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Join STI as we cruise through the United Arab Emirates to see iconic landmarks, including the tallest structure in the world and a Majestic Mosque made from over 100,000 tons of White marble! Shop the infamous markets in Abu Dhabi, Discover the Arabian Outback in Sir Bani Yas, visit a Unesco World Heritage site in Bahrain and wander the streets of the modern, sleek Metropolitan Oasis of Doha!

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Come aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas and enjoy fine dining, entertainment and endless amenities as we cruise through the beautiful countries in and around the United Arab Emirates. Ascend to the top of the tallest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai to take in stunning views of the sprawling, rich, and modern city. Learn of its’ evolution from a small fishing and pearling village to the now global center for tourism and finance, at the Dubai Museum, or stroll through the Al Fahidi Historical District to get an impression of life before the discovery of oil. The sand-colored homes, art galleries and cafes line the narrow walkways. Don’t miss the Souq Madinet Jumeirah, the maze-like bazaar riddled with shops and restaurants, along wood-framed walkways. Next, we cruise on to Doha, Qatar, also known as the “Metropolitan Oasis.” Visit the Museum of Islamic Art or explore Chic Pearl, the human made island with yacht lined marinas, malls and restaurants. The fast growing, modern city is sure to amaze us from the stunning architecture to the trendy shops, cafes and restaurants we will find there. Once we arrive in Bahrain, Bahrain, arabic for “Two Seas”, head over to the Adliya Neighborhood, Manama’s flourishing art and foodie scene, or visit Qa’lat Al Bahrain, the stunning monument with stone arches that date back to the 15th century. Bahrain is also home to an Unesco World Heritage Site, Bahrain Fort, built by the Portuguese, in the 16th century, as part of their defense along the gulf. Our next stop is Sir Bani Yas, the “Arabian Outback.” This desert island is home to thousands of free-roaming animals amongst a gorgeous desert landscape. Take a 4X4 on an adventure to see cheetahs, giraffes, sand gazelles and more, or visit the ruins of Sir Bani Yas Christian Church and Monastery, dating back to 600 A.D. As we arrive in Abu Dhabi, plan an excursion to the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The captivating structure was built with over 100,000 tons of white Greek and Macedonian marble and has 1,000 pillars, 80 marble domes and floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones. After taking some breathtaking photos, start making your way through some of the famous Abu Dhabi Markets for souvenirs and gifts before we cruise back into Dubai, where we will dock for our last night!

Inclusive Features:

  • 7 Nights Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas
  • Visit these exciting ports: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; Bahrain, Bahrain; Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • 6 Sumptuous Meals Daily in the 3 story Main Dining Room, Windjammer Cafe and Specialty Dining Restaurants
  • Specialty Dining at Chops, Giovanni’s Table, Izumi, Rita’s Cantina or Chef’s Table for the Ultimate Gourmet Experience.
  • 24 Hour Complimentary Cabin/Room Service
  • 3 Pools and 3 Whirlpools
  • Poolside, outdoor Movie Screen
  • State-of-the-Art Show Lounges
  • Entertainment place, a contemporary night club district where more intimate venues cater to different preferences like Casino Royale, the largest casino at sea, Salsa Dancing, Piano Sing-Alongs, Club DJs, Live Bands, Theme Nights and Guest Entertainers.
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center & Elemis Signature spa treatments
  • Royal Promenade: Shop til you drop at Kate Spade, Bulgari and Cartier, and more.
  • Push Your Limits on the Rock Climbing Wall- Your STI Concierge Team is on site to Cheer You On!
  • The Solarium: Your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
  • Themed bar and lounges
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner

EXCLUSIVE SINGLES TRAVEL FEATURES:

  • STI Concierge Team service assures that you get the most from your “big ship” cruise experience. With all the innovation and what seems like so many things to do, so many dining choices, leave it to us, your Jewel EXPERTS.**(see below)
  • OPTIONAL 1 or 2 NIGHT PRE CRUISE PACKAGES IN DUBAI
  • OPTIONAL, ALA CARTE SPECIALTY DINNER & SHOW RESERVATIONS COORDINATED ONBOARD BY STI CONCIERGE SO THAT YOU DINE & PLAY WITH OTHER SINGLES*
  • WELCOME ABOARD ICE BREAKER PARTY WITH COMPLIMENTARY BON VOYAGE DRINK
  • BREAKFAST CLUB EACH MORNING
  • COORDINATED ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS OF OUR GROUP MAY INCLUDE: Dance Lessons, Wine Tasting, Cooking Lessons, 70s Dance Party, Guest Hosted Cabin Parties, Jacuzzi Party Under the Stars, Adventure Team Sport Events, Golf Tournament, Ice Cream Social, Pub Crawl, Ladies Night at the Spa, Meet the Captain and Dine with the Officers.
  • HAPPY HOUR CLUB (Drinks Optional) – Themes will be announced before your cruise so you have plenty of time to prepare!
  • CLUB STI: OUR VERSION OF THE HOSPITALITY DESK WITH A FUN AND CASUAL ATMOSPHERE.
  • FAREWELL PARTY
  • MEETUP IN EACH PORT FOR INDEPENDENT MEMBERS TO GET TOGETHER BEFORE GOING ASHORE
  • OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN EVERY PORT
  • PORT CHARGES, GOVERNMENT FEES AND FUEL SURCHARGES OF UP TO $506 ARE INCLUDED IN OUR FARE
  • PRIVATE MEMBERS ONLY CHAT FOR THIS TOUR – Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!
  • SPECIAL ATTENTION FROM SINGLES TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL CONCIERGE**(see below)
  • GREAT TIMES WITH MATURE SINGLES IN YOUR AGE RANGE!

*STI will provide each member with a Singles Travel International Activities Calendar so that you are prepared once you board. STI reserves the same shows for our group and specialty restaurant reservations will be taken at our Welcome Aboard meeting.

**Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Inclusive features, pre and post cruise hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

Itinerary

Sat, Mar 13:  Dubai, UAE – Optional 2 Night Pre-Cruise Package Arrivals
Sun, Mar 14:  Dubai, UAE –  Optional 1 Night Pre Cruise Package Arrivals
Mon, Mar 15:  Dubai, UAE – Main Cruise Package Arrivals and Board Ship
Tue, Mar 16:  At Sea  
Wed, Mar 17:  Doha, Qatar 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM  
Thu, Mar 18:  Bahrain, Bahrain 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri, Mar 19:  Sir Bani Yas, UAE 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat, Mar 20:  Abu Dhabi, UAE 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sun, Mar 21:  Dubai, UAE – 8:00 AM (Docked Overnight)
Mon, Mar 22:  Dubai, UAE – Cruise Ends
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Cruise Departs: Monday, March 15, 2021
Return: Monday, March 22, 2021

OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT DUBAI PRE CRUISE PACKAGE – March 13-15, 2021

Our Package includes:

  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • 2 Night Single or Double Occupancy Accommodations at 4-Star Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai
  • Hotel Tax
  • Breakfast (2)
  • HOHO City Tour
  • Optional Dinner and Nightlife
  • Transfer to Ship on March 15
  • Personal Services of our STI Concierge (minimum 20 guests)

OPTIONAL 1 NIGHT DUBAI PRE CRUISE PACKAGE – March 14-15, 2021

Our Package includes:

  • Company of other Single Travelers
  • 1 Night Single or Double Occupancy Accommodations at 4-Star Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai
  • Hotel Tax
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Optional Dinner and Nightlife
  • Transfer to Ship on March 15
  • Personal Services of our STI Concierge (minimum 20 guests)*
*If no concierge, a guest will be designated as a leader to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Note that guests must make the reservation with STI in order to participate in group activities in Dubai. Bookings made directly with the hotel do not qualify.

Optional pre tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Optional Overnight Arabian Desert Safari with Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride – March 14-15, 2021

Pack a small overnight bag and join us for this once in a lifetime experience in Dubai! Our bucket list adventure begins as we climb into an open-roof, vintage Land Rover and set off for the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Enjoy the ride as we hear our guide’s stories of Dubai, past and present, as well as the many customs and traditions we will get to experience throughout the evening. Keep an eye out for Arabian gazelles and oryx as we approach the Bedouin-inspired camp, situated on the grounds of a private royal retreat.

Perhaps you would like to smoke a shisha pipe (Arabic water pipe), get a henna tattoo, or try the traditional mode of Bedouin transport – a camel! Pose for a photo in the sand dunes, as the sun goes down, before we kick back, with an Arabic coffee, to admire a falconry display and dancers performing to traditional Emirati music. Then we take our seats, to share a 4-course feast of traditional Emirati dishes, beneath the stars. After our delicious meal, gather around the bonfire to admire the beautiful night sky, and company of new friends, before we make our way to our tents to settle in for the night.

Early the next morning our guide will escort us to the hot air balloon site. After a safety briefing from our experienced pilot, climb inside the basket and feel your adrenaline race while we rise off the ground. Admire the sunrise as we gently float over the pristine dunes of the Dubai desert and marvel at the breathtaking views. Listen to our pilot share interesting facts about the geology and wildlife of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Snap photos of falcons flying up to 4,000 feet above the earth and, down below, animals such as gazelle and camels roaming around the reserve. After approximately 1-hour in the air, and a smooth touchdown, we will head back to camp for a gourmet breakfast. Reflect on our unforgettable adventure as we ride back to our Dubai hotel to shower and prepare for our transfer to the ship.

Inclusive features, pre and post cruise hotel accommodations are subject to change at any time at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist.


OPTIONAL & PRIVATE SINGLES ONLY TOURS IN ALL PORTS! – Coming Soon!

Note that our cruise begins and ends in Dubai (DXB). Please schedule your flight to arrive in Dubai before 12:00 p.m. on March 15 and depart after 12:00 p.m. from Dubai on March 22.

*Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Royal Caribbean without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.  Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc.  Contact us with your travel requests.  

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after November 13, 2020). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.

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INSURANCE:

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and we sent you a quote regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard’s professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today if you have not received your Travel Guard quote or CLICK HERE to go directly to Travel Guard and request a policy quote. It only takes a few minutes.

FINAL PREPARATION
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

The cruise departs from Dubai (DXB) on March 15, 2021 and ends in Dubai (DXB) on March 22, 2021. Therefore the cruise is 7 nights/8 days.

Add our 1 or 2 night pre cruise package in Dubai to get even more out of your vacation! (See Price My Trip Tab)

 

STI offers a fun filled pre cruise package in Dubai which allows our members to get a head start socializing and increases the odds that you won’t miss the boat! See the Book Now or Price My Trip Tab for details and to make your reservation. If not taking our package, we’ll meet you onboard the ship and meeting details will be provided in your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information document posted to our FAQ tab, 21 days prior to departure.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by November 13, 2020. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you may choose to pay your remaining balance, via PayPal, or contact our accounting department at 877-765-6874 option 4, with your payment details, to secure your reservation. If you make a reservation after November 13, 2020 full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply. Note that on occasion, charges are processed after the final due date, so there is no need to be concerned if you do not see the charges on that day.

**Money Saving Tip:**
While onboard your current cruise, make a reservation for the next cruise and earn valuable shipboard credits ranging from $50 – $200 USD. You may select one of our future sailings from the list provided by our Travel Director/Concierge, make the reservation onboard and Singles Travel International will pick up your reservation when you return home. See the Future Cruise Sales representative aboard your next cruise for details and to make your reservation. STI fees will apply in addition to the cruise line price and range from $120-$300 based on the length of the cruise and our expenses to create our enjoyable, singles only program.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Between November 13 and December 13, 2020 – $450 penalty applies.

*Between December 14 and January 12, 2021 – 75% penalty applies.

*After January 13, 2021 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

Cancellations made prior to final payment may transfer deposit to a future vacation. A $25 transfer fee applies and new selection must be made within 30 days.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

Please schedule your flight to arrive in Dubai before 12:00 p.m. on March 15 and depart after 12:00 p.m. from Dubai on March 22.

Note: Flights from North America must depart on March 14 in order to arrive in Dubai on March 15. Your return flight is the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 8 nights/9 days (first night on airplane).

You are responsible for beverages (except when included in accommodations events), shore tours, casino gambling, shopping and gratuities to ship and Singles Travel International Concierge ($15 per day). Cabin incidentals such as laundry, phone calls and internet access are also at an additional cost and all items will appear on your final billing statement at the end of the cruise. You may also be charged a delivery fee, imposed by our vendors for special delivery of documents including international and expedited documents.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by November 13, 2020. Guarantees are based on the lowest priced category. Upgrades are charged the full single rate less the lowest share credit if no equal match is found.

Of course, single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Royal Caribbean. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 122 days prior to departure.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Embarkation and cabin check-in is from 11:30 AM-4:30 PM. Plan to arrive early in order to take advantage of getting to know the ship and check in with Singles Travel International Concierge.

 

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every cruise sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles cruise experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you board the ship, our STI Concierge Team is waiting to meet you at our Welcome Aboard Get Together. Our first evening begins with a private, welcome aboard cocktail party followed by daily activities both onboard the ship as well as in each port. We dine together each evening in an open seating arrangement so that you have a chance to meet as many people as possible.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

All meals are served either buffet style in a restaurant located on an open deck such as the pool deck or full service in the main dining room at set times referred to as early and late (or first and second) seating. Singles Travel International hosts the Breakfast Club each morning in one of the 2 locations, which are determined via your STI Concierge once onboard and advised to you each day via our weekly STI Program. We reserve late (second) seating for the entire group for dinner and use a round robin seating plan. Guests are assigned a place for the first night and then may sit with whomever they’d like, at any one of our group tables, for the balance of the cruise. Late (second) dining is generally served at 8:30 p.m. and varies by cruise line. If you desire to dine at early (first) seating, please let our reservation specialist know at the time of booking. Note that on most cruises, the majority of our guests choose late (second) seating and by selecting early (first) seating, you may be dining with a smaller group of our guests or perhaps none at all. All dining requests are confirmed once onboard, not in advance and are at the discretion of the cruise line.

In addition, there are generally several ala carte, themed restaurants with and without a fee. Singles Travel International reserves tables of 8 for every night. You may sign up for those options, and therefore enjoy these restaurants in the company of other singles, once onboard the ship.

Yes, there are hairdryers in each cabin. Electrical current is 110, which is the US standard. If sharing a cabin, we recommend bringing along a power strip so that you both may recharge phones, cameras and add additional items such as a curling iron.

March is a great time of year to visit the Middle East. During this month, the temperatures are pleasantly cooler than the harsh summer months in the tropical desert. Expect temperatures in the high 70s to high 80s. A light jacket will be necessary in the evenings, as it gets chilly when the sun goes down.

It is best to drink bottled water. You will find that both still and sparkling water are available aboard our cruise and you may carry off to drink during your excursions. Water is purified in the hotels and restaurants, and it is ok to drink beverages with ice wherever we take you on the tour. More may be purchased as you go and a good way to get small change for bathrooms use and shopping.

It is also not necessary to use bottled water to brush your teeth, as the tap water has also been purified.

A passport is required for travel to the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website. We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.

US passport holders are not required to have visa arrangements prior to departure. When you arrive at Dubai International Airport, proceed to immigration where you will receive a 30-day visit visa stamp in your passport book, free of charge.

Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

There is no baggage limit onboard ship.

Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.

Freestyle Cruising is not too dressy, not too casual. We call it “resort casual”; you’ll call it being on holiday. When you’re ready for dinner, it’s collared shirts and pants or nice jeans for men. Slacks or jeans, dresses, skirts and tops are perfect for women. If you want to dress up and add a little glamour when you dine out, go for it. STI members generally add a little class to any venue! Swimwear, T-shirts and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants after 5:30 p.m. An exception will be made with respect to shorts in the buffet and outdoor restaurants. Presentable jeans may be worn in restaurants in the evenings with the exception of a designated “dress up” restaurant. Daytime wear is casual and comfortable for touring/shopping.

Yes. When visiting the United Arab of Emirates countries, we will need to abide by their dress requirements, especially if visiting the mosque in Dubai.

There is a modest dress code for the Mosque, a place of prayer and where Islamic values are to be respected. Heed the following during your visit.

* Women should have scarves covering their hair, a long dress and long sleeve top, not low in neckline, transparent or clingy or wear a shaila and abaya which will cover you fully. Rentals are available on site.

* Men should not wear shorts at all. Long pants and shirts are acceptable.

* Do not smoke.

* Never enter a mosque in shoes. Remove shoes and leave them in a safe place if provided, if not put in a tie bag and keep at your side.

* Do not eat or drink

* Do not take photos of people without their permission. It is not allowed.

* Men are not allowed in areas of the women’s section where women pray.

* Do not walk in front of people praying.

* Silence your cell phone.

*Do not talk loudly.

Evenings aboard the ship are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning, so a cover up is essential if you tend to get cold easily.

Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around one or two colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A diplomatic attitude
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Slacks, shorts and tops and keep dressing in layers in mind
– Collapsible umbrella (which can double as a sunshade parasol) and/or lightweight raingear.
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap, and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries.
– Power strip to charge more than one item at a time. Only 1 US outlet in your cabin.
– Alternate outlet on the ship and in our hotel in Athens is European, so bring an adapter/converter.

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

The currency used in the UAE countries is the Arab Emirate Dirham, the Bahraini Dinar in Bahrain, and the Qatari Rial in Qatar. For up to date exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Your credit card will be accepted to settle your bill onboard the ship, as well as in major shops and restaurants ashore. All onboard purchases are billed with a guest check and added to your personal shipboard account. At the end of the cruise, you will receive a total bill, which can be paid with cash or charged to a credit card. If you are sharing with another guest, no worries. You will each receive a separate statement which may be reviewed at any time on your interactive TV in the cabin.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, it MAY be required to have a measles vaccination. Please schedule a physical check-up, before your trip, to discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.

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I just came back from a fantastic Mediterranean vacation aboard the Norwegian Epic. STI was fantastic from the office staff to our cruise hostesses June and Georgia. I look forward to traveling with STI again in the future!

Fotolia_58389435_Subscription_Monthly_M_04    Jay S.
    Milford, NH

The Epic Med cruise was fantastic. It was my first trip to Europe and was a nice taste of Spain, Italy and France. The day I saw there was a cruise without a single supplement was when I signed up. Nice group and made lots of new friends. Thanks STI!

Fotolia_58389435_Subscription_Monthly_M_04    Sharon H.
    North Tonawanda, NY