Trip Planning Itinerary of the Tour Brief History of Dubai & the United Arab Emirates Daily Log & Photos

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 in Dubai would be a treat.

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

This trip would include besides Dubai, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Singapore

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

Leaving San Francisco - View from my apartment on the 28th Floor

We left the City with a great view and excited for the cruise to new places!

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).

Celebrity Constellation is scheduled to undergo a dry dock in May 2020.

Sailing on the Persian Gulf

Arabian Sea 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 neither term is 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 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.

Trip Itinerary

Dubai Itinerary

Dubai Itinerary!

   Brief History of Dubai


The first human settlement in the history of Dubai was in approximately 3000 BCE, when the area was inhabited by nomadic cattle herders. In the 3rd century CE, the area came under the control of the Sassanid Empire which lasted until the 7th century, when the Umayyad Caliphate took control and introduced Islam in the area. The area was sustained by fishing and pearl diving for a thousand years, with the first records of the town being made in 1799 when the Bani Yas clan established it as a dependency of Abu Dhabi.

Dubai became a separate Sheikhdom in 1833, when the Al-Maktoum dynasty of the Bani Yas clan (initially from Abu Dhabi) took it over peacefully. The invention of artificial pearls in 1926 and the Great Depression in 1929 caused a collapse in the international pearl market, which resulted in the emir Sheikh Saeed looking for an alternative source of income and inviting Indian and Iranian traders to settle there without paying any tax and Dubai becoming one of the leading re-export ports in the world. In 1966, oil was discovered in Dubai, which changed the country beyond recognition and led to Dubai becoming the vibrant, modern, business-centred city.

   Brief History of United Arab Emirates (UAE)

United Arab Emirates (UAE) :

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula located on the southeastern coast of the Persian Gulf and the northwestern coast of the Gulf of Oman. The UAE consists of seven emirates and was founded on 2 December 1971 as a federation. Six of the seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah) combined on that date. The seventh, Ras al Khaimah, joined the federation on 10 February 1972. The seven sheikdoms were formerly known as the Trucial States, in reference to the treaty relations established with the British in the 19th Century.

Read More about the history of the United Arab Emirates.......

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    Day 1 - February 01st - Landing in Dubai and Boarding the Ship

High Light of Day


Dubai Tour


Dubai Tour


 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.

Dubai Tour - Cruise to Oman


Dubai Tour - Cruise to Oman


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