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Cruise Diary: Games People Play at Sea

Cruise Diary: Games People Play at Sea

Days 88-89, April 3-4: “What does a dipsomaniac crave?” Bruce, the Amsterdam’s cruise director, was not making intriguing cocktail party conversation, but was testing the general knowledge of upwards of 100 passengers who had gathered in the ship’s Ocean Bar for one of two daily team trivia competitions on sea days (one is usually held…   read more of “Cruise Diary: Games…”

Cruise Diary: I Like to Call It a Spa-aaah!

Cruise Diary: I Like to Call It a Spa-aaah!

Days 84, 85, 86/ March 30, March 31, April 1: After an ambitious three-night/four-day overland excursion that took us from our first port of call in India, Mangalore, to the Taj Mahal, the Pink City of Jaipur and Mumbai, we felt we could really use some serious relaxation! We found it at the Amsterdam’s Greenhouse…   read more of “Cruise Diary: I…”

Cruise Diary: The Taj Mahal

Cruise Diary: The Taj Mahal

Days 80-83, March 26-29: The early morning sun shone delicately through a thin haze that was reminiscent of the veil of an exotic dancer. I took it as a good omen. We were riding on an express train from Delhi to Agra – our destination: India’s iconic Taj Mahal. The Taj had been on our…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”

Cruise Diary: The Contrasts of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Cruise Diary: The Contrasts of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Day 78, March 24: After getting a big gulp of what Henry David Thoreau called “the tonic of wildness” while riding an elephant through a jungle trail in Phuket, Thailand, and afterwards enjoying two relaxing days at sea, we arrived at Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, located just off the…   read more of “Cruise Diary: The…”