Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Raffles lighthouse as we "round the corner" (Singapore Island) to go towards...

A 05:30 wake up call outside our cabin with sirens and loud...

Sunrise over the Star Cruise terminal shelter with an opressive haze hanging...

Ellie ordered noodle soup & wantons but didn't expect such a large...

Chestnut vendor giving his best "kung fu" pose for the camera, a...

Chestnuts getting roasted with little hot black rocks to perfection & sweetness

Patrons (and I) enjoyed the warm, sweet nut meat samples before purchasing....

Blue domed mosque we passed by while traveling the streets of KL...

Petronas Twin towers in the distance of downtown KL. Our shuttle bus...

The very, very long distance from ship to waiting buses added to...


Twin sisters of heat & humidity must have been cloned because it is twice as hot as it has ever been in Indonesia following us to Thailand & Malaysia, which makes touring & shopping hard to be comfortable doing. Kuala Lumpur is no exception. I tried to get Ellie to take a day long tour (8 hrs) of the highlights of KL city, museums, temples and surrounding cities but she was not feeling well enough to go that long & suggested I go by myself.... I reluctantly decided to do so but as the bus was pulling out I changed my mind, got off the bus & decided to see if I could persuade Ellie to take the shuttle bus into KL & do some shopping & short sightseeing. This seemed to work fine for her & I was glad she made the attempt to get out of the cabin & go exploring, even if shopping was not involved & the time would only be for a few hours.

Thankfully, the earlier shuttle buses were filled and exhausted the supply of waiting guests in order to make our shuttle almost half full. Ellie still had issues with the heat & humidity, so our time in town would be limited only by her ability to withstand the overwhelming heat & humidity saturated air, not by her desire to shop.

Our 1st stop was to Chinatown (then hopefully to the Central Market before we had to leave by 16:00-4 pm-for the last shuttle bus back to our ship-45 min away) that really had stalls in a wide street, (few street vendors) & storefronts behind the stalls mixed in with hotels, restaurants & businesses. She shopped (looked) for about an hour & since it was close to the noon hour, wanted to rest some & get a drink or bite to eat. We found that in the Swiss Garden Hotel restaurant that was just behind the vendors stalls.

She was delighted to get a hugh bowl of noodles & cool off in a "European" style restaurant. This was a welcome respite (& with clean restrooms) from the noonday heat & humidity outside.

After an hour or so of enjoying the food & getting back to a relatively cool state of body temperature, we started back to streets to pound out those "bargains" found in Chinatown. The best "bargain" was finding hot roasted chestnuts on the street that were sweet beyond belief in a vendors stall that had an upbeat attitude & was successful in his marketing. The shopping & looking all lasted about another hour & the heat took over Ellie's desire to find bargains, so we got another cab back to the Times Square shuttle drop off spot that was about 10 city blocks away (but hidden by skyscrapers). It was too bad that we could not last longer but the heat was way too hot to continue outside and both of us really found the air conditioning on the bus to be the "oasis" we needed & was glad we didn't rush it by getting on the last shuttle bus back to the ship.

Yes, KL would have been exciting to take the 8 hr tour of history & current features about the city but it would have been better if the temperature & comfort could have been more reasonable. We would have like to tour the Petronas Twin towers & go up to the observation floor, visited some more markets & done more sightseeing but without the comfort of doing all this, it is almost better to see it on The Discovery or Learning channels in the comfort of your own home......We will always have the memory of seeing the towers from afar & experiencing the city (& shopping) life in this most modern metropolis. We enjoyed the little time we experienced in Kuala Lumpur & maybe Regent could arrange an overnight stay & exclusive event in this city on another World cruise as an option for some future traveler?

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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