The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Dubai; one night in Dubai at Gold Swiss-Belhotel; seven nights’ cruise in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, with stops in Fujairah, Muscat, and Abu Dhabi; eight breakfasts, six lunches, seven dinners; hotel-to-port transfer; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $1,399—plus estimated airport and cruise taxes and fees of up to $245.
When Feb. 18, 2012 ($1,399); add from $20 for Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 25, March 3, 10; from 200 for Feb. 11; from $290 for Nov. 26, 2011; from $300 for Dec. 10; from $380 for Dec. 31; from $420 for Jan. 7, 2012; from $430 for Dec. 3, 2011; from $800 for Jan. 14l from $930 for Nov. 19, 2011; from $950 for Jan. 21, 2012; from $960 for March 17.
Gateways New York ($1,399); add from $100 for Chicago; from $174 for Washington, D.C.; from $299 for L.A.; from $593 for Miami; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Does not include up to $245 in airport and cruise taxes and fees, and round-trip airport transfers, which average $62 per three-person vehicle, each way. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $100. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.
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Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest round-trip airfare from New York to Dubai starts from $853 with taxes for travel in mid-February (Gulf Air). Add to that $135 per person, including tax, for one night at Gold Swiss-Belhotel and $759 for a seven-night Persian Gulf/Gulf of Oman cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, and you’d be paying $1,747 for just the airfare and accommodations. For $103 less than that, this package covers the flight, one night’s hotel accommodation and a seven-night cruise, plus 21 meals, hotel-to-port transfer, all taxes and fees, and offers the added convenience of all-in-one booking.
More Additional excursions/activities are available for a fee, including a five-hour Wonders of Dubai tour for $39 per person, and a five-hour East Coast tour in Fujairah for $49 per person. Upgrade your room aboard Brilliance of the Seas from $120 per person. Extend your stay in Dubai at the Gold Swiss-Belhotel from $105 per person per night.