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    The Spice Route Cruise

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    Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Quest is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

    Travel Best Bets Package Includes

    • Round trip airfare to Dubai and return from Singapore
    • 19 night cruise aboard Azamara Quest
    • Round trip transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport
    • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
    • Gratuities
    • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
    • Self-service laundry
    • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
    • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
    • Travel Best Bets Exclusive: Book by March 31!

    November 6 – 26, 2018

    Inside Outside Veranda Taxes & Fees
    Vancouver $8799 $8999 $10999 $898
    Victoria, Kelowna, Comox add from $300 more

    Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.

    India: Canadians must present a passport valid for at least 180 days from the date of entry and contain one blank page for a visa.
    Visa must be obtained prior to arrival. Please contact your travel agent for more information.

    Sri Lanka: Canadians must also be in possession of a valid visa to visit Sri Lanka. For stays of up to 30 days, you can apply for a tourist visa online using the Electronic Travel Authority. Please contact your travel agent for more information.


    Sailing Itinerary

    Date Port of Call Arrive Depart
    Nov 7 Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 6:00pm
    Nov 8 Khor Al Fakkan, United Arab Emirates 8:00am 4:00pm
    Nov 9 At Sea - -
    Nov 10 At Sea - -
    Nov 11 Bombay (Mumbai), India 8:00am 7:00pm
    Nov 12 At Sea - -
    Nov 13 Cochin, India 8:00am 5:00pm
    Nov 14 Colomboa, Sri Lanka 1:00pm 10:00pm
    Nov 15 Hambantota, Sri Lanka 8:00am 6:00pm
    Nov 16 At Sea - -
    Nov 17 At Sea - -
    Nov 18 At Sea - -
    Nov 19 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar 8:00am -
    Nov 20 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar - -
    Nov 21 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar - 6:00pm
    Nov 22 At Sea - -
    Nov 23 Phuket, Thailand 9:00am 6:00pm
    Nov 24 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia 8:00am 6:00pm
    Nov 25 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia 7:30am 5:30pm
    Nov 26 Singapore, Singapore 7:00am -

    Everything in Dubai is the biggest, tallest, and the first of its kind, including a manmade island shaped like a palm tree, the world’s first underwater hotel, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, and the Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building. Located in the middle of a desert where almost nothing existed 20 years ago, Dubai is a like a futuristic oasis. Get a lay of the land by soaring to the 148th floor observation deck of Burj Khalifa on one of the building’s 57 elevators to get a bird’s eye view of the bustling city below. To find some of your own glitz and glam, head to the Dubai Gold Souk. Haggle with merchants for one-of-a-kind pieces that will shine and sparkle in the desert sun. And if malls are more your thing, Dubai is also home to—you guessed it—the world’s largest shopping mall. Finally, if you’re looking to cool down after a day spend exploring, leave the desert behind and hit the slopes at Ski Dubai, an indoor snow park complete with chairlifts, five runs to choose from, and a King Penguin colony for good measure.

    Khor Al Fakkan
    Meaning “Creek of Two Jaws” Khor Al Fakkan sits on its namesake bay on the eastern coast of the UAE. On the surface Khor Al Fakkan may seem peaceful and maybe even a little sleepy, but it’s an excellent jumping off point for adventures in the nearby Hajar Mountains. Just outside of town, Al Wurrayah Falls is reachable by four-wheel-drive and makes for an excellent excursion—be sure to hold on tight, the ride can get bumpy! Hiking and climbing enthusiasts can explore nearby Jayi Mountain, and nature lovers will not want to miss Wadi Wurayah National Park. Back in Khor Al Fakkan proper, the main attraction is the glistening, pristine, white-sand beach. And just offshore, spectacular coral reefs are teeming with wildlife and are perfect for snorkeling and diving, which is also an excellent way to beat the heat. Several charter companies offer excursions as well as trips around the Gulf of Oman to explore the breathtaking scenery.

    A city that changes every second, with random stories and encounters at every turn, Mumbai is big in every sense of the word. From the flashy, razzle-dazzle world of Bollywood to the dubious distinction of being home to one of the world’s largest slums, Mumbai is also a study in contrasts. More than 20 million people call this whirling metropolis home, so if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, this might not be the place. The best way to embrace the frantic energy of Mumbai is to hit the streets to explore. Sip fragrant chai tea and practice your bargaining skills in Chor bazaar or Fashion Street where you’ll find saris and pashminas in every color of the rainbow. Hop on a tuk-tuk and hold on tight as you zip through the streets where fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires), laborers and starlets and everyone in between rub shoulders as they go about their day. And though it might seem like there is no possible order to the chaos, Mumbai will stir your soul and spark your imagination like no other place in the world.

    The mixture of cultures and influences in Cochin—from giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, to Portuguese-style homes, and the crumbling remains of the British Raj—is a fascinating reminder of the city’s storied history as the former center of the Indian spice trade. Perhaps the most recognized symbol of this cultural hodge-podge is the official icon of Cochin—the massive Chinese Fishing nets. Head to Fort Kochi for an up-close glimpse at these relics from the 14th century where, every morning, fishermen still use them to land the day’s fresh catch. And speaking of the catch-of-the-day, if you’d like to sample it, head to the nearby stalls to select your meal, and then watch as it’s cooked right in front of you. But don’t mistake this chaotic combination of old and new, east and west as being inharmonious; Cochin is actually a renowned center for Ayurvedic medicine. Treat yourself to some ancient TLC with holistic methods that aim to achieve balance between mind, body, and spirit.

    Sri Lanka was once known as Serendib, origin of the word serendipity, an apt description for the pleasant surprises certain to pop up as you explore this gem of an island and its charming capital city, Colombo. Explore the winding streets of the old quarter for great local food, cafés full of character, and eclectic shops. Don’t forget to take some of the excellent tea home with you, a product for which the island became world famous under yet another name: Ceylon. From Colombo, you can meet the gang at the elephant orphanage, take a trip to Kandy to visit a temple purported to house a tooth of the Buddha, or check out village life on a bicycle. Sri Lanka is a fascinating country with everything to offer: White beaches, lush tropical forests, fragrant gardens of cinnamon and clove, and a long and equally spicy history. Choose your own adventure and you won’t be disappointed by what you discover!

    The southern coast of Sri Lanka is still largely untouched and unchanged by tourism, but with the New York Times and Forbes naming it a Top Destination, it won’t be overlooked much longer. One of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world, there is much to see and Hambantota is the gateway to most of it. Yala National Park, it is said, brings The Jungle Book to life. Ironically, it was once a hunting ground for the elite under British rule – today it holds the world’s largest concentration of leopards and elephants. Bundala National Park is an important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka, the highlight being the greater flamingo. With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Uda Walawe National Park rivals the savannahs of Africa. Head there for a tropical safari. The boho-chic set is heading to Galle, southwest of Hambantota, for stylish relaxation. The UNESCO World Heritage protected Galle Fort is an 18th-century Dutch walled town with chic shops, grand colonial houses and beautiful beaches.

    Myanmar—more than any other Asian country—is in the midst of a massive transformation, and at the center is the former capital Yangon. A former British colonial capital, the streets of Yangon are lined with colonial period buildings. But the most impressive piece of architecture is hands down the Shwedagon Pagoda. The great gilded dome and turrets rise above the city like a crown, hovering protectively over every nook and cranny. Join the thousands of Buddhist pilgrims and curious tourists that flock to this impressive structure every day to admire its artistry up close. To truly get a glimpse of the city, hop on the Circular Train. For less than $5 and three hours of your time, you can get a fascinating glimpse into daily life around Yangon. You’ll travel through urban neighborhoods and rural villages while locals go about their routines. Just beware of the bright-red stains on the sidewalk, especially if you choose to adapt to the local tradition of going barefoot. It’s the byproduct of another local tradition—chewing betel nut—which produces a bright red juice that folks spit on the sidewalk as they go about their day.

    In a nutshell, Phuket is a dream destination: A mythical tropical island with stunning scenery and untouched beaches that also happens to have modern, highly developed infrastructure, luxury resorts and spas, international cuisine, and some of the best nightlife in all of Asia. But the real highlight here is the incredible natural surroundings. Phuket is a haven for water sport enthusiasts. Swim or snorkel to explore the world beneath the waves in the easily accessible reefs off Patong, Karon, and Kata beaches. The more adventurous can try their hand at free diving, surfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, or even deep-sea fishing. For a different vantage point, rent a sea canoe and explore some of the grottoes in Phang Nga Bay, many are only accessible by water. And even though there is plenty to see on Thailand’s largest island, many of the surrounding smaller islands like Ko Haie, Ko Racha Yai, and Ko Phi Phi are the perfect for quick day trips. Though daytime is the right time for fun in the sun, Phuket comes alive after dark. Patong is one of the party capitals of Asia, and there’s no shortage of clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, and parties to keep you entertained.

    The island of Penang has it all: Venerable history, a potpourri of multicultural influences, pristine beaches, and of course fantastic food. Penang cuisine is a flavorful mixture of traditional Malay cuisine, with a side of Chinese, a dash of Indian, and a sprinkling of fusion cuisine like Baba Nyonya and Peranakan. And the best way to experience this world of flavors is to hit the streets and follow your nose. Discover the bustling capital city of Georgetown and marvel at the colonial architecture, old-fashioned shops, Chinese and Indian temples, and the Penang Museum. The inner city of Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and consists of a mixture of colonial architecture—a reminder of this city’s British past—and the ideal spot for a stroll to get a feel for the city’s history, cultures, and festivals. Great day excursions include a visit to the underwater world of the Palau Payar Marine Park, a round of golf at Bukit Jambul Country Club, or a tour of Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist temple, Kek Lok Si, and the Penang Botanical Gardens, located at the base of Penang Hill.

    Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur—or simply KL to the locals—is relatively young as cities go. But as they say, age is just a number, and what KL may lack in longstanding history, it more than makes up for in panache and progress. As you explore the bustling streets, you’ll notice an eclectic mixture of architecture—the Sultan Abdul Samad Building of Moorish design, the Tudor-style Cricket Club, the Railway station that’s a perfect balance of East meets West, and the early English gothic-style St. Mary’s Cathedral (just to name a few). Not to mention the most iconic building of all, the 88-story Petronas Towers; the pride of the city and the ultimate symbol of KL’s futuristic development. The two main pastimes in Kuala Lumpur are shopping and eating—both of which are taken very seriously. There are more than 66 shopping malls in KL, not to mention countless shops, market places, and kiosks to explore. From high fashion to low-cost finds, there’s something for every taste and budget. And once you’ve given your wallet a proper workout, refuel at some of the city’s famous kedai kopi shops. These clusters of stalls featuring a variety of delicious dishes are a refreshing take on the traditional idea of a food court.

    Combine a dash of tranquil gardens and inspiring natural surroundings, a pinch of sci-fi architecture, and a liberal sprinkling of international cultures, customs, and flavors. The result? The world’s busiest port and easiest place to do business, the place often nicknamed the Garden City, the one and only Singapore. Sink your teeth into this foodie’s paradise—Singapore is a mouthwatering feast of flavors. Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisines are the dominant influences here, but in a city filled with expats from across the globe, you can find amazing cuisine from all corners of the world. Be sure to try to unofficial dish of the city, chili crab. This sticky meal is a messy delight that will make your taste buds tingle. For a one-stop dose of international celebrity cuisine, head to the Marina Bay Sands, the world’s second most expensive building that’s home to no less than seven celebrity chef restaurants, not to mention a casino, hotel, mall, two theaters, two floating Crystal Pavilions, and an ice-skating rink. If eating can be considered the national pastime in Singapore, shopping makes a decent case as the second most popular activity. Head to Orchard Road where miles upon miles of shopping malls await featuring everything from the trendiest fashions to the latest electronic gadgets.



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