Passing through Malaysia, the Dawn Princess World Cruise made stops at three ports of call – Singapore, Kuala Lumpar, Langkawai – in three days that highlight the diversity of Malaysia.
First stop was Singapore at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula. A pretty small and compact country with a huge natural harbor, it has been a strategic trading and commerce center for centuries.
A land of migrants, it’s multi-cultural diversity provides plenty to attract visitors, from mosques, temples, and churches to markets, gardens, natural attractions, and WWII battlefields.
It’s also about the cleanest place on earth, what with it’s strict laws against littering and even chewing gum and not flushing the toilet (although I’m not sure how they monitor that).
But turns out that there is one place where littering is mandatory – the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel. Here, visitors are encouraged to throw peanut shells on the floor while drinking Singapore Slings.
Our next port of call was Port Kelang, the jump off point for Kuala Lumpar, and what a difference it was from Singapore. While Singapore appeared shiny clean, Kuala Lumpar, also a world class city, is the opposite.
There’s trash, graffiti, and plenty of run down and dilapidated buildings, and as a result Kuala Lumpar offers a more realistic view of a huge Asian city.
One minute you can be wandering the meat markets of Chinatown: the next shopping at Gucci or Channel at Suria KLCC, the shopping center located in the twin Petronas Towers (one of the tallest buildings in the world)
But it was the last Malaysian port of call Langkawi, located within an archipelago of 99 islands, that offered the most diversity.
Neither modern nor financially rich, Langkawi offered instead an abundance of natural attractions.
A popular Malaysian resort island, it is a UNESCO World Geopark where you can either laze around on sandy beaches or hike into jungle-clad hills, cruise along mangrove rivers, and even sight a sea eagle or two.
(photo credits: Liz Lewis)
The cruise industry has been taking note of industry reports that indicate that nearly half of all cruise travelers are men and are making a more concerted effort to ensure that cruises cater for men’s interests.
Cruise ships are following the old saying ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his...
June 9th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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For the past couple of days, as the Dawn Princess makes it’s way to India, I‘ve been sitting idly on the Promenade Deck, staring at the horizon and thinkin ‘ it’s a pretty lazy life, this life at sea’.
But, as a recent read of the book Original Letters from India by Eliza Fay reminds...
June 6th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Benoa, Bali was the second port of call on the Dawn Princess World Cruise. But Benoa Harbor was too small for the Dawn Princess, so we had to be ferried from the ship to the wharf via a 30 minute tender ride in very choppy seas. At times, it was a little like riding a rollar coaster.
June 5th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Mariners call it ‘the line’. The rest of us call it the latitude 0 or the equator, an imaginary line on the earths surface from the north and south poles that divides the earth into the northern and southern hemisphere.
Today, the Dawn Princess World Cruise crossed over the line and marked the occasion...
June 1st, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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After five days of smooth cruising up the east coast of Australia from Sydney, the Dawn Princess World Cruise arrived at it’s first port of call, Darwin Australia (map), to be greeted by a sprinkling of rain, even though it’s the dry season.
But this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of passengers...
May 31st, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Gone are the days when the only way of staying connected at sea was by telegraph and postcards from various ports of call. These days, you can stay as connected as you want while at sea. In fact, internet cafes are pretty much the norm on most cruise ships.
But be warned – staying connected will...
May 29th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 1
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When my mother informed me that the cabin we would be staying in during our Dawn Princess World Cruise was an interior cabin, my heart sank. The idea of staying in a room without a window was something that, I admit, did not appeal at all. But as my mother pointed out, it wasn’t like we’d be spending...
May 26th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Dawn Princess quietly slipped out of Sydney, Australia four days ago with 2000 passengers (and about half as many staff) onboard to begin it’s 104 day World Cruise.
As one of the 2000 passengers, I happily stood sipping champagne around the poolside on the Riviera Deck as the large 44,193 ton...
May 25th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 2
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I’ve always found packing easy. You open a suitcase, rummage through the wardrobe, and throw in all that you need. It’s always worked for me before. But after two days aboard the Dawn Princess World Cruise, I’ve discovered that my normal mode of packing just doesn’t work for a world cruise. If...
May 23rd, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Anyone interested in experiencing a bygone era of cruise travel can hop on board the Balmoral next April for the Titanic Memorial Cruise. But with an itinerary that traces historic and tragic 1912 voyage of the RMS Titanic, this is probably not a cruise for the superstitious.
History buffs and cruising...
May 23rd, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Looks like cruising around New Zealand has just got a whole lot better thanks to Princess Cruises. Determined to give passengers a once in a lifetime Kiwi experience, they’ve gone all out to create new, uniquely Kiwi flavoured programs and menus for this coming cruise season.
May 20th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Here’s a golden opportunity for anyone who loves cruise travel.
The British newspaper The Times is running a cruise travel competition to find someone to take part in the Norwegian Epic’s UK inaugural celebrations from Southampton on June 22-24 2010.
All you have to do to enter is send The Times...
May 17th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 1
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Fans of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ can polish up their own dance moves this December on Crystal Serenity’s Big Band and Ballroom Dance Experiences of Discovery Transatlantic voyage.
Big Band Celebration
Featuring live music, lecturers, concerts, and guest entertainers, this cruise from Lisbon to...
May 14th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Rugby fans planning on heading to New Zealand next year for the latter stages of the 2011 Rugby World Cup can book a berth on P & O’s Pacific Dawn.
P & O's Pacific Dawn
The sporting division of TUI Travel PLC has charted this 70,000 tonne luxury liner to accommodate some 2000 rugby fans...
May 13th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Contemporary Cruise by Iwein Maassen is a glossy over size book that not only captivates you with it’s stunning photographs but also provides you with plenty of information about various forms of cruise travel, past and present.
The first few pages provide a detailed overview of the history...
May 11th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Want to make sure you get the most out of your next cruise?
Then check out Budget Travel magazine’s list of 50 Top Tips From the World’s Smartest Cruisers collected from frequent cruise travellers and cruise travel professionals.
Covering everything from how to drink for free to avoiding cell...
May 10th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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The new Disney Dream cruise ship, scheduled to set sail from Florida in January 2011, is guaranteed to have all the bells and whistles you would expect from a company that has built it’s reputation on believing in magic.
They are planning to use a little magic to create outdoor views for inside...
May 6th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 2
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I love DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. They are always full of useful information and colourful photos. Plus there’s the brilliant 3-D models that gives you a unique birds-eye view of the places that you are planning on visiting.
So when I got my hands on a copy of DK Cruise Guide to Europe and the...
May 5th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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Imagine sailing off in to the sunset and cruising around the world? Sounds more like fantasy than real life. But people have been doing it for centuries, initially as a means of mapping out the world and discovering new places, and more recently as a way to lounge around and be entertained.
May 4th, 2010 | Liz Lewis | Read More | Comments: 0
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