Iglu Cruise has dropped the price of an 18-night fly/cruise from Barcelona to Dubai, topped off with a 3-night stay in Dubai, to £999 per person. Regularly £1799, this package works out at £56 per night. Here's what's included:
Flights depart from London Heathrow to Barcelona on 6 May. After landing, guests will board Mariner of the Seas and sail to Alexandria in Egypt, before transiting the Suez Canal, a man-made waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. The ship then heads to Safaga for the Valley of the Kings (Egypt) and Aqaba for Petra (Jordan), before arriving in Dubai**.
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Guests will then spend three nights at the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa before flying home. The hotel is set in the historic district of Bur Dubai, close to the Dubai Museum, the Grand Mosque and the Dubai Heritage Village.
The price is based on two people sharing an Interior Stateroom. Upgrade to an Oceanview Stateroom for £150 more or a Balcony Stateroom for £350 more per person.
Described as "stunning" by the 2011 Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, Mariner of the Seas is a large ship with lots of facilities, including an ice rink, a rock climbing wall and an outdoor movie screen. Other facilities include a spa and a large show lounge and the 4-deck, shop-lined Royal Promenade, which regularly plays host to parades and street entertainers. There is also a good choice of restaurants and bars on board, including the new Giovanni´s Italian, The Boardwalk Dog House and the Aquarium Bar.