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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 5th 2019

We had a good first night on the ship. It was just strange not to have it rocking as it was still docked in Dubai. After a leisurely breakfast, we had a wander around the ship to familiarize ourselves and get our bearings. This is one really huge ship. It looks like most of the restaurants are at the back and our cabin is nearer the front. Think we may be doing a lot of walking in the next 14 days. We also stopped off for a short presentation on Muscat, Oman in preparation for our visit tomorrow. On walking around we made mental notes of some of the things that we wanted to do or see during our voyage. At 1.30pm we had the muster safety drill. This was done by way of a video. ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 4th 2019

We have been watching the progress of the Spectrum of the Seas as it left the shipyard in Germany and then set off for it´s maiden voyage from Barcelona. It arrived in Dubai yesterday. After a final bit of packing, we took all our bags down stairs and the bellboy hailed us a local taxi to take us to Dubai cruise terminal. Our journey through the cruise terminal was the fastest we had ever had. Within about 30 minutes of getting to the terminal we were on the ship. As the ship arrived into Dubai yesterday and will not be leaving until tomorrow, the changeover is a lot more spread out than is normal when it is done within a few hours. Lunch was already being served when we got on board, so we went to ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 3rd 2019

Today is our last full day on land in Dubai. Tomorrow, we board the cruise on Spectrum of the Seas. Theresa has been affected the last couple of days by the amount of sand in the air. To try to stop this progressing into something worse, she went looking for something to help it this morning. She could not locate a chemist, but found the supermarket and got some throat lozenges. That should help. Whilst she was there, she also stocked up on some extra supplies that we shall need whilst we are on the cruise. We have a booking at the Salt and Pepper restaurant in the local Al Bandar Rotana & Arjaan by Rotana Hotel for Friday brunch. Not been here before so have no idea what to expect. This is another buy one ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 2nd 2019

We decided on an adhoc day for today, as we were waning slightly from always running around. We walked the couple of kilometres from our hotel along the creek to the souks. It was interesting seeing all the different dinner boats parked up. Later along the creek were all the shipping dhows. These are wooden boats used to ship supplies to places like India. They will ship everything by this method. We saw air conditioning units, fridges and freezers, tyres, cans on juice and fabric on our short walk past their boats. On our last visit to the souks we were a bit overwhelmed by people always trying to sell us items. It was no different today. A very hard sell which is off putting but bartering paradise if you have the required techniques. We did ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai May 1st 2019

When we were planning our days in Dubai, we did not originally include Miracle Garden as we believed that it would be closed for the summer by the time that we got here. Last night, we were talking to some people that will be on the same cruise as us and they confirmed that it was still open. A quick check of their Facebook page confirmed this. Miracle Garden is not near anything else, so to get there we got the metro to Mall of the Emirates and then a bus from there. Unfortunately, the bus to Miracle Garden had already stopped today for the summer, so there was a lot of confusion as to the best way to get there. It is quite a distance from the Mall so we were keen to get a ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 30th 2019

In Istanbul rumgelaufen. Völlig unbekannte Moscheen angeschaut. Den großen Bazaar geplündert. Auf schattigen Plätzen gestrickt und ein köstliches Abendessen verschlungen.... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 30th 2019

First stop today is to the Dubai Frame. Again, the metro does not go too near, so we had a ten minute walk. George needed to use the bathroom and we learnt from our visit to the coffee shop on Saturday that most of them do not provide this facility. We did pass a mosque though and they were more than happy to help. Another truly unusual experience. The Dubai frame was built between old Dubai and new Dubai and inside has areas to show off the past and the future. A very worthwhile place to visit. Once at the top, a section of the floor is made of glass, so you can see back down to ground level. We got strict instructions though not to sit or lie on it. Walking across it is permitted. ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 29th 2019

Im Park Hotel in Alexanropolis wird das Gemeinschaftserlebnis groß geschrieben. Wir alle wussten, wann die anderen Bewohner des Stockwerks zurück kamen und was sie dabei sagten, welches Fernsehprogramm die Nachbarn bevorzugten und wie oft sie nachts aufs Klo mussten. Ich bin gegen Gemeinschaft.👹 Beim Beladen von Paul kam ein alter Mann vorbei, zahnlos, mit Stock, und sprach mich auf Deutsch an. Unterhaltung ergab sich keine, weil er mir erklärte, dass er taub sei. Er wackelte weiter und ich sattelte Paul. Dann hätte ich eine Idee. Ich sammelte all meine Euromünzen aus dem Geldbeutel, fuhr ihm nach und gab sie ihm. Zum Dank wollte er mir die wunderschöne Rose schenken, die er herumtrug. Sie tat mir leid, der Wind hätte sie schnell zerstört. So dankte ich ihm und schenkte sie ihm zurück. Bei der Ausfahrt aus Alexandropolis ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 29th 2019

George is feeling a little under the weather this morning. All the walking is taking its toll. Sometimes, sciatica is unpleasant. After a slow start, we took the metro to Mall of the Emirates. We always like this Mall. One of the entertainer vouchers that we have kept looking at was the Krispy Kreme box of 20 small donuts. Every time we enquire, they do not have the small ones. As we took the escalator from the metro we spotted a Krispy Kreme shop with a huge display of the small donuts so grabbed the offer. Then it dawned on us. This was buy one box and get one free. So 40 small donuts. That will do nicely for breakfast for a few days. Next stop was Shamiana our favourite curry venue. We had already used ... read more
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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 28th 2019

As the Glow Garden does not open until 4.00pm, we took the opportunity to spend some time to relax by the pool. It is not a large area, but being on the roof, all areas receive excellent sun. The water in the pool was so still cold though. Think we will stay out of it next time. It was nice to have a little rest as we have been on the go since we left home on 18th April. The nearest metro station is about 15 minute walk from the Glow Garden. Unfortunately, we thought we saw a short cut and ended up walking around a company car park for a few minutes trying to get out. Once on the right road, by the time we got there they had just opened. We realised we had ... read more
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