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Apr 8, 2015 - From cars to cows

Charlotte, NC We have been to Presidential Library’s all over the US so why not check out the library of evangelist Billy Graham? It is the #1 attraction in Charlotte per Trip Advisor (NASCAR Hall of Fame is #2). The Library is actually a dairy barn with a 40'-high glass cross that contains the doors. Inside there are the museum, a cafe and a bookstore. At the start of the tour we were greeted by Bessie, a mechanical "talking" cow. Bessie tells visitors how a young Billy Frank used to practice preaching as he milked her. The tour continues...

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Apr 7, 2015 - 2 days in Israel 4/5 and 4/6/15

Sunday, April 5, 2015… Easter in Ashdod, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem Israel The day dawned bright and sunny although cool. We docked and went through extensive face to face immigration. They do not stamp your passport here just in case you go to unfriendly Arab countries such as Iran, Iraq, or Syria. I had read that somewhere but had forgotten it. Anyway we met our group and set off to Jerusalem. We were only 13 miles from Gaza Strip and we did see some cement bunkers in the port before we left Ashdod. On the way to Jerusalem we saw a cemetery...

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Apr 7, 2015 - Ephesus 3/8/15 and Tuesday, April 07, 2015 Day at Sea

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 Day at Sea Today we are heading towards Ephesus and have a day of rest. We did not do much until the evening when we had the Mariners appreciation cocktail party and dinner. It was a formal night with free wine and drinks all night long. Needless to say I am feeling no pain at this time and Dad is already asleep as I write this blog note. Our guests, the CEO Stein Kruse and his wife Linda and the new President Orlando Ashford are aboard so all is in order for them. They even refinished the decks for their arrival. We...

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Apr 7, 2015 - Vrooom

Charlotte, NC The Charlotte Knights, a farm team for the Chicago White Sox, play at Knights Stadium. The ball park, however, is actually across the state line from Charlotte, NC in Fort Mill, SC. Fort Mill, painted their water tower to resemble a baseball. Naturally, wanting to be well-rounded individuals, we stopped to see it. Sure enough, it looks like a baseball. We also checked out the world’s smallest police station. To complete our education for the day, we then stopped at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. The NASCAR Hall of Fame...

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Apr 4, 2015 - at Sea - Wednesday April 1st, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 ….At Sea sailing to Petra We set clocks back another hour last night and awoke this morning to the Toilet Flush Test at 6 am. Wow, what a wakeup call that was!!!! Our On Location paper today was packed with new activities for today. We missed kissing class at 3 am, but did participate in the wake up call when the flush test took place. After breakfast we are going to the 9:30 Good Morning Amsterdam Show with Gene and George, the celebrity chef we have met and actually had cocktails with last evening. He is a truly...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Day at Sea - Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015…A Day at Sea on the way to Ashdod, Israel Can you believe it; We missed the Valley of the Kings and the Pyramids + for going to Israel on Easter Sunday. We will arrive in Ashdod on Sunday morning. Ashdod is the port of call for Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Talk about crowds and more crowds. We have no idea what we will be able to see but have a private tour for the two days at $99/pp/day (we also will dock the next day, Monday, in Haifa, Israel) where it is the stepping stone for Tel Aviv. We have been told we will go to...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Transiting the Canal - Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015…Transiting the Canal Well, we made it as the Egyptian authorities wanted, but once we were here they decided we and the Pacific Princess of the Princess line also on their World Cruise could wait…and wait we did anchored in the bay outside of Suez Canal until the Egyptians decided it was finally time to move us into the line to go through the canal around 3-4 pm, the Pacific Princess was behind us. We did not get the daylight transit through the canal as we wanted but did see the beginning of the canal with green Egypt...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Aqaba, Jordan, gateway to Petra -Thursday, April 2, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015…Aqaba, Jordan, gateway to Petra Happy Birthday to my sister, Jackie…How OLD? Have a great day sis! Love ya Petra also known as the Rose-Red City was founded more than 2200 years ago by the Nabataeans, one of the most gifted people in history. They settled in Southern Jordan from their original home on the Arabian Peninsula. They were in the very successful caravaneering business and became the undisputed masters of the region’s trade routes. They collected tolls and fees for protecting caravans laden with Arabian...

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Mar 31, 2015 - A Day in the Red Sea - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015…A Day in the Red Sea Today all is calm. After yesterday with all the anticipation of the passing through the Veil and Tears, it is nice to relax and enjoy the day. I did forget to tell you all that at 6 pm last night a military war ship was seen close to our ship. We have no idea whose ship it was but it was a destroyer from somewhere. Most believe it was either Egyptian or Saudi’s. It did not bother us just appeared to be checking us out to be sure all was OK, I think! We did not plan to do much today, we did go to...

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Mar 30, 2015 - At Sea - Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015…At Sea shooting through the pass to the Red Sea Good Morning America…we are getting ready to increase our speed to almost max to shoot through the Veil of Tears I told you about. Still cannot find the spelling of the real name of this small opening to the Red Sea but I will keep trying. The closest I can get is Babelgab Strait. Around 11:30 we started into the narrow strait and by 1 we were seeing land on the starboard side of the ship. Yep, you guessed it, it was Yemen. Tried to captured a few pictures but it was...

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Mar 29, 2015 - 1001 Arabian Nights sailaway & Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Sea

Sunday, March 29, 2015…At sea sailing through the Sea of Aden to the Red Sea towards Aqaba (Petra), Jordan Forgot to mention the sail away party was themed, 1001 Arabian Sights Sail away…it was really fun. Last night we ate with new friends, Diane and John St. John. They had asked us to join them at their table for dinner and we enjoyed their company very much. They are such a nice couple and really seem to be a very happy couple as well which makes everything so much nicer. We have met many people on board but I have to say John and Diane...

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Mar 29, 2015 - Salalah, Oman - Saturday, March 28, 2015… Salalah, Oman

Saturday, March 28, 2015… Salalah, Oman We arrive and it was a little foggy, later we found out it was swirling sand causing the fogginess. It was warm but not as hot as it has been. High of 83 degrees the Captain said, but remember his thermometer is in the shade; so he tells us. We left the ship for our private tour with Ada and Chuck at 8 am. The driver said he would meet us at the ship; well it did not work out that way and Ada started to have a meltdown. She has “panic attacks” and then becomes very upset with everyone involved at the...

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