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Our 2018 World Cruise has finished today in jolly old England. What a ride it has been, sailing on the world's most famous and only operational luxury Ocean Liner, The Queen Mary 2.

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Cádiz  the  ancient port city in the Andalucia region of southwestern Spain is still new.

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Civitavecchia is a coastal town northwest of Rome, in Italy. Built in the 2nd century, the Port of Civitavecchia still retains some of its original features, like the Roman Dock. The port is the quickest route to Rome, which we opted out this time due to a Cinderella liberty of 5pm.

We instead headed out to Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, a castle in Bracciano, in the Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy. It is located on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano. It was built in the 15th century, and combines the functions of a military defence structure and a civilian residence






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Declared one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its undisputed beauty and the uniqueness of its natural landscape, it lived up to its repuation




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Cyprus, that small island with a long history and a rich culture that spans 10000 years, is one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean

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Transiting the Suez Canal today onboard the QM2, connecting the Red Sea with the Mediterranean. Then setting a course for our next port of call in Cyprus. Africa officially severed from Asia.



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The Dead Sea – bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan – is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and mud  treatments.

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We docked this afternoon, then took a shuttle to The Dubai Mall,  visiting The Aquarium  and staying for The Burj Khalifa Water Show
In the afternoon, we went to the Dubai Yacht club to watch the sun go down.

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Land of spices and tea. I took a tuk tuk taxi lesson and got a crash course. Roll video...





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Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled  by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its  colonial architecture. Here are a few photos of our day there.

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Shaken Not Stirred

Khao Phing Kan or Ko Khao Phing Kan is an island in Thailand, in Phang Nga Bay a 1.5 hour bus ride from our ship in Phuket. The islands are limestone tower karsts and are a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park.




Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James Bond Island.

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Here comes the sun.
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia's west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea it has a unique charm all its own.





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Took a tram up Penang Hill for a nice view of the city. After a walk around the botanical gardens I found a colonial era abandoned home and explored.

Then it was off to a Buddhist temple which had Thai and Chinese influences as well.










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