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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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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 - 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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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 - 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 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 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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