Suez Canal

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

At 600 AM on March 31, 2017, we entered the Suez Canal at the port of Suez City for a 9 hour transit to the Mediterranean Sea. The canal separates the Nile basin and the Sinai Peninsula the later being all desert.  In the canal many local fishermen in their small boats fish around the shore and bouys avoiding the large ships passing through. In February of 2016, a new section of the canal was opened allowing for ships to pass one another. There is lots of activity, such as continuous dredging in the canal, several ferry crossings and even a...

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Petra Jordan

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

On March 29, 2017, we traveled to Petra, The Rose City, one of the  new seven wonders of the World. Petra is a 2 and a half hour drive from Aqaba through desert and mountain ranges and past many Bedouin camps. Once at the site, there is about a 20 minute down hill walk past some tombs carved out of the rock to the entrance of the the Siq which leads to the city. The Siq is a long narrow natural pass cut through the mountains that opens up into a valley that is now known as Petra. At the end of the Siq is a very large and ornate tomb...

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Aqaba Jorden

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

Aqaba in Jorden was our stop on March 28, 2017, for a two day stay. From the port area you can see downtown Aqaba and on the far bank Israel.  On day one we took the shuttle bus into town to the information center. Once in town there was an open air bus that took a 30 minute tour of the town, so we decide to go. It first took us to the new area lots of construction was happening and then we stoped there to get a panoramic view of Aqaba.  We then traveled through the shopping districts which had all kinds of vendors, both in stores and on the...

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Muscat Oman

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

From India we crossed the Indian Ocean and docked in Muscat, Oman on March 22, 2017. In Oman we had a full day starting with the local fish market, then proceeding to the Hajar Mountains and our second destination, Nizwa. In Nizwa we visited a traditional souq and the Nizwa Fort, which was built in the 1650s and is now Oman’s most visited National Monument. We left Nizwa and went to the town of Bahla. Here we stopped to view the Balha Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and then proceeded to our final stop, the Jabrin Castle, another...

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Mumbai at Night

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

On the evening of March 18, 2017, we went into the city at night in order to see some of Mumbai’s major attractions. We first went to the Gateway to India, a monument built in 1911, to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai.  Then once again we saw Victoria Station which was now totally illuminated. Meandering through the busy streets there were many sights to be seen. We even came upon a large cricket field completely decorated for a wedding reception, that was to be held later that night. After we returned to...

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Mumbai India

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

We docked in Mumbai, India on March 18, 2017, for another overnight stay. We started the day by traveling through the city passing by Victoria Station and the Town Hall on our way to the neighborhood of Khotachiwadi to view a cluster of Portuguese-style homes that have stood here since the late 17th century or early 18th century. Some of them have been restored to their original style. From there we went to the temple complex of Banganga—one of Mumbai’s holiest sites and the oldest surviving structure in the city. While we were there several...

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Galle Sri Lanka

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

On March 15, 2017, we traveled to Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after docking in Colombo, Sri Lanka. On our way we stopped at the Handunugoda Tea Estate, the only producer of Virgin White Tea in Sri Lanka. Here we took tour of the grounds and sampled the tea in the owners home. After visiting the tea estate, we stopped just outside of Galle to watch the stilt fishermen, that sit on poles while they fish. Then it was off to Galle Fort, that was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the...

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Klang Malaysia

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

We arrived in Malaysia at Port Klang on March 11, 2017. At the port there is  a long pier that connects the ship and the cruise terminal. Our tour took us past many large Palm Oil Plantations, small villages to a typical Malay Home. The home was constructed of timber and was built on stilts for ventilation. From the home we went to see Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque or Blue Mosque, which is the country’s largest. Then it was on to the Little India district, a shopping section in Klang where such items as saris, Indian food and...

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Singapore Day 2

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

Our second day in Singapore, March 10, 2017, was spent in the Marina Bay area, which includes the Singapore River and Marina Bay. To get to Boat Quay, on the Singapore River we took the metro which  is modern and very easy to use. Once above ground we went along the river towards Marina Bay, where the city’s iconic monument the Merlion over looks the bay. The bay has many attractions situated on its shores like the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer. Returning along the river walk, we passed  statues depicting life here both past...

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Singapore at Night

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in 2017 Third Segment | 0 comments

We were overnight in Singapore, on March 9, 2017, and the views from the ship of the skyline included  the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Gardens by the Bay. The night included a show under the stars by Debby Bacon, the entertainer that usually performs in the piano bar on the ship, at the Seaview Pool on deck eight. There was also a good view of the Super Trees’ nightly light show. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Debby under the stars Debby under the stars Debby...

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