29 September 2016
There are some cruises that really grab the imagination, and this 15 night voyage from The United Arab Emirates to Singapore really is one of them. Beginning in Abu Dhabi you sail to Dubai, Mumbai, Mangalore, Goa and Cochin in India, the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and Phuket in Thailand while enjoying seven full days at sea to relax and appreciate all that the Celebrity Cruise Line's luxury ship Constellation has to offer.
Your adventure begins in Abu Dhabi where you board the Constellation with plenty of time to explore this exciting city before setting sail. The discovery of oil transformed Abu Dhabi from a fishing village into a thriving modern metropolis that has not forgotten its past. Futuristic skyscrapers and luxury hotels offer sharp contrast to museums, mosques, and bazaars.
It doesn't take long to sail to the nearby Emirates city of Dubai where you will have most of the day to discover some of its modern delights. Dubai is a unique blend of the old and new. On one end of the spectrum, you have the "seven-star" luxury hotels and malls of Jumeirah. On the other there's the traditional side of Dubai with ancient souk markets selling spices and tradition dhows plying their trade along the creek. A chance today to go to the top of the world's tallest building.
Your first full day at sea on the cruise so a good time to get to know this luxury ship and all the food, entertainments and activities she has to offer. The Concierge Class Staterooms are designed for the traveller looking for a balcony room where little details make a big difference. Savour unexpected delights such as fresh flower arrangements and complimentary shoeshine service and pillow menu.
The second of three consecutive sea days and a great time to chill out on deck and soak up the sun. You can relax and rejuvenate in the ship's serene spa and experience the unique services of Canyon Ranch in a breathtaking setting. You can also enhance your holiday with a complete wellness and lifestyle program that increases resilience, restores peace of mind, and helps you feel rejuvenated.
Today while sailing towards India you can try Cellar Masters on the ship where you can sample tastes from around the world. Simply refill your glass with the cutting-edge Enomatic dispensing system using your SeaPass card. And if you need help expert sommeliers are on hand for advice. Food and drink plays an important part of any cruise and this wine tasting treat is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the various vintages.
A memorable day today when the Celebrity Constellation docks at Mumbai with plenty of time for you to take one of a number of tours that can be booked on board. Previously known as Bombay, and more recently regarded as Bollywood because of its flourishing film industry, Mumbai pulsates with non-stop energy and excitement. And to think, it all began with cotton. Nowadays, this vibrant metropolis boasts a blend of many cultures.
After the hustle and bustle of Mumbai you can take it a little easier today when the Constellation arrives into Goa. You won't be able to resist this unique place whose local motto is "Sossegade," which translates to Take it Easy. Long ago a favorite spot for New Age travellers, Goa is now more hip than hippie, with high end restaurants and fabulous shopping. If you don't fancy an organised tour, hire a local boat or walk around and see the sights.
A full day today to experience New Mangalore, a bustling Indian city with rich historical influences. Surrounded by coconut, Ashoka and palm trees, rolling Sahyadri Mountains, and majestic rivers that flow toward the Arabian Sea, New Mangalore will dazzle you. As with all ports of call on the cruise, there are a variety of tours that can be booked on board.
Boasting one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coast of India, Kochi (also known as Cochin) was once known as the centre of the Indian spice trade. Here you will find forts, palaces and museums that show the city's rich history. Take a tour and explore the city or take a trip further afield and see some of the countryside in this lovely area.
Another full day at sea today to enjoy some of the activities that the Celebrity Constellation has to offer. There are 66 new staterooms on the ship including spa-inspired Aqua Class. If all the fine dining is getting too much, today you could eat at Blu restaurant which has a healthy and delicious “clean cuisine.” Share holiday photos with your social networks in the Celebration iLounge on the enhanced Wi Fi.
More treats in store today when the Constellation sails into Colombo, capital of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka and is also one of the most vibrant stops on the Indian Ocean. Move around the city on a sightseeing tour in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk or enjoy a picnic by the always animated Galle Face Green Promenade and watch the locals playing cricket. Then stop for tea at the famous colonial Galle Face Hotel.
Luxurious, modern, unique . . . all these apply to a cruise on board a Celebrity ship. Sailing on the award-winning Constellation means you will enjoy every day you have at sea experiencing the lavish decor and incredible venues. If you are travelling as a family, kids will love the new Xbox consoles within the Fun Factory kids’ club and X Club teen venue along with free play on Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360.
Another full relaxing day at sea and possibly a good time to check out Bistro on Five. This open kitchen provides its own bit of theatre, night and day. Stop by anytime, whether you need a fast breakfast before a shore excursion or a relaxing lunch after you've returned. And a restful night's sleep is assured on this cruise as all the staterooms and suites have new Reverie mattresses.
Today the Celebrity Constellation arrives at Phuket in Thailand, which boasts gorgeous beaches lined with palm trees. Water sports on offer here include sailing, diving, and snorkeling. Golf enthusiasts will love the championship courses, while nature lovers will be thrilled by the tropical forests and waterfalls. Plenty of fun tours available today and lots to see and do.
Your last full day at sea on the cruise so make the most of it. Relax and rejuvenate in the superb spa at sea and try one ot two pampering treatments and spend some more time in the amazing setting of the Canyon Ranch. New sun loungers on both pool decks plus a fresh colour scheme, carpeting and upholstery all contribute to Celebrity Constellation’s modern, new vibe.
The end of the cruise today when the Celebrity Constellation arrives at Singapore. Say farewell to new found friends then before catching your flight home spend some time experiencing a medley of sights, tastes and colours that await you in this immaculately groomed city. The food’s legendary and you’ll detect Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Work it off walking through the Botanic Gardens, an oasis akin to a tropical Central Park, then enjoy a farewell Singapore Sling in the famous Long Bar at Raffles Hotel.
Inside Stateroom fr £1240pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated