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Where Are We Going?

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Friday, November 10 - HONG KONG, CHINA

In 1841, Hong Kong became a British Crown colony when it was acquired from China. In 1984, Britain and China signed an agreement that stated Hong Kong would return to China but would maintain its capitalist system for 50 years. This transfer took place on June 30, 1997, under great pomp and ceremony. Its enormous harbor, vast industrialization, and free port status make it a major Asian crossroad and perhaps the best place to shop in the world.

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Saturday, November 11 - CRUISING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Sunday, November 12 - NHA TRANG, VIETNAM

Nha Trang is situated in Vietnam's southern Champa Kingdom along the Song Cai River. In ancient times, this southern region was once a peaceful Champa settlement. It was attacked by the Vietnamese at the end of the 15th century, though it remained under Champa control until the mid-17th century when the Nguyen Lords of Hue took possession. From the city of Nha Trang, the ancient Champa Towers can be seen, each revealing details of the unique culture of the Chams.

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Monday, November 13 - PHU MY (HO CHI MINH CITY), VIETNAM

Phu My is the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City, which is best explored on foot so that you can escape the bustle and find tranquil parks, peaceful pagodas, and timeless alleyways. You may also cruise down one of the great rivers of the world, the Mekong. In Vietnam, the river divides itself into dozens of tributaries and becomes the Cuu Long (Nine Dragons) that fan out into a rich delta covered with green rice paddies and orchards of coconuts, mangos, pineapples, and bananas. On your riverboat, head toward Thoi Son Island to taste the local fruits and honey tea.

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Tuesday, November 14 - CRUISING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Wednesday, November 15 - KOTA KINABALU (BORNEO), MALAYSIA

Enjoy the sights in this bustling, ethnically diverse city as you see the gold-domed mosque, unique high-rise architecture, and the Heritage Village. Or venture into the interior and astonishing Kinabalu Park. Stroll past rare plants along a nature trail and through a garden of rare orchids. Or ride Borneo's last train into the lush countryside of farms, water buffalo, and villages. Spend time on the glorious beaches.

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Thursday, November 16 - PUERTO PRINCESA, PHILIPPINES

Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan, Philippines, located 306 nautical miles southwest of Manila. It is said that the city was named after a mythical young woman, and Puerto Princesa certainly lives up to her legendary splendor with miles of pristine beaches and lush wilderness. Be sure to visit the underground river - the longest in the world and deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beachgoers should head to Honda Bay, consisting of several islets that are the best location for snorkeling and island hopping.

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Friday, November 17 - BORACAY ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

Boracay Island is a mere four miles long, yet it is home to some of the Philippines' most beautiful and unspoiled beaches. The minute island is located just three hours from the capital city of Manila. Visit the less frequented Bulabog Beach and watch windsurfers seemingly fly across the crystal water, or for a more secluded experience, visit Puka Beach to the north.

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Saturday, November 18 - MANILA, PHILIPPINES

The Philippine capital, Manila, was founded by King Philip II of Spain. In the years followed, the Spanish successfully prevented the Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese from settling in the Philippines. During the Seven Years' War, the British occupied Manila but agreed to return it to Spain in 1763. During WWII, the Japanese took control during a 1942 invasion, and eventually, the U.S. recaptured the islands and returned them to the Philippines. In 1946, the country was granted complete independence.

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Sunday, November 19 - CRUISING THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
Monday, November 20 - HONG KONG, CHINA

In 1841, Hong Kong became a British Crown colony when it was acquired from China. In 1984, Britain and China signed an agreement claiming Hong Kong would return to China but that it would maintain its capitalist system for 50 years. This transfer happened on June 30, 1997, under great pomp and ceremony. Its enormous harbor, vast industrialization, and free port status make it a major Asian crossroad and perhaps the best place to shop in the world.