realms, from a medieval castle to a Parisian sidewalk cafe, a lakeside Italian village, or a pyramid in ancient Egypt. At night, watch the city transform. See the strip light up against the vast Las Vegas skyline, and experience Sin City in all its glory. Saturday, 24th September Las Vegas’ close proximity to the Grand Canyon allows you the chance to take an optional full day trip to one of the world’s seven natural wonders. It’s a sight everyone should see! This popular air and ground tours includes flightseeing over the famous Lake Mead, Nellis Air Force Base, and the Hualapai Indian Nation comprising the Canyon’s West Rim. A helpful flight attendant attends to your needs throughout the 45-minute flight to the Canyon. Inside Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, your luxury motor-coach stops at the Park’s two most dramatic, panoramic overlooks: Mather Point and Bright Angle. About two and a half hours pass between the time you land and the time you fly back to Las Vegas, a lot of time for sightseeing, souvenir shopping, photography, relaxing and enjoying a meal. Sunday, 25th September This is your last day in Las Vegas. This ever-changing fantasy-land of a city that has seen unbelievable expansion since it emerged from the desert just over 100 years ago. Relax at your hotel’s pool with a cool drink or explore the famous La Vegas Strip. See the fountains at the Bellagio, ride the rollercoaster at New York, New York, float through a Venice canal at the Venetian, see man-eating sharks up close and personal at Mandalay Bay. At approximately 5.00pm the group will be transferred to Las Vegas International Airport by means of a private coach for check-in on British Airways flight BA274 departing to London Heathrow Airport at 8.40pm. Monday, 26th September Flight BA274 arrives in London Heathrow Airport at 2.30pm, stay in transit for your connecting flight to Malta on KM103 departing at 8.30pm to arrive at 00.45am local time.

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Price Includes •Air Malta / British Airways flights Malta/London/Toronto – New York /London/Malta •3 nights accommodation in St Catherines (Niagara Falls) on bed and breakfast basis •1 night accommodation in York (or nearby) on bed and breakfast basis •2 nights accommodation in Washington on bed and breakfast basis •2 nights accommodation in a central hotel in New York City on bed and breakfast basis •Breakfast served in a typical American Diner during stay in New York •10 Day Eastern US and Canada tour with licensed local guide in major cities featured in the programme including all transportation •Entrances to attractions as per programme •10 day Canada & New England Cruise on Explorer of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises •Free factory outlet shopping tour •All meals and entertainment onboard •Airport taxes, port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour Manager Notes; •Valid USA entry visa or Biometric passport required to join this tour. •Clients in possession of a Biometric passport need to fill an online form and print authorisation from https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov •Tipping is obligatory in the USA, your tour manager will give tipping guidelines throughout the land tour. •You may Pre-book shore excursions online or from the onboard Shore Excursions desk. •Travel insurance is optional but strongly recommended

Friday, 26th August Today’s excursion takes us to Toronto. During this panoramic tour you will see many of the city’s touted ethnic neighborhoods, and learn about its long and interesting history. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Canada’s most populous city. Visit Queen’s Park, the center of the Provincial Government for Ontario; Yonge Street, the longest street in the world; Harbour front and, as an option, the CN Tower (entrance extra), the world’s highest freestanding structure. Lunch is at your leisure. Overnight in St.Catherines. Saturday, 27th August Leave Canada today and head south through the Watkins Glenn park to visit the state park and hike the gorge. Regardless of the season, or the weather, there are a variety of attractions within the park that you can enjoy. The main feature of the park is the hiking trail that climbs up through the gorge, passing over and under waterfalls. (comfortable walking shoes are recommended for today) The park has a lower part that is next to the village and an upper part that is open woodland. The park has camping sites, as well as pavilions, picnic tables, food, playground, gift shop, pool, showers, recreation programs, fishing, hiking, hunting and cross-county skiing. After this enjoyable and relaxing day, we continue towards Selinsgrove, where we shall check-in to our hotel. Sunday, 28th August Today we leave Selinsgrove and journey south to Washington DC. Our first stop of the day will be at Hershey’s Chocolate factory, a totally interactive chocolate experience and a shopper’s paradise for anything and everything Hershey’s. Attractions include the really big 3D show, the Hershey Trolley Works Factory Works Experience and a free chocolate tour ride. We then proceed to the Amish County to experience a bit of how the Amish people still preserve the traditional elements of the 17th century European rural culture until the present day in USA. Overnight in our hotel in Washington DC. Monday, 29th August The morning is devoted for sightseeing of famous landmarks and monuments. Amongst the highlights we will be able to visit the White House (exterior), Washington Monument, Arlington Cemetery, the Supreme Court and the Capitol building. In the afternoon we proceed to the National Air & Space Museum which houses the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Here you will also have the opportunity to watch the IMAX film “To Fly” within the museum. Overnight in Washington D.C.

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Eastern USA, Canada & New England Cruise Tuesday, 30th August This morning we leave Washington and head north to New York. During our journey our first stop shall be at Baltimore (time permitting). The crown jewel of Baltimore is the Inner Harbor, a scenic and popular waterfront area with dozens of retail stores, restaurants and attractions. The next highlight of the day is a stop in Philadelphia. Welcome to Philadelphia, the city that gave America the Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, Grace Kelly. See where George Washington served most of his presidency, climb up the Rocky Steps in front of the Museum of Art in the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone. This evening we arrive in the Big Apple, New York. Overnight in our central hotel in New York. Wednesday, 31st August This morning begin your day with a full day sightseeing tour of the “Big Apple” starting from downtown to Ground Zero, on which the World Trade Centre complex stood in New York until 9/11. Amongst the highlights you will see Wall Street, Chinatown, Little Italy, the world famous Empire State building located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street & Central Park. In the afternoon you’re free to enjoy some time at leisure. In the evening your tour leader may suggest activities such as musicals, comedy shows or restaurants. Overnight. Thursday, 01st September Another exciting day awaits us. After an early breakfast & check out from hotel, we start our day with a Liberty Island and Ellis Island Cruise. Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. Ellis Island Immigration Museum is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. We shall then proceed to Cape Liberty and check in for a fabulous 10 day cruise on board the Explorer of the Seas. Royal Caribbean Voyager-class ships, Explorer of the Seas features a rock-climbing wall soaring 200 feet above sea level, an ice skating rink, a 9-hole miniature golf course and golf simulators and the 24-hour Royal Promenade. The Explorer of the Seas

Explorer 0f the Seas

world-class fitness center offers everything from kickboxing to yoga and features state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment to help burn those extra calories consumed while indulging at Johnny Rocket’s or one of the other onboard restaurants. You have enough time to explore the facilities and décor of your magnificent cruise ship, before you go on the upper deck to enjoy the wonderful sight of New York City late afternoon. Friday, 02nd September A day at sea is never boredom on a Royal Caribbean cruise. There is an activity programme for guests of all ages and tastes. There are activities geared for the young at heart, children, teens and couples. Programmes run all day from dawn to dusk. Start by taking a stroll along the Royal Promenade – it’s the heart of the ship and always bustling with life. Visit the shops and boutiques where there is everything from jewellery to cruise wear. Participate in one of the games or events organised by the animation team onboard or just relax by the pool. Saturday, 03rd September Our first port of call is Portland. Portland offers a unique combination of Maine’s rich history and its own vibrant culture. Local artisans offer their handiwork along the streets of the Arts District and the Old Port Exchange. Colorful boats line the shores of Casco Bay, and wonderful freshly cooked seafood abounds in this charming seaside town. Sunday, 04th September After a lavish breakfast we recommend an optional excursion of Bar Harbor. Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor features some of the most spectacular scenery on the Eastern Seaboard. The priceless asset of the island’s scenic beauty remains untouched by time. Vistas of emeraldgreen forests and rugged valleys from the superb vantage point of Mount Cadillac remain just as spectacular, and the rugged shoreline scenery is still as awe inspiring as it ever was. The choice is yours. Take a scenic drive through some of Maine’s most spectacular scenery or stroll along the picturesque main street with its inviting shops and galleries. Perhaps you will choose to sample some of North America’s most delectable seafood at an authentic lobster bake, or cruise the fascinating coastal area.

Monday, 05th September Saint John is our next port of call. Founded by Loyalists escaping the Revolutionary War in 1785, Saint John has emerged as a thriving port city. Its restored historic waterfront and surrounding natural beauty have made Saint John a wonderful destination. Experience the amazing Reversing Falls Rapids, Saint John’s best-known attraction. Twice daily the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy rise faster than the river can empty. When this happens, the tide attempts to push the river back upstream, then the tide ebbs and the river appears to reverse itself and flow over the rocks, creating the appearance of reversing rapids. Tuesday, 06th September As your ship comes into port, a bagpiper will welcome you to Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia. The “City of Trees” offers the warmth and charm of a small town along with all the excitement you would expect from a great city. Peggy’s Cove, Citadel Hill, and the Acadian Country are just a few of the sights that will herald your arrival here. One of the city’s most attractive areas is the Historic Properties Development, located along the waterfront. The charming early 19thcentury wood and stone buildings here have all been fully restored. And the cobblestone streets and long boardwalks are now lined with a wonderful array of boutiques, cafés, and pubs. Wednesday, 07th September Relaxing day at sea. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities which the Explorer of the Seas has to offer. Join the aerobics class with qualified instructors on board or simply enjoy one of your favourite cocktails by the pool at the upper deck. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fund. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Thursday, 08th September Our last port of call is Boston. Relive nearly four hundred years of history as you explore myriad sights of Boston, a city that exudes pride in its past and future. Superb shopping abounds and sightseeing

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attractions are legendary. You’ll revel in exploring the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church and the Boston Common. A few miles away lie Lexington and Concord where the momentous events that began in 1775 come alive. With its unrivaled historical significance, old New England charm and cosmopolitan sophistication, Boston offers a fascinating travel experience to any visitor. Friday, 09th September This is the last day at sea where you can enjoy all the amenities this marvelous ship has to offer. There’s always something to keep you occupied on board. If you feel like pampering yourself check out the Aqua Spa for a massage or let the soothing thalasso-therapy pool work its wonders. In the evening prepare yourself for the grand finale. It comes in the form of a fantastic dinner with delicacies from all over the world. Pop up on the deck or enjoy one last slow dance under the canopy of stars and let the romance of the sea work its magic. In the evening you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Royal Caribbean personnel early next morning. Saturday, 10th September Your cruise vacation comes to an end as the liner docks in Cape Liberty at 08.00am. Enjoy last breakfast onboard the Explorer of the Seas as your cruise holiday comes to an end and before you are called to disembark. A private coach will be in attendance at the pier to take the group to a factory outlet nearby where you will find all the best brands at unbelievable prices under one roof. Later on this afternoon we will be transferred to New York International Airport for flight check-in on British Airways flight BA176 departing at 7.35pm. Sit back and enjoy the flight. Sunday, 11th September Upon arrival in London Heathrow Airport at 07.40am, stay in transit for your connecting flight to Malta on Airmalta KM101 departing at 10.50am to arrive in Malta at 3.05pm.

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Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise 15th July – 1st August

Friday, 15th July Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 5.00am for check-in on Airmalta flight KM100 departing to London Heathrow at 07.15am. Upon our arrival in London we shall transit for our connecting flight to Calgary, checking-in on British Airways flight BA103 departing at 5.25pm to arrive at 7.50pm local time in Canada. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel in Banff. Rest and overnight at our hotel in Banff.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD Inside Stateroom

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NRM

EBD

3299 3499

3099

NRM

Quad EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

3229 2999 3099 4299 4499 2549 2749

Window Stateroom

3459

3659

3249

3379 3149 3249 4499 4699 2549 2749

Balcony Stateroom

3799

3999

3549

3679 3299 3399 5499 5699 2549 2749

Optional Excursions in € Vancouver, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Bridge Victoria Excursion

Adults 139 139

Children 99 99

Price Includes •Airmalta/British Airways flights Malta/London/Calgary-Vancouver/London/Malta •Airport transfers •3 nights accommodation in Banff on Bed & Breakfast basis •1 night accommodation in Jasper on Bed & Breakfast basis •1 night accommodation in Lac Le Jeune on Bed and Breakfast basis •4 nights accommodation in Vancouver on Bed & Breakfast basis •Canadian Rockies tour including all entrances as per programme •All transfers as per programme •7–night Alaska cruise on Century by Celebrity Cruises on full board basis including entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour manager Notes; •Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants required is not reached. •Valid USA entry visa or Biometric passport required to join this tour. •Clients in possession of a Biometric passport need to fill an online form and print authorisation from https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov •Tipping is obligatory in Canada; your tour manager will give tipping guidelines throughout the tour. •You may Pre-book shore excursions online or from the onboard Shore Excursions desk. •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended

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Saturday, 16th July Breakfast is included in your hotel. We start our first day with a full day excursion to Calgary. Known as a living village, Heritage Park recreates early Western Canadian history through costumed interpreters, street theatre and over 150 buildings and exhibits. The Park’s historical collections comprise 45,000 artifacts representing most aspects of a settler’s life in pre1914 Western Canada. At Heritage Park, you not only get to learn about life during the turn of the century, you get an opportunity to take part in it all. From learning how to make butter or ice cream to printing a newspaper, Heritage Park is an interactive museum that kids and adults of all ages can enjoy. Our next stop is at Fort Calgary, Calgary’s first North West Mounted Police outpost. Upon arrival, your personal guide who will accompany you during your visit will meet you. They will provide you with an overview of the site and its history through an outside reconstruction tour and the Interpretive Centre exhibits. To make your visit complete, you will also have an opportunity to try on historic “Mounties” uniform! Overnight at our hotel in Banff. Sunday, 17th July After breakfast in the hotel, we offer another great day during which we will enjoy spectacular mountain scenery. Today’s tour begins with a drive along the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnson Canyon, where you will have time to enjoy a short nature walk to the lower falls. Views of Castle Mountain prevail as we continue touring along the parkway. Our next stop, Moraine Lake, is a photographer’s dream. Located in the dramatic valley of the Ten Peaks, this setting is one of the finest in the Rockies. Often known as the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies”, with Fairmont Hotel’s Chateau Lake Louise proudly standing at one end and the Victoria Glacier reflecting off the other. Lake Louise is one of the sights most often preserved in photographs by visitors from all over the World. After time for lunch we proceed to cross the Great Divide and enter Yoho National Park. Within Yoho we will have the opportunity to visit Takakkaw Falls and if accessible, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Overnight in Banff. Monday, 18th July After breakfast and room check-out we travel northward along one of the most spectacular highways in North America today. The Icefield Parkway is highlighted by occasional wildlife sightings, towering mountain peaks, tranquil lakes and cascading waterfalls. Enroute to the Columbia Icefield, stop off at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, and Peyto Lake (if accessible). While at the Columbia Icefield, a digital group photo will be taken with the magnificent Athabasca Glacier in the background. Upon completion of your Ice Explorer ride, your personal souvenir photo will be ready to take home to remember this amazing adventure. An experience of a lifetime awaits you at the Columbia Icefield! At the Icefield Centre, shuttle to the Athabasca Glacier where you will board a unique, specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour onto the surface of the Glacier - a true Ice Age adventure! This afternoon, continue northward to Athabasca Falls and the peaceful mountain town site of Jasper. Check in & overnight in our hotel in Jasper. Tuesday, 19th July Following breakfast in the hotel we depart from Jasper and travel through Mount Robson Provincial Park, home to impressive Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres. Proceed along the Yellowhead Highway to the Village of Blue River which developed as the major center during the turn of the century as pioneers blazed a passage through the rugged mountain. Continue to Wells Gray Provincial Park to view the grandeur of Spahats Falls which drop over a sheer volcanic preci-

pice. Lac Le Jeune is a magical place that’s soothing, quiet and tranquil. A place where fish jump from the glassy surface of the lake, a canoe glides soundlessly, the ospreys soar overhead and the wildlife comes to visit. At dusk, loons provide nature’s incredible symphony. Buffet dinner and overnight in Lac Le Jeune. Wednesday, 20th July Breakfast is included at your hotel followed by hotel check-out. The jewel of British Columbia’s Pacific coast is today’s destination. Travel the Coquihalla Highway from the drylands through vast evergreen forests of the Cascade Ranges. The west coast boasts an ideal growing environment, a superb showcase of local colour and fragrance. The Coquihalla Highway passes through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the province of British Columbia. This dramatic change of environment is always exhilarating, as you go from misty coastal cedars and tall firs to bright sunlight on the high rock faces in the space of half an hour. All along the route you have a bird’s eye view of the roaring Fraser River as it squeezes through narrow rock passages. The Fraser Canyon where 1,100 miles of the Fraser River is squeezed into a 110 foot wide thundering passage appropriately names Hell’s Gate. Ride the tram in comfort over the narrowest part of the Fraser River gorge where at high water level, 200 million gallon of water per minute rush through, that’s twice the volume as Niagara Falls!! While enjoying your visit to Hell’s Gate, a group lunch has been included. A stop is included in the

charming town of Hope, ideally situated between the mighty Fraser River and the Coquihalla River, it is the “Chainsaw Carving Capitol of Canada”. Throughout the town you will find more than 20 chainsaw carvings by local artist Pete Ryan. Overnight in Vancouver. Thursday, 21st July After breakfast, this morning, depart on an optional full day sightseeing tour of Vancouver and the North Shore. Begin with a transfer over the Lions Gate Bridge, built in 1938; this bridge links the North Shore to Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Highlights include the Capilano Suspension Bridge (admission included), the longest and highest suspended footbridge in the world spanning 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano Canyon! Continue your tour to Grouse Mountain for a ride aboard the Grouse Mountain Skyride (admission included). As the tramway whisks you from the valley floor, enjoy spectacular panoramas of land, sea and city views from magnificent rugged landscapes. Return to Vancouver over the Lions Gate Bridge and tour to the 1000-acre Stanley Park. Also included in your tour today are Coal Harbour, Chinatown and Gastown. Overnight in Vancouver. Friday, 22nd July Following breakfast at the hotel, today depart on another optional sightseeing tour of Victoria, capital city of the province of British Columbia. Travel today through the rich farmlands of the Fraser

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Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise River delta to Tsawwassen where you will board a B.C. Ferry (included) bound for Vancouver Island. Upon arrival in Swartz Bay you will continue along the Saanich Peninsula to Butchart Gardens. With over 50 acres of gardens including the fragrant Rose Garden, the relaxing Japanese Garden, the unique Sunken Garden, the Italian Garden, the Concert Lawn, and Ross Fountain - just to name a few, a visit to Butchart Gardens is a treat for all your senses! This 50 acre botanical showcase is renowned for its skillful blending of rare and exotic plants and trees mixed with native flora in a colourful and authentic series of formal gardens joined by restful paths. Continue to Victoria where additional sightseeing highlights include the exclusive residential areas of Oak Bay and Uplands, Marine Drive, Beacon Hill Park, and the B.C. Parliament Buildings. Enjoy the heart of Victoria close up - at street level, strolling Victoria’s Inner Harbour and Olde Town districts. A little free time to explore the shops and attractions around the Inner Harbour, before returning to the B.C. Ferry terminal. Overnight in Vancouver. Saturday, 23rd July Breakfast at the hotel. The day is free for you to explore all that the beautiful West coast city of Vancouver has to offer. Browse charming boutiques, visit galleries showcasing local talent, or take a stroll along Robson Street. Overnight in Vancouver. Sunday, 24th July After breakfast and hotel check out, you will have a direct transfer from your hotel to the Cruise Ship Pier, for check-in formalities to embark on the Century by Celebrity Cruises. Once onboard you will experience a vessel shimmering in elegance and grandeur. Century will be your host for delightful dining and creative relaxation. She has ten decks, each featuring an exciting facet of Celebrity’s signature staterooms, suites and clubs. Expect the finest during your cruise onboard the Century. Convenient Internet cafes will allow you to stay connected with family and friends. State-of- the-art theaters provide the perfect environment for lavish Broadway and Vegas production shows. The AquaSpa provides guests over 40 ways to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. In-stateroom dining is available to guests 24 hours a day. Prepare yourself to fully experience the majestic grandeur of Alaska’s endless forests, calving glaciers, plummeting waterfalls and abundant wildlife as we leave the port of Vancouver at 4.30pm. Monday, 25th July Today we will be cruising the Inside Passage, one of the most beautiful costal routes in the entire world. It features virtually everything you came to Alaska hoping to see, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks. All of which create a setting that’s perfect for viewing whales and sea lions. Being a day at sea, you will definitely have time to relax, enjoy the views and make the best of the amenities and facilities onboard. A chance for you to exchange conversation and pictures with your new found friends on board. The animators shall continuously keep you occupied as they would be organizing various activities throughout the day. Tuesday, 26th July Our first port of call (by tender) is Icy Strait Point, located near the city of Hoonah, the largest native Tlingit Indian settlement in Alaska, and very near Glacier Bay National Park. Home to a historic cannery, the port’s connection to the sea is strong. Locals share the sea with humpback whales, orcas, Dall porpoises, seals, sea otters, halibut and all five species of Pacific salmon. It is not uncommon to spot a humpback or an orca while walking along the shore

largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent - moved an average of just under 5.5 feet per hour. Keep a watchful eye as you sail through the Yakutat Bay, as you may be a witness to geological history! Thursday, 28th July Today’s port of call shall be Juneau, located at the base of grand mountain peaks and at the pristine waterfront of the Gastineau Channel. Juneau, Alaska’s capital city is located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rainforest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and vibrant wildflowers. Early settlers included miners during Alaska’s gold rush and Russian fur traders. Native Alaska influence is prominent today in Juneau. It offers unparalleled glacier viewing from Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier, the Juneau Ice field and Glacier Bay National Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will love Juneau’s extraordinary kayaking, dog sledging, rafting, biking, hiking and glacier hiking. Abundant salmon and halibut fishing are also available minutes from downtown. Friday, 29th July This afternoon the Celebrity Century docks in Ketchikan, the salmon capital of the world and a paradise for sport fishermen and naturalists alike. While the rustic boardwalk on Creek Street preserves a distinct historic feel, the town hums with new construction to keep up with the ever-expanding wave of tourism. Ketchikan’s name supposedly comes from the native term “Katch Kanna”, which roughly translates: “spread wings of a thundering eagle” and rightly named, for you only need to look along the water line and you’re likely to see many bald eagles on waterside perches. The 2.2 million acre Misty Fjords National Monument lies 22 air miles east of Ketchikan.

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Saturday, 30th July Our last full day shall be spent cruising the Inside Passage. Glistening within Alaska’s Panhandle, this protected strip of water is a cruiser’s dream. As viewed from the sea, the towering glaciers, the brilliant blue ice, the emerald green of the virgin forests and the diamond-bright waterfalls combine to dazzle all who pass along these shorelines. Flex your fingers and load the film. Bears, beavers, and other cuties have all been known to appear unexpectedly before the camera’s lens, and the awesome aesthetics of Glacier Bay present no less than 16 glaciers to capture. Tonight you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Celebrity Cruises personnel early next morning. Sunday, 31st July Today we arrive in Vancouver. It’s the end of our fabulous dream holiday. Stay on deck and enjoy your last breakfast until you’re called to disembark. Shortly after customs and immigration clearance we are back on our coach for our transfer to Vancouver International Airport. However it’s not over yet on the way to the Airport we will stop for a couple of hours at Grandville Island (in downtown Vancouver) for some free time. Back on the coach and continue our way to the Airport and check-in on British Airways flight BA084 departing to London Heathrow at 8.35 p.m. Monday, 01st August Upon arrival in London Heathrow Airport (at 1.40 p.m.), we remain in transit for your connecting flight to Malta on Airmalta flight KM103 departing at 9 p.m., scheduled to arrive at 1.15 a.m. local time in Malta.

Wednesday, 27th July Today shall be spent cruising. Relax in your balcony or go up on deck and experience incredible views of the Hubbard Glacier. This glacier is the only one in the world that does not move at a glacial pace! Quite the opposite! In fact, in 1986, Hubbard Glacier - the

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12th August - 27th August Friday, 12th August Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 5.00am for checkin on Airmalta flight KM100 departing to London Heathrow at 07.15am. Upon our arrival in London we stay in transit for our inter-connecting flight to Calgary, for check-in on British Airways flight BA103 departing at 5.25pm to arrive at 7.50pm local time in Canada. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel in Banff. Rest and overnight at our hotel in Banff.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD

Triple

NRM

EBD

Inside Stateroom

3149 3349

3049

Window Stateroom

3299 3499

na

Balcony Stateroom

3799 3999

3499

NRM

Quad

EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

3179 2999 3099 3999 4199 2549 2749 na

na

na

4099 4299

na

na

3629 3199 3299 5099 5299 2549 2749

Optional Excursions in € Optional Excursions in € Vancouver, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Bridge

Adults 139

Children 99

Price Includes •British Airways flights Malta/London/Calgary-Seattle/London/Malta •Airport transfers •3 nights accommodation in Banff on Bed & Breakfast basis •1 night accommodation in Lac Le Jeune on Bed and Breakfast basis •3 nights accommodation in Vancouver on Bed & Breakfast basis •Canadian Rockies tour including all entrances as per programme •All transfers as per programme •7–night Alaska cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises on full board basis including entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Tour manager Notes; •Excursions rates only applicable subject to a minimum of 25 paying adults. •Excursions may not be organized if minimum number of participants

required is not reached. •Valid USA entry visa or Biometric passport required to join this tour. •Clients in possession of a Biometric passport need to fill an online form and print authorisation from - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov •Tipping is obligatory in Canada, your tour manager will give tipping guidelines throughout the tour. •You may Pre-book shore excursions online or from the onboard Shore Excursions desk.

•Travel insurance is optional but highly recomanded

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Saturday, 13th August After breakfast we shall start our Canadian Rockies experience with a great tour for anyone who simply appreciates spectacular mountain scenery. We start by taking a journey along the Bow Valley Parkway to Johnston Canyon, where time is available to enjoy a short nature walk to the lower falls. Views of Castle Mountain prevail as we continue touring along the Parkway. Next, stop off at a photographer’s dream - Moraine Lake. Located in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks, this setting is one of the finest in the Rockies. It is often known as the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies,” with Fairmont Hotel’s Chateau Lake Louise proudly standing at one end and the Victoria Glacier reflecting off the other. Lake Louise is one of the sights most often preserved in photograph by visitors the world over. Following is a 14-minute ride aboard a gondola to Whitehorn Lodge at Skiing Louise Resort (elevation 6,850 ft / 2,088 m) for spectacular views. After lunch (not included), we shall cross the Great Divide and enter Yoho National Park. Within Yoho, we’ll visit such sights as Takakkaw Falls, if accessible, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Overnight at Mount Royal Hotel. Sunday, 14th August After breakfast prepare yourself for another exciting day. Today’s highlight is the Columbia Icefield, located in Jasper National Park, presenting an awesome sight when first viewed from the Icefields Parkway. It is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most interesting and accessible icefields in North America. The Icefield covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometres and reaches a depth of 250-320 metres. While at the Columbia Icefield, a digital group photo will be taken with the magnificent Athabasca Glacier in the background. Upon completion of your Ice Explorer ride, your personal souvenir photo will be ready to take home to remember this amazing adventure. Our route is spectacular as we travel one of the most scenic highways in the world - the Icefield Parkway. Glacier-fed rivers and streams, majestic peaks, peaceful lakes and broad-reaching valleys combine to create not only a harmonious blend of scenic wonders for guests, but also a protected habitat for Canadian Rockies wildlife. At the Columbia Icefield, take this opportunity to tour onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on board by Brewster’s environmentally-friendly Ice Explorers. We shall complete our tour back in Banff. Overnight at Mount Royal Hotel. Monday, 15th August Breakfast at the hotel. Our today’s journey takes us you through Lake Louise to Revelstoke. Within Yoho we will have the opportunity to visit Takakkaw Falls and if accessible Kicking horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River via the Kicking Horse Canyon. Nestled between the spectacular Selkirk and Monashee Mountains and surrounded by lakes and rivers, enjoy the spectacular scenery and clean mountain air. The charming downtown area offers quaint boutiques, casual coffee bars and restaurants, and the flower meadows in Mount Revelstoke National Park are a must-see in the summer months. Later we shall continue our today’ s journey with a drive along the Trans-Canada Highway and proceed to Lac Le Jeune for an overnight stay amidst the stunning wilderness of the shores of Lac Le Jeune. Lac Le Jeune is a magical place that’s soothing, quiet and tranquil. A place where fish jump from the glassy surface of the lake, a canoe glides soundlessly, the ospreys soar overhead and the wildlife comes to

Rhapsody of the Seas visit. At dusk, loons provide nature’s incredible symphony. Dinner and overnight at Lac Le Jeune Resort. Tuesday, 16th August Breakfast is included at your hotel. The jewel of British Columbia’s Pacific coast is today’s destination. Travel the Coquihalla Highway from the drylands through vast evergreen forests of the Cascade Ranges. The west coast boasts an ideal growing environment, a superb showcase of local colour and fragrance. The Coquihalla Highway passes through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the province of British Columbia. This dramatic change of environment is always exhilarating, as you go from misty coastal cedars and tall firs to bright sunlight on the high rock faces in the space of half an hour. All along the route you have a bird’s eye view of the roaring Fraser River as it squeezes through narrow rock passages. The Fraser Canyon where 1,100 miles of the Fraser River is squeezed into a 110 foot wide thundering passage appropriately names Hell’s Gate. A stop is included in the charming town of Hope, ideally situated between the mighty Fraser River and the Coquihalla River, it is the “Chainsaw Carving Capitol of Canada”. Throughout the town you will find more than 20 chainsaw carvings by local artist Pete Ryan. Overnight in Vancouver. Wednesday, 17th August After breakfast, this morning, depart on an optional full day sightseeing tour of Vancouver and the North Shore. Begin with a transfer over the Lions Gate Bridge, built in 1938; this bridge links the North Shore to Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Highlights include the Capilano Suspension Bridge (admission included), the longest and highest suspended footbridge in the world spanning 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano Canyon! Continue your tour to Grouse Mountain for a ride aboard the Grouse Mountain Skyride (admission included). As the tramway whisks you from the valley floor, enjoy spectacular panoramas of land, sea and city views from magnificent rugged landscapes. Return to Vancouver over the Lions Gate Bridge and tour to the 1000-acre Stanley Park. Also included in your tour today are Coal Harbour, Chinatown and Gastown. Overnight in Vancouver. Thursday, 18th August Breakfast at the hotel. The day is free for you to explore all that the beautiful West coast city of Vancouver has to offer. Browse charming boutiques, visit galleries showcasing local talent, or take a stroll along Robson Street. Overnight in Vancouver. Friday, 19th August After breakfast and check out, we will be transferred by means of a private coach tto Seattle Cruise Ship terminal, for check-in formalities to embark on the Rhapsody of the Seas. With its dramatic walls of glass and retractable canopy, Rhapsody of the Seas will most definitely make you feel closer to nature. When you’re not enjoying the magnificent ocean views or strolling around the stunning 11-deck atrium, you’ll be relaxing in the soothing Shipshape Spa, swimming in one of the two pools, taking a much-needed whirlpool, or catching up over your favourite drink in one of the eight lounges. Rhapsody of the Seas also features over two acres of glass canopies, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, providing one of the lightest atmospheres afloat and offering perfect viewing opportunities whilst sailing around the world. Make sure to be on deck as we leave the port of Seattle at 5.00pm. Saturday, 20th August Relaxing day at sea. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities which the Rhapsody of the Seas has to offer. Join the aerobics class with qualified instructors on

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CANADA

Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise


Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise board or simply enjoy one of your favourite cocktails by the pool at the upper deck. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fund. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Sunday, 21st August This morning we recommend an early breakfast. Make sure to be on deck as we cruise the Inside Passage, This is one of the most beautiful passages in the entire world. It features virtually everything you came to Alaska hoping to see, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks. All of which create a setting that’s perfect for viewing whales and sea lions. At 11.00am the Rhapsody sets port in Juneau. At the base of grand mountain peaks and at the pristine waterfront of the Gastineau Channel is Juneau, Alaska’s Peak Experience Alaska’s capital city located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rainforest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and vibrant wildflowers. It offers unparalleled glacier viewing from Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier, the Juneau Ice field and Glacier Bay National Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will love Juneau’s extraordinary kayaking, dog sledging, rafting, biking, hiking and glacier hiking. .Abundant salmon and halibut fishing is also available minutes from downtown. Monday, 22nd August Our next port of call shall be Skagway, discovered in the historic Gold Rush of 1898. As thousands of gold-crazed adventurers sought the best starting point for their arduous trek, they found out that the deepest penetration possible by boat was at the northern tip of the Lynn Canal, that is Skagway. Here you may wish to join an optional guided tour that takes you for a ride on flat, dirt roads around the historic site of Dyea riding through the rain forest, visit historic ruins and the Chilkoot trail-head or head out on the coastal tidal flats, where you’ll view eagles, spectacular wildflowers and gorgeous mountain scenery. Tuesday, 23rd August Early breakfast on deck this morning in order not to miss the breathtaking views as the Rhapsody makes her way through the Tracy Arm Fjord. Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings. You will have ample time to admire the landscape and perhaps catch sight of a few native animals as you cruise through this port. The Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm may not be the most famous glaciers in Alaska, but many visitors find them to be the most dramatic. Framed by mountains on either side, the glaciers are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice. Wednesday, 24th August Today shall be spent at sea, so you will definitely have time to relax, enjoy the views and make the best of the amenities and facilities onboard. A chance for you to exchange conversation and pictures with your new found friends on board. The animators shall continuously keep you occupied as they would be organizing various activities throughout the day. Thursday, 25th August Our last port of call shall be Victoria. Located on the southern tip on the island of Vancouver in British Columbia, the city of Victoria is probably best known for its mild climate and active outdoor lifestyle. Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens or the lush and exotic Butterfly Gardens and see how Victoria earned the nickname

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Transatlantic Cruise & USA East Coast

3rd September - 21th September

Saturday, 03rd September Meet the tour leader at 05.15 a.m. and check-in for our Airmalta flight to London Heathrow departing at 7.15 a.m. Upon our arrival in London, our coach shall transfer us to the port of Harwich for embarkation on board Royal Caribbean’s 90,000 ton Jewel of the Seas. The ship offers the ultimate “at sea” experience by combining speed, added comfort, greater open spaces, sweeping ocean vistas and an exceptional cruise staff committed to serving your every whim. After some time to settle down and relax we suggest you tour the ship so as to familiarize yourself with the various decks and lounges. The ship set sails at 5 p.m. so be sure to be on an outside deck to enjoy our departure. Evening performances of West-end style shows and entertainment are offered daily after dinner.

“The City of Gardens.”, Explore Victoria’s history on a Grand City Drive. Visit the awe-inspiring Craigdarroch Castle with its 39 rooms and five stories of stained glass and end the day with high tea at the world-famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. Or Tour a few of the local pubs and microbreweries along the Victoria Ale Trail or maybe some wine tasting at one of the area’s award-winning vineyards. Return to our ship as we leave to our final destination at 6.00 pm. Tonight you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Royal Caribbean Cruises personnel early next morning. Friday, 26th August Today we arrive in Seattle. We have almost reached the end of our memorable vacation. Stay on deck and enjoy your last breakfast until you’re called to disembark. Shortly after customs and immigration clearance we are back on our coach for a sight seeing tour of Seattle. The first thing you will notice are the extravagant highrise and Art Deco buildings of the downtown area. Also in the heart of downtown, lies Pike Place Public Market. This world-renowned market has been in continuous operation for a century and remains a treasure among locals and tourists alike. As we drive along the glistening waters of Lake Union, you’ll find an abundance of boathouses along the docks. The Hollywood film Sleepless in Seattle was filmed on a Lake Union boathouse in the early 1990’s and has made the area famous. Later on this afternoon we proceed to Seattle International Airport and check-in on British Airways flight BA48 departing to London Heathrow at 6.45PM. Saturday, 27th August Upon arrival in London Heathrow Airport at 11.50 stay in transit for your connecting flight to Malta on KM103 departing at 8.30 to arrive at 1.15am local time in Malta.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD Inside Stateroom

NRM

2299 2499

Triple EBD

NRM

Quad

EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

2199 2329 2099 2249 2999 3199 1699 1899

Window Stateroom

2499

2699

2359 2499 2299 2429 3249

Balcony Stateroom

2799

2999

2599 2729 2599 2699 3799 3999 1699 1899

3449 1699 1899

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

New York City Tours

89

59

Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise

89

59

Price Includes •Flights Malta-London Heathrow on Airmalta & New York-London-Malta on British Airways & Airmalta •Transfers as per programme •14 night Transatlantic Cruise on the Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas on

full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •On-board gratuities •3 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel located in the outskirts of New York on room only basis •Free Boston City Tour •Tour Leader Notes; •Valid USA entry visa or Biometric passport required to join this tour. •Clients in possession of a Biometric passport need to fill an online form and print authorisation from https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov •Tipping is obligatory in the USA, your tour manager will give tipping guidelines throughout the land tour. •You may Pre-book shore excursions online or from the onboard Shore Excursions desk. •Travel insurance is optional but strongly recommended

Sunday, 04th September Our first port of call is Le Havre, and so after an early breakfast we suggest you join an optional excursion to Paris. The capital city of France is a beautiful, artistic city, situated in the north-central part of France. The city lies on both banks of the River Seine. The north bank was historically the area where Royalty and the wealthy merchant-class lived, and today it is the government and commercial district. While the south bank, with its image of an intellectual and bohemian playground, is the site where the university was founded. Paris and the Eiffel Tower are synonymous. You see it from almost everywhere in the city. But don’t miss the chance to go to the top as the view is breathtaking. After returning to the ship, prepare for the usual stupendous dinner as the ship sets sail at 9 p.m. Monday, 05th September Today, at 7 a.m., we enter the French port of Cherbourg. Cherbourg offers everything you could want from a seaside town in France beautiful gardens, cute little shops, appetizing restaurants. As a port, however, Cherbourg is a maritime institution, playing major roles in early transatlantic travel, submarine building and nautical pastimes. One look at its massive man-made sea wall or its bustling piers and any seafaring adventurer will feel right at home here. La Cité de la Mer is a museum, aquarium and oceanographic centre all rolled into one. Learn about man’s underwater adventures in the Ocean Exhibition, which includes aquatic galleries and an impressive collection of sea life. Then explore the decommissioned nuclear submarine La Redoutable, which served the French military for more than 20 years until 1991. As the ship sails out of harbour at 3 p.m., enjoy a buffet lunch at one of the various restaurants found on board. The rest of the afternoon may be spent relaxing or alternatively you may wish to partake in the activities organized by the animation team. Tuesday, 06th September After a leisurely breakfast you may wish to disembark the ship and visit the second largest Irish city – Cork. The ship docks in the magnificent Cobh Harbour, just a short drive from Cork. An enchanting place, the main district of Cork sits on an island formed by the diverging channels of the River Lee. The city itself is filled with a multitude of picturesque quays and bridges. St. Patricks Street, the main street of the city which was remodelled in the mid 2000s, is known for the architecture of the buildings along its pedestrianfriendly route and is the main shopping thoroughfare. The reason for its curved shape is that it originally was a channel of the River Lee that was built over on arches. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the beautiful old castle (built 1210-1446) of Blarney, located just five miles, and enjoy the beautiful grounds and walk through the lovely gardens. You will surely never be short of words if you manage to climb the ramparts to kiss the famous magic “Blarney Stone”!! The ship shall depart from port at 6 p.m. and so you shall have enough time to prepare for the upcoming evening.

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Transatlantic Cruise & USA East Coast Wednesday, 07th September Today’s port of call shall be Dublin. After an early breakfast we suggest you explore Ireland’s capital, a thriving modern yet elegant city. This is due in part to the restoration of its magnificent public buildings and distinctive Georgian squares to reveal the elegance of the 18th century to today’s visitors. Dublin’s people are renowned for being warm, friendly and eager to help visitors enjoy their home city. For a closer look at Ireland’s most famous export, visit the Irish Whiskey Corner. This 90-year-old warehouse flat has been converted into a museum, featuring a presentation about the making of Irish whiskey. Return to our ship in time for lunch followed by the ship’s departure at 3.30 p.m. Thursday, 08th September Relaxing day at sea. Today you have the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities on board. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply relax by the pool. The ship’s animators will be organizing varied activities by the pool deck and other lounges (kindly consult your ship’s daily programme for timings). Every evening at sea sparkles with dazzling entertainment. Designed to indulge your individual preferences, Royal Caribbean entertainment choices range from Broadway-style productions, captivating shows and lively discotheques to the glamour and excitement of Monte Carlo-style casinos. Friday, 09th September After a late breakfast enjoy the large range of facilities on board our ship before we reach our next destination – Iceland! At around 3 p.m. we shall dock in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, which although small in size is vast in culture and heritage. Founded thousands of years ago by Nordic settlers, this destination boasts a breathtaking coastline with scenic peninsulas, crisp straits and picturesque islands. You may wish to visit Nauthólsvík, an environmentally friendly geothermal beach where you can soak in the sun and bathe in water as warm as the Mediterranean. Here the Atlantic Ocean is heated by a constant flow of warm volcanic water keeping the temperature at a mellow 29°C, so contrary to what you might have thought, pack a bathing suit! Take your camera when you tour the Hallgrimskirkja church, an architectural marvel visible from any point in the city. Designed to resemble volcanic rock formations, its striking façade echoes the shape of its impressive steel organ pipes located at the entrance. As your ship shall overnight in port, after dinner you may wish to enjoy a leisurely stroll. Reykjavik is also regarded as “the nightlife capital of the North” attracting travellers to its vibrant and social atmosphere all year round. Saturday, 10th September On our second day in Reykjavik, known for its natural beauty and relaxed small town charm, you may wish to visit the bell tower for a breathtaking view of the city or treat yourself to a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a luxurious spa that is one of Iceland’s most popular destinations. With steamy, mineral-rich water harvested from beneath the earth, it’s the perfect place to relieve stress and tension in an idyllic backdrop. You may be lucky and see some whales! The waters surrounding Reykjavik are home to a number of marine mammals, including mink whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and porpoises. Whale-watching season runs generally runs from April to October. After yet another exciting day in port, we have to return back to our ship in time for our departure, scheduled for 6 p.m. Enjoy the rest of the evening on board this beautiful ship! Sunday, 11th September Today shall again be spent at sea and so another day to relax and unwind! Sun worshippers may lay down on a sun-bed or deck chair by the pool lapping in the sun whilst the more active and energetic

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clients may enjoy the various on-board activities, games, sports activities and aerobic classes. As cruising is also a great family vacation the ship’s animation team offer special programmes for all our ‘sailors’, whatever their age – from toddlers till teenagers! Monday, 12th September Fun day at sea to enjoy the ships facilities including 2 swimming pools, 4 jacuzzi, hot tubs and plenty of sun deck space. After a long day of spectacular activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill- seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for! Tuesday, 13th September Another relaxing day cruising the Atlantic Ocean. You may choose to check the ship’s daily programme, which amongst other activities includes a special lecture on the forthcoming port of call or perhaps a quiz or an arts and crafts class. Whatever your mood, there is almost certainly something happening every minute of the day. Wednesday, 14th September This morning at 8 a.m., we shall dock in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Protected by a narrow, rocky entrance, St. John’s harbour may seem like a quaint island village, but it is actually a modern Canadian city with plenty of cultural attractions. This vibrant port city is a nice contrast to some of the more rural outlying areas, and offers plenty of amenities for travellers and locals alike. St. John’s is the oldest city in North America and it is closer to Greenland than to New York! It is a bold and vibrant place where hearts come fastened to sleeves and creativity has a way of spilling out onto the streets and over the hills and into the harbour. Just outside the city, the picturesque village of Quidi Vidi is home to the oldest house in St. John’s. Perfect for biking and walking adventures, Quidi Vidi is the harbour village you see in your dreams, still untouched by developers. Try to be on an outer deck as we depart at 6 p.m. so as to admire the wonderful scenery. Enjoy the rest of the evening! Thursday, 15th September Every day at sea is packed with activities, from deck games to entertainment. Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage, exercise or shop in the onboard boutiques. Take a dip in the pool. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for - the day is yours! Friday, 16th September This is the last day at sea where you can enjoy all the amenities this marvellous ship has to offer. There’s always something to keep you occupied on board. If you feel like pampering yourself check out the Day Spa & Fitness Centre for a massage or let the soothing thalasso-therapy pool work its wonders. In the evening prepare yourself for the grand finale. It comes in the form of a fantastic dinner with delicacies from all over the world. Pop up on the deck or enjoy one last slow dance under the canopy of stars and let the romance of the sea work its magic. You will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom in the evening as bags are transported ashore by Royal Caribbean personnel early next morning.

Tewel of the Seas cruise! Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America’s oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a centre for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England and is home to nearly 645,000 residents. The city is a centre of higher education and a centre for medicine. Our coach shall collect us from the seaport and we shall enjoy a coach tour of the city with a stop for a walking tour along part of Freedom Trail, which is one of the best ways to get acquainted with Boston and to efficiently visit the city’s bounty of historic landmarks. The Freedom Trail is marked with a painted or bricked red line that is easy to follow. Afterwards, we shall drive on to our 3-star hotel in the outskirts of New York followed by room allocation and overnight. Sunday, 18th September Today we offer you an optional New York ‘Big Apple’ sightseeing tour, starting from downtown to Ground Zero, on which the World Trade Centre complex stood until 9/11. Amongst the highlights you will see are Wall Street, Chinatown and the world famous Empire State building located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street. In the afternoon you are free to enjoy some time at leisure. In the evening your tour leader may suggest activities such as musicals, comedy shows or restaurants. Overnight. Monday, 19th September Another exciting day awaits us. We start our day with a Liberty Island and Ellis Island Cruise. Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. Ellis Island Immigration Museum is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. It was added to the National Park System in May of 1965 and following an extensive restoration, its main building opened over a quarter century later on September 10, 1990 as a National Museum of Immigration. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight. Tuesday, 20th September This morning shall be left at leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing (room checkout in the morning). Our coach shall transfer us to New York’s JFK in the late afternoon. Our British Airways flight (BA176) shall depart New York at 7.35 p.m. Wednesday, 21st September Our long-haul flight arrives in London Heathrow at 7.40 a.m. and we shall transfer to Airmalta’s flight KM101, departing at 10.50 a.m. We shall arrive in Malta at 3.05 p.m.

Saturday, 17th September As today we dock in Boston (Massachusetts), we shall have an early breakfast followed by our final disembarkation from our luxury ship, cherishing some wonderful memories of a truly unforgettable

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Australia & New Zealand Cruise

15th November - 5th December

Radiance of the Seas

Tuesday, 15th November Meet at Malta International Airport at 12.45 p. m. for check-in on Emirates Airlines flight EK108 departing to Dubai at 2.50pm. Upon our arrival in Dubai (at 0055 a.m. on 16 Nov) we shall stay in transit for our connecting Emirates flight to Sydney, departing at 10.15a.m. (on Wednesday, 16th November) Thursday, 17th November Our arrival in Sydney should be at 06.55a.m. (local time). After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel in Sydney. After the room check-in (in the afternoon) you may wish to spend the rest of the day is at leisure. Sydney is a rare jewel - sparkling both day and night - and the city reflects the Australian personality - a bit brash, a bit cheeky but warm, outgoing and friendly…..and it knows how to party! There is something for every visitor! Overnight in our 3-star hotel.

Price Per Person in € Twin EBD Inside Stateroom

Triple

NRM

EBD

3299 3499

3099

NRM

Quad

EBD NRM

Single EBD

NRM

Child EBD

NRM

3229 2899 2999 4499 4699 2199 2399

Window Stateroom

3499 3699

3199

3329 2999 3099 4899 5099 2199 2399

Balcony Stateroom

3799 3999

3299

3429 3199 3299 5499 5699 2199 2399

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Sydney City Tour

79.00

49.00

Canberra City Tour

84.00

59.00

Price Includes •Flights Malta-Sydney-Malta on Emirates •Transfers Sydney airport to hotel, hotel to port & ship to Sydney airport •3 Nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Sydney on bed & breakfast basis •14 Night cruise on the Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas on FB basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •On-board gratuities •Tour Manager EXTRAS :

•Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended •Australian Entry Visa required to join this tour

Friday 18th November After breakfast join our optional day excursion as you explore the city of Sydney. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House & famous Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city and Centre Point Tower. Visit Sydney’s trendy new district Oxford Street. You then drive to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (not incl.). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers & Sydney’s best panoramic view. Return to your hotel in Sydney followed by overnight. Saturday, 19th November Our optional excursion for today will give us the opportunity to explore Canberra, the nation’s capital, an ultra modern purposely built city with imposing architecture yet a rural charm of lakeside, gardens and open spaces. We’ll discover this hi-tech city, home of superb national monuments, museums and galleries. Canberra is Australia’s most modern capital city and the political and administrative heart. Striking architecture contrasts with natural bushland. We’ll visit the new billion dollar Parliament House and New Museum for an exclusive guided tour of both. Following we’ll pass by the Prime Minister’s Lodge and diplomatic embassies and end up with a visit to the Australian War Memorial. Return to Sydney & overnight. Sunday, 20th November After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the Sydney’s seaport for embarkation on board Royal Caribbean’s 90,000 ton Radiance of the Seas. The ship offers the ultimate “at sea” experience by combining speed, added comfort, greater open spaces, sweeping ocean vistas and an exceptional cruise staff committed to serving your every whim. After some time to settle down and relax we suggest you tour the ship so as to familiarize ourselves with the various decks and lounges. The ship set sails at 5 p.m. so be sure to be on an outside deck to enjoy our departure. Evening performances of West-end style shows and entertainment are offered daily after dinner. Monday, 21st November Today shall be our first day spent cruising, and so it would be appropriate to explore the numerous amenities and activities offered on board. You will be spoilt with all the choices varying from sunbathing by the pool, whirlpools, rock climbing, golfing, shopping, aerobics, casino, sports court and much more. The ship’s animators will organize activities and entertain guests in the pool area and other lounges. Tuesday, 22nd November Day at sea. On such a ship there should never be a dull moment! On Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas, you are sure to enjoy every moment! Among her spectacular features are the 10-story glassconstructed Centrum, glass elevators facing the sea, and the highest percentage of outside cabins in the Royal Caribbean fleet. Even just strolling through the ship is an exciting activity. Obviously, you should try the numerous delicious buffets on offer throughout the day as we sail south through the Pacific Ocean.

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Wednesday, 23rd November After an early breakfast we suggest that you’ll be on an outside deck as the ship sails into Milford Sound, considered to be one of the most breathtaking places in New Zealand. The 22-km-long fjord is dominated by beautiful Mitre Peak and calmed by gorgeous waters that mirror the sheer peaks surrounding them. Although remote, visitors come from all over the world to admire its raw, unspoiled beauty and rare marine life. Cruising the sound affords views of Bowen Falls, Mitre Peak, Anita Bay and both Elephant and Stirling Falls. If there’s still film left in your camera after that, try to catch a glimpse of the dolphins, seals and penguins that pop to the surface on nice days in these calm waters. The ship then sails on and shall pass through Doubtful Sound (also known as ‘Sound of Silence’. This imposing fjord is a tranquil, awe-inspiring destination known for its cascading waterfalls, looming mountains and rare marine life. While years ago only the most courageous sailors would enter the sound, today it is one of the most beautifully protected bodies of water in Fiordland National Park, attracting photographers, adventurers and cruisers from all over the globe. Its mountains and cascades are more immediately eye-catching, but Doubtful Sound abounds in rich marine life that makes a trip through its waters a special treat. Look overboard for bottlenose dolphins following the boat, or turn your eye ashore for lounging fur seals. You may even catch a glimpse of the Fiordland crested and blue penguins, gorgeous rare birds that call the sound home. The ship then cruises on to Dusky Sound, one of the most complex fjords on New Zealand’s southern coast. This fjord is one of the largest in New Zealand, at 40kms in length and is a place of serene beauty, accessible today only by sea or air. European explorers first spotted this treasure when Captain Cook and his crew happened upon its opening in the late eighteenth century. Although they returned to explore its waters months later, Cook and his crew named it Dusky Sound for the time of night when they first found it. The myriad islands that lie in the sound make for spectacular sightseeing, particularly majestic Resolution Island, whose Five Fingers Peninsula shelters the sound from the northwest. The abundance of sunbathing seals on Seal Rock also sends visitors reaching for their cameras. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for bird and wildlife sanctuaries: Curlew, Shag, Petrel, Pigeon and Parrot Isles; Shag River; Seal Rock; Goose, Duck and Woodhen Coves. Enjoy the rest of the evening in comfort aboard your luxurious cruise ship.

Thursday,24thNovember After an early breakfast we suggest you explore Dunedin which is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand. As gateway to Queenstown’s many adrenaline-pumping activities and guard to the unspoiled natural habitats of the Otago Peninsula, this city, with its historic Victorian architecture, alternative collegiate vibe and outstanding outdoor recreation, stands second to none. Whether you want to peep at rare penguins, view historic buildings or take in a museum, Dunedin has it all and then some! The ship departs at 6 p.m. and after your dinner enjoy the evening performances of West-end style shows and entertainment offered daily. Friday, 25th November Your ship sails into Christchurch at 8 a.m. and so after your breakfast you may wish to explore largest city of the South Island. Named after a college at the University of Oxford, England, Christchurch has a reputation for being a conservative, “British” city. This may be true on the surface, but a bit of poking around this city (population 360,000), will reveal a vibrant arts culture and adventurous spirit that’s 100% “Kiwi”! Christchurch has traditionally been a jumping-off point for most Antarctic expeditions. In fact, Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton both passed through on their way south. But you can just visit the International Antarctic Center to play with penguins, leopard seals and snowmobiles, as well as learn all about Antartica, without freezing your toes off! Be back on board in time for the ship’s departure, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, 26th November As the ship enters the capital city of New Zealand at 7 a.m., we suggest an early breakfast so as to have more then enough time to explore Wellington, New Zealand’s second-largest city and a walker’s paradise. Sandwiched between steep hills on one side and the ocean on the other, this city is located on the southern most point of the Northern Island. Because so much of the city is within walking distance, you’ll never feel the need to hire a cab. The fact that Wellington has become New Zealand’s fastest-growing weekend destination tells you something about the city. Once merely its political capital, the city’s calendar is packed with celebrations, festivals and some of the country’s best theater and dance. If there was one event that signaled Wellington’s arrival on the cultural scene, it was the opening of the Te Papa Tongarewa

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Australia & New Zealand national museum of New Zealand in 1998. This enormous $317 million cultural and architectural masterpiece has received 10 million visitors since then, with almost 30% from overseas. Located on Wellington’s spectacular waterfront, Te Papa has built a reputation for its “fresh and bold approach” to presenting the country’s treasures and stories. A visit to this museum is just as exciting and invigorating for children as it is for adults. For a small fee, you can try the interactive exhibits including a “virtual” bungee jump, sheep-shearing and a trip to prehistoric New Zealand. Return to the ship for a late afternoon snack and as the ship sets sail at 5 p.m. prepare for yet another dinner extravagance and wonderful evening entertainment. Sunday, 27th November We suggest an early breakfast as we dock at 7 a.m. in the eastern city of Napier, a port city in the Hawke Bay region of New Zealand. After a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, and subsequent fires, destroyed most of its commercial center in 1931, the city was rebuilt in the flamboyant art deco style prevalent at the time. The clean geometric lines, neon clocks and brightly lit fountains lend Napier a movie-set feel. Napier also boasts the highest number of sunshine hours of any town in the country, a feature that has made this region one of New Zealand’s most important wine-producing areas. Without a doubt, Napier’s biggest attraction is the city itself, with marvelous architecture that offers visitors a look back in time. But The National Aquarium of New Zealand on Marine Parade is a Napier destination you wouldn’t want to miss. Opened in March 2002, it has a huge ocean tank with an observation tunnel and holds the most comprehensive collection of marine life in the country. The aquarium’s magnificent architecture resembles a stingray. Exhibits include kiwis, piranhas, crocodiles and every sea creature you could imagine. As the ship sails out of harbour at 1 p.m. enjoy your buffet lunch at one of the various restaurants found on board. The rest of the afternoon may be spent relaxing or alternatively you may wish to partake in the activities organized by the animation team. Monday, 28th November Our next port of call shall be Tauranga, which lies in the heart of the Bay of Plenty region, south of the city of Auckland. After docking (at 8 a.m.) we suggest to explore this northern city which has become one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing areas thanks to plentiful sunshine and beautiful beaches. But with a population of only about 100,000 Tauranga can still offer you generous space to yourself. In fact, the densest concentration of attractions, and perhaps the biggest crowds, is on The Strand in the downtown area. No visit to Tauranga would be complete without a trip to Mount Maunganui. This extinct volcanic peak rises from the mists of Tauranga Harbour, attracting tourists from all over New Zealand and abroad. The area, once a Maori stronghold, now houses the resort town of Maunganui, which is known for its tiled sidewalks lined with palm trees, turquoise-painted street lamps and gorgeous shoreline. And while you’re there, you may wish to take a dip in the hot saltwater pools located at the base of the mountain! Return to the ship by late afternoon as she sets sail at 6 p.m. Tuesday, 29th November After breakfast you may wish to disembark the ship and explore our final major city in New Zealand – Auckland. With a population of 1.3 million people, including immigrants from all over the world and a heavy concentration of Polynesian people, Auckland is by far New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Called the “City of the Sails” because of its beautiful location between two harbours and great weather, Auckland is a big fish on a small island and a swank city in a rural country. You may wish to visit the Sky Tower, which is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, standing 328 meters, or 1,076 feet - which may not sound very tall, until you jump off it! The Sky Jump is 11 seconds of free fall from the platform at the top of Sky Tower to the base. Your life will pass before your

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South America Cruise

13th January - 30th January 2012 Friday, 13th & Saturday, 14th January Meet the tour leader at Malta International airport at 5.45am for check-in on Air Malta flight KM100 departing to London Heathrow at 07.50am. Upon arrival in London you may wish to go to London centre for a few hours of shopping or personal sightseeing. For those of you who have opted to go to Central London we recommend that you are back at London Heathrow by no later than 6.00pm in order to be in time for our next flight which will take us to our destination Santiago via Sao Paolo. We land at 1.10pm on the 14th January, local time in the Santiago. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel in Santiago. Rest of the day at leisure. Should you wish to make some personal sight seeing we recommend a visit the Palacio de la Moneda Chile’s Presidential Palace is lo¬cated on the Plaza de la Constitución in downtown San¬tiago. Another attraction not to be missed is Plaza de Armas, the historical center of Santiago, artists crowd this square selling their beautiful creations. From Cerro San Cristóbal, Santiago’s larg¬est park and second-highest hill, you can see breathtaking views of the capital with the snowcapped Andes in the dis¬tance. Overnight in Santiago.

eyes…. twice! The ship shall depart from port at 6 p.m. and so you shall have enough time to prepare for the upcoming evening. Wednesday, 30th November This morning we arrive at the Bay of Islands, our final stop. You may wish to visit one or more of the various seaside villages (landing by tender). With its warm azure waters, golden beaches and some of the bluest skies on the planet, Bay of Islands is a magnet for holiday makers! Some 150 isles, many still secluded, and a handful of coastal towns make up New Zealand’s favorite holiday haven. Waitangi is your historic hotbed imbued in Maori myth and legends. Then there’s Russell, the tranquil fishing town, Kerikeri with its wineries and orchards, and pretty Paihia, with its semi-central location - the perfect jumping-off point to everything the beautiful Bay of Islands has to offer. If swimming alongside dolphins or trawling for the catch of the day isn’t thrilling enough, take a powerboat through The Hole in The Rock. This natural passageway was crafted by salt, surf and wind. The opening is around 240 ft wide, but from a distance it looks really tiny. So hold on tight! Sneaking through it at turbo speed is an exhilarating experience to say the least! We set sail at 6 p.m. on the last leg of this wonderful and incredible cruise. Thursday, 01st December Today shall be a day at sea and so an ideal day to relax and unwind! Sun worshippers may lay down on a sun-bed or deck chair by the pool lapping in the sun whilst the more active and energetic clients may enjoy the various on-board activities, games, sports activities and aerobic classes. Friday, 02nd December This shall be our last day sailing and so you again have the opportunity to partake in the many activities organized by the ship’s animators. You may also opt to make the best from the various amenities offered on board, including gym, pools, rock climbing and many more. This evening make sure you enjoy our final day at sea and maybe dance the night away! Saturday, 03rd December Today we arrive in the port of Sydney at 9 a.m. This city is stylish, sophisticated, and is home to some of the friendliest people on the planet. This gateway to the Outback has it all: endless outdoor adventure around the harbor or in spots like the Blue Mountains. Golden sandy beaches named Bondi, Bilgola and Coogee. A bustling art and entertainment scene, countless museums, galleries and world-class restaurants. The Sydney Opera House is more than an architectural icon. There’s over 11 acres of floor space to cover. Take in a show or just pop in to admire its stately structure; the reception and concert halls both offer amazing views of Sydney’s sparkling harbor. And a stroll along the shoreline at sunset is a must! Return to the ship for your final evening and overnight on board this floating palace! Sunday, 04th December Breakfast is followed by disembarkation. Your coach shall then transfer you to Sydney Airport. Check-in for the Emirates flight departing for Dubai at 9.45 p.m. Monday, 05th December We shall arrive in Dubai at 5.20 a.m. and transit for our connecting Emirates flight to Malta, departing at 8.15 a.m. We should arrive in Malta at 1.20 p.m., certainly cherishing some wonderful memories of a truly unforgettable cruise.

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2799

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3099 3299

2949

3079 2849 2949 3999

4199 2299 2499

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3449 3699

3149

3279 3049 3149 4649

4849 2299 2499

Price Includes •Air Malta & British Airways flights Malta/London/Santiago-Buenos Aires /London / Malta •Airport transfers •One night Accommodation in Santiago •14-night South America Cruise onboard the Infinity by Celebrity Cruises on full board basis Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Onboard gratuities •Experienced tour manager

Notes; Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended

Sunday, 15th January After breakfast and check out, you will have a direct transfer from your hotel to Valparaiso Cruise Ship Terminal which takes approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival we go through the check-in formalities to embark on the Infinity by Celebrity Cruises. Once onboard you will experience a vessel shimmering in elegance and grandeur. Infinity will be your host for delightful dining and creative relaxation. State-of- the-art theaters provide the perfect environment for lavish Broadway and Vegas production shows. The AquaSpa provides guests over 40 ways to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. In-stateroom dining is available to guests 24 hours a day. Prepare yourself to fully experience this unforgettable journey through some of South America’s most spectacular ports of call as we leave the port of Valparaiso at 7.00pm Monday, 16th January Relaxing day at sea. This gives you the opportunity to relax and make use of the varied facilities which the Infinity has to offer. Join the aerobics class with qualified instructors on board or simply enjoy one of your favourite cocktails by the pool at the upper deck. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrillseeking fund. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at the Casino or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Tuesday, 17th January Our first port of call of this exciting itinerary is situated in an idyllic setting, surrounded by national parks, lakes and mountains. Puerto Montt. Imagine sipping fine Chilean wine and enjoying some sausage after a few hours of testing your skills on the bountiful trout waters in the area. Puerto Varas is just a few miles north of Puerto Montt. The beautiful little town looks out over Lake Llanquihue, one of the largest lakes in South America. The Vicente Perez Rosales National Park is northeast of Puerto Montt and it’s another spectacular setting in the Lake Region. The views from the Osorno Volcano up the Petrohue Valley are marvelous. The park has old-growth forests, beautiful waterfalls and exciting rafting along the Rio Petrohue River. Wednesday, 18th January Today will be spent cruising some of the most magnificent fjords in the world. As your eyes work their way up the jagged walls of mammoth glaciers, you may be rewarded with an Andean condor sighting. On the ocean’s surface, the Magellanic penguins always put on a good show.

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South America Cruise Thursday, 19th January Another day shall be spent at sea, this time cruising a 360-mile strait that isolates the Tierra del Fuego archipelago from the rest of the South American continent. This strait is named after the ambitious Portuguese explorer and mariner Ferdinand Magellan. You’ll retrace Magellan’s route as you make the shortest crossing from Atlantic to Pacific between two land masses this side of the Panama Canal. Friday, 20th January Our next port of call shall be Punta Arenas, the southernmost point on the contiguous South American continent. It overlooks the Strait of Magellan and Otway Sound, home to colonies of sea lions and Magellanic penguins. Punta Arenas is also one of the few places on earth where you can snow ski while looking out over an ocean. La Cruz Hill rises above Punta Arenas and offers a great view of the town and the Straits of Magellan. The Plaza de Armas is a beautiful square filled with trees and surrounded by stately buildings. In the center of the plaza is a statue dedicated to Admiral Ferdinand Magellan. The Salesian Churches in Punta Arenas were established by the nineteenth century Catholic charitable religious or¬der named for St. Francis de Sales. The churches include the Sanctuary María Auxiliadora and the Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Historical Museum of Magallanes is a Chilean Na¬tional Monument which is housed in the Braun-Menéndez mansion, two influential families in the city. Saturday, 21st January This morning the Infinity sets port in Ushuaia, talking about the end of the world is talking about Ushuaia. This is the southernmost city on the planet. Due to its location near the South Pole, it has approximately eighteen hours of sunlight in the summer, whereas in the winter, it only has seven or eight. In the Yámana language, “Ushuaia” means “bay looking onto the West”. Situated on the shores of the vast Beagle Channel, this beautiful city offers sceneries second to none. The forests, the mountains, the sea, the glaciers and the wind dominate the landscape. The city is surrounded by Mount Martial to the West and by Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the East. The modern buildings and typical constructions of these latitudes give shape to an extremely picturesque and colorful city in the eye of all visitors.

Infinity Sunday, 22nd January Today shall be spent cruising Cape Horn, the southernmost point of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, and the Americas for that matter. This is also the place you’ll find the confluence of the mighty Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Wildlife is abundant, and our onboard naturalist will be on hand to point out the highlights of this diverse ecosystem. The route around Cape Horn, prior to the Panama Canal and the transcontinental railroad, was important for trade and passenger ships taking goods and people from either coasts of the United States. Monday, 23rd January Today shall be spent at sea, so you will definitely have time to relax, enjoy the views and make the best of the amenities and facilities onboard. A chance for you to exchange conversation and pictures with your new found friends on board. The animators shall continuously keep you occupied as they would be organizing various activities throughout the day. Tuesday, 24th January Another port of call in Argentina is Puerto Madryn. Situated in the Patagonian province of Chubut, it is one of Argentina’s fastest growing cities, and a popular resort destination for beaches, sports and wildlife excursions. Puerto Madryn. The gateway to Patagonia, Puerto Madryn serves as a great base camp for explorers of all levels and abilities. You can venture into one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. This glacier-dotted landscape sometimes resembles a moonscape more than terra firma. Rich in wildlife and native flora, the Andean national parks and the Peninsula Valdes are also within reach of Puerto Madryn. Wednesday, 25th January Today shall be our last day at sea. Relax and make use of the varied facilities on board. Join the aerobic class with qualified instructors or simply let go by the pool. The ship’s animators will be organizing varied activities by the pool deck and other lounges (kindly consult your ship’s daily programme for timings). Every evening at sea sparkles with dazzling entertainment. Designed to indulge your individual preferences, Celebrity Cruises entertainment choices range from Broadway-style productions, captivating shows and lively discotheques to the glamour and excitement of Monte Carlo-style casino!!

Thursday, 26th January Today’s port of call is the “Saint-Tropez of Latin America” Punta del Este, a favorite summer playground of the rich and famous of southernmost South America, with a pristine 20-mile shoreline offering two distinctly different types of beaches. The Beaches of Punta Del Este and the surrounding area are some of the most beautiful and popular in all of South America. From Playa (beach) los Inglese near the southern point all the way up the coast to Playa Jose Ignacio…just pick a spot in the sand…you can’t go wrong. The Meteorological Station provides a great view of the surrounding area. Plaza Artigas is a great street market where talented artisans offer visitors a wide selection of well made crafts. Gorlero Avenue is lined with wonderful restaurants, cafes and chic outlets for those in need of serious retail therapy. The Faro de Punta Del Este is located near the southern point and is the symbol of the city, this lighthouse was built in the mid 1800s and the views of the surrounding waters and coastline are simply beautiful. Friday, 27th January The Infinity today will call in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital and by far its largest city. Montevideo is a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life. Stretching nearly 20km from east to west, the city wears many faces, from its industrial port to the exclusive residential suburb of Carrasco near the airport. In the historic downtown business district, art deco and neoclassical buildings jostle for space alongside grimy, worn-out skyscrapers that appear airlifted from Havana or Ceauşescu’s Romania, while across town the shopping malls and modern high-rises of beach communities like Punta Carretas and Pocitos bear more resemblance to Miami or Copacabana. This walking city is a haven of open-air cafés and European-inspired squares. Don’t miss the Museo de Gaucho, a fascinating look into the cowboy life, South American style.

This cosmopolitan business center is rich in charm and culture. There are opera houses, museums and cathedrals that rival any in Europe. Puerto Madero, the city’s oldest port, has been transformed into a vibrant restaurant and boutique center. The political heart of Buenos Aires is the Plaza de Mayo, in El Centro along the Avenida de Mayo, which is touted as one of the world’s widest avenues. It is named for the start of Ar-gentina’s independence movement on May 25, 1810. The plaza is surrounded by many capital landmarks, namely the Casa Rosada, the presi¬dential palace, the Cabildo, the colonial city headquarters, the Metropolitan Cathedral, with the adjacent Mausoleum of San Martin, the tomb of the national independence patriot, the cur¬rent City Hall and the oldest monument in Buenos Aires, and the May Pyramid, built in 1811. In the evening you will be instructed to leave your luggage outside your stateroom as bags are transported ashore by Celebrity Cruises personnel early next morning. Sunday, 29th January Enjoy one last breakfast on board, before you’re called to disembark. A private coach will take the group to Buenos Aires International Airport for flight check-in on British Airways flight BA246 departing at 1.15pm. Sit back and enjoy the flight. Monday, 30th January Upon arrival in London at 7.15am, stay in transit for your connecting flight to Malta on KM101 departing at 11.25am to arrive at 3.40pm local time. embark. A private coach will take the group to Buenos Aires International Airport for flight check-in on British Airways flight BA246 departing at 1.15pm. Sit back and enjoy the flight.

Saturday, 28th January Our final port of call and port of disembarkation is Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the Tango, also known as the Paris of the South.

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Costa Classica

China, Vietnam & Singapore Cruise

23rd October - 7th November 2011 Sunday, 23rd October Check-in at the Malta International Airport at 1.30 p.m. for check in on the Emirates flight to Dubai departing at 3.40 p.m. After arriving in Dubai at 00.40 a.m. (early on the 24th Oct), transfer to your connecting flight to Shanghai, departing at 2.50 a.m.

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Monday, 24th October Our Emirates flight is scheduled to arrive in Shanghai at 3.30 p.m. (local time). Transfer to the sea passenger terminal for embarkation on our ship. The Costa Classica is one of the best loved ships in the Costa fleet, perhaps because of its welcoming and surprising personality or the recently refurbished beauty of its furnishings, or perhaps simply because it is a modern and comfortable ship on which to travel in total relaxation. The classical style and refinement of its environments make the ship a voyage of discovery in itself. The interior has been designed with care down to the smallest detail, while the upper decks provide an unsurpassable view. After some time to settle down and relax we suggest you tour the ship so as to familiarize yourselves with the various decks and lounges.

VIETNAM

HO CHI MINH CITY

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Price Includes •Flights Malta-Shangai/ Singapore-Malta on Emirates •Transfers Shanghai airport to ship & ship to Singapore airport •14 Day cruise on the Costa Classica on full board basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Airport taxes & fuel surcharge •Port taxes & fuel surcharge

Extras : •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended •On-board gratuities •China entry visa ( compulsary to join this tour)

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Tuesday, 25th October Today the ship shall remain docked, and so, after breakfast you may wish to explore the incredible city of Shanghai, the largest city in the People’s Republic of China and is now an international metropolis which is expected to overtake the great western centres. The economic liveliness and growing modernisation are clearly shown by the skyscrapers in the Pudong financial district. This city is known throughout the world by various colourful nicknames, which highlight a variety of different features, for example “Paris of the East”, “Queen of the East” or “Pearl of the Orient”. Its origins are uncertain, but by the 11th century Shanghai was already one of the Chinese Empire’s commercial centres. One may retrace the stages of the city’s history in the Shanghai Museum (founded in 1952). The ship sets sail at 7 p.m. so be sure to be on an outside deck to enjoy our departure. Evening performances of West-end style shows and entertainment are offered daily after dinner. Wednesday, 26th October Today shall be our first day spent cruising, and so it would be appropriate to explore the numerous amenities and activities offered on board. You will be spoilt with all the choices varying from sunbathing by the pool, whirlpools, shopping, aerobics, exercising in the fitness centre, casino and much more. The ship’s animators will organize activities and entertain guests in the pool area and other lounges. Thursday, 27th October Today after a stupendous breakfast we suggest that you explore the first call of port – the Japanese port of Naha, located on Okinawa prefecture’s main island, situated 600 kilometres southwest of Japan in the middle of the East China Sea. Okinawa consists of a few dozen small islands in the southern half of the Nansei Shoto, the island chain which stretches over about one thousand kilometres from Kyushu to Taiwan. The seas surrounding Okinawa’s islands are considered among the world’s most beautiful with coral reefs and abundant marine wildlife. Consequently, snorkelling and scuba diving are among Okinawa’s top attractions. Shuri Castle (Shurijo) served as the administrative centre and residence of the Ryukyu. The current buildings are beautiful reconstructions dating from 1992. In Naha you can also visit Shikinaen, which was constructed in the late 17th century as the second residence of Ryukyu royalty. It features beautiful, relatively simple, wooden palace buildings in a typical Okinawan style, red tile roofs and a spacious Japanese style landscape garden. While designed in a style seen elsewhere in Japan, the garden is given a distinct Okinawan flavour by its buildings and subtropical flora. After setting sail, at 6 p.m., time to prepare for dinner and the exciting evening activities on-board. Friday, 28th October After a leisurely breakfast, be on deck as we sail into port (at noon), this time in Taiwan. The port of Keelung, is a major port city in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders Taipei County and forms the Taipei-

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Keelung metropolitan area together with the City and County of Taipei. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and its important maritime role, the city is Taiwan’s second largest seaport. We suggest a visit to Chung Cheng Park (Kang Park) where one finds a 25-metre high white statue of Goddess of Mercy in the park, which has become one of the landmarks of Keelung. The park built over three levels contains a historic canon fort, a Buddhist library and a Temple and overlooks Keelung City and harbour. Return to the ship in time for the departure (at 7 p.m.). Saturday, 29th October After a late breakfast enjoy the wonderful atmosphere on board throughout the day! Join in the various activities organized by the entertainment team. For the children and teenagers, the Teen’s Zone & Squok Club, specifically designed to entertain them throughout the day with exciting games, sports and other activities will keep them occupied and happy. Sunday, 30th October Today’s port of call shall be at the “Special Administrative Region of China” – Hong Kong. This bustling territory comprises the island of the same name, 259 other islands in the South China Sea, as well as areas of the mainland around the Kowloon Peninsula and in the so-called “New Territories”. One may wish to visit Victoria Peak, so as to enjoy the incomparable view of the city’s harbour and its many great attractions: Aberdeen Village and the Soho district, Hollywood Road, the Bird Market and the park of the fortified city of Kowloon. Not to be missed is a visit to the temple of Man Mo, one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most famous shrines, consecrated to the gods of war and literature. You may wish to also visit Stanley, located on the southern coast of the island. It is a very colourful and lively district and has one of the city’s busiest markets where there is no shortage of fabrics, silk, traditional Chinese costumes, artistic products, souvenirs and handcrafted items. Not far down the road is the Tin Hau temple that was built in 1767 and used as a shelter during the First World War. The Kowloon Peninsula meanwhile is the cultural centre of the region: the Tsim Sha Tsui district is home to the Space Museum, the History Museum, and the Science Museum, as well as the Hong Kong Museum of Art with its exhibitions of Chinese and Asian art. After an intense day sightseeing and a late dinner, the ship shall depart from Asia’s prime tourist destination at midnight. Monday, 31st October Today shall be another day at sea and so another day to relax and unwind! Sun worshippers may lay down on a sun-bed or deck chair by the pool lapping in the sun whilst the more active and energetic clients may enjoy the various on-board activities, games, sports activities and aerobic classes. As cruising is also a great family vacation the ship’s animation team offer special programmes for all our ‘sailors’, whatever their age – from toddlers till teenagers! Sunday, 01st November At 8 a.m. we shall dock in the port of Halong Bay located in the north-east of Vietnam and not only boasts a rich history, but also outstanding natural scenery. The country has a generally hot and

humid, typically equatorial climate. The geography is also varied, with equatorial plains, temperate highlands and mountainous summits, culminating in the 3142-metre peak of Fan Si Pan. The climate has given rise to tropical forest, which is rich and luxuriant in the south and deciduous in the north. The country boasts five national parks: Bach Ma in the centre, Nam Cat Tien in the south and Ba Be Lake, Cuc Phuong and Cat Ba in the north. The latter is actually on the main island of Halong Bay, approximately 120 kilometres from Hanoi, northeast of the Bac Bo river delta. You may wish to take a boat ride to see what the Vietnamese consider the eighth wonder of the world and you will understand why as soon as you see it. It is a spectacular bay studded with calcareous islands and islets that form one of the most amazing natural spectacles in the world. The bay’s name means “where the dragon descends into the sea”. You may wish to take a boat trip to see one of the great wonders of the natural world: Halong Bay and you will be amazed by its luxuriant, unspoilt natural setting. You can also explore the market of Bai Chay, an ideal place to buy local products. Enjoy a late lunch and afterwards be on an upper deck as we depart at 4 p.m. Monday, 02nd November Our next port of call shall again be in Vietnam – this time we visit Da-Nang the fourth largest city of the country. In the 19th century the city underwent major commercial development, so much so that it was soon home to the most important port in central Vietnam, on the South China Sea. In 1965 Da Nang was one of the main landing ports of the US Army, who consequently created a large military base. The city nowadays boasts a population of 400,000 and its main tourist destination is the Cham museum, which lifts the lid on the traditions and customs of the people of the ancient Champa kingdom that governed here from 192–1697 A.D. before dissolving completely in 1832. The museum was opened in 1915 and is home to over 300 sculptures and bas-reliefs from the Cham Temples and Towers of Central Vietnam. Equally beautiful and famous are the views from the Marble Mountains to the south of the city, an area made up of 5 limestone hills, each with caves, pagodas and sacred altars. These caves were used as Buddhist sanctuaries. The Da Nang region is one of the most beautiful in Vietnam, also in terms of its landscapes and nature. Ha Long Bay, with its limestone formations, caves, cliffs, stacks and little islands is one of the most charming locations in the country, and is reminiscent of the islands just off the western coast of Thailand. Located 10km from the city centre is the peninsula of Son Tra with its beautiful beach, lush vegetation and various species of animals and birds. Son Tra is a National Park with rare monkeys and turtles that here live in their perfect natural habitat. Also close to Da Nang is the interesting city of Hoi An. Must sees here include the temple of Thien Hau, goddess of the sea and protector of fishermen and sailors, and the Japanese covered bridge, originally built in 1593 and lather reconstructed in 1986The ship departs at 8p.m. and after another wonderful dinner enjoy the rest of the evening in one of the various bars or else in the night-club. Tuesday, 03rd November Day at sea. All the fantastic facilities of the ship are available for you to enjoy. Stroll the ample decks, enjoy the sun and join in the

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China, Vietnam & Singapore Cruise

Louis Cruises

3 Continents & Istanbul Cruise

many leisure activities aboard. Tonight you may relax and enjoy the highly professional evening show followed by a visit to the Casino! Wednesday, 04th November After an early breakfast we suggest you explore our next port of call, the famous city of Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon and the largest city in Vietnam. Located close to the delta of the Mekong River on the western shore of the Saigon River, this city was Cambodia’s principal port before being conquered by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. The city was originally called ‘Prey Nokor’ which means “city of the forest” in the Khmer language, a name still used today in Cambodia. When in 1975 the North Vietnamese troops took over Saigon, the city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City and the country was reunified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Despite the fact that the name of city was changed, it is still referred to “Saigon” in spoken language although this only refers the city centre. The most populated area is Cholon, the Chinese district, with its fascinating market and interesting architecture notable for its numerous pagodas. Of the colonial architecture, particularly noteworthy are the extremely well-conserved City Hall, the Municipal Theatre, constructed during French rule and recently restored, and the neo-Roman Notre Dame Cathedral built between 1877 and 1880. The former presidential palace was built in 1868 as the palace of the French Governor and was later the residence of Ngo Dinh Diem: bombarded and completely destroyed during the war it was rebuilt from scratch and re-named the Hall of Reunification. Finally, also worth a visit are the commemorative museums such as the Museum of the Revolution and the War Remnants Museum, and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Located around 40km north-west of Ho Chi Minh City, this 500kms network of tunnels was used by the Vietcong during the Indochina and Vietnam wars. Thursday, 05th November This shall be your last full day on board and as there are no ports of call you again have the opportunity to partake in the many activities organized by the ship’s animators. You may also opt to make the best from the various amenities offered on board, including the gym, pools, the shopping centre and many more. This evening make sure you enjoy our final day at sea and dance the night away as you certainly cherish some wonderful memories of a truly unforgettable cruise. Friday, 06th November This morning the ship shall dock in the port of Singapore - a city of a thousand faces. After breakfast we suggest that you explore this wonderful city. Visit the exotic Little India district where you may see the sumptuous Temple of a Thousand Lights amongst others and the colonial splendor of the Parliament Building, the Victoria Theatre and the Empress Place Building, the Thian Hock Keng Temple in the China Town district, which is the cultural centre of Singapore. In the Islamic district, which is the centre of the textile manufacturing industry such as batik, silks, sarongs and fabrics one should also visit the Sultan Mosque. Singapore also has plenty of museums such as the Singapore History Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum, one of the most important in South East Asia, with some very precious collections. The Singapore Art Museum exhibits locally produced contemporary works of art and others from South East Asia. After a day sightseeing, return to the ship for an early dinner followed by transfer to the airport in time for check-in for our Emirates flight. Saturday, 07th November Flight departure from Singapore is at 1.20 a.m., and you should arrive in Dubai at 4.45 a.m. Our onward flight departs at 8.35 a.m. and you should arrive in Malta at 2 p.m. after a brief stop in Cyprus.

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Date Visiting Arrival Departure Fri, 12th Aug

Flight Malta-Athens followed by transfer to port & embarkation on Louis Cruises Cristal 11am

Sat, 13th Aug Istanbul (Turkey) 10 am Sun,14th Aug Mykonos (Greece) 3 pm Mon,15th Aug Day at sea Tue, 16th Aug Ashdod (Israel) 7 am Wed,17th Aug Port Said/Alexandria (Egypt) 5.30 am Thu, 18th Aug Crete (Greece) 5 pm Athens - End of cruise. Disembarkation Frid, 19th Aug

Sat, 20th Aug

Sun, 21st Aug

Mon, 22nd Aug

Tue, 23rd Aug

Price Per Person in €

3 Continents & Istanbul Cruise Twin

EBD Inside Stateroom Window Stateroom

NRM

Triple EBD

NRM

Quad

EBD NRM

Single EBD

Child

NRM

EBD

NRM

1379 1579

1299 1432

1239 1339 1799 1999

599

699

1459

1339 1472 1279 1379 1959 2159

599

699

1659

Splendours of Greece & Turkey

8 pm 9.30 pm 8 pm 7.45 pm 8.30 pm

and transfer to hotel. Evening optional visit to a typical Greek folklore restaurant (dinner incl.) 9 am After breakfast optional excursion visiting the ancient town of Corinth Breakfast followed by an optional day excursion visiting Delphi This morning, after breakfast, we offer you an optional morning excursion visiting the Cape of Sounion Early morning transfer from hotel to Airport. Our coach shall transfer us in time to check-in for our return flight, which departs at 6.20 a.m. We should arrive in Malta at 7 a.m.

Splendours Of Greece & Turkey

Inside Stateroom

1319 1519

1239

1372 1199 1299 1719 1919

589

689

Date Visiting Arrival Departure

Window Stateroom

1409 1609

1299

1432 1239 1339 1819 2019 589

689

Fri, 02nd Sep

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Children

Folklore (with meal)

44

24

Delphi

58

29

30

15

Corinth

58

29

Cape sounion

Price Includes • Airmalta flights Malta - Athens - Malta

Sat, 03rd Sep Sun, 04th Sep Mon, 05th Sep Tue, 06th Sep Wed, 07th Sep Thu, 08th Sep Fri, 09th Sep

Sat, 10th Sep

Sun,11th Sep

• 7 nights on board the Louis Cruises’ ship Cristal on Full Board basis

• 4 nights in a Sup. Tourist Class Hotel in central Athens

• Coach Transfers (from/to airport/hotel/sea port) • Airport Taxes, Airmalta Fuel Surcharge, Port Charges & Service Charge • Tour Leader

Mon, 12th Sep Tue, 13th Sep

Early morning flight Malta-Athens followed by transfer to city centre. Afternoon transfer to port & embark on Louis Cruises Cristal 4.25 am

Istanbul (Turkey) Istanbul (Turkey) Mykonos (Greece) Patmos (Greece) Kusadasi (Turkey) Rhodes (Greece) Crete (Greece) Santorini (Greece) Athens - End of cruise.

3 pm 7 pm 3 pm 7 am 2.30 pm 7 am 7 am 5 am

11.59 pm 10.30 am 8.30 pm 6.00 pm 11.30 am 9.00 pm

Disembarkation and transfer to hotel. Evening optional visit to a typical Greek folklore restaurant (dinner incl.) 6 am After breakfast optional excursion visiting the ancient town of Corinth Breakfast followed by an optional day excursion visiting Delphi This morning, after breakfast, we offer you an optional morning excursion visiting the Cape of Sounion Early morning transfer from hotel to Airport. Our coach shall transfer us in time to check-in for our return flight, which departs at 6.20 a.m.

EXTRAS : •(Excursions whilst cruising can only be purchased on board the ship) •Travel Insurance is optional but highly recommended •On board Gratuities (Approx. €56 per adult & €28 per child)

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Malta to Malta

Mein Schiff

Corsica, Monaco & Italy

Greece & Turkey

*On the 26/05/2011 the ship will anchor off Villefranche because of the Formula One race

EBD=Early Booking Discount Book by 30th November

Twin

Inside B Triple Quad

NRM

NRM

NRM

Sightseeing Corsica, Monaco & Italy Cruise Civitavecchia - Rome Livorno - Florence Monaco - Nice and Eze Ajaccio - Ajaccio and Prunelli Gorge

Outside B Twin Triple Quad NRM NRM

NRM NRM

NRM

Twin NRM

EBD = EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT VALID UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER 2010 / NRM = Normal Prices children(2-14 years): Euro 169 which includes all taxes, tips, excursions, insurance infants (6-23 months): Euro 99 which includes all taxes, tips, excursions, insurance supplement for family veranda on top of the balcony price (max 5 pax): 01 may-19 Jun & 25 Sep - 30 Oct: Euro 200 per adult supplement for family veranda on top of the balcony price (max 5 pax): 26 June - 18 Sep: Euro 400 per adult single supplement on the twin rate of the applicable category: 70 %

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EBD=Early Booking Discount Book by 30th November

Balcony Triple Quad NRM

Sightseeing

NRM

Inside Cat. B Twin Triple Quad NRM

NRM

NRM

Piraeus (Greece) - Athens Kusadasi (Turkey) - Ephesus & Kusadasi Town Island of Mykonos (Greece) - Mykonos Town Catania (Italy) - Taormina & Catania

Outside Cat. C Twin Triple Quad NRM

NRM

The Cruise Price Includes; 7 nights accommodation in the cabin of your choice • meals in almost all restaurants • drinks all inclusive as per all inclusive bar menu • sightseeing in ports of call • access into the spa area • on board gratuities and service charges • port taxes and porterage • basic travel insurance • Maltese representative

NRM

Twin

Balcony Triple Quad

NRM

NRM

NRM

Important notice The Official language onboard TUI Cruises, Mein Schiff is German as the vast majority of guests onboard would be German nationals

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Fly, Cruise & Stay

19th -25th May

Norwiegian Epic

19th -25th October

Thursday, 19th May Meet the tour leader at 07.30 a.m. at the Malta International Airport and check-in for the Ryanair flight to Girona, which departs at 9.25 a.m. Arrival in Spain should be at 11.55 a.m. and our coach shall transfer us to our 3-star hotel in Lloret de Mar. After room check-in we offer an optional afternoon excursion visiting Tossa de Mar. Enjoy the drive along the spectacular Costa Brava coast before we arrive in Tossa. Besides enjoying some breathtaking views of the sandy beach below from the old fortress ruins, one may also enjoy some free time browsing amongst the souvenir shops found there. Back to our hotel in time for dinner.

Wednesday, 19th October Meet the tour leader at Malta International Airport at 5.30am for check in on the Air Malta flight departing to Rome at 7.30am. Upon your arrival in Rome you will be transferred by means of a private coach to Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal where you will board the incredible 155,000 ton NCL Epic, the Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative cruise ship ever. The ship sets sail at 7 p.m. Thursday, 20th October Our first port of call is Naples, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Naples, located in the southern part of Italy in the region of Campania, is the third most populated city in Italy, with over one million inhabitants. Naples sits on the northern edge of one of the most beautiful bays in Italy - the Bay of Naples. With its sunny climate, numerous historic and artistic sights, friendly people, great cuisine, and a gorgeous natural setting, Naples has long been a favourite destination in Italy for visitors. Ship sets sail at 7 p.m.

Friday, 20th May After breakfast we offer you an optional transfer to Port Aventura, southern Europe’s largest adventure theme park. Get ready to enjoy a whole day’s fun. Discover a fascinating paradise among palm trees, tropical birds and Polynesian dances. Stroll along the Great Wall of China and ride on the Dragon Khan. Witness a Maya ceremony, hear bullets of America’s Far West, or go down to the deep galleries of a Silver Mine on board the ‘El Diablo’ devil train. (The hotel will provide a basic packed lunch) We return to Lloret in time for dinner.

Price Per Person in € Twin

Triple

Quad

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

Inside Stateroom Cat IF

379

579

na

Inside Stateroom Cat ID

429

529

Balcony Stateroom Cat BF

529

Balcony Stateroom Cat B5

549

Single

Child

EBD NRM

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

na

na

na

649

849

na

na

419

549

399

499

699

899

299

399

729

na

na

na

na

749

949

na

na

749

539

669

529

629

799

999

299 399

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Afternoon tossa de mar

18

9

34

17

28

14

38

21

Day barcelona Port aventura (entr. Not inc.)

Children

Evening la siesta cabaret

Price Includes •Ryanair flight Malta to Girona (luggage allowance15kgs) •3 nights in a 3 star hotel in Lloret De Mar on Full Board basis •Transfer Girona airport to Hotel in Lloret De Mar •Transfer Hotel in Lloret De Mar to Barcelona Port •3 night cruise on the brand new NCL Epic on Full Board Basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Transfer from Civitavecchia to Rome Airport •Airmalta flight Rome to Malta •Airport taxes & charges •Tour Leader EXTRAS: •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended •On-board gratuities

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Saturday, 21st May After breakfast we offer you an optional day tour of Barcelona, including Plaza de Catalunya, the Ramblas, the Cathedral and the Gothic quarter. We then visit the Olympic complex on Mont Juic and stop for a panoramic view of the city. (The hotel will provide a basic packed lunch.) In the afternoon you might wish to visit the marvellous aquarium (entr. fee extra) of Barcelona. Return to Lloret de Mar in time for dinner at our hotel. Afterwards, you may wish to join our optional evening excursion when we visit the La Siesta Show for an unforgettable evening Cabaret Show. An extensive repertoire by Spanish and international dancers with excellent choreography and costumes as well as other attractions wind up a unique evening. Sunday, 22nd May After breakfast, our coach shall collect us from our hotel and transfer us to the port of Barcelona, where we embark on the incredible 155,000 ton NCL Epic, the Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest, largest and most innovative cruise ship ever. After assignment of cabins you may wish to explore the ship and its many facilities. At 6 p.m. the ship shall lift anchor and so make sure you are on one of the open decks so as to see Spain slowing disappearing on the horizon. We then shall prepare for the first of many mouth-watering meals! After dinner, one is spoilt for choice with the various activities available.

Price Per Person in € Twin

Triple

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

Inside Stateroom Cat IF

379

579

na

Inside Stateroom Cat ID

429

529

Balcony Stateroom Cat BF

529

Balcony Stateroom Cat B5

549

Quad

Single EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

na

na

na

649

849

na

na

419

549

399

499

699

899

299

399

729

na

na

na

na

749

949

na

na

749

539

669

529

629

799

999

299 399

Optional Excursions in €

Adults

Day Barcelona & Montserrat

44

Price Includes •Airmalta flight Malta to Rome

Monday, 23rd May You may wish to have a late buffet breakfast and enjoy a balmy day at sea! Enjoy a dip in the pool, try to win at bingo, learn some new dance steps, taste some new wines and make new friends. Indulge yourself in the beauty salon (extra charge) with a relaxing massage and facial or treat yourself to a new hairstyle and new-look nails. After a great show, enjoy a midnight snack and afterwards spend the rest of the night at the discotheque.

•Transfer from Rome Airport to Civitavecchia port

Tuesday, 24th May At 7 a.m. the ship docks in Livorno (Italy) and so after a mouth-watering breakfast you may wish to explore either Pisa or Florence. Pisa’s famous Square of Miracles is the place to see - the square is dominated by a number of beautiful buildings such as the Duomo, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Camposanto (the cemetery), and the most famous bell tower in the world - the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The ship shall depart at 7 p.m. for our last leg of our unforgettable holiday.

•2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Lloret De Mar on Full Board basis

Wednesday, 25th May This morning the ship will berth in Civitavecchia (port of Rome) at around 7 a.m. and so after breakfast and disembarkation you shall be transferred to Rome airport. The Airmalta flight departs Rome at 7.50 p.m. and shall arrive in Malta at 10.50 p.m. (with a stopover in Reggio). You will certainly cherish some wonderful memories of a truly unforgettable holiday.

Child

EBD NRM

•4 night cruise on the brand new NCL Epic on Full Board Basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Transfer from Barcelona Port to Hotel in Lloret De Mar

•Transfer Hotel in Lloret De Mar to Girona airport •Ryanair flight Malta to Girona (luggage allowance 15kgs) •Airport taxes & charges •Tour Leader EXTRAS: •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended •On-board gratuities

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Friday, 21st October Every day at sea is packed with activities, from deck games to entertainment. Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage, exercise or shop in the onboard boutiques. Take a dip in the pool. After a long day of activities and mind blowing cuisine, you’re probably in the mood to unwind and enjoy a bit of thrill-seeking fun. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to test your luck at a hand of blackjack or soak in the atmosphere in the lounge of your choice, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. The day is yours. Indulge! Saturday, 22nd October Our next port of call is Palma de Mallorca and so after an early breakfast we suggest you explore this quaint city. Here history and modernity melt together wrapped in the deep blue of the Mediterranean and its famous white-sand beaches. A landmark not to be missed is the dramatic Gothic cathedral, La Seu, which took about 500 years to build. Explore some of the interesting sights this island has to offer. The Palacio Almudaina, a former Arabic fortress and residence for Moorish Kings, visit Bellver Castle, a beautiful example of medieval military architecture. At 6 p.m. the ship shall lift anchor and so make sure you are on one of the open decks so as to see the island slowing disappearing on the horizon. Sunday, 23rd October The NCL Epic docks in Barcelona at 5 a.m. Enjoy your last breakfast onboard as your cruise comes to an end and wait till you are called to disembark. A private coach will transfer the group to your hotel located in the sea-side resort of Lloret de Mar, followed by assignment of rooms. Afternoon at leisure or you may wish to join the tour leader for a stroll through Lloret de Mar, considered to be one of the top tourist resorts due to the variety of hotels, establishments, night-clubs, bars and discotheques etc. Dinner in hotel and after, you may wish to visit the casino to try your luck. Monday, 24th October After an early breakfast, we offer you an optional day excursion visiting Barcelona and the spectacular Benedictine Montserrat Monastery. We begin our day by stopping at the famous Sagrada Familia followed by a visit to Plaza de Catalunya, the Ramblas, the Cathedral and the Gothic quarter. We then visit the Olympic complex on Mont Juic and stop for a panoramic view of the city (a basic packed lunch included). In the afternoon we drive to the Monsterrat Monastery, founded in the 11th Century, and located amidst a national park which makes it one of the most spectacular of all of Spain’s natural sights. The monastery is famous for the ‘Black Virgin’ icon, which was supposedly hidden there by Saint Peter. We shall then return to our hotel in the late afternoon in time to prepare for dinner. Tuesday, 25th October At approximately 03.30am, the group will be transferred by means of a private coach to Girona airport for flight check in on Ryanair flight leaving to Malta at 06.40am to arrive at 09:00am.

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Beauty Salon

Grand Voyager

Sports & Activities

Pearls of the Mediterranean Casino Beauty Salon

Grand Voyager Commercial Galleries Casino

Thermal Pearls ofArea the Mediterranean I

Day Port Arrive Depart Sports & Activities Mon Malta 21:00 Tue La Goulette 08:00 14:00 Wed At Sea -- -Thur Valencia 08:00 17:00 Fri Barcelona 08:00 14:00 Sat Ajaccio 08:00 14:00 Thermal Area Sun Trapani 13:00 21.00 Mon Malta 13:00 Sailing Dates: Sep 9, 16, 23 & 30; Oct 7, 13, 21 & 28; Beauty Salon Nov 4, 11, 18 & 25 ** Itinerary may vary by sailing date

Hydrotherapy & Massage Grand Voyager Voyager is a Commercial modern ship Galleries

Pearls of the Mediterranean II Day Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon

Port Arrive Malta La Goulette 08:00 At Sea -- Malaga 10:30 Palma de Mallorca13:00 Cagliari 14:00 Trapani 08:00 Malta 08:00

Depart 15:00 14:00 -16:00 19:00 20:00 15:00

Sailing Dates: Apr 8, 22 & 29; May 6, 13, 20 Sports & Activities ** Itinerary may vary by sailing date

Pearls of the Mediterranean II

The Grand with all the amenities of a Premium cruise line. The most striking feature is her speed, the Grand Voyager is capable of covering large amounts of Massage Treatments territory with littleand effort; since no other cruise Hydrotherapy ship is as fast as her. & Massage

Casino

Thermal Area

Pearls of the Mediterranean I

Grand Voyager Commercial Galleries

Nightlife Massage and Treatments

Sports & Activities

Hydrotherapy & Massage

Beauty Salon

Sports & Activities

Massage and Treatments

Casino

Thermal Area

Nightlife

Grand Voyager Commercial Galleries

Pool Facilities Nightlife

Thermal Area

Grand Voyager

Owner/Operator: Iberojet Pool Facilities Year built: 2000 Builder: Blohm + Voss, Hamburg, Germany Former names: Olympic Voyager, Voyager ger Commercial Gross Tonnage 24,391 Length: 180.7 m (590.5 ft) Beam: 25.6 m (83.6 ft) Passengers (normal): 832 Passengers (maximum): 922 Crew: 360 Service speed: 28.0 kn

y & Massage

Treatments

Pool Facilities

Hydrotherapy & Massage

Massage and Treatments

Nightlife

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East Med Mini-Cruises

Costa Favolosa

Venice to Istanbul 15th - 25th July

Costa Favolosa

The brand new & amazing Costa Favolosa: Regal in style, and in every detail The most beautiful fairy tale ship to sail the sea. The new flagship of the Costa fleet will make you feel as though you’re in an enchanted castle that’s sailing across the sea. You’ll find it’s the perfect combination of magical settings and the most advanced entertainment technology.

Price Per Person in €

Twin EBD Inside Stateroom Window Stateroom Balcony Stateroom

Triple

Quad

NRM

EBD

NRM

EBD NRM

899 1099

869

999

769

979

Single EBD

869 1299

NRM 1499

Child EBD

NRM

499 599

1179

899

1029

779

779 1399 1599

499 599

1049 1249

959

1089

789

889

499 599

1599 1799

Price Includes •Ryanair flight Malta to Treviso (luggage allowance15kgs) •2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Venice Mestre on bed & breakfast basis

Date Itinerary Arrival Departure

•4 night cruise on the brand new Costa Favolosa on Full Board Basis

Fri, 15th July Sat, 16th July Sun, 17th July Mon, 18th July Tue, 19th July Wed, 20th July Thur, 21st July Fri, 22nd July Sat, 23rd July Sun, 24th July Mon, 25th July

•Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •4 nights in a 3 star hotel in Istanbul on bed & breakfast basis •Airmalta flight Istanbul to Malta •Airport taxes & charges

Extras : •Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended •On-board gratuities

09.10am -- -- 11.30am 08.00am 08.00am 7.30am -- -- -- --

11.10am -6.00pm 2.30pm 1.00pm 2.30pm ----09.55am

Istanbul to Venice 15th - 21th September

Price Per Person in € Twin

Inside Stateroom

Ryanair flight Malta - Treviso Day at leisure in Venice Embark on Costa Favolosa Bari, Italy Katakolon, Greece Izmir, Turkey Istanbul, day at leisure Day at leisure in Istanbul Day at leisure in Istanbul Day at leisure in Istanbul Airmalta flight back to Malta

Triple

Quad

Single

EBD

NRM

EBD

NRM

EBD NRM

EBD

NRM

499

699

469

599

429

529

249

349

Window Stateroom

589

789

559

689

449

549 249

349

Balcony Stateroom

679

879

649

779

679

779 249

349

Child EBD

NRM

Price Includes •Airmalta flight from Malta to Istanbul •*3 night cruise on the brand new Costa Favolosa on Full Board Basis •3 nights in a 3 star hotel in Venice Mestre on bed & breakfast basis •Daily entertainment and use of onboard facilities •Port taxes & fuel surcharge •Ryanair flight from Treviso to Malta (luggage allowance15kgs)

Extras : • Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended • On-board gratuities

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Date Itinerary Arrival Departure Thur, 15th Sep Airmalta flight to Istanbul Embark on Costa Favolosa -- 05.50am Fri, 16th Sep Day at sea -- -Sat, 17th Sep Dubrovnik 12.00pm 5.30pm Sun,18th Sep Disembark in Venice 10.00am -Mon,19th & Tue 20thSep Day at leisure in Venice -- -Wed,21st Sep Ryanair flight Treviso - Malta -- 9.30pm

General Conditions Holidays in the programme have been planned and are operated by Mondial (owned and operated by Allied Travel Service Ltd) and by SMS Travel (owned and operated by S. Mifsud & Sons Ltd) hereby jointly referred to as “the Company” and / or “the Tour Operator”. To ensure maximum client satisfaction, we want you to enjoy your holiday to the full and return both satisfied and relaxed, and above all, convinced that you have been given good value for money. The General Conditions have been laid out to ensure that the deal between the Tour Operator and the client is clear and fair to both parties. These conditions cover virtually every aspect of your holiday from the moment you book to the moment you arrive back home. As we want everyone to know where they stand with us, the General Conditions clearly spell out our obligations to you and your commitments to us when you book a holiday with us from our brochure.

that proper arrangements have been made for all the holidays which are advertised in this brochure. You will appreciate, however, that we have no direct control over the provision of services to you by suppliers. 4. If We Change Your Holiday Arrangements

a) Before departure date We plan our holidays to give you the maximum enjoyment. Although it is unlikely, we may occasionally have to change your holiday arrangements and we reserve the right to do so any time. For instance, Flight timings may change, a hotel may close down or be overbooked, we may have to amend an itinerary, or sales of that holiday may not reach a level which would be economical for us to operate. If we have to make any changes, we will inform you or your Travel Agent as soon as is reasonably possible before departure. b) After Your Holiday Has Commenced OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU Very occasionally it may be necessary, due to unforeseen circumstances, to change a hotel or some other part of your holi1. Your Reservation Once you have completed and signed the booking form and day arrangement after your holiday has commenced, in which paid your deposit of €700 per cabin on and have been issued event we will do our best to maintain the overall standard of a receipt by your travel agent, the booking is taken as con- the holiday arrangements. firmed and it is understood that you have read and accepted the accompanying terms and conditions. We will reserve your 5. If We Cancel Your Holiday Arrangements holiday. Your booking is also taken to be confirmed in respect We may occasionally have to cancel your holiday arrangements. For instance sales of that holiday may not reach a of all persons travelling in your party. level which would be economical for us to operate (minimum number of persons required to operate a tour is 30). We re2. Our Price Policy Prices in this brochure are valid at the time of publication. It serve the right in any circumstances to cancel your holiday is possible that at the time of booking, the actual price of your and, in this event, we will return to you all the money you chosen holiday may have increased from that shown in the have paid us or will offer you an alternative holiday to purbrochure which we reserve the right to do. We guarantee that chase of comparable standard if available. In the unlikely the price of your holiday will not be subject to any surcharge event we have to cancel your trip, (unless for reasons beyond whatsoever. Once you have made your booking and paid a our control, i.e. industrial action, natural disasters, terrorist deposit, then the cost of your holiday cannot be increased, activities, breakdown of aircraft or ship etc.), the Tour Operaexcept in the case of substantial currency fluctuations and/ tor will refund you all money paid for the cost of your holiday or increase of taxes or levies and/or aircraft fuel increases plus, the following amounts as compensation (per person):imposed by airlines. A service charge of 3% of the cost of the holiday is being levied. The amount is included at the end of Notification more than 15 days before departure nil each programme together with the taxes. Prices for children Notification between 8-14 days - €25 are applicable for children under 12 years of age that are shar- Notification between 0-7 days - €50 ing with 2 adults. 6. Your Flight Details of your airlines we anticipate utilising are shown in 3. Our Assurance on Standards and Assumption of Liability Our brochure descriptions are based on the information ob- the programme. The right is reserved to substitute alternative tained from hoteliers and other service producers themselves. airlines and/or aircraft if necessary. Only flight timings are Hotel rooms and ship cabins are always small, (sometimes very subject to confirmation and alteration. Our reservation system small). The Tour Operator only work with hotels & vessels hav- will show the latest timings as advised to us. Please check your ing single or twin/double bedded rooms. A room/cabin for 2 flight tickets as soon as you receive them as they will show the passengers may either consist of two separate beds or a mat- final timing for your flights. Some flights may have intermedirimonial bed (which can also mean two beds pushed together ate stops en route and as factors effecting this are not alirrespective of gender). Triple or quadruple bedded rooms are ways known before departure date we cannot always notify never available. A third or a fourth person wanting to share you in advance. Flights are subject to the granting of permits a twin/double bedded room, will most probably be given ei- and licenses by authorities both in Malta and overseas. In the ther a small extra folding ‘camp’ bed, a bunk bed, or a sofa event of your flight arrangements being changed or cancelled bed, which will make accommodation quite uncomfortable. as outlined in this section and sections 4 and 5, we accept no In America three or four persons wanting to share a room will liability for extra costs or consequential loss arising, directly always be given just two matrimonial beds, (separate beds for or indirectly, from any independent contract arrangements beeach person are not available). When two persons book a room tween the client and a third party. All flights are non-smoking. for two, the Tour Operator reserves the right to either provide two separate beds or a large matrimonial bed. All hotels pro- 7. Conditions Of Carriage vided are not air-conditioned and no fans will be provided, not Transport of any kind is subject to the conditions of carriage even during extreme heat waves, (unless clearly specified in of the company providing that trip. These conditions are likely the programme). Breakfast is only provided when specified, to embody the provisions of the law of the country of the comand when provided is always continental unless specified. pany concerned or are likely to be subject to international Lunches and dinners are always served on three courses. No conventions with government(s), any of which may limit or choice of food will be provided, neither changes can be ac- exclude the liability of the carrier (airline, coach,ship, etc.). cepted (e.g. having meat instead of fish). Portions served are always small/moderate in size. When buffet meals are provid- YOUR COMMITMENT TO US ed a choice is available. Drinks, including water, during meals are always to be paid extra. Use of minibar, telephone and T.V. 1. Booking Form And Deposits in rooms is also chargeable to the client. Unless clearly speci- Your completed booking form showing all clients’ names as fied all entrance fees to museums and shows, boat trips, metro specified in your passport, must be accompanied by the apor cable car are always extra. All optional excursions are extra propriate deposit. No deposit is payable for infants under two and unless clearly specified they only include transportation years of age at the time of outbound travel. Holiday insurcosts by coach, entrances are extra and no local guides are ance cover will automatically be provided unless you delete provided. An optional excursion will only be operated if the the wording ‘YES’ from the insurance panel of the booking form. The person signing the booking form confirms that he/ minimum number of paying participants reaches 25 adults; if not the Tour Operator will have the right not to she has the authority of all other persons mentioned on that operate the said excursion and will be under no obligation form to make the booking on their behalf and that he/she has to compensate the Client/s for not operating the said op- already accepted the General Conditions. If you are booking tional excursion; furthermore the Client/s cannot cancel their a late-offer holiday any information and conditions issued in planned group tour or cruise because one or more excursions conjunction with that offer are also part of your contract. If in could not be operated due to either lack of bookings or for doubt you should check with your Travel Agent. some other technical reason which is beyond the Tour Opera2. Balance Of Payment tor’s control. Prices are clearly marked in the ‘price box’, at the end of each The balance is due for payment eight weeks before departure programme. Only items listed under ‘Price includes’ are in- for land tours & twelve weeks for cruise tours (can be earlier cluded in the package price. Please remember that brochures for certain tours, ask at time of booking), or immediately if are produced months in advance and there may be occasions the booking is made within eight weeks from departure. If you when an advertised facility or entertainment is not available book through a Travel Agent, you should ensure that you pay during your particular holiday, especially if it is out of high the Agent in sufficient time to allow payments to reach our season. Bad weather, essential maintenance or cleaning, lack Company by the due date. If for any reason the balance is not of support or demand may all effect the actual availability of received by us by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel particular activities or facilities; So, for instance, can such bookings and levy a cancellation charge as though there has things as local licensing laws, religious or local holidays, or been a cancellation in accordance with paragraph 4. If your local authority or governmental restrictions. Similarly, touring chosen travel agent fails to pay in full (less the applicable itineraries may have to be changed sometimes at short notice, commission) to the Tour Operator, the tour operators will be due to weather, road or traffic conditions, mechanical break- under no legal obligation to supply you with your holiday, so downs, police activity etc. Coaches are not air-conditioned it is up to you to ensure that your travel agent pays the Tour (except when clearly specified on a programme) and do not Operator! Payments by credit cards are not accepted. No payments by cheque will be accepted less than 14 days before have onboard functional toilet facilities. Swimming pools may only be heated in colder weather and the departure. As a norm we do not accept credit card payments, general standard of hygiene, public utilities, drainage, plumb- but if we do, we will have to charge you an administrative fee ing and services in general may not be the same standards as of 2% over the amount to be paid. in Malta. Each group tour is escorted by either a Maltese or an English speaking tour leader who will be responsible for 3. If You Change Your Booking the implementation of the programme according to the bro- Should you wish to change your holiday arrangements in any chure. The tour leader is under no circumstance responsible way we will endeavour to meet your wishes to the best of our to carry out work (unless for emergency), over and above the ability. A handling fee for any such change to your booking official programme and is not obliged to accompany members within twelve weeks of departure date will be levied, then we of the group around shops, flea markets or theme parks. Cruise reserve the right to pass on any additional costs incurred over companies reserve the right to change the itinerary due to and above the standard handling fee above already charged. bad weather or industrial action, in which case neither the Where the price varies depending on the number of persons cruise company nor the Tour Operator are liable to pay any booked into the accommodation and you wish to change that form of compensation for the missed ports or the change of number of persons, the price will be recharged on the basis of the new party size as shown on the brochure. Any increase in programme. If any portion of holiday is cost due to natural disasters, bad the price per person payable as a result of a part cancellation weather, industrial action, war, government restrictions or any (e.g.: for a hotel room under-occupancy, changing from twin matter of force majeur, neither Mondial/SMS nor its subcon- room to single room) is not a cancellation charge. A separate tractors can be held liable to pay compensation or for dam- cancellation charge will be levied in respect of bookings canages incurred. As a responsible Company we feel it only right celled in accordance with paragraph 4 below. to point out these possibilities, however unlikely. If you have a particular problem, please inform the hotel reception desk 4. If You Cancel Your Booking and/or our representative in writing at the time so that, if possible, it can be dealt with there and then. Having said all A cancellation can only be accepted in writing from the perthat, we want to give the following assurance about our li- son who signed the booking form or in writing from the Travel ability to you:- We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure Agent through whom the booking was made. The cancellation

will be effective from the date it is received at our offices. In the event of a cancellation either for one or all persons named on the booking form, we will levy our scale of cancellation charges, which is based on the estimated expenses and losses suffered by us as a result of cancellations. The scale follows:Period before scheduled departure date within which written notification is received by the Tour Operator 120 - 61 days - 29 - 60 days - 28 - 15 days - 14 days or less-

Deposit 50% 75% 100%

*or applicable deposit amount per person (2 years of age and over) whichever is the greater. Cruises bear a 100% cancellation fee if cancelled less than 90 days prior to departure. If cruises are cancelled more than 90 days prior to departure only the deposit is lost, unless the cancellation is made more than 180 days before departure in which case no cancellation fees apply. On scheduled service and charter flights, sea passages and coach transportation, the amount of cancellation charge shown above applies only in the event that any air tickets issued are returned to the Tour Operator, otherwise a 100% cancellation charge shown above applies. If the reason for your cancellation falls within the terms of your insurance cover, you may be able to claim a refund of your cancellation charges from the insurance company. In case of actual or potential outbreaks of Bird Flu, SARS, Swine Flu etc, or natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, etc, or political turmoil, terrorist activities, act of war in a neighbouring country, industrial action, etc, clients will not have a right to cancel their holiday without incurring full cancellation fees as specified in these General Conditions unless either the country that is at risk or hit issues an official state of emergency for the area to which the Client is travelling, or the Maltese Foreign Office issues instructions that disallow Maltese citizens to travel to a particular country or area of a country. In case that a trip (or part of a trip) has to be cancelled for the above reasons, the Tour Operator will try its very best to recuperate all the funds possible on behalf of its Clients, but the Clients cannot hold the Tour Operator responsible for parts of the funds or of the holiday lost as a consequence of the above acts. 5. Your Holiday Insurance We highly recommend that you take out for yourself and those for whom you book our recommended holiday insurance or that you arrange a policy yourself giving comparable or better cover under all sections. Insurance premiums will be automatically added to your final invoice unless the word “yes” is deleted. 6. Your Responsibilities a) It is your responsibility to ensure that you and those for whom you are booking are in possession of valid passports which are valid for at least six months after your scheduled date of return to Malta and any appropriate visas. Be sure to check passport and visa requirements with your Travel Agent well in advance particularly if you are a non- Maltese passport holder. Maltese nationals need visas for travel to a number of countries including the USA, Brazil, China, Egypt, Turkey and Russia and it is up the each Client to take care of his / her own visa for countries having such requirements. Should a visa not be issued, or withdrawn after issuance, or should a country refuse entry to a client for any reason (including invalidity of passport), the Tour Operator and, or his suppliers / subcontractors cannot be held responsible for damages or for partial or full loss of the holiday and any financial consequences will have to be borne by the Client. You are responsible for any charges, fines etc. that may be levied by authorities in Malta or overseas for non-compliance of regulations in this area and any such amounts will be recharged to you. b) Similarly, it is your responsibility to check with your doctor as to what vaccinations or inoculations are advisable for your chosen destination. c) Airline regulations state that women 28 weeks or more into pregnancy at the time of return travel must have a medical certificate of fitness to travel. d) You must be responsible for a reasonable standard of behaviour by yourself and by those for whom you have booked. We reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a client if their behaviour is, in our opinion, or in the opinion of the airline pilot, hotelier or accommodation owner or manager or other person in authority, likely to cause distress, danger, damage or annoyance to other customers, employees, other people or to property. You understand that we shall be under no liability to pay any refund or compensation to, or costs incurred by, any person whose behaviour is thus unacceptable. 7. If You Have A Complaint We do our best to give you an enjoyable, trouble-free holiday, but occasionally even the best laid plans can go wrong. If you have a problem or complaint relating to the overseas part of your holiday you must advise in writing our tour leader, representative or agent in your resort at the earliest opportunity in order that it may be investigated and we have the opportunity to resolve the matter on the spot. In addition, you must notify us in writing within seven days (7) of the date of your return from your holiday. Because of the difficulties of investigating a complaint too long after the event, we will not accept liability in respect of claims received after the seven day period, and/ or which have not been reported in writing to our representative or the supplier in resort.

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Cruise Tours 2011 - 12  

Cruise Tours Organised by Sms trvael and Mondial Holidays for 2011-12

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