Southeast Asia Cruise – January 2016

Follow us on Facebook! On January 22, 2016, my wife and I went on our sixth cruise – a cruise promoted as a taste of Southeast Asia. We had never been in Southeast Asia before, except for a brief stopover at the Kuala Lumpur airport on our way to Perth, Australia. But it has always been […]

Photo Gallery: Southeast Asia Cruise

Follow us on Facebook! Additional photos from our Southeast Asia cruise. It was rainy when we left Singapore, the first time we had rain on the first day of a cruise. The ship was decked out for Chinese New Year which was coming up soon. The Mariner of the Seas has a full service hair salon […]

The Sea Caves, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Follow us on Facebook! James Bond fans may remember 1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun, starring Roger Moore as 007. Not one of the best Bond films, but memorable in part for the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay in Thailand which served as the setting for villain Scaramanga’s hideout. The movie drew attention to the […]

Photo Gallery: Sea Caves at Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some more pictures from our sea cave adventure. As we left the dock, we passed this vintage ship which looked a lot like the one Scaramanga used to escape in The Man With the Golden Gun. Most of the islands featured steep tree covered cliffs with eroded limestone near the […]

Phuket, Thailand – Sunshine, Shopping and Sleaze

Follow us on Facebook! Note: some of this travelogue includes discussion of the sex trade in Thailand. If that may offend you, after the picture of the masseuses, skip to three paragraphs past the picture of Patong at night.  Our fourth port of call on our Southeast Asia cruise was Phuket, Thailand. Our ship anchored out in Patong […]

Photo Gallery: Patong, Thailand

Here are some additional photos taken in Patong, Phuket, Thailand. Along the Patong Beach. Longboats waiting for customers. Lots of nice villas abound in the hillsides surrounding the town of Patong. A Thai long-tailed boat. Tangles of wire along the busy street. Many western restaurants like MacDonald’s are here and many of the signs are […]

Port of Call: Langkawi, Malaysia

Follow us on Facebook! The third port of call on our Southeast Asia cruise was Langkawi, an island at the northern end of Malaysia near its border with Thailand. The ship docked at the Star Cruise Jetty, the southernmost tip of the island. The Star Cruise Jetty where our ship docked. We had seven excursions to […]

The Temple of 10,000 Buddhas – Penang, Malaysia

Follow us on Facebook! The second port of call on our Taste of Southeast Asia cruise was Penang. More specifically, the city of George Town on the island of Penang. We opted for one of the ten excursions offered, a trip to the Kek Lok Si Temple, sometimes known as the Temple of 10,000 Buddhas, which is […]

Photo Gallery: S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island, Singapore

Follow us on Facebook! A maritime museum was part of the aquarium exhibit. One of the features in the Maritime Museum at the aquarium was this replica of Noah’s Ark. Sharks swim all around us in this walkway. Colourful fish and corals. Schools of fish, sharks and rays are some of the sea life seen in […]

Sentosa Island – Singapore’s Playground

Follow us on Facebook! On our second full day in Singapore we decided to visit Sentosa Island. We had heard a lot about it as a must-see destination. We weren’t sure what to expect. The description we found on the Internet made it sound like a large amusement park. It is that, but a lot more […]