March 15, 16 and 17 2023

What a fascinating city.

We sailed in through more cargo ships than you can imagine, I would not want to be the captain navigating between these huge ships. Eventually we could see the city skyline, very impressive.

Once docked we went on a tour of some icons of Singapore. We got an electric boat ride down the very short (3.5 km) Singapore river and passed the famous Merlion, the symbol of the city. We then got to go into the Marina Sands Mall (crazy big) and the hotel (even bigger). Up to the top floor observation deck that looks like a surf board spanning the three towers. Then down to the Flower dome at the Gardens at the bay park. A really impressive indoor garden that was celebrating Sakura, Japanese spring, by bringing in hundreds of blooming cherry trees. I could spend days in this garden.

We got back to the ship and decided to go over to the mall by the port for dinner. We found a Chinese soup dumpling place and had some fantastic dumplings.

The next day we went on another excursion in the morning that included some stops at historical buildings and another stop by the Merlion. Once we got to China town we decided to go it alone and left the tour.

We had lunch at a hawker market. We had the national dish chicken rice. really good and only 4 Singapore dollars, about 3.50US.

We then walked through China town and some other interesting roads. We saw both Hindu and Buddhist temples, monks praying, a couple getting married, fantastic buildings with plants growing all over and so much great architecture.

We eventually got to Raffles Hotel. Here we had a great experience at the Macallan Scotch experience. Rocky, the host there took great care of us. It was absolute top notch service. We bought a bottle of scotch and moved on the to Long Bar to have the iconic Singapore sling. It was way better here than I have had before. A great experience.

We then walked around Marina bay and ended up one floor higher on the observation deck in the hotel at the Ce la Vie bar. We had a couple drinks with friends and enjoyed the view.

Back to the ship and a rest, we walked a lot of miles.

Last day we decided to go to Sensoa Island, this is where universal Singapore is and some very nice hotels. But it is also home to an abandoned zoo we think and wandering though it was surreal. Felt like Jurassic park and I thought a Raptor was going to jump out at any moment.

We walked across the island to a really nice beach where we did see a creature, a 8 foot long Malaysia Water Monitor Lizard. Just walking on the beach. Very cool to see.

We then took the cable car back across the island to a view point and had a nice walk there again. Then finally back to the ship.

Singapore was amazing, so much to see and do, we need to go back.

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