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Mar 8, 2015 - Phuket, Thailand - Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015…Phuket, Thailand We set the clock back last night one hour, but Bill actually set it two hours so we were up at 5:30 am instead of 7:30; but that was Ok as it gave me plenty of time to get into the emails to see if our tours in Petra and Ephesus were able to be changed to the new dates. And they were so I can tell everyone the tours are on! Thank goodness. It did eat up a lot of my remaining minutes on the internet but well worth it for the peace of mind knowing that our tours are still OK. We are on our way to ride...

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Mar 7, 2015 - Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia - Saturday, March 7, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015…Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia We arrived in Penang to overcast skies and a lot of smog and humidity. We are now arriving in the areas of the world with a lot of pollution in the air. They say the worse is Mumbai so I guess we will see when we get there. Today we have a tour arranged by Janis Farrell. Her tour started out funny…we found a driver who said he was ours only to find out he was really someone else’s on the ship so back to the ship we went to what we thought would be to change cars and drivers, but all we...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Port Klang, Malaysia (kuala Lumpur)

Friday, March 6, 2015…Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) Happy 68th Birthday Bill. He awoke to cards from us and a Happy Birthday sign on the door and in the room. He also got cards from the Captain and crew and from our travel agents on board. It was very nice. Tonight we will go to the Pinnacle Grill, just the two of us for dinner. He loved the cards and said to tell you all so. He also got the email message from Kaitlyn so he was set for the day. We went on a HAL tour for 4.5 hrs. to a lake for a boat ride, stopped at a mosque. Wait to you see...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Singapore x 2 days

Wednesday, March 04, 2015…Singapore We arrived at our berth early this am and Jerry, Kathy, Bill and I left for our day in Singapore. We first walked through the terminal which is like a large airport with shops and eateries all over. We bought our two day ticket for the MRT, their subway system which is very clean and nice. The tickets were $20 Singapore for one day $26 Singapore for two days, so we went with the two day pass. We went directly to the Singapore Flyer, a large Ferris wheel which rotates one rotation per ½ hour. We went early...

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Mar 2, 2015 - Jakarta, Indonesia (Tanjung Priok) - Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday, March 02, 2015… Jakarta, Indonesia (Tanjung Priok) This is a large container and working port; not scenic at all. It takes about an hour to get to the city from here and it is highly suggested you use the transfer service to get there. We are on a Highlights tour as there was not much to excite us here. I was not about to go to Obama’s elementary school for a visit nor on an 8 hour tour of the city. So we decided on a 5 ½ hr. tour remembering it takes an hour each way to get to Jakarta. We have just come back from watching our ship...

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Mar 2, 2015 - Semarang (Java) Indonesia - Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sunday, March 01, 2015 Semarang (Java) Indonesia We are up and at it today….to breakfast by 5 am, the Lido opened early for all of us on the Borobudur Tour. Ours meets at 6 am and we take both bus and train to get there. It is supposed to be one of the most incredible sights in South East Asia, the Temple of Borobudur. Everyone has warned us about the traffic; it is supposed to be horrendous. The temple itself has the most wonderful views; at the top is the Great Stupa which towers above all the other 76 of them. Once we arrive at the...

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Mar 2, 2015 - Day of Rest at Sea - Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Saturday, February 28th, 2015…Day of Rest at Sea Did nothing today, played tiles and I won this time. We walked a little and rested for our big day tomorrow. Dinner was an Indonesian dinner which I thought was good. Went up to the Crow’s Nest at 9 and danced until 11:30. We then took showers and tried to sleep until alarm at 4:30 am. Oh, I did find out the name of the coffee for you. It is called Lowak Coffee and the animal involved in the pooping process is the Civet. Not 100% sure of spelling here, but that’s Ok.

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Feb 26, 2015 - 2 days in Bali - February 26th & 27th

Thursday, February 26, 2015 …arrived in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia We arrived to a very warm and humid day and very warm people. There was a band and dancers waiting for us on the docks…see pictures already posted! We grabbed a cab with Diek and Marcia for $50/couple for the day. We also discovered there was pretty good free internet in the terminal at the port so we will use this later. Marcia had done the research for this day so we went with her suggestions. We first went to Tengonan, a walled mountain village built by the earliest settlers...

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Feb 25, 2015 - 2 days at sea before Bali - February 24th and 25th

Tuesday, February 24, 2015…sailing away from Au towards Indonesia We had a quiet day at sea. Bill and I attended the shore excursion review of the next few islands. We also went to trivia to watch again as our friends play. I think I only got two right; Bill did better as we ended up with14. After lunch I went to the spa and had my toenails cut and polished. I needed a softer color for tonight’s formal night and our Dinner with the Captain in the Pinnacle. At 4;30 I went and had my hair done, she actually parted it on the left side and was...

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Feb 23, 2015 - Geraldton 3rd missed port - Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015…Geraldton 3rd missed port We awoke to what we had suspected another missed port due to the high, choppy waves. It would be too dangerous to tender over a mile to shore in this rough sea, so we skip this port. The Captain is trying to get us into Bali early around 9 am instead of 4 pm. This would be a plus, but we wait his announcement of whether a berth is open or not. It still was a wonderful day even though it was at sea. The Captain was able to get an early berth in Bali so we will arrive at 8am instead of 4pm....

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Feb 22, 2015 - Freemantle/Perth Saturday, February 21, 2015 and February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015…Freemantle/Perth Today we have a HAL excursion to a wildlife park and a cruise down the Swan River. We did not leave for this excursion until 12:30 pm so we had time to use the free Wi-Fi in the terminal. I thought everything was going well, pictures uploaded but never connected to the blog….then as more and more people were using the Wi-Fi, it was impossible to connect, so we gave up thinking we would try in the later evening time. We left on a big bus for our tour, thinking we were going a long distance when in...

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Feb 19, 2015 - Albany and at sea - 18th, 19th and 20th of February

Tuesday, February 18, 2015 Woke early this morning, still somewhat sleepy but awake. I started watching the movie again and it’s really getting good. Tomorrow we are at port, a place called Albany (Elbenny). It is whaling town, so we will probably go to the whaling museum for starts. No organized tour, just ourselves, Jerry and Kathy and Ada and Chuck. Cool outside just like yesterday in the 60’s; although from what we can tell much warmer than NY or even Charlotte. The seas are still angry, swells are large and we sway from side to side,...

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