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Singapore , Singapore | Penang , Malaysia | Cochin , India | Mumbai (Bombay) , India | Dubai , United Arab Emirates | Dubai , United Arab Emirates

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If you're looking for a vacation that sizes up with Alaska in adventure, you've come to the right ship. Between glacier gazing and tundra trekking, hang ten on the FlowRider® surf simulator, flash back to the '80s in Fast Forward, and tease your taste buds with a Far East feast at Izumi.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Singapore, Singapore

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

MORE SHORES IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Cruise Centre sits near famous Sentosa Island, an entertainment complex that includes high-end restaurants and well-manicured beaches, so you might consider arriving an hour or two early to enjoy some time here before your cruise from Singapore. The cruise port is about 20 minutes from Changi Airport, and about 10 minutes from the city center.

Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Day view of the Supertree Grove of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Beautiful sunny day with the skyline of Singapore

The Singapore Cruise Centre sits near famous Sentosa Island, an entertainment complex that includes high-end restaurants and well-manicured beaches, so you might consider arriving an hour or two early to enjoy some time here before your cruise from Singapore. The cruise port is about 20 minutes from Changi Airport, and about 10 minutes from the city center.

Beautiful day at Chinese Garden Twin Pagoda in Singapore
Day view of the Supertree Grove of the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore
Beautiful sunny day with the skyline of Singapore
Things To Do

in Singapore

View of the street with Masjid Sultan in the background in Singapore

Multicultural Medley

Singapore has four official languages and even more ethnicities that have influenced its culture. Discover the city's Muslim heritage at Sultan Mosque along Arab Street and its Chinese character (and food!) in Chinatown. Little India is the heart of the city's Tamil Indian community, while Kampong Glam is the epicenter of Malay-speaking Singapore.

Sculptural vegetation towers from Gardend by the Bay in Singapore

Two Sides of Nature

Singapore's tropical landscape is as diverse as its culture. The Singapore Botanic Garden (and adjoining Orchid Garden) approach horticulture from a more traditional perspective, while the spacey Supertrees of Gardens by the Bay would seem more at home in "Avatar" than an issue of "Better Homes and Gardens."

Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

Zoom In, Zoom Out

Head to the rooftop of the massive Marina Bay Sands to enjoy a panorama of the Singapore skyline, which is also beautiful as seen from the city's symbolic Merlion statue on the other side of the bay. Or visit a more inward-looking Singapore icon when you order an original Singapore Sling cocktail at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.

Wantan Mee, popular street food noodles with bbq pork, in Singapore

Local Cuisine

The best way to get a cross-section of Singaporean cuisine is to visit its street vendors, or hawkers, in hubs like Tiong Bahru. Jump onboard a Singapore cruise to try Cantonese-derived wantan mee noodles, with dumplings and yellow egg noodles topped with slices of char siu pork. Snack on chai tow kway, also called carrot cake, even though it's made from rice flour and daikon radish fried with eggs in pork fat.

Colorful variety of chopsticks in a small shop in Chinatown, Singapore

Shopping

Singapore is a shopper's paradise, whether you stick to the high-end boutiques of Orchard Road or the local shops throughout the city. One way to guarantee a special souvenir during your Singapore cruise vacation is to shop in the city's ethnic neighborhoods: Seek out chopsticks and lacquerware in Chinatown or incense and South India dolls in Little India.

INSIDER TIP

Taxis in Singapore are plentiful, but locals increasingly use applications (namely, the "Grab" app) to get around. Consider downloading this before you dock in Singapore.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Penang, Malaysia

ARRIVES:
3:00 PM
DEPARTS:
10:00 PM
PEDAL, PRAY AND POTLUCK

IN PENANG

Take the easy walk from the port in George Town to the city's UNESCO World Heritage zone — see 18th-century Fort Cornwallis, and check out the Taoist Goddess of Mercy Temple with its traditional Chinese architecture and ornamental dragons. Then, hail a cab to Penang Hill and take the tram to the cool, forested summit. Or head to Batu Ferringhi Beach, where you can relax in the smooth sands or jet-ski through clear blue waters.

Color temple located in Penang, Malaysia called 'Kek Lok Si'
City Hall in George Town, a white colonial architecture building in Penang, Malaysia
19th Century Houses in George Town in Penang, Malaysia

Take the easy walk from the port in George Town to the city's UNESCO World Heritage zone — see 18th-century Fort Cornwallis, and check out the Taoist Goddess of Mercy Temple with its traditional Chinese architecture and ornamental dragons. Then, hail a cab to Penang Hill and take the tram to the cool, forested summit. Or head to Batu Ferringhi Beach, where you can relax in the smooth sands or jet-ski through clear blue waters.

Color temple located in Penang, Malaysia called 'Kek Lok Si'
City Hall in George Town, a white colonial architecture building in Penang, Malaysia
19th Century Houses in George Town in Penang, Malaysia
Things To Do

in Penang

Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion in Penang, Malaysia

Malaysian Mansions

Make your way to the Blue Mansion, dating back to the 1880s, and snap a photo from outside or take a tour of its 38 rooms. Or check out the Pinang Peranakan Museum, housed in a 19th-century mansion, where you'll see intricate Peranakan clothing, jewelry and the history of the island and people.

Street art of a boy riding a motorcycle in Penang, Malaysia

Neighborhood Flavor

Walk through George Town to experience Penang's historic architecture — be sure to make frequent stops to sample the famous street food, with dishes like char koay teow, fried strips of rice cake with soy sauce, sausage and shrimp. Stroll around the UNESCO zone and check out the unique street art, often with historical or political undertones.

The statue of Guanyin or Goddess of Mercy at Chinese buddhist temple, Penang, Malaysia

Rich in Religions

Penang is rich in distinctive architecture from many of the world's religions. See the fresco-covered Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, the only Burmese temple outside of Myanmar with your cruise to Penang. Check out Taoist Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) Temple — built in 1728, it's Penang's oldest religious site. Or head to Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple, covered with colorful soldiers and goddesses.

A close up of fresh oyster mixed into an omelette

Local Cuisine

Penang is world-renowned for its street food. Snack on an oyster omelette, in which oysters are fried with eggs and scallions and made crispy with rice flour. Experience the region's Indian influence with tandoori chicken and naan bread. Try Penang's signature dessert, cendol — shaved ice with coconut milk topped with palm sugar, sweet beans and green gummies made from pandan leaf jelly.

Souvenir shops in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Shopping

The Penang Perankan Mansion houses historic beaded shoes of Nonya design — look for replicas in the shops and street vendors throughout George Town. Check out the Chowrasta Bazaar for handmade clothing, antique watches, traditional fans and other unique finds.

INSIDER TIP

Walk carefully: Sidewalks are often used for motorcycle parking so it can be easier to walk on the road.

DAY 3 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish
Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish
Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

Things to Do

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Chicken Porcini Bruschetta, food, poultry, restaurant, dish
Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Dancers on stage during Invitation to Dance Cruise Show in Explorer of the Seas

Dancers on stage during Invitation to Dance Cruise Show in Explorer of the Seas

Things to Do

Performers on stage during the Invitation to Dance Cruise Show on Radiance of the Seas
Invitation to Dance

RSVP TO THE BEAT

Live out your primetime dreams of dancing with the stars as a select few guests are invited to learn ballroom and Latin dance for a high-energy final production.

The logo of the Fast Forward original production by Royal Caribbean
Fast Forward

80s GREATS

Settle in for a blast from the past as Fast Forward brings you the best movies and musicals of the 1980s.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Cochin, India

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

KERALA'S CULTURAL CROSSROADS

Walk the cobbled streets of Fort Cochin, one of India's most colorful colonial towns. Then, check out the famous Chinese Fishing Nets, and head to Mattancherry Palace to see traditional Kerala murals depicting epic Hindu legends. See ancient South Indian masks and catch a ritual dance performance at the Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum, or relax with a traditional Ayurvedic spa treatment.

Wooden boat cruise in backwaters jungle in Kochin, Kerala, India
A couple sailing through the palm tree forest in Cochin, India
Elephants decorated for a parade in Cochin, India

Walk the cobbled streets of Fort Cochin, one of India's most colorful colonial towns. Then, check out the famous Chinese Fishing Nets, and head to Mattancherry Palace to see traditional Kerala murals depicting epic Hindu legends. See ancient South Indian masks and catch a ritual dance performance at the Kerala Folklore Theatre and Museum, or relax with a traditional Ayurvedic spa treatment.

Wooden boat cruise in backwaters jungle in Kochin, Kerala, India
A couple sailing through the palm tree forest in Cochin, India
Elephants decorated for a parade in Cochin, India
Things To Do

in Cochin

Old white Church in Cochin, India

Multicultural Roots

Although you will find a physical fort in Cochin's Old Town, it's what's inside the walls that's the most impressive. Admire the colorful storefronts of Princess Street, stroll around the well-kept grounds of St. Francis Church, or visit the Paradesi Synagogue in Jewish Town, which provides a fascinating look into the Jewish heritage of Kerala.

Chinese fishing nets hanging over the ocean in Cochin, India

Caught in a Net

Another photogenic Cochin attraction is the so-called Chinese Fishing Nets, which are the same types of devices Chinese fishermen have been using here for centuries. These exist all over Kerala, but the ones on the northern end of Fort Cochin are particularly stunning, especially at sunset.

Woman getting ayurvedic treatment Shirodara with hot oil pouring on a forehead

Get an Ayurvedic Treatment

Kerala is famous for Ayurveda, and Old Cochin boasts dozens of parlors where you can sample this traditional Indian health method. Whether you get a relaxing massage using fragrant locally sourced oil or a reflexology treatment, Ayurveda is as enjoyable for people curious about alternative medicine as it is for tried-and-true naturopaths.

Crab masala served with jasmin rice in Cochin, India

Local Cuisine

Cochin is one of Kerala's best spots for traditional South Indian fare. Cruise to India and be sure to stop in a local seafood restaurant near the Chinese Fishing Nets. Try zesty Crab Masala, which pairs locally caught whole crabs with India's most famous spice blend. Sample appams, a fluffy pancake made from fermented rice, or head to ultra-popular Dal Roti for kathi rolls, a paratha flatbread wrapped around skewer-roasted meat.

Colorful incense sticks found in the markets of Cochin, India

Shopping

Whether or not you have a chance to get an Ayurvedic treatment, you can take home a piece of this culture treasure during your India cruise. Shops along Princess Street not only sell oils used in Ayurvedic massage, such as romantic rose and sensual sandalwood, as well as handmade incense sticks that will make your home smell like the streets of Cochin.

INSIDER TIP

Cochin is completely walkable, but a cycle rickshaw is a scenic way to take in the Old Town. Haggling is expected, and drivers always quote you a high rate to begin with, so don't be afraid to talk them down.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

GR, R Bar, , Grandeur of the Seas,Public Spaces, Revitalization, Lounge, Couple Having Drinks,
Friends Enjoying Tropical Dreams in the Solarium

Things to Do

LB, Liberty of the Seas, young couple, man, woman, smiling, laughing, at R-Bar, R Bar, bartender serving mixed drinks, enjoy, enjoyment, fun,
R Bar

SHAKING UP THE CLASSICS

Vintage glamor comes alive at R Bar — serving classic cocktails, like gin martinis and Old Fashioneds, in a distinctly sophisticated setting.

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Solarium Bar

SUN, SERENITY & SIPS

Does sitting in the whirlpool make you thirsty? Grab a drink at the nearby Solarium Bar.

DAY 8 - DOCKED

Mumbai (Bombay), India

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
11:00 PM
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN

ICONIC INDIA

Get a sense of Mumbai's grandeur at the iconic arch of the Gateway of India. Go even deeper into history at Baganga Tank — the area around this sacred water pool is thought to be the oldest inhabited part of the city. Then, buy a potato-and-onion bhaji fritter from one of the street vendors on Chowpatty Beach, or stroll along the bustling Colaba Causeway to shop traditional jewelry.

Flora Fountain and Oriental old building on a sunny day in Mumbai, India
Famous Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai, India

Get a sense of Mumbai's grandeur at the iconic arch of the Gateway of India. Go even deeper into history at Baganga Tank — the area around this sacred water pool is thought to be the oldest inhabited part of the city. Then, buy a potato-and-onion bhaji fritter from one of the street vendors on Chowpatty Beach, or stroll along the bustling Colaba Causeway to shop traditional jewelry.

Flora Fountain and Oriental old building on a sunny day in Mumbai, India
Famous Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai, India
Things To Do

in Mumbai (Bombay)

Gateway of India, arch monument in Mumbai, India

Memorable Mumbai

South Mumbai is the worldliest part of the city and home to many of its most-loved sights. Walk around the base of the massive Gateway of India — the arch-shaped monument was built in 1924 and meant to be the first thing visitors see when they arrive by boat. Or pop your head inside the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of India's most opulent and recognizable buildings.

View of Mumbai, India, from Marine Drive

Seaside Meditation

Communion with nature is more meditative when you make the journey to the seaside Shree Mahalakshmi Temple — less than an hour each way from the cruise terminal by taxi. And check out Chowpatty Beach, where thousands of locals come to dunk statues of the god Ganesh into the waves each year in September.

Statues inside the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, India

Carved From History

Hop aboard one of the many boats bound for Elephanta Island, which sits just offshore from Mumbai and is home to the Elephanta Caves. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll find caves full of otherworldly rock carvings in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

Masala dosa with potato stuffed inside, very popular breakfast in Mumbai, India

Local Cuisine

Mumbai is home to fine restaurants, but the best way to understand its culinary disposition is with its street food. Sit down for a masala dosa, India's take on a crepe, which in Mumbai is served with spicy tomato sauce. During your cruise to India, enjoy one of the many fritters for sale at Chowpatty Beach — the potato-and-onion bhaji is popular among vegetarians.

Colorful traditional Indian dresses selling at the street vendors in Mumbai, India

Shopping

Mumbai is a shopper's pardise, whether you take a walk down Colaba Causeway to browse traditional Mahrashtran jewelry or snag a vintage Bollywood movie poster from any of the souvenir stalls in Apollo Bandar, the neighborhood nearest to the cruise ship terminal. Alternatively, take home a piece of Indian fashion in the form of a woman's sari.

INSIDER TIP

It takes a long time to get around in Mumbai, in spite of how small the city center looks, no matter what transit time Google Maps gives you.

DAY 9 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Young Woman Body Surfing Flowrider
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish
Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Spinach Ricotta Rotolo, cheese, pasta, restaurant, dish
Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

Things to Do

QN, Quantum, AN, Anthem, Jamie''s Italian, dynamic dining, cuisine, culinary image, Chicken Porcini Bruschetta, food, poultry, restaurant, dish
Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

DAY 11 - DOCKED

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ARRIVES:
12:00 PM
GET DOWN

IN THE DESERT

Start your adventure near Dubai Creek: Explore the sand-colored architecture and winding alleyways of the Al Fahidi historical district, and see the nearby market. Enjoy tea in the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, one of Dubai's most famous landmarks. Or head to Palm Jumeirah, the famous artificial palm-shaped islands, where you can take the monorail to the Atlantis Hotel.

The Burj Al Arab with palm trees and water seen from Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Riding camels along the beach in front of the Dubai Marina on a summer day in the United Arab Emirates

Start your adventure near Dubai Creek: Explore the sand-colored architecture and winding alleyways of the Al Fahidi historical district, and see the nearby market. Enjoy tea in the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, one of Dubai's most famous landmarks. Or head to Palm Jumeirah, the famous artificial palm-shaped islands, where you can take the monorail to the Atlantis Hotel.

The Burj Al Arab with palm trees and water seen from Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Riding camels along the beach in front of the Dubai Marina on a summer day in the United Arab Emirates
Things To Do

in Dubai

Woman in traditional muslim black dress in old arabic city district with mosque minaret in Al Fahidi Historical District of Dubai

Old Ways Still Alive

Stroll around the nicely restored Al Fahidi Historical District, where you can get an impression of life in this emirate before oil was discovered in the 1960s. Explore the narrow walking lanes with their sand-colored houses, cafes and galleries. Then visit Dubai Museum, built in 1787 and the oldest existing building in Dubai.

Aerial views of the city of Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

On Top of the World

Stand on the Burj Khalifa for breathtaking views of this extraordinary city. At 828 meters, this narrow tower is the world's tallest so far. It has an observation deck on the 124th and the 148th floor, and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. Book tickets well in advance.

Classic historical buildings in Dubai before the oil boom in the 1960s

Maze of Modern Life

Head to Madinat Jumeirah, one of Dubai's most attractive developments. With your Dubai cruise, stroll along the desert-colored villas and hotels, alongside waterways with palms, banana trees and bougainvillea. Sit down in one of the trendy local cafes for a refreshing fruit juice. At the heart of this modern village lies Souq Madinat Jumeirah, a maze-like bazaar with shops lining wood-framed walkways.

Cooking grilled meat shawarma to make hot kebabs, a typical street food in Dubai

Local Cuisine

You'll be able to find food from anywhere around the globe here — but focus on the local fare for the most authentic experience with Dubai cruises. While you're out on the town, pick up a shawarma, shaved strips of spicy spit-roasted meat served in pita bread. Try manousheh, a flatbread topped with local Akkawi cheese and za'atar herbs. Slate your sweet tooth with luqaimat, fried dough balls spiced with saffron and cardamom.

Carpets found in the markets of Dubai

Shopping

Pick one of the large number of malls in this shopping Mecca. There's Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping center, as well as the Mall of Emirates. For a more traditional experience, browse the colorful souqs in Bur Dubai and Deira for Persian carpets, Arabic coffee pots and other trinkets.

INSIDER TIP

Don't underestimate the heat — try to avoid being outdoors for long periods during the day. The malls are a great indoor foray.

DAY 12 - Arrival Day

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GET DOWN

IN THE DESERT

Less than 10 percent of Dubai's population are original Emiratis (the majority are South Asian expats). To meet locals and taste local home-cooked food, join the Cultural Breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Before you leave, pop into a mall — also a welcome escape from the heat. You can seek out some world-class bargains or indulge in some ultra-luxurious retail therapy.

Skyscrapers towering over downtown Dubai
The Luxury Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Less than 10 percent of Dubai's population are original Emiratis (the majority are South Asian expats). To meet locals and taste local home-cooked food, join the Cultural Breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Before you leave, pop into a mall — also a welcome escape from the heat. You can seek out some world-class bargains or indulge in some ultra-luxurious retail therapy.

Skyscrapers towering over downtown Dubai
The Luxury Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Things To Do

in Dubai

Woman in traditional muslim black dress in old arabic city district with mosque minaret in Al Fahidi Historical District of Dubai

Old Ways Still Alive

Stroll around the nicely restored Al Fahidi Historical District, where you can get an impression of life in this emirate before oil was discovered in the 1960s. Explore the narrow walking lanes with their sand-colored houses, cafes and galleries. Then visit Dubai Museum, built in 1787 and the oldest existing building in Dubai.

Aerial views of the city of Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper

On Top of the World

Stand on the Burj Khalifa for breathtaking views of this extraordinary city. At 828 meters, this narrow tower is the world's tallest so far. It has an observation deck on the 124th and the 148th floor, and a restaurant-bar on the 122nd. Book tickets well in advance.

Classic historical buildings in Dubai before the oil boom in the 1960s

Maze of Modern Life

Head to Madinat Jumeirah, one of Dubai's most attractive developments. With your Dubai cruise, stroll along the desert-colored villas and hotels, alongside waterways with palms, banana trees and bougainvillea. Sit down in one of the trendy local cafes for a refreshing fruit juice. At the heart of this modern village lies Souq Madinat Jumeirah, a maze-like bazaar with shops lining wood-framed walkways.

Cooking grilled meat shawarma to make hot kebabs, a typical street food in Dubai

Local Cuisine

You'll be able to find food from anywhere around the globe here — but focus on the local fare for the most authentic experience with Dubai cruises. While you're out on the town, pick up a shawarma, shaved strips of spicy spit-roasted meat served in pita bread. Try manousheh, a flatbread topped with local Akkawi cheese and za'atar herbs. Slate your sweet tooth with luqaimat, fried dough balls spiced with saffron and cardamom.

Carpets found in the markets of Dubai

Shopping

Pick one of the large number of malls in this shopping Mecca. There's Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping center, as well as the Mall of Emirates. For a more traditional experience, browse the colorful souqs in Bur Dubai and Deira for Persian carpets, Arabic coffee pots and other trinkets.

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