As winter sets in, a cruise right across the Middle Eastern seas is now a reality – thanks to the exclusive, new cruise programme launched recently by Alpha Tours.
In collaboration with Aboumerhi Cruises, Alpha Tours sets sail the cruise ship, Orient Queen, which graces the Arabian Gulf calling on Bahrain, Muscat and Qatar.
This 12-deck, luxurious 380 stateroom and 56 suites international cruise-liner offers packages from Dubai to Qatar and Bahrain on a four-night cruise and to Oman on a three-night cruise. It promises unmatched quality and comfort coupled with flawless services. The staterooms are equipped with flat screen TV, internet access, mini bar, and full bathroom amenities. The luxury suites include a living room, personal butler service, king size beds, Jacuzzi, complimentary drinks, fruits and chocolates upon boarding and entering their private lair.
Once on board, every deck offers an amazing experience – most staterooms and suites are located on Deck 7 or the Phoenician Deck. And the warm crew go out of their way to welcome you with highly personalised service.
You can start your day with a hearty breakfast and catch a glimpse of the morning sun at the Horizon café. On the Compass Deck, enjoy a bit of the sun or play a round of golf at the Mini-golf court. For those who prefer to just enjoy the sea breeze, the Venus Bar on Sun Deck has some new and refreshing cocktails.
Passengers can experience the ultimate luxury of a sunny day out on the popular and usually busy Boat Deck. Day-time relaxation includes the luxury spa, where you can unwind to a good massage and rejuvenate your body and soul with professional beauty therapists guiding you. Fitness enthusiasts can also jog a lap around the ship. As the evening sets in, sit back and enjoy the sunset and the cool evening breeze.
Evenings are a formal affair; and dining, a gourmet experience. Five-course meals are served at any of the two restaurants on Merry Deck. You can enjoy tunes from the various international singers, listen to the pianist at the Piano Bar or sample a Cuban cigar in the Reflections Lounge. The Stars Lounge entertains guests with an international cabaret and Venus Bar provides late night entertainment. Catch a panoramic view of the seas set against the sparkling night sky, on the Panoramic Deck on Deck 12.
But that’s not all. Once the ship harbours at a port, passengers can disembark and experience the various delights of the city, visit tourist attractions or shop at traditional souks.
By Shalu Chandran
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