Cruise on the Queen Victoria across the Indian Ocean and the Med, Spring 2010

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Date: Port: Flag: Tour Escort: Comment:
24/03/2010 Singapore Changed planes at Hong Kong!
25/03/2010 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Glimpses 4 stops
26/03/2010 Phuket, Thailand Patong Resort Escape Buffet lunch but no beach!
30/03/2010 Cochin, India City & harbour cruise 5 stops
01/04/2010 Mumbai, India Heritage walk 5 stops
03/04/2010 Muscat, Oman Souk
04/04/2010 Dubai, UAE Panoramic Snow dome in the desert!
07/04/2010 Salalah, Oman Contrasts Queen of Sheba's castle
11/04/2010 Aqaba, Jordan 2 trips into town
12/04/2010 Sharm el Sheik, Egypt St. Catherine's monastery Expensive tour
13/04/2010 Suez Canal, Egypt Lots of sand!
15/04/2010 Piraeus, Greece Ancient Corinth & Canal Greek lunch
17/04/2010 Civitavecchia, Italy Trajan's market & Castel San Angelo
22/04/2010 Southampton, UK Home by 9 am!

Dance Hosts

Dennis, Art, Gregory, Jay, me, Peter B, Horst & Peter M.

Self portrait with Leo Sayer in Salalah, Oman

Self portrait with Leo Sayer in Salalah, Oman

Come in number 17 your time is up! Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Come in number 17 your time is up! Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Here's my report on the cruise:

Just to let you know that I have just got back from my month in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean on board Cunard's Queen Victoria. She's a lovely big new ship with about 2000 passengers and 1000 crew.

Good points were:

  1. Flexible dress code.
  2. Two excellent orchestras (ballroom and theatre).
  3. Excellent programme of up to 3 lectures per sea day.
  4. Retractable sun roof over Winter Garden (but seldom opened)!
  5. No silly rules to obey (e.g. access to pools and jacuzzis).
  6. Some good theme nights (Indian, Egyptian etc).
  7. Free (small) launderette on every deck.
  8. Good cabaret acts & production shows.
  9. Planning spreadsheet for us.
  10. Fridge and minibar in cabin.
  11. Efficient cabin steward.
  12. Lovely treble height Royal Court Theatre.
  13. Lovely treble height Grand Lobby.
  14. Quiet and smooth outboard propulsion pods.
  15. Indian visa reimbursed!
  16. Evening off: One per month.
  17. Choice between restaurant and cafeteria for dinner:

Usual sea day programme:

Usual evening programme:

Here was my itinerary:

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