Love Boats: The World's Sexiest Cruises

by Jason Harper

The Exotic Route

The Vessel: Silver Whisper

The Circuit: Mumbai to Dubai, with stops in Oman

Perfect For: Been_there, done-that types

Heard friends talking about the latest "it" spot, Muscat? Oman holds out a promise of a long-lost Arabia with marketplaces selling frankincense, hammered gold plates, and faultless diamond earrings. It's just another stop for the 610-foot Silver Whisper on its voyage from Mumbai, India, to the Vegas of the Middle East, Dubai (other ports of call are Khasab, Oman, and Fujairah, UAE). The ship is owned by the Italian company Silversea, which specializes in off-the-radar routes amid opulent surroundings. All rooms are suites, with more space per guest than any other cruise line (you share the vessel with hundreds, not thousands). First-tier amenities include toiletries by Acqua di Parma, cigars from Davidoff, and Pommery Champagne; even the menus were created by Relais & Chateaux chefs. And when you spy the port of Muscat from your teak veranda, you'll be prepared: The concierge has perfect shopping suggestions, so you can bring some of that Arabian exoticism home.
From $4,595 for a basic suite to $15,795 for the Owner's Suite, per person, for eight days

Tel: 877 760 9052

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