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Mar 29, 2015 - 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 - Friday, March 27, 2015… Day at Sea going towards Salalah, Oman.

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

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 - Wednesday, March 18, 2015…Day at Sea

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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Mar 17, 2015 - Tuesday, March 17, 2015… Cochin, India (Kochi)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015… Cochin, India (Kochi) We began our morning with an extensive immigration check by the Indian officials before we could leave the ship; therefore we were late starting out tour. The tour was to start at 9 but actually started closer to 10. Our guide spoke English well; our coach was comfortable for our group. There were 12 of us on the 18 seat coach so we were very comfortable when traveling. Today we stayed in the city, the old city called the Fort area. We saw so many tourist shops and vendors were very aggressive...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Saturday, February 14, 2015…sailing towards Sri Lanka

Saturday, February 14, 2015…sailing towards Sri Lanka Second sea day was mostly restful. We attended the presentation on the new ship the Koningsdam. Koning means king in Dutch and celebrates their new king, the first in over 100 years and dam is added to all the HAL ships. It will hold over 2600 passengers and have more restaurants than the smaller ships. It does have some really nice itineraries but with the World for 2016, doubtful for us. We also attended a guest speaker’s, Roberta Shaw, lecture on comedy, SNL and Second City in Chicago...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Monday, March 16, 2015 Day at Sea on the way to Cochin, India.

Monday, March 16, 2015 Day at Sea on the way to Cochin, India. Tomorrow is another face to face with custom/immigration officials. We will go in groups to meet with and give our passports to them for review. We need to carry our entrance card and a copy of our passport with us anytime we are off the ship. Cochin, India is in the Southern end of the country of India and faces the Indian Ocean. This area has been a draw for the seafaring ships bringing trade to the city since before Kulai Khan. The Romans, then the Chinese came here to trade...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Sunday, March 15, 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sunday, March 15, 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka Colombo is the capital city of this island nation of Sri Lanka. It was a kingdom, became a colony of the Portuguese, Dutch and finally the British. These influences will be seen all over, in the architecture, cuisine and culture of this bustling port city. You may remember the tsunami that occurred here and wipe our thousands of people, homes and devastated this country. We have a private tour which will take us to the center of this devastation where we will go to the Galle Fort a good place to...

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