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Art is anything you can get away with.


Every Meal is a story- reads the banner, Once upon  e coli, for instance?


I Love Water reads the T-shirt. Me too, Know where I can find any clean H20


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Lome, Togo
Where there's a Will, there's a play.

Like Dubai or not Dubai, Togo or not Togo, I read Shakespeare instead of visiting this port of call .Actually had to work on a  show.If work is prayer, then I am going to heaven.

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In the Guinea Islands off the west coast of Africa





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The Map Is The Territory

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São Tomé and Principe's Bom Bom Island
Smiles, everyone... smiles!  My dear guests! I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome... to Fantasy Island!

Ze plane! Ze plane...

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Hadaee mada tawilaWa/ana nahos ana wahala ghzalti...I dream of rain...and we had it.. Awesome-The oldest Desert in the world is also the most beautiful.

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Police Chief,  Scientist, and a Grizzled Shark Hunter  Ed Reif sets out to kill a shark that is menacing the seaside community of Cape Fear, er I mean Cape Town

Used a zebra as chum, to attract the lions last week, so I figured the  great whites would like it too-NOT
Name: Castle Beer
Country of origin: South Africa
Beer type: Lager
Alcohol content by volume: 5%
Taste: Full-flavoured and thirst-quenching

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Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend

On my way to Fish Hoek-Northern Bay---the views from all over are absolutely priceless

Calling on Cape Town-

The winds are high, and after an overnight delay, we finally docked in this  beautiful port city. Spent the day driving around, and seeing  the sites in this  coastal suburb of Cape Town.
“This cape is the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.”
From the journal of Sir Francis Drake, on seeing the Cape for the first time, 1580

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A Room With A View
The winds are 55 miles per hour- We cannot dock yet. makes me think of Bob Dylan's song...The answer my friend....

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Final Leg of the world cruise starts from here tomorrow
Apr 15,16-17Cape Town, South Africa (overnight) » Embark pm
With majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies one of the most dramatic locations in the world. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the tastes and dictates of the past, in tandem with the 20th century's more functional demands. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved and there are several outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Cobble-stoned streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel houses of the Malay Quarter showcase the city's cosmopolitan ambiance. Nearby, images of seafaring activities from the 1800s are evoked at the recently-restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Magnificent Cape Town is justifiably famous as the "Mother City" of South Africa.
Apr 18, Monday
Cape Town, South Africa » 6 pm
With majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop, Cape Town occupies one of the most dramatic locations in the world. Its eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects the tastes and dictates of the past, in tandem with the 20th century's more functional demands. Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been meticulously preserved and there are several outstanding examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Cobble-stoned streets, mosques and the flat-roofed pastel houses of the Malay Quarter showcase the city's cosmopolitan ambiance. Nearby, images of seafaring activities from the 1800s are evoked at the recently-restored Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Magnificent Cape Town is justifiably famous as the "Mother City" of South Africa.
Apr 19, Tuesday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »
Apr 20, Wednesday
Walvis Bay, Namibia » 8 am6 pm
The busy industrial town of Walvis Bay lies at the dramatic juxtaposition of ocean and desert. Its development began in 1878, when Commander Richard C. Dryer took possession of the port and settlement in Queen Victoria's name.

In March 1994, following extensive negotiations with the Republic of South Africa, Walvis Bay and its offshore islands were incorporated into the Republic of Namibia.

Highlights of Walvis Bay include an impressive Civic Center and the Rhenish Mission Church, which was build in Hamburg in 1880 before being dismantled and shipped to these shores.

Our visit to Namibia provides rare insight into one of Southwest Africa's most fascinating regions.
Apr 21, Thursday -
Apr 23, Saturday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »
Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.
Apr 24, Sunday
Bom Bom Island, Principe » 8 am5 pm
A small forest-covered, volcanic island tucked away in the Gulf of Guinea, Bom Bom Island is world-renowned for its fishing opportunities. Wahoo, barracuda, dorado and cubera snapper are only a few of the varieties of fish that can be trolled for as you enjoy the indulgent bliss of a privately-chartered fishing boat. Bom Bom Island Resort captures the essence of an island retreat with secluded golden beaches, swaying coconut fronds, and balmy 80-degree tropical water.
Apr 25, Monday
Cruising the Gulf of Guinea  »
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Apr 26, Tuesday
Lomé, Togo » 8 am5 pm
The capital of Togo, a country that is only 370 miles long and 60 miles across at its widest point, Lomé is situated on the Gulf of Bénin, and opens the doorway to Africa’s interior. Known as the “pearl of West Africa,” Lomé offers a colorful look into Africa’s history, and welcomes you to its culturally diverse peoples, who are from approximately 40 different ethnic groups. Witness a Voodoo Ceremony or browse in the Fetish Market for trinkets and talismans in this intriguing African port.
Apr 27, Wednesday
Takoradi, Ghana » 9 am6 pm
This small nugget in the former “Gold Coast” of West Africa is a city steeped in the history of the former slavery and gold harvesting trades. Cape Coast Castle, which served as the British slavery headquarters for over 200 years, provides a unique peek into Takoradi’s rich past. Images of women cleaning the local catch of the day, as well as men preparing to use their dugout canoes, adds to the colorful atmosphere that this swirling and vibrant city exudes.
Apr 28, Thursday -
Apr 30, Saturday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »
Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish:  pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging lecture series; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.
May 1, Sunday
Dakar, Senegal » 8 am6 pm
This French-influenced city known as “West Africa’s Window to the Western World” is situated at the mouth of a river that stems from Africa’s inner regions. A modern city, Dakar’s streets are lined with elegant colonial-styled buildings, colorful markets, and excellent art galleries. Goree Island, the former primary assembly point for slave shipments to the New World is a mere ferry ride away. A closer look into the House of Slaves provides a window into the tumultuous past of this country, and brings a deeper understanding of this culturally diverse city.
May 2, Monday -
May 4, Wednesday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »
May 5, Thursday
Lisbon, Portugal » 8 am6 pm
Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.
May 6, Friday -
May 7, Saturday
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean  »
May 8, Sunday
London/Dover, England » 8 am

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High Fiber Bran Muffins are everywhere

Meet Your Meat- Impala, it's not just a car made by Chevy but an important part of a nutritious breakfast

Companions-Breaking bread


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Africa’s Big 5-elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard on the horizon

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If you build it they will leave. The streets of Durban are deserted, except for this White Elephant


Sailing into Durban this morning was peaceful


A bouquet of barbed wire awaits the visitor to Durban.

Power Verses Force-Fear is a misuse of imagination, but you don't need to be a  Walt Disney Imagineering Intern to figure out, that when the hospital has barbed wire around it, in fact, the whole town is full of these thorny fences, these PPL are crazy delicious over using  barbed wire like  a bikini-just enough to protect the "property" without obstructing the view.   The FEAR acronym is at work- False Evidence Appearing Real-- except for the fact that the locals tell me it is TEAR (True). Soon I'll be in Cape Town or  will it be Cape Fear?

There are over 530 patented barbed wires,  and I counted at least  2,000 variations of them  used here in town. All that's missing is the guard towers and the machine guns and we could all go on like it was Disneyland!

The downtown "Miracle Mile" art deco  must have been like Miami beach in its heyday 15-20 years ago. The only thing miraculous was the fact that I  didn't get car jacked., considering my driver ran into a bit of bad luck, robbed twice in 6 months by gun point.  Had to call on all my magical powers  to raise the vibrational level. It worked.

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Voyage 7 April 17 to May 8, 2011

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