From the starkly beautiful desert landscapes of the Middle East to the soul-stirring coasts of India and the once-forbidden realm of Myanmar, Craig Travel and Oceania Cruises’ new Sirena Exotic Collection brings travellers the unrivaled opportunity to explore some of the most compelling and hardest to reach destinations in the world. The cruise line’s most exotic and unique collection of itineraries to date, these voyages aboard the better-than-new Sirena feature in-depth explorations of the Holy Lands of Egypt, Israel and Turkey as well as the Arabian Peninsula, India, Myanmar and Indonesia.
Exotic, Immersive & Off-the-Beaten-Path
The Sirena Exotic Collection includes nine sailings beginning in November 2020 and culminating in April 2021. Setting sail with a 12-day voyage from Jerusalem to Istanbul, Sirena then charts a course through the Red Sea to explore the Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman and then on to India, the Maldives and Myanmar. The voyages range from 10 to 24 days in length and all itineraries include overnight port calls with some itineraries featuring as many as four overnights along with a myriad of new ports of call such as Marmaris in Turkey, Sir Bani Yas in the Emirates, Doha in Qatar, Al Bahrain in Bahrain, Al Khasab in Oman, and Sabang in Indonesia. Each itinerary offers multiple coveted jewels for experienced travellers who revel in trophy-port collecting.
Sirena Exotic Collection Highlights
Here’s a quick look at the collection’s new ports, overnight stays and a few destination highlights on these intriguing new voyages.
• Choose from voyages featuring overnight stays in coveted destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Luxor, Malé, Mumbai and Yangon
• While in Luxor, travel back in time as you visit the Valley of the Kings with the long-forgotten tomb of Tutankhamun
• Bear witness to a centuries-old sacred Buddhist tradition during a novitiation ceremony at a monastery in Yangon
• Set off on a desert safari from Fujairah, discovering the rugged landscape, undulating sand dunes and ancient rock formations
• Discover the sacred sites of the Old City of Jerusalem in addition to Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity
Aboard the Better-Than-New Sirena
Even better, you’ll be exploring these exotic corners of the world aboard the luxurious 684-guest Sirena, which recently re-emerged as a dramatically transformed ship following a top-to-bottom rebuild as part of the cruise line’s $100 million OceaniaNEXT initiative. The ship boasts 342 completely new staterooms and suites along with freshly reimagined public spaces. Every suite and stateroom has been completely redesigned and features luxurious touches such as decadent marble, classic granite and fine European fabrics. The public spaces are marked by a palette of soft sea and sky tones with tasteful new fabrics, furnishings and lighting fixtures that encompass the essence of Oceania Cruises’ style. At the centre of the ship, a deck and a half tall French-glass mirror crowns the ship’s Reception Lobby and the iconic Grand Staircase containing a hand-painted willow tree that symbolizes balance, learning, growth, and harmony.
Topping off the awe-inspiring transformation of the Sirena are elements of the multi-million-dollar art collection that are unique and include personal expressions that are emblematic of the brand’s very personal nature. New additions include pieces by the cruise line’s Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pépin, as well as Soumiya Lakshmi Krishnaswamy, a lifelong friend of Claudine Pépin, who is Jacques Pépin’s daughter and the godmother of Sirena.
Wanderlust sparked? Join the fortunate few in 2020 and 2021 that will be sailing on one of these coveted voyages to the most intriguing corners of the world. Contact us 1-800-387-8890 to speak with one of our Cruise Specialists to choose your next inspiring journey. Click here to view Sirena’s complete exotics lineup.
Content courtesy of Oceania Cruises