2017 Third Segment

Suez Canal

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 new city being built in the desert. The thumbnail...

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Petra Jordan

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 called The Treasury. As you leave the Treasury and head...

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Aqaba Jorden

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 street. After the tour we walked in the small park...

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Muscat Oman

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 impressive castle built in the 1600s. The thumbnail...

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Mumbai at Night

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 the ship, we were entertained by a local Bollywood...

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Mumbai India

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 ceremonies were taking place in the small temples...

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