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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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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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Mar 27, 2015 - Day at Sea going towards Salalah, Oman - Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015… Day at Sea going towards Salalah, Oman. We are getting closer and closer to the war in Yemen where the Saudi’s are bombing to try to push back the insurgents. When we arrive tomorrow in Salalah, we will be close to the border of Yemen, closer than is comfortable but they say we will be fine. We also have to cruise right along the coast of Yemen to enter the Red Sea then the Suez Canal; so we will be in this area for at least two full days maybe more. We have seen our 24 hour guards on the decks with the infra-red...

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Mar 27, 2015 - Muscat, Oman -Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Muscat, Oman

Thursday, March 26, 2015…Muscat, Oman We arrived in Muscat during the night, the Captain said we would arrive about 1 am but no one would be allowed off the ship until it was cleared by immigration in the morning. I think that was mostly for the staff as they like to leave the ship at night for fun and for internet reasons. The city is absolutely gorgeous, all while buildings against the dark mountains, no trees on the mountains, just dark and light stones. I do not believe this is a volcanic stone, but without internet to check it out...

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Mar 24, 2015 - 2 days in Dubai...March 23rd and 24th, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015…Dubai, UAE We arrived in Dubai around noon. Dubai is the second largest of the seven United Arab Emirates in geographic area, but with 2 million residents, it is the largest in population. When oil was discovered in 1966, Dubai became an overnight international destination. In 1971, the sultan joined the seven others to form the UAE and since then Dubai has become known for its incredible architecture and feats of engineering like building Palm Island. Dubai is now the home to the largest building in the world, the...

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Mar 23, 2015 - Coming Home

I check out of my room at the Taj Palacae Hotel where the staff bids me a safe trip home in their typical cordial manner that I have grown so accustomed to in the short days I have been here. I am happy to return to my friends and family but am sad to leave the culture that enthralls me so - but I know once I return back to the states that being with my friends and family will fill the void that India has left in my heart... or, y'know, some type of pseudo-romantic Hallmark junk that can describe the feeling of not wanting to leave a place...

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Mar 22, 2015 - Days at Sea towards Dubai. - Saturday, March 21, 2015 and Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015…a day at sea sailing towards Dubai We gained another hour last night, although we did not realize it until we went to breakfast this morning. When we went to bed we were so tired we failed to read the messages left on our bed. Of well! We went to the lecture on Great Ocean Liners. Dad has another Improv class today and I am writing this blog to catch up….then will read. Oh, I remembered our guides name from Mumbai Magic, she was Benita. What a lovely lady and she was so knowledgeable of her history and city. Just to...

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Mar 21, 2015 - 2 1/2 days in Mumbai, India March 19-20th

Thursday, March 19, 2015…Mumbai, India Wow we are here, Mumbai, India. I never thought I would be here in this ancient country. It is the 4th largest city in the world in population. It is a city of contrasts, old and new with some of the richest people and poorest people living here. Today we are with Mumbai Magic and a tour I have arranged for 15 people for the 2 ½ days we are here. We will tour today, tonight and the next day all full days and it will be very tiring; but let’s get started…. Mumbai was changed from Bombay to Mumbai in...

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Mar 21, 2015 - Day at Sea - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015…Day at Sea We are now in the Arabian Sea, another new sea for us. We are under code red still and the Captain just came on the intercom with a stern lecture to all guests who are hiding their illness or breaking quarantine. So far, your Dad and I do not have any symptoms, but who knows. The Captain has warned us all if this continues the ship could be quarantined in a port and decontaminated, leaving us on the shore without a place to go. I am sure they would put us up somewhere but unknown where at this point and...

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