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The Magic of MSC Musica

Our cruise on the MSC Musica was magical.  Perhaps it was because we traveled in a big group.  I will always remember that cruise.  Here are more pictures of the MSC Musica.  Let’s just say this cruise line is definitely worth your consideration.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

In the evening, there’s spectacular entertainment, here are the performers after one show

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Did you know MSC Cruise Lines have cruises out of Florida now?  One of their new ships is the MSC Divina and the reason I am mentioning this is that I have a picture shown below with that very name on it.  I don’t know why I took it at the time (during the MSC Musica cruise, and I believe in Turkey)  – perhaps because it has a little resemblance to my own name?  Anyway, here’s the picture.

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Here’s me on the MSC Musica

Davinder on the MSC Musica

Davinder on the MSC Musica

Here’s my son (looking out to the swimming pool) and daughter all dressed up for an Indian function on the ship – we were part of a big Indian group on the cruise – we enjoyed Bollywood, Bhangra and more – danced to it, and ate Indian food.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Here’s a picture taken of one of their lounges.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Of course MSC Cruise Lines also depart from many other places throughout the world, including Europe, where we took our cruise from lovely Venice, Italy.  I think my next post might have to be on Venice.  I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Just Some More Turkish Delight

Our visit to Istanbul during the MSC Cruise (on the MSC Musica) was packed with shopping, and savoring Turkish flavors – whether it was Turkish coffee or kebabs.  Turkey is delightful, and so colorful.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The first few pictures (below) were actually taken in Izmir, I could only tell since I looked back at my pictures, and saw some pictures of the cruise in the evening.  I will include those here, so that you can see the sequence of events.  The cruise stopped in Izmir first, and then we had our evening onboard, and the next day we got off at Istanbul.

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Here are a few pictures taken back on the cruise ship that night.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Now let’s venture into Istanbul, and to the Grand Bazaar!  Many people come to the bazaars of Turkey to get great bargains – you can find tea-sets, glassware, ornaments, clothes, handbags, and many other items.  These bazaars also tantalize you with their aromas and Turkish treats.  Don’t forget to try the Turkish coffee!

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Time for some Turkish Coffee at Red Cafe

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

We left the Grand Bazaar, and ventured into the streets…..I must have asked this man if I could have a picture taken with him.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

I think this is also called the Blue Mosque, but this is of course in Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Here’s the Mosque from a different angle

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Here are the last pictures of Istanbul:

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Well, I hope you think Turkey is as delightful as I do.  I have only showed you some pictures of Izmir, the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and some of the surrounding streets.  I’m sure Turkey has many other hidden delights.

Just A Little Bit Of Turkish Delight

Turkey delighted me when I visited that mysterious country in 2006.  We were on a cruise with MSC Musica from Venice, Italy, and visited several ports in Europe.  One of our stops was in Izmir and another one in Istanbul.  I had to get out of our taxi which we took from the cruise port to the Mosque to actually venture closer and even go in the Mosque.  Nobody else in the car wanted to go into the Mosque, but I could not let such beauty and magnificence pass me by.

Here are some pictures of the Blue Mosque in Izmir, Turkey:

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey - near the Blue Mosque

Izmir, Turkey – near the Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

This was taken inside the Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Last look at the Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Then it was time to get back to the MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Turkey is an incredibly beautiful country that I have to explore much more on a future visit.  The amount of time that you get while on a cruise port of visit is not adequate enough when visiting a land that is full of cultural mystique and glory as Turkey is.  My next post will include more pictures taken in Istanbul.

Want a Free Calendar? It Makes For A Nice Holiday Present!

CruiseOne Calendar for 2013  from your Cruise Agent Davinder Kaur

CruiseOne Calendar for 2013 from your Cruise Agent Davinder Kaur

Davinder Kaur - San Diego Travel Agent

Davinder Kaur – San Diego Travel Agent

I have a new calendar to keep you on track in 2013.  If you are like me, you’ll want to be organized and always know what today’s date is.  You can be the owner of one of these calendar’s by doing just a few simple things.

What You Have To Do:

1) Like my page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/luchaniktravelandcruises (if you haven’t already done so).

Why am I encouraging you to like my page?  Simple answer…..I need more likes!

2) Get another four more people to like the page too.

When there is a total of five (you and another four) – you’ve hit the jackpot!  That is the jackpot for my calendar.

3) Send me a Facebook message or an email to dkaur@cruiseone.com and let me know that you are the referrer of a total of five likes on my page, and mention who you referred, and include your address.

What I Will Do:

I will send you my calendar for 2013 (one calendar only per five likes on my page once you’ve met the criteria described under What You Have To Do).

What Can You Do With My Calendar?

1) Use it for yourself

2) Give it away as a holiday present!

What Pictures Does It Contain for Each Month?

This is the exciting part!  I can’t show you all the pictures here, but some of these places are included: Australia & New Zealand; Cozumel & Yucatan, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Venice, Italy; The Greek Isles; Alaska; The Hawaiian Islands; Curacao; Rhine River of Europe; Islands of French Polynesia; and Hong Kong.  Where Do You Wanna Go?

Deadline for Giveaway:

You and the four you refer must like my page (http://www.facebook.com/luchaniktravelandcruises) by December 24th, 2012, it only takes a second or so to do this.

Why Would You Not Want To Do This?

Beats me – it’s free, it won’t hurt you, and remember – no one will come knocking on your door asking you why you liked my page (at least they shouldn’t)!

So go ahead, and do it right now, don’t stress it out….press that like button, you’ve done it so many times before…..it’s easy.  A calendar might be heading your way, and then you can decide “Where Do You Wanna Go?”

I wish you Happy Holidays, and also…..an early Happy 2013!

Just A Few Reasons To Visit the Church Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta

I didn’t take too many pictures of Puerto Vallarta while I was in Mexico last year during the Carnival Splendor cruise.   I think it might have had something to do with it being a very hot day.

I did visit a beautiful church, and would recommend that if you are in Puerto Vallarta, you should visit the Church of Our Lady Of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Several reasons to visit this church: it’s beautiful; it’s historical; incredible architecture; and it never hurts to go to any house of God.  Go for inner peace, contemplation and go in the hopes of being blessed.  Anyway, that’s what I like to think, and so I’m just sharing my reasons for visiting it.

Here are some pictures of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

I enjoy seeing different churches and this one is a must-see.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

I tried to get pictures from many different angles

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

You might find this information useful:

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Church Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

 

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Church Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Nun at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Street scene just outside the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

And another picture of the street just outside the Church

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Now I will digress away from the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe to bring you a few pictures of the surrounding area, this courtyard is very close to the Church

Courtyard Scene – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I’m sure you will want to buy souvenirs, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect in PV

Souvenir Shopping, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Souvenirs, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Souvenirs, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Close by to the cruise ship, my three kids just had to pose in front of the Puerto Vallarta sign – many others were doing exactly the same thing.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Now, back to the ship – oh, the Splendor!  As you can see, here in Puerto Vallarta, the ship pulled up right to dock – not like in Cabo San Lucas, where you have to go on a tender boat to the dock.

The Carnival Splendor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Incase you haven’t seen my video of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, here it is.

I hope you enjoyed my pictures of Puerto Vallarta, and especially those of the Church Of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I hope I gave you enough reasons to visit the Church, but if not, please read the following:

http://travel.usnews.com/Puerto_Vallarta_Mexico/Things_To_Do/The_Church_of_Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe_La_Iglesia_de_Nuestra_Senora_de_Guadalupe_14230/

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Thanks for visiting my post!

The Splendor of Cabo San Lucas

First some island music to get you into vacation spirit – this was my attempt at making a promo video!  Also, as you may be aware – my old website at http://www.bindicruises.com is not available anymore – this all had something to do with the discontinuation of Mobile Me, and my decision to not look for another website host.  Also, how many websites can one person maintain??!!

I will not write too much about the cruise itself as there are other posts that I have done on the Splendor, but this is all about Cabo San Lucas.  Now for some pictures:

We went into a gift shop, and this was the view from within the shop

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Another shot of the same scene but with a different camera (one was taken with the Iphone, and one with my regular camera – a Canon G10)

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This is my son in the gift shop

Gift Shop, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We were entertained by various groups of people

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

In case you are hungry, there’s plenty of options

Places to Eat – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Restaurants of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Did you see?  That “statue” moved!  It just might get you, here it is almost getting my daughter!

Restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Now for a look at the marina area of Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Family picture time, me with my kids Luca, Chandi and Niki, who inspired me to name my business Luchanik named just after them – Lu-Cha-Nik

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

I really like this picture taken near one of the hotels

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Must get in the palm trees of Cabo

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Now for a street scene

Downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Restaurants of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Art of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Some useful information

Tourist Information, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

You may need to cool off and enjoy the sights

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Fancy a large cup of coffee?

Cafe Canelas, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Mexico definitely is colorful!

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Carnival Splendor awaits us!

Carnival Splendor, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Leaving Cabo San Lucas…..this picture was taken from the ship

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

On a previous trip to Cabo San Lucas, I took these pictures

The Arch, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures I took of Cabo San Lucas.  This was the first port we stopped at, and the second port – Puerto Vallarta will be in my next post.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

Get Into The Splendor!

Get into the Splendor – the Carnival Splendor!   The Carnival Splendor is a beautiful ship, in fact it is splendid!  Some quick facts: it first sailed in 2008; it holds approximately 3000 people; it has a number of swimming pools; and it has the only Indian restaurant I’ve ever seen on a ship – the Tandoor.  Quite simply put: it has all the splendor you would need on a cruise vacation.  I’m not going to go into all the details of the Splendor, and my cruise on it, but you can take a look at a write-up I did directly after the July, 2011 cruise – my review of the Carnival Splendor.   Here are some pictures:

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor

Adults Only Swimming Pool – Carnival Splendor

Main Swimming Pool – Carnival Splendor

Main Swimming Pool – Carnival Splendor

Drinks Service – Carnival Splendor

Outdoor Movie Theatre – Carnival Splendor

Kids Splash Area – Carnival Splendor

Kids Pool – Carnival Splendor

Waterslide – Carnival Splendor

Waterslide & Kids Pool – Carnival Splendor

Waterslide – Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor lobby

Gold Pearl Dining Room – Carnival Splendor

Gold Pearl Dining Room – Carnival Splendor

That’s me in the Black Pearl Dining Room

Black Pearl Dining Room

That’s me in the Lido Dining Room

Lido Dining Room – Carnival Splendor

Lido Dining Room – Carnival Splendor

The Coffee Shop – Carnival Splendor

Elevators – Carnival Splendor

The Lobby – Carnival Splendor

Lobby Bar – Carnival Splendor

Cabin – Carnival Splendor

Cabin – Carnival Splendor

Thalassotherapy Pool – Cloud 9 Spa – Carnival Splendor

Spa – Carnival Splendor

Spa – Carnival Splendor

Gym – Carnival Splendor

Spectacular Lounge – Carnival Splendor

Robusto Bar – Carnival Splendor

If you want to stay connected while you’re on your cruise, it is an extra cost (not included unfortunately) – just go visit The Web, which is the name of the Internet Lounge.

The Web – Carnival Splendor

El Morocco Lounge – Carnival Splendor

The El Morocco Lounge is so beautiful, that I just had to include another photo

El Morocco Lounge – Carnival Splendor

Bollywood dance lesson time, and even my little Chandi (in the pink dress) got into the groove, and she was just 20 months old at the time!

El Morocco Lounge – Carnival Splendor

Here Chandi is with two of the UCSD Zor dancers

El Morocco Lounge – Carnival Splendor

UCSD Zor – one of the top Bollywood dance teams in the nation entertained my group – the Bindi Group – this time with Bhangra!

UCSD Zor – Red Carpet Disco – Carnival Splendor

We had Indian food most nights on the cruise in the Gold Pearl Dining Room, here’s a look at just one night’s dishes:

Indian Food – Gold Pearl Dining Room – Carnival Splendor

Did you know that there’s an Indian place on the Lido Deck called the Tandoor where they serve Indian food every day at lunch time?  Here’s just a little of what’s on the menu:

Tandoor – Carnival Splendor

I just have to share with you some of the wonderful food that I put on my plate from the Tandoor!

Indian Food from Tandoor – Carnival Splendor

Here’s a look at some other food that was served on the Splendor:

         

If you want to work off all that food with a swim in the evening, this is what it looks like by the pool at night time:

Main Swimming Pool At Night – Carnival Splendor

Or if you want to just kick back and try your luck in the Casino

Casino – Carnival Splendor

This is where your little ones will be entertained

Camp Carnival – Carnival Splendor

Don’t forget, there’s always ways to have some good family time with activities such as miniature golf

Miniature Golf – Carnival Splendor

Miniature Golf – Carnival Splendor

Now for one last day time pool picture

Carnival Splendor

If you are wondering what the address is for where you can catch your cruise at Long Beach Cruise Terminal, it’s right in this next picture:

Long Beach, CA – Carnival Cruise Terminal

I also recently made another video, and since my pictures are no longer on my blog at luchaniktravel.com (it got redirected to my CruiseOne website), that is why I have put some of them here, and on my video.  I had spent so much time putting my pictures on my blog, but now they’re all gone.  Anyway, that is why I started this blog (Why I Started A Blog In The First Place?)

Here is my newest cruise video of the Carnival Splendor:

This is different to my ship inspection video of the Carnival Splendor that I did prior to taking the July, 2011 cruise to Mexico.

I hope you like my pictures, and my videos of the Carnival Splendor.  Remember, life can be full of splendor, you just have to look for it…….just get into the Splendor, and you may find what you are looking for – a wonderful vacation!