Phuket, Thailand

When we arrived in Phuket, it was overcast and threatening rain. We decided to stay onboard the ship and not venture out onshore. Here are some photos I took from the ship. Our last stop will be Singapore where we will disembark and our cruise will come to a sad end.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)

The weather today is sunny, with some scattered thunderstorms happening. The temperature is 32C. Colombo’s strategic harbour and rich history as an ancient and colonial trade port make this sophisticated metropolis more than just a gateway to Sri Lanka’s stunning beaches. As the financial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo’s skyline features modern skyscrapers as well…

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New Mangalore, India

Sunny and 35C! Mangalore is a melting pot of artistic, religious and social influences unlike any other place in Asia. There are 7 different languages spoken on these streets every day. Take a walk and you’re likely to find remnants of Portuguese rule and uncover signs of British conquest. Choose a different route and you…

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Cochin, India

Weather today is sunny and 34C. Cochin may be more reminiscent of a quaint town than a big city, but the deep history and scenic beauty that run through this corner of India are nothing short of extraordinary. This place has been touched (invaded) by British, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Arab influences. Strolling along the…

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Mumbai (Bombay), India

Mumbais’s sheer size of 25,000,000 people is a land of contradiction. The city is home to dense slums and also the most-expensive mansions in the world. The streets are as diverse as the population. Here you can find stray dogs, exotic birds, immense bazaars, modern restaurants and sheltered temples. This city’s colonial heritage brings together…

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Goa (Mormugao), India

Goa has always been known as the Jewel of India, a land of incredible contrasts, known for its pure. white stretched of beach, dense forested areas, a very warm climate and a place to grow spices used liberally in Indian cuisine. Goa is perhaps best described by a single word from the native Konkani language…

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Dubai, UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of 7 Emirates and Dubai is the most popular destination of them all. It is situated on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai is the second largest Emirate after Abu Dhabi and is usually recognized as the “Pearl of the Persian Gulf”. It…

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Abu Dhabi to India to Thailand to Sri Lanka to Singapore Cruise

After a 6 hour flight from Montreal to Amsterdam and a 7 hour flight onward, we have finally arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. We settled in at the Hilton Abu Dhabi, where an Arabic suite was assigned to us. Intricate carpets, gold tapestry, a full-size kitchen with dining room and separate bedroom surprised…

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Embarcation in Abu Dhabi

We arrived at the Abu Dhabi port around 11:30 to begin the boarding process. We enjoyed going to the “front of the line” due to our status with Royal Caribbean International Cruise Lines. Here are the officers on the Celebrity Constellation: After embarcation, we hung around the pool area, visited a couple bars and went…

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