Mogens Hallas


Mogens Hallas

Welcome to my Travel Blog.
I'm from Denmark and like to see the world from a cruise ship.
My last trip was 14 Night gems of South East Asia onboard Celebrity Millennium.
Follow my travel and cruise videos from the Southeast Asia, Eastern Caribbean, Suez Canal, Gulf of Aden, Southern Caribbean, Panama Canal and Baltic Sea.

Asia » Singapore » Chinatown January 20th 2013

Singapore - walking tour through the city - a short video. Disembarkation was smooth and well organised. As you disembark you clear customs and immigrations. We found our cases very quickly. As we cleared customs we delivered our suitcases for storage and took a taxi from the cruise terminal into Singapore city - was dropped at Raffel hotel - and from there we went along Bridge Road to Little Arabia - here we went through some very picturesque streets towards Serangoon Road and a very colorful Little India with shops, markets and restaurants. We walked back toward the city center down to Singapore River - fascinating to see how old meets new. We ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant on the quay at Singapore River. From here along South Bridge Road to China Town - again ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand » Songkhla January 18th 2013

Visit to Patong Beach, Phuket Island at our 14 Night Gems of Southeast Asia Cruise on Celebrity Millennium. We anchored in Patong bay with about 20 minutes tender-voyage to Patong Beach. A typical Thai resort town and very touristy. We walked along the beach and through market streets. Lots of stalls where you could buy counterfeit goods and food vendors. The short video does give a feeling of the city tour.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town January 17th 2013

A video from our Penang Circle the Island tour. From the hustle and bustle of Georgetown's waterfront to the countryside of Penang. Circle the island to see some of the most interesting sights. Visit the Thai Buddhist Temple, which houses the 4th largest Reclining Buddha in the world measuring 108 feet long. The Burmese Buddhist Temple sitting across the road spices up the already rich cultural diversity of Penang. Leisurely drive towards the northern tip of the island passing beautiful coves and bays of Batu Ferringhi. Nearby is the Craft Batik workshop, where the intricate and timeless art of printing the cloth with wax and dyes is demonstrated. Scents of clove and nutmeg follows as your driver pass through the hills. Stop at a local fruit & spice stall for a firsthand look at the fresh ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang January 16th 2013

We docked at Port Klang which is located about 45 km west of Kuala Lumpur After breakfast we went on tour - 'Kuala Lumpur of your own' where we were driven by bus to Bukit Bintang in the center of Kuala Lumpur. It is difficult and hot to walk on foot in the city. So we took the monorail and metro from Bukit Bintang to China town, where we walked through the market streets around Jalan Pataling and visited a temple the markets. From China town we walked to the Central Market and then on to Merdeka Square and the Royal Selangor Club. We passed the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Masjid Jamek on our further way to Little India - a very colorful area. Here we walked through the shopping street Lebuh Ampang, and then ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa January 13th 2013

Bali Way of Life tour at our 14 Night gems of Southeast Asia cruise on celebrity Millennium. We were tended into Benoa harbor, where the tour bus was waiting. First stop was at a silver smithy in Celuk - the silver smithy was not so interesting, but it was very interesting to see the property and how the rich houses are decorated. We continued to Bangli where we visited a Hindu temple - here they were getting ready for a big ceremony next weekand the temple was being dressed up for the celebrationwith plenty of decorating. Everybody entering the temple are required to wear a sarong . After the temple we drove to Penglipuran, where we visited a traditional Hindu village where we had free time to wander around the village. The local people were very ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa January 12th 2013

Tendering process in Benoa, Bali at the 14 night Gems of Southeast Asia cruise on Celebrity Millennium. Tendering time from the Millennium into Benoa harbor was approx. 40 mins and in order to get all the passengers ashore in a timely matter, Celebrity had made arrangements with local companies and 2 large boats were doing the tendering in addition to the Millennium lifeboat tenders. The local captains on the two large boats were not experienced with tendering and did have some problems getting alongside the Millennium. Also the sea was quite choppy. In the early afternoon we took a tender into Benoa - a trip of about 30 minutes - here we took a taxi to Kuta a seaside resort on the southeast coast - we walked around town a few hours and then at the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Komodo January 11th 2013

Kampunk Komodo Village The Komodo National Park is a national park in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km≤ (603 km≤ of it land). The only village here is the coastal village of Kampung Komodo, a fishing Village in an east-coast bay. Kampung Komodo has 1,100 residents and 300 houses where the ethnic Bugis fishermen have managed to coexist with the 2,000 dragons who dominate the island. The remoteness of Kampung Komodo means that it is well behind your every day run of the mill village, especially with regards to the infrastructure, medication and education. The villagers build their ... read more
Celebrity Millennium
Komodo Ranger
Komo Dragons

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok January 10th 2013

Visit to lombok at our 14 Night Gems of Asia Cruise onboard Celebrity Millennium It was the first large cruise ship that visited Lombok - so that local authorities were not experienced. It meant little traffic problems around the harbor and problems with logistics - but we did however go on our tour of Lombok. The coastline on the east coast is very beautiful. On the east side of the island is cultivated mainly rice, while there is very dry in the northern part of the island. Housing and living conditions are very primitive. We ate lunch at a restaurant and the island's largest waterfall. ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 9th 2013

14 Night Gems od Southeast Asia Cruise on board Celebrity Millennium - At Sea - watch the video from the ship. Wednesday takes us north of Java on the way to Lombok. Weather has been a bit cooler- now it's only 27C! In the morning we were an hour on the sun deck before we went down to hear a lecture on Galapagos - pretty exciting and a lot of useful information before our cruise in the Galapagos in the fall. In the early afternoon we went to a wine tasting seminar - not because we need to learn more about wine, but it is interesting to taste a variety of new wines against each other. it was more for a few hours sun in the afternoon before we went into the gym. There was a ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 7th 2013

Crossing the Line ceremony when Celebrity Millennium was crossing Equator on her journey from Singapore to Lombok on the 14 Night Gems of Southeast Asia Cruise, January 7, 2013. The ceremony of Crossing the Line is an initiation rite that commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the Equator. Equator-crossing ceremonies, typically featuring King Neptune, are for passengers' entertainment on ocean liners and cruise ships. The ceremonies are also performed in the merchant navy and aboard sail training ships. The ritual is a ceremony presided over by King Neptune (the ancient ruler of the seas) who wears a gold crown and holds a trident. The proceedings consisted of several phases or 'acts'. As part of the ritual polywogs (those who have not previously been initiated) are dunked in water. This procedure is intended to cleanse the initiate ... read more

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