November 1, 2016        We left home for Anna Maria Island on November 1st and had beautiful
weather the entire time we were there. Following are links to photos I took in Florida both this year,
as well as last year.

Anna Maria Island 2015/6

Christmas Parade 2016

Florida Bird Photos

December 16th                We left Orlando, Florida on a direct flight to Dubai on Emirates Airlines.

Dec 17th to 19th               Dubai is something to see.  Real "Wow Power", but not much of  anything
else of interest for us.  We took a four hour private tour of the city by car to take some photos of the
more memorable buildings, but for the most part just relaxed and adjusted to the 9 hour time
change.  We stayed at the Sheraton hotel on the Dubai River .  

Dubai Photos

December 20th                Boarding Seabourn's newest ship the Encore went very smoothly.  The
vessel is larger than the "Odyssey Class Ships" we had become accustomed to.  Passenger capacity
is about 600 versus 400 for their other ships.  We spent the afternoon unpacking and checking out
the various areas of the ship.  We found it to be remarkably similar to the slightly smaller Silversea
Spirit we cruised on in 2012.

December 21st                The Encore anchored off the coast of  Sir Bani Yas Island.  The majority of
the passengers took the tenders to shore for a picnic lunch.  We stayed on board and relaxed.

December 22nd                The Encore docked in Abu Dhabi. We participated in a tour which was
enjoyable.  The Emirates were a new destination for us and one of the reasons we took this cruise.

Abu Dhabi Photos  

December 23rd                 Sea Day

December 24th                 This was our first time in Muscat, Oman so we participated in a tour.  This
area of Oman was much more developed and interesting than our previous visit to

Muscat Photos

December 25 & 6              Sea Days     Christmas activities were a disappointment compared to the
other Seabourn cruises we had been on over the Holidays.

December 27th                  We were docked in Mumbai for the day.  We stayed on the ship.  
Unfortunately many of the ports in India are run down and in heavily industrial area.  We stayed on
board.  With exception of final 3 photos the following were from a tour we took in early 2014.

Mumbai Photos

December 28th                 Sea Day

December 29th                We docked in Mangalore at what is probably the worst port we have been
at during all of our cruising.  We stayed on board.

December 30th                We were in Cochin on the Sojourn in early 2014 and had a wonderful tour.  
Photos from that trip are included again here.  By this time we were both having respiratory
problems with the air quality on the ship and did not venture ashore.  Included below are a few
photos taken from the ship.

Cochin Photos

Dec 31 to Jan 3rd            Sea Days

January 4th                      We had been in  Langkawi several times.  We were still suffering from
respiratory issues and decided to stay on board.  I did take a number of photos from the ship.

Langkawi Photos

January  5th to 7th             The remainder of the cruise we were at sea and overnight in Singapore.  
We had a day room at the Singapore Airport Hotel and departed that evening on Singapore Airlines
for Auckland, New Zealand.

A Couple of Singapore Photos
Seabourn Encore
Dubai to Singapore
December 20th 2016 to January 7th 2017