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…

Dubai, UAE, Salalah, Oman

This picture above is one of the military on board our ship for protection. Deck 5 is closed to all passengers and water guns are ready if there is an attack by pirates. A couple other ships were attacked near us while we were in Fujairah. Military ships are near by if there is a…

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.…

Yangon, Thanlyin, Myanmar

Ninty percent Myanmar formally known as Burma is Buddhist.  It is the poorest of the Asian countries. Yangons a commercial center with a pagoda on every block. They have 7 million people living and working in this city.  The average income for a college educated person is $350 per month. Education and medical are paid…

Penang, Malaysia, Phuket, Thailand

Penang is one of Malaysia's states without a Sultan.  They have an elected governor.  Ony 10% people are Muslim in this area. The majority of the people living her are chinese christains. A Tsunami hit Georgetown, Penang in 2004 and 68 people died. 22 of those were women and children sitting on the beach having…

Hong Kong, China

"A Symphony of Lights" illumates Hong Kong's skyline every evening at 8pm combining 40 key buildings on both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (our ship docked here) with music from Hong Kong's Philharmonic Orchestra and a laser light show to showcase Victoria Harbor. The view from our balcony was spectacular. Our ship terminal was a…