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Trip Planning

Cocktails - Queen Mary II! Virginia suggested we fly to Dubai for my 80th birthday as that is one country I haven't been to, and take a cruise through the Indian Ocean. And to celebrate my birthday somewhere on the cruise.

We could also visit several other countries that would help me complete my world map of areas I have traveled to.

We would go to Dubai first, then sail to Oman, India, and Sri Lanka. We would finish the cruise to Phuket Thailand and Singapore. I have visited Thailand and Singapore a few years ago and were on my bucket list of countries to visit.

Here we are celebrating our cruise on the Queen Mary II from Southhampton to New York City in May of 2019.

View from Chuck's apartment, overlooking the City by the Bay

I have been living in San Francisco since the autumn of 1963 when I was drafted and sent to the Presidio of San Francisco to run the computer center for the Army. I served for two years and then continued my career in the computer industry. Starting in 1959 and still doing web development in 2020!

Chucks San Francisco View at Sunrise

Chuck's view from his Living Room and Bed Room with a Morning Sun Rise!

Chucks San Francisco View in the Day Time

Chuck's view from his Living Room and Bed Room during the Day Time!

Chucks San Francisco View at Night!

Chuck's view from his Living Room and Bed Room at Night!

Map of California Fox Plaza Apartments

Charles W. Buntjer lives on the 28th floor of Fox Plaza, overlooking the City and the entire East Bay.

He has a one bedroom apartment in the middle of the Civic Center and within walking distance to all the perks that the City has to offer!

Fox Plaza is a 29-story building located at 1390 Market Street in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. Built in 1966, the tower stands 354 ft (108 m) on the site of the former historic Fox Theatre at 1350 Market, which was opened in June 1929 and demolished in 1963. The first twelve floors contain office space. Unlike many buildings, Fox Plaza has a 13th floor actually labeled "13", although this floor is the service floor and is not rented out. The 14th floor contains laundry facilities as well as apartments, while floors 15 through 29 are exclusively rental apartments. The ground floor contains a gymnasium for residents. There is a corner low rise retail component housing a Credit Union, Gym, offices, Starbucks, and a US Post Office.

The white building on the left is a copy of the city hall in Florence containing city offices and theatres. In the top middle of the photo is a new 35 story apartment building, The 100 Van Ness Apartments. To the right is the Louise M. DaviesSymphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House & Ballet and finally the War Memorial Verterans Building where the original United Nations Charter was signed. And next is the San Francisco City Hall with the fifth largest dome in the world, the California State Offices, the Opera Plaza Condos, a new San Francisco Superior Court House and an older U.S. Federal Building!

Aerial View of the Civic Center

The tall white building on the left is an office building, now being used by Weworks and Uber. Next is a new 35 story tower, NEMA with a second 20 story building opposite the roof top terrace. Next to NEMA and across the street from my apartment is Twitter! Then Essex Fox Plaza, now almost 60 years old. Lower middle is the Bill Graham Auditorium and behind Fox Plaza are two new apartment buildings 15 stories tall and a new Conservatory of Music apartments for students. Then Dollby Labs and countless office and apartment buildings along Market Street.

What a location to live in! Around City Hall is the symphony, opera, ballet, Asian Art Museum and the City Main Library. The NCTC Theatre, the ACT Strand Theatre, the Herbst Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre and the Golden Gate Theatre are also just a few blocks away!

Hallway to the Living Room and Bed Room

Hallway to the Living Room

Living   Room

Hallway to the Bed Room

Hallway to the Living Room and Bed Room

Living Room

Living Room View

Living Room View



Living Room Flowers

Fresh Flowers Weekly

Living Room Succulents



Dining Area

Dining Area

Fine Dining with Chuck!

Kitchen Area

Chuck Loves to Cook!


Kitchen is Small but Serviceable.

Bed Room

Bed Room


Bed Room View

Balcony Plantings

North Balcony - Climbing Vines/Succulents

Balcony Plantings

South Balcony - Plantings!

Birthdays around the World

I have been celebrating my birthdays all over the world and we though perhaps Dubai for my 80th birthday would be a treat. Or depending on the cruise dates, it could be Oman or India but we believe Sri Lanka would be too late!

Chucks Birthdays in Various Locations

So as far as the itinerary is concerned, my birthday will be on the Celebrity Constellation as we cruise from Oman to India. A birthday on the Arabian Sea perhaps!

Chucks Itinerary

This trip was suppose to take me around the entire world, about 24,000 miles and counting! Due to the virus in Thailand and Singapore, we ended up cruising back to Dubai and flying back to San Francisco on KLM Airlines.

Lufthansa Airlines - San Francisco to Frankfurt Germany - Canceled due to Engine Problems
5,672 Miles
Frankfurt Germany to Dubai - Canceled due to Engine Problems
3,952 Miles

Emirates Airline - San Francisco to Dubai
7,832 Miles
Dubai to Oman
0,300 Miles
Oman to Munbai (Bombay) India
1,000 Miles
Mumbai India to Columbo Sri Lanka
1,475 Miles
Sri Lanka to Phuket Thailand - Canceled due to Coronavirus!
1,275 Miles
Thailand to Singapore - Canceled due to Coronavirus!
0,600 Miles
KLM Dutch Royal Airline to Amsterdam
3,104 Miles
KLM Dutch Royal Airline Amsterdam to San Francisco
5,285 Miles

Countries I Have Visited Around the World

As you can see, I have so far traveled to many countries and places around the globe. Until this trip, a wide open area on the map was the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. These will be filled in after this trip from the o to the o ! I still have other places I would like to visit such as Japan, South Korea, Napal, Columbia, Austrailia and Croatia. Perhaps diving in the seas by the Pacific Islands with the huge manta rays! There are many places in the U.S.A. to visit and as I get older, I probably will do more travels in the country as it becomes harder to get around. But cruising on ships and bus tours are easy to use.

Chucks World Trips

80th Birthday on the Celebrity Constellation!

Celebrity Constellation

Affectionately known as "Connie" by its fans, the 2,034-­passenger Celebrity Constellation debuted in 2002 as the fourth and final ship in Celebrity Cruises' Millennium Class. Over the years, the ship has developed a host of admirers and repeat cruisers who are drawn to its value, comfort, above-average food and drink offerings, friendly crew, spotless facilities and intriguing itineraries.

Constellation, and the Celebrity line as a whole, attract older cruisers looking for an experience that offers value and a bit of luxury. In both price, quality of food and service, and general ambience, Connie strives to balance the intimacy offered by smaller ships and the leisure, entertainment and dining perks offered by bigger ships. Passengers have access to nine bars and lounges; French, Italian and sushi alternative restaurants; a large casino and nightly Vegas-styled entertainment.

The staff is friendly and helpful, and senior officers, including the captain, are very visible and accessible. All go out of their way to chat with passengers on their frequent walks through the ship and at shipboard events.

GTS Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium-class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises. She was originally named Constellation, but renamed in May 2007. Her three sister ships are the Celebrity Infinity, Summit, and Millennium.

She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The ship is powered by a COGAS power plant of gas turbines and a steam turbine providing up to 60 megawatts for the electric systems and two 19 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom MerMaid azimuth thrusters for propulsion. In 2007, an additional diesel engine was fitted as a fuel-saving measure. The ship can run on any combination of the gas turbines or diesel. In port, she generates electrical power from the diesel.

In 2007, Condé Nast Publications reported that Constellation had come top of their Traveler Cruise Poll six times in seven years. During the summer period the ship sails to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean (winter).

Sailing on the Persian Gulf from Dubai to Oman

Persan Gulf The Persian Gulf is a mediterranean sea in Western Asia. The body of water is an extension of the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Oman) through the Strait of Hormuz and lies between Iran to the northeast and the Arabian Peninsula to the southwest. The Shatt al-Arab river delta forms the northwest shoreline.

The body of water is historically and internationally known as the "Persian Gulf". Some Arab governments refer to it as the "Arabian Gulf" but the term isn't recognized globally. The name "Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf)" is used by the International Hydrographic Organization.

The Persian Gulf was a battlefield of the 1980–1988 Iran–Iraq War, in which each side attacked the other's oil tankers. It is the namesake of the 1991 Gulf War, the largely air- and land-based conflict that followed Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

The Persian Gulf has many fishing grounds, extensive reefs (mostly rocky, but also coral), and abundant pearl oysters, but its ecology has been damaged by industrialization and oil spills.

The Persian Gulf is in the Persian Gulf Basin, which is of Cenozoic origin and related to the subduction of the Arabian Plate under the Zagros Mountains The current flooding of the basin started 15,000 years ago due to rising sea levels of the Holocene glacial retreat.

Sailing on the Strait of Hormuz from Dubai to Oman

The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world's most strategically important choke points. On the north coast lies Iran, and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. The strait is about 90 nautical miles (167 km) long, with a width varying from about 52 nautical miles (96 km) to 21 nautical miles (39 km).

Note: A third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 25% of total global oil consumption passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade.

Strait of Hormuz

The opening to the Persian Gulf was described, but not given a name, in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, a 1st-century mariner's guide:

At the upper end of these Calaei islands is a range of mountains called Calon, and there follows not far beyond, the mouth of the Persian Gulf, where there is much diving for the pearl-mussel. To the left of the straits are great mountains called Asabon and to the right there rises in full view another round and high mountain called Semiramis; between them the passage across the strait is about six hundred stadia; beyond which that very great and broad sea, the Persian Gulf, reaches far into the interior. At the upper end of this gulf there is a market-town designated by law called Apologus, situated near Charaex Spasini and the River Euphrates.

—?Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, Chapter 35

In the 10th–17th centuries AD, the Kingdom of Ormus, which seems to have given the strait its name, was located here. Scholars, historians and linguists derive the name "Ormuz" from the local Persian word Hur-mogh meaning date palm. In the local dialects of Hurmoz and Minab this strait is still called Hurmogh and has the aforementioned meaning. The resemblance of this word with the name of the Zoroastrian god Hormoz (a variant of Ahura Mazda) has resulted in the popular belief that these words are related.

Birthday While Sailing on the Arabian Sea

Arabian Sea The Arabian Sea is a region of the northern Indian Ocean bounded on the north by Pakistan and Iran, on the west by the Gulf of Aden, Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Peninsula, on the southeast by the Laccadive Sea, on the southwest by the Somali Sea, and on the east by India.

Its total area is 3,862,000 km (1,491,000 sq mi) and its maximum depth is 4,652 metres (15,262 ft). The Gulf of Aden in the west connects the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea through the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, and the Gulf of Oman is in the northwest, connecting it to the Persian Gulf.

The Arabian Sea has been crossed by many important marine trade routes since the third or second millennium BCE. Major seaports include Kandla Port, Okha Port, Mumbai Port, Nhava Sheva Port (Navi Mumbai), Mormugão Port (Goa), New Mangalore Port and Kochi Port in India, the Port of Karachi, Port Qasim, and the Gwadar Port in Pakistan, Chabahar Port in Iran and the Port of Salalah in Salalah, Oman.

The largest islands in the Arabian Sea include Socotra (Yemen), Masirah Island (Oman), Lakshadweep (India) and Astola Island (Pakistan).


Cruise Ships Virgiina and I have traveled on around the world!

Ships Virginia and I have sailed on over the last few years!

Ships We Have Sailed On!

    Chucks travels on Water Ways

Here are some of the various water ways such as rivers, oceans, straits, lakes, I have traveled on! I have been on the longest river in the world, the Nile, the longest in the world, the Amazon, biggest in the world, the Yangtze, third largest in the world, the saltiest on the Dead Sea, the Indian Ocean, Lake Ladoga in Russia, the Singapore Strait, the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey and many other interesting water ways!

Water Ways I have Traveled on........

    My Personal Travel Agent - Setting up trips to Morocco, Portugal, Sicily and many other destinations. A top Travel Consultant.

I met Viviane in 1999, sailing from Southern Chile to Southern Argentina and visiting Patagonia in April. We celebrated the Millenium New Year in Vienna in 2000 and the actual New Year of 2001 in Morocco! She can plan great trips for you with years of unique travels under her belt!

Personnal Travel Agent........

Chuck's 80th Birthday Traveling from Dubai to Sri Lanka

February 4th, 2020

    January 30th, 2020 - Lufthansa Engine Failure

We flew Lufthansas from San Francisco to Frankfurt and after two hours of flying, the engine on the outer right wing broke down. They had to jettison the fuel and we watched for over half an hour as the fuel was pumped out of the wing.

We flew back to SFO and waited four hours and called and were told we had a direct flight on Emerite Airlines, direct to Dubai at four p.m. the next afternoon.

We decided to go back to the City and I stayed at Virgina's house and we had a friend pick us up and drive us to the airport. The crew on Emerites heard it was my birthday so I ended up having six wines and a scotch and water plus all the snacks I wanted.

We missed the first day on the ship but I had put us on the second day tour of Dubai so it worked out.

Note: The following is a MOV movie clip of the fuel dump and you may select this link to view the video. Caution, it may not work depending on the browser!

........Lufthansa Fuel Dump!.........

 Tour of Dubai

    Day 2 - February 2nd - Tour of Dubai - Evening Sailing to Oman

Dubai Tour - $229.00 a Person

I told Virginia I might as well sign us up for the expensive tour as I will never go there again and definitly want to go to the 124th floor of the tallest building in the world.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Dubai on this adventure that will take you to the thrilling observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, followed by a luxurious high tea service at the Burj Al Arab Hotel. Begin with a scenic drive past the engineering, architectural, and design wonders that have made Dubai into a cosmopolitan commercial business hub. At the Burj Khalifa—the tallest structure in the world - feel the rush of climbing to the elegant observation deck located on level 124 and enjoy breathtaking views. Then, journey to the five-star Burj Al Arab Hotel where you'll enjoy a British-style high tea service. Surrounded in the lap of luxury in a hotel that rises from a man-made island, drink unlimited tea and coffee paired with gourmet sandwiches, house-crafted specialty pastries, warm scones with clotted cream, and home-made passion fruit jelly, rose petal, and strawberry jam.

    Day 2 - Chuck's 80th Birthday Party in Dubai at the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa known as the Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration in 2010, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) and a roof height (excluding antenna, but including a 244 m spire of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009.

Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed five years later in 2009. The primary structure is reinforced concrete. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. It is designed to be the centrepiece of large-scale, mixed-use development. The decision to construct the building is based on the government's decision to diversify from an oil-based economy, and for Dubai to gain international recognition. The building was originally named Burj Dubai but was renamed in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay its debts. The building broke numerous height records, including its designation as the tallest building in the world.

Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, whose firm designed the Willis Tower and One World Trade Center. Hyder Consulting was chosen to be the supervising engineer with NORR Group Consultants International Limited chosen to supervise the architecture of the project. The design is derived from the Islamic architecture of the region, such as in the Great Mosque of Samarra. The Y-shaped tripartite floor geometry is designed to optimize residential and hotel space. A buttressed central core and wings are used to support the height of the building. Although this design was derived from Tower Palace III, the Burj Khalifa's central core houses all vertical transportation with the exception of egress stairs within each of the wings. The structure also features a cladding system which is designed to withstand Dubai's hot summer temperatures. It contains a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators.

    Day 2 - Chuck's 80th Birthday Party in Dubai Burj Al Arab Hotels High Tea

The Burj Al Arab Hotel is a luxury hottle locatit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fowerth tallest hottle in the warld. Burj Al Arab stands on an airtificial island 280 m (920 ft) frae Jumeirah beach an is connectit tae the mainland bi a private curvin brig. The shape o the structur is designed tae mimic the sail o a ship. Whiles referred to as "the warld's only seven-Star hotel", its status is in dispute.

    Day 3 - Chamnpagne and Shopping with Mykhailo Mertsyn - Gift Shop

Virginia and Michael

Chuck, Virginia, and Michael

Treated to Chanpange before the Sale!

Mykhailo Mertsyn - Gift Shop

We decided to peruse the jewelry in the Emporium on the fifth floor and Michael saw us and we became friends. He showed Virginia many pieces of jewelry and with my suggestions, she bought earrings and a ring.

Everytime we went near the Emporium we were treated like guests and almost everyday we had champagne.

He heard it was my birthday and sent me a bottle of champagne and a nice note!

    Day 3 - Sailing the Persian Gulf

    Day 3 - Muscat Oman

Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history dating back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, looming over Muscat Harbor. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people.

    Day 4 - Chuck's Champagne Present from Michael

Godfather and Son!

Michael's Birthday Card!

Champagne from Michael, wine from the Ship!

    Day 4 - Chuck's Birthday Dinner at the Tuscan Grille on the Arabian Sea

Virginia Treated Chuck to Dinner!

Blowing out one Candle!

    Day 5 - At Sea

Relaxing before going shopping and drink testing!

Limited edition of the Faberge Eggs and Chuck testing whiskey and $11,000.00 watches!

    Day 6 and 7 - Mumbai/Bombay

You'll agree that Mumbai is marvelous after seeing highlights including its rich museums, ritzy seaside promenade and unique laundry service. Begin at Gateway of India, then Prince of Wales Museum, which displays Mughal Empire jade work and weapons. Then travel along Marine Drive, Mumbai's seaside promenade to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi's Bombay base between 1917 and 1934, now an outstanding museum. The dhobi ghats will impress you, along with a beautiful railway station inspired by St. Pancras Station in London.

    Day 8 - Goa (Mormugao)

A scenic hour-long journey, strategic forts, tallest-in-Asia lighthouse. Your first stop is Fort Aguada and her Portuguese Lighthouse. Built in 1612, and on the beach shoreline of the Mandovi River. Visit Panjim, the Capital of Goa where you will explore the local market with souvenir shops. Then short drive to the Reis Magos Fort and her vantage view of Panjim City. Later visit private villa and enjoy home cooked Goan meal.

    Day 9 - At Sea - Maritini Bar

We decided to as usual, try the special martini setup of multiple mixtures of beverages. It cost around $28 for six martinis but the bar tenders found out we had been to Indonesia and all three were from there. One especially liked us as he lives on Komoto Island and we went there and toured the jungle. They decided we should get eight (8) martinis in stead of six.

Check out the bartender, he put filled eight shakers with the eight different martinis, shook them and stacked them on top of each other. He then tipped the entire stack of shakers and poured all eight martinis, filling each one to the top and never spilling any of the martinis. We were impressed. the rest of the trip, when ever we passed the martini bar or saw the bartender from Komoto, he stuck out his tounge like he was a dragon and we all had a good laugh. We did go back several times as the martinis were very big and tasty!

Note: The bartender gave Virginia a shaker on a long spoon and told her it was a bell and she should ring it as loud as possible to attrack attention to the pouring of the martinis. She did a fabulous job!

    Day 10 - Cochin

A Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.

    Day 11 - Columbo Sri Lanka

Don't miss this tour highlighting Colombo's fascinating mix of three former colonial influences blended with its own. Start by riding past the commercial district's Pettah bazaar area, Town Hall, and Vihara Mahdevi Park, formerly British botanical gardens. Pass by Cinnamon Gardens residential district, a former cinnamon plantation, with colonial mansions lining lovely shaded avenues. Visit the National Museum, Galle Face Green, with its joggers and kite flyers, the Colombo Club, and intimate Gangarama Temple.

    Days 12 through 15 - At Sea

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The auctioneer's assistant had a quiz on famous artists and whom ever answered the most questions won a bottle of champange. I answered 18 out of 20 questions and won the champagne!

Park West - Art for Everyone: Mike, the art auctioneer is from South Aftrica and tried to ignore us as we sat in the front row the day after I won the champange! Virginia had the paddle with our number to use to indicate we were interested in a work of art to be auctioned off. Mike drew a slip from a box and it was our number and Virgina won our second bottle of champagne. Mike was not amused!

He decided to have another drawing for someone to get a special gift and had the couple next to us draw the winning ticket. The husband said, "Oh no!" I turned and said, "Did you draw your own number and he replied, "No, I drew your number again!" The auctioneer was really out of it! Too bad, so sad!

So Virginia won a bottle of champagne and then won $100.00 off a purchase of an art work, a $5.00 gift to use in the casino, and a few other small gifts. We went to the casino and the cashier felt sorry for us and gave us $10.00 in stead of the $5.00. Virginia pulled the handle on the dollar machine ten times and that was the end of the gift! Better luck next time!

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Here I am with Craig from England. We became good friends and he worked with Virginia and myself to buy some chocolate diamond errings and a pendant.

On the right is Mr. Wong, parents from China and moved to Mexico and he was born there so speaks English and Spanish! He sat with us for an hour talking about gems and their mining, cutting and designing of jewelry!

We had breakfast on the tenth floor most mornings with a great view of the seas we were on.

We tried various cocktails at lunch, here we are with Bloody Marys!

The manager of Park West on the ship came from Hong Kong. He and Virginia negotiated a special price on the two Seriolithographs she bought. Virginia also won another bottle of champagne so we ended up with a bottle of wine from the ship for my birthday, my bottle of champagne from the art quiz, and Virginia winning one at the art auction and another one at another art presentation!

Andrew Bone was born in Zimbabwe in 1957. His love of wild life became the goal of painting and saving wild life in Africa.

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The Gift Shop had an evening event selling watches, prices up to $20,000.00 or more It featured Longines Watches at the races and here we are, all dressed up for the races. I only had a hat to hold, Virginia had a great hat and Michael had the great racing outfit on.

I told Virginia she needed to wear the yellow hat as it was a real knock out!

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We attended the theatre when ever we could, most of the time after dinner at the nine p.m. show but when possible, the three p.m. show also.

We saw hard rock, singing, a magician/comedian, a fairytale with fantastic outfits and of course, lots of talks on the various locations we would stop at to go on tours.

Here we are on the last night of the cruise having a fantastic dinner. Our waiter said we were getting free drinks, "Mexican Stand Off" with the rim covered with salt and chili pepper, very dangerous! For our last meal we had the following:

  • "Mexican Stand Off" Cocktail
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Escargots
  • Wine
  • Prime Rib/Potatoes/Carrots
  • Souffle

The night before we had two servings of lobster!

    Day 16 in Dubai - Crown Plaza Festival City

We ended up at the Crown Plaza and I talked the desk attendant into giving us a special room and he gave us a room on the top floor and said it was a VIP room with a view of Dubai. The ceilings were about 18 feet high and the beds were queen sized. The bathroom was about 12 by 12 feet! This was paid by Celebrity.

We decided to have room service as the room was paid for by the ship line. We had a bottle of champagne so around 11 a.m. we ordered two glasses of orange juice, a plate with three small dips, a salad about three inches by one inch high, a cup with 10 olives and 8 pieces of flat bread and a bucket of ice. Cost, $115.00! Virginia yelled out, "Do you know what this costs?" The tax on this was 25 percent! We really cleaned up that plate!

    Day 17 - Flight Dubai to Amsterdam and on to SFO San Francisco

Since we were to fly from Singapore to San Francisco, after the coronavirus scare in Thailand and Singapore, we sailed back to Dubai, spent a day in the upscale hotel and we had a flight the next morning at two a.m. We had a free ride to the airport and there a woman at the counter was so helpful, got us on the KLM flight as it was booked solid. We flew to Amsterdam and then to San Francisco, landing around 12:30 p.m.!

I decided to take Bart, our subway system home as Virginia had a ride and it was easier for me to just take the subway home as it stops a block from my apartment.

What an 80th Birthday, new places I had never been to, parties, wines, martinis, champanges, food, entertainment, and lots of tours and new friends!

    Day 17 - End of Chuck's 80th Birthday!

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