On board MS EUROPA 2 from Limassol to Dubai

Desert worlds and legendary cultures

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The legacy of the pharaohs, famous sites of the Orient and Christianity, and relaxing days on the beaches of some of Egypt’s most famous resorts: combine exclusive moments into a unique cruise. Board the EUROPA 2 in Cyprus – the “island of the gods” – and look forward to calling at Port Said, the starting point for a visit to the realm of the pharaohs with impressive pyramids** and treasures shrouded in legend. Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh are a paradise for divers and snorkellers, and the Sultanate of Oman with its Grand Mosque and Al Alam Palace make for a diverse contrast to the megacity of Dubai.

from Limassol to Dubai

Cruise dates:from 27.10.2015 to 10.11.2015 (14 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1532

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

Highlights of this cruise

  • A metropolis of contrasts, deep in the desert: Dubai.
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites: Petra**; the city carved into the rock.
  • IMPULSE & INSPIRATION events on the theme “Bazaar of life: communication, haggling and diplomacy”.




Tue, 27.10.2015

Flight from Düsseldorf to Larnaca and transfer to the embarkation point
Overnight stay on board

Explore Cyprus, the “island of the gods”, with our pre-cruise programme*.

Wed, 28.10.2015

Limassol, departure 6.00 hrs
Port Said/Egypt, arrival 21.30 hrs

Thu, 29.10.2015

Port Said, departure approx. 5.00 hrs
Daytime passage through the Suez Canal

Port Said
The city on the Suez Canal will be your starting point for a trip into the realm of the pharaohs. Discover the treasures of Cairo and Luxor** on a two-day cross-country trip. Alternatively, the passage along the Suez Canal promises to be a unique cruising experience as the banks drift by within arm’s reach.

Fri, 30.10.2015

Hurghada/Egypt , 05.00 – 21.00 hrs

This popular resort on the Red Sea is a paradise for divers and snorkellers. Our travel concierge service will be happy to arrange a private diving experience**. Alternatively, set off on a spectacular quad bike tour** across the desert to a Bedouin camp.

Sat, 31.10.2015

Aqaba/Jordan, 8.00 – 20.00 hrs

In the heart of the desert lies one of the greatest wonders of the Orient: the legendary rock city of Petra** rises up at the end of a narrow canyon, carved out of the red cliffs of the mountains of Edom by the Nabataeans over 2,000 years ago.

Sun, 01.11.2015

Sharm el Sheikh/Egypt, 5.00 – 18.00 hrs

Sharm el Sheikh
A fantastic underwater world awaits you at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula – our travel concierge service will be happy to arrange a private diving adventure** for you. Explore the desert in an active way – hiking in Wadi Mandar and sandboarding in the Nabq Protected Area**.

Mon, 02.11.2015
- Thu, 05.11.2015

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 06.11.2015

Salalah/Oman, 10.00 – 17.00 hrs

You will be greeted by the scent of incense at the traditional Al Husn Souk in this old port city. Dive into the unique atmosphere or enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel beach** – swim, sunbathe and let your spirit soar.

Sat, 07.11.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 08.11.2015

Muscat/Oman, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

The capital city of the Sultanate of Oman is a melting pot of tradition and modernity – palaces, mosques, souks and the oriental goings-on promise unforgettable experiences. A city tour** will take you to sights including the Grand Mosque and Al Alam Palace. With a little luck, you will spot dolphins on a catamaran trip along the coast** as you stop at the most beautiful points to go for a swim.

Mon, 09.11.2015

Dubai/United Arab Emirates, arrival 16.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Dubai, city of superlatives on the Arab-Persian Gulf, seems as if straight from Arabian Nights. Marvel at the views from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, immerse yourself in the historic Bastakiya quarter, tour the Jumeirah Mosque, which can also be entered by non-Muslims or enjoy a spectacular desert safari** far from the city.

Tue, 10.11.2015

Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Towers glittering in the desert sand: the skyline of Dubai speaks to the rapid development of an entire region. Explore the megacity on your own. After this fitting conclusion, set off on your journey home on the following day – or stay a little longer in the bustling boom town with our post-cruise programme*.

* The pre- and post-cruise programmes listed are not included in the cruise price.
** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:




Olympic ski champion Maria Höfl-Riesch will be on board exclusively for you and present her fitness programme BE.YOU. with personal body analysis, special diet and optimised training tailored to your personal parameters.


ensemble mini - an orchestra for the future

A group of soloists in their own right, ensemble mini prides itself as an orchestra of individuals. Founded by young players from the Berliner Philharmoniker with the young British conductor, Joolz Gale, it offers an opportunity for today's best young professionals from all over Europe to perform in the intimate setting of the mini-orchestra.

Embracing the motto ‘small is beautiful’, each project aims to focus on one particular composer or theme, reducing to the max the artistic, historical and musical relationship between the symphonic composer and ensemble. Consisting of between 5 and 20 players, many of these projects include newly commissioned arrangements, following the tradition of Schoenberg's Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen, Wien.

The ensemble of has received much critical acclaim, most recently in Auditorio Nacional Madrid and Philharmonie Berlin and featured widely on media platforms such as 3sat Kulturzeit, Deutschlandradio Kultur, WDR, RBB and DLF. For the MS EUROPA 2, ensemble mini plays a beautiful variety of works by Mahler, Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss.

ensemble mini - an orchestra for the future

Impulse & Inspiration

Broaden your horizons: IMPULSE & INSPIRATION

Space for new thoughts and ideas emerges when the wind and waves define the rhythm. Our series of events with the same name offers IMPULSE & INSPIRATION on selected cruises, be it self-management, your work–life balance or societal and personal models for the future. On board you will be met by leading trend researchers and experts from the fields of politics, business, science and culture. Gain new insights into our environments from presentations, discussions and courses.

On this cruise, we will be discussing the theme "The bazaar of life: communication, haggling and diplomacy"