1. Deck Party - Dawn Princess 2013


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    A brief overview of a Princess Ship deck party.

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    • 46 Life on Board - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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      Our last days on the Dawn - nearing home!

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      • 44 Kuala Lumpur - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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        Sailing into to Kelang we were racking our brains trying to remember what the port looked like. Looking at the lights it looked so close we thought we would be in early, but the we were moving at a snail’s pace. As we got closer it was all starting to come back to us and as that big white building became clearer and clearer we thought "yes, that's right". It was once the Star Terminal but it is now known as the Glenn Terminal. How could we forget that really long walkway from the ship to the building. We were going to do the Princess KL on your own, but decided we would hire a taxi which took us to the Batu Caves, KL tower and then dropped us around the Butik Bintang area for a sight-see, before taking us back to the ship.

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        • 43 Sri Lanka - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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          This was the Dawn Princess’ inaugural visit to Colombo. They said it was much like India.... but we would have to say "no". Our first stop was the Gangaramaya Temple. This temple serves as a place of worship as well as a museum. Well it had the feeling of an antique shop, full of trash and treasure that had been donated to them over the years. One of the most interesting things was the tiniest gold Buddha ever, which sits in a glass dome, and to see the detail there is a magnifier in front. The temple itself is amazing; it holds a haven of golden Buddha statues and lavish murals within. There is also a Banyan tree that is embellished with Buddhas where people go to pray and pour water around it roots as offerings to keep it alive... Huge... We walked into another part of the temple where we ran into a group of women that looked like they were on their version of a CWA outing. They got most excited when Ros started snapping their photo’s and showing them the results. Then suddenly we heard a familiar beat of a drum and tinkling of little bells: “sounds like those dancers on the wharf”. We rushed outside, and the timing our visit couldn’t be better, as it was time for the wedding...

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          • 41 Mumbai, India - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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            No maintenance, not because it doesn’t need it... they just don’t do it. Bustling, busy, horn blowing Mumbai you haven’t changed a bit. Your buildings look like they are about to fall down and yet you still live in them (on saying that, we have just found out that a day or so after our visit a five story residential building did collapse, 60 confirmed dead). As we had visited Mumbai before and did all the main attractions in 2011, we decided to try something different. Still using the company Mumbai Magic we booked a tour that took us to a local food market, and then to a local home where we had a lovely lunch cooked for us.

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            • 40 Salalah, Oman - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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              Sa la la lalalala lalalalah, Hey Jude... When we originally visited here in 2011, we didn’t even know that a place called Salalah even existed until they added it to our cruise itinerary... now we are visiting for a second time. As we were there for a full day we contacted Marks Tours again to take us on a tour that would cover the countryside, taking us a bit further afield. All the places that we wanted to visit meant that time was once again tight for us. It's like you can cut the country in half; the East is lush and green, and the west dry and arid looking.

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              • 33 Sienna and other Towns, Italy - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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                Still with All Round Italy, we had a day planned to visit Sienna, Monteriggioni and San Gimignano - our driver for this adventure was Francesco.

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                • 35 Postcards from the French Riviera - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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                  Today we toured amongst the rich and famous. So where do you start... having your first toilet stop at the Carlton Hotel In Cannes, of course. Sylvie said lets walk in, look like you belong, and head straight for the toilets. Security has been tightened since the big jewellery heist the previous month, so it wasn’t long before someone came over to chat with Sylvie while we waiting for the others. We followed the coastline around, stopping every now and then for photo’s until we reached the village of Antibes. We lingered to look at a few of the luxurious boats then headed into town for a quick walk through the market and a coffee. This looked like a lovely little village to explore, but time was against us today, and we were off again to our next highlight at Haut de Cagnes, a little hill top village similar to St Paul de Vence that we visited last time, but less commercial. Here we walked around the cobbled streets. The houses looked small but they were deceiving as some would cover many levels, or even go underground as we found with the church. From here we drove to the village of Vence, more of a town than a village. Things were starting to slow down now as it had hit midday, and everything closes for lunch - a big priority in France. A quick walk around to find the points of interest, a bite to eat, and back in the van to get us to the ship on time...

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                  • 37 Provence, France - Dawn Princess Round Europe 2013


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                    Our guide for today was Marion, the youngest tour guide we have had all trip! She spoke English perfectly as she had spent 12 months in Australia learning. Our first call was to Avignon to see the famous bridge that inspired children’s song: Sur le Pont d’Avignon. Those old enough sang the song and others just danced to it.. Then Marion walked us through the town which was coming alive as they were getting ready to start their version of city to Surf. We continued on for a tour of the Palace of the Popes covering most of the important parts. Nine pontiffs occupied this palace at the time that they were in exile. After leaving Avignon we drove to Gordes, a French hill town where we had spare time to grab and lunch and explore the village. From Gordes we drove to Roussillon, famous for it’s Ochre. You can see the colours from the landscape used to make the colours of the buildings. This little village is very arty as you can imagine and also a good spot to try a Gelato.

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