The anticipation is so strong it fills the atmosphere on our Oceania Nautica. And again I am reminded that each time I say 'it doesn't get any better' the next day proves it does!
"Where did the time go?" we've all been asking as we reluctantly talk of our plans for after the cruise.
This 35-night cruise, that sailed from Bangkok with a final destination of Istanbul, Turkey, actually began for some in Tokyo, Japan. They will have sailed for more than 60 days at the trip's end. Several others are staying on the ship and sailing the next segment to Lisbon, Portugal before disembarking.
We, as you regulars here know, will 'jump ship early' in Rhodes and head to The Stone House on the Hill, AKA our place in Greece.
"I love these people on this ship," said Ruth- a fellow passenger- one night, "they understand me and my love of travel - sometimes people back home don't." This live-wire who lives in the United States had recently spent four weeks in Israel.
|Peter and Wendy - Luxor, Egypt|
An English couple spent two nights at the same hotel in Yangon, Myanmar where we stayed . . .the old historic Strand Hotel (a place I'll tell you more about when internet allows for a few more photos). We simply researched hotels and booked them while aboard the ship. During a ride in to Phuket we discovered we were heading the same direction at the next port-of-call so we shared a taxi and had two fabulous days in Yangon.
|Departing Aqaba, Jordan|
*One group of independent travelers went from our port of call, Safaga, to Cairo, Egypt and
spent time there, rejoining the ship a few days later in Aqaba, Jordan.
*Several left the ship in Cochin, India and flew to the Taj Mahal, then rejoined the ship in
Mumbai. Some went on a ship's tour and others planned their own.
We've participated in a mix of ship's tours and those we've booked on our own. While the ship's tours have been good, following a tour-guide's umbrella down the street like ducklings just doesn't compare to the thrill of the two of us climbing into a beat-up pickup driven by a Bedouin guide and setting out through the roadless sands of the Wada Rum - the vast desert you may recall from the movie Lawrence of Arabia.
This may be our favorite cruise routing ever and we'd do it again in a nanosecond, but even better, we've convinced ourselves that overland travel in Egypt and Jordan are possible. We are beginning the plans to return . . .
Thanks for joining us as our journey continues. We appreciate your time, the wonderful comments you've left and your good wishes. When I get back to internet land, I'll show you more photos of this amazing part of the world ~ you may not hear from us again until we reach Greece, where there may or may not be internet for a few weeks! Rest assured. We are well. We are happy. Hope you are, too!
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