First call in India is to Mumbai (Bombay), a city with many wonderful buildings from the days of the British Raj

On Monday, Dec. 6, the Seabourn Spirit docked in Mumbai, India…formerly known as Bombay…a city of 20 million plus people. This is our first call in India (there will be two more) and for this we all had to obtain Indian visas in advance. No one could sail this itinerary if they did not have an Indian visa. We obtained our visas about six weeks in advance through a visa service and the fees were about $265 …

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Muscat is a very clean, modern, small city in an emerging country….Oman

On Sunday, Dec. 3, we docked in the small city of Muscat, capital of the small country of Oman. We really did not know what to expect of this port … Oman is not exactly a tourism hotspot…but were pleasantly surprised to find it extremely clean and very modern, even in its old city. It claims to be the smallest capital city in the world. It is also dramatic, as the harbor areas are framed by rugged …

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The buildings of Dubai are as spectacular as you have heard…one more amazing than the other

This is will be my last article about Dubai…after all, I am already on the Seabourn Spirit but there is still a bit more that needs to be written about the fascinating city of Dubai. My first article told you a bit about old Dubai, including the museum, the gold souk and the history of the Creek. Then I wrote about the two new wonders of Dubai…the Burj Khalifa tower and the inside ski resort. Now I …

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Everything in Dubai is over the top, especially the Burj Khalifa

Yesterday we went to the top. Actually, to two tops. First, we went to the top of the tallest building in the world, the 160-story Burj Khalifa, which opened earlier this year in Dubai. Then we went to the top of a ski hill, certainly the only ski hill in the Mideast. And – typical of Dubai, where everything is the biggest, tallest, longest or whatever – both of these are in shopping malls. Yes, Dubai is …

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A full day of touring in Dubai, from old to ultra-new

Our 14-hour flight from Atlanta to Dubai last night went smoothly and we both managed to get some decent sleep. When we arrived just before 8 p.m., it was nice to have just a 10-minute taxi ride (35 dirham, about $10) to the Park Hyatt Hotel. I discovered the Park Hyatt online and am very glad that I did. It is an exquisite property: a low-rise hotel in the middle of a bustling metropolis. It is flanked …

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The adventure begins…today we fly to Dubai

This cruise has been months in the planning and today the trip begins. In an hour we depart for the airport to fly from Ft. Myers to Atlanta, then a few hours later we fly on to the exotic city of Dubai. Chet and I have never been to Dubai so we are going to spend a couple of days seeing the sights. Follow me here and on Facebook to read about our adventures and see our …

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