Silversea Luxury Cruises A Tripoli

Tripoli is Libya’s capital and major port on the Mediterranean coast. Also known as Tarabalus Al-Gharb (Tripoli of the West), the city’s history dates back to its founding by the Phoenicians in 1000 BC. Remains of once regal Greek and Roman cities were buried beneath Libya’s sands for eons. Only in the past century, excavation works have brought to light the unbelievable splendor of Libya’s artifacts of antiquity that are among the most spectacular in the Mediterranean region. View more

The country’s stunning connection to the past is also depicted in some world-class museums. Tripoli’s natural harbor and strategic location led to Libya’s position as essential cross-road of cultures with essential ties to Europe and Africa dating back to ancient times. The old walled city was built on the site of a Roman settlement and its basic street plan still follows the grid laid by the Romans. The major thoroughfares of modern Tripoli fan out from Green Square, in front of the Red Castle. Its massive, high walls with three immense gates served as protection against attacks from the interior of Tripolitania and from the sea. The Red Castle still dominates the skyline of Tripoli and houses an excellent museum with fine exhibits on Libya’s past and present. In 1911, Libya came under Italian occupation. During World War II, Tripoli served as base for the Axis powers and some of the fiercest battles took place in the Cyrenaica. After Libya’s independence in 1951, Tripoli started a new era and today this oil-rich nation is ready to welcome visitors from all over, offering an opportunity to experience the strategic and historical role Libya is playing in North Africa. Note: There will be an additional fee for guests who wish to take photographs or videos inside sites visited. These fees will be charged to your onboard account. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at the Port of Tripoli. Distance to the town center is approximately 0.5 miles. Taxis may be available, but their hiring is restricted to guests in possession of an individual Libyan visa. Shopping Shops in the Medina and along Magaref Street offer wares that may be of interest. Gold jewelry, brass and copper items, woolen carpets and spices may be of interest. Most shops in the Medina don’t open before 11:00 a.m. The local currency is the dinar. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, however, credit cards at not. Cuisine Most local restaurants offer typical Libyan cuisine – soup, salad, chicken, lamb or beef with either rice or couscous. Light snacks and soft drinks can be had in small cafés around Green Square and the main streets. Major hotels are the best choice for international cuisine. Reminder: Libya is an alcohol-free country. Other Sites The center of town is best seen on foot. Starting at Green Square, a walk along the old corniche road leads to the cathedral built by the Italians in 1928 and the People’s Palace, formerly the royal palace. Magaref Street is known for some of the best colonial architecture in the city. Special Note: Restroom facilities ashore are limited and very basic. Private arrangements booked through the Tour Office on board are covered by the group visa. However, cars and guides are limited and subject to availability.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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