Cochin, Mangalore, Goa, INDIA

For the next 23 days our ship will be sailing in an area known as High Risk for Piracy.  We will be in permanent contact with the Internatioal Task Force including U.S. and U.K navel forces.  During the hours of darkness, only essential open deck lights will be on.  Our cabin curtins must be closed.…

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Philippines

  The Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands.  The capital is Manila. Puerta Princesa is 306 nautical miles southwest of Manila and is the capital of the island provice of  Palawan. They have the longest underground river in the world is located about 50 miles north of the city. You can hike, zip line…

The Republic of Ireland and Canada

DUBLIN is Ireland's capital city and has been going through a redevelopment in the last few decades. Along side the townhouses, castles, monuments and pubs are grand new hotels, shopping centers, new street architecture and a state of the art tramway system. As Eddie McDonald (my tour guide in 2015 and 2016) put it, young…

England, Northern Ireland

This is the final segment of my world cruise with three weeks to go. We have a love story on our ship. A women named Betsy lost her husband to a heart attack on this very same Ship in February, 2016 on their world cruise. She returned to our ship in New York in January,…

Northern Spain and France

WE are in Spain again for a couple days before we move to France. Our port is La Coruna at the northern tip. I took a ship tour about an hour through the countryside to Santiago de Campostela's old quarter which has those signature stoned narrow streets and small plazas of old Europe. The Santiago…

Cadiz, Spain, and Portugal

We sailed by the Rock of Gibraltar as we continued to Cadiz from Valencia. I have travelled in southern Spain and North Africa over the years and have been to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena, Cadiz, Seville, Cordova and the Island of Ibiza. Each city has its own charm and beautiful architecture. I love the narrow…

Italy

Our first stop in Italy is Messina, Sicily. I have been to Palermo in 1998 with my son, Eddie when we took a Mediterain cruise in 1998 for his college graduation present and then again in 2014 for granddaughter's high school graduation present. The volcano, Mt Etna began to erupt just before be got to…

Cyprus, Greece

CYPRUS was a beautiful island and I went to the city of Pafos which was a small harbor town and popular holiday resort. It was the capital of Greece in Hellenisic and Roman times. The House of Dionysos is famous for its mosaics unearthed during excavation. Turkey obtained part of Cyprus after the Turkish invasion.…

Suez Canal, Israel

We took the Suez Canal to Haifa which took about ten hours to travel. To celebrate this event, we dressed up in our Arab clothes that we bought along the way specifically for this fun deck party. Our cruise ship docked in Haifa which is Israel's third largest city with residents from the three largest…

Aqaba, Jordan, Safaga/Luxor, Luxor

Aqaba is on the shores of the Red Sea at Jordan's southern most tip. Luxury hotels are springing up along the waterfront and new homes are being built everywhere along with improving the city's infrastructure. The main road connects Aqaba with Saudi Arabia and Israel. Iraq is sending their oil through the Port of Aqaba…