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Silversea Expedition Cruises - Exotic Journeys Focus on "The Journey" - Silver Discoverer Indonesia/Myanmar Expedition: Part II (Ship Happens: Singapore Day 2)



Today the Silversea Silver Discoverer was to arrive in Singapore after her dry-docking and sail off, with me aboard, of course, to Indonesia.  Well?Ship Happens!  Not happening. At least not today.
Raffles HotelAfter my morning adventure (discussed below) I returned to my Noel Coward Personality Suite at Raffles Hotel here in Singapore to gather my things and head off to the ship where she was supposed to be docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Center.  Instead I gathered two letters: One from the hotel and one from Silversea Expeditions.  (Yes, you should complete all the pre- and post- cruise information when completing your guest registration.  And this is why!)
Silverseas' Silver Discoverer in drydockThe letter from Silversea explained that a ?technical problem with our engines? occurred as the ship was existing the dry dock and that I should stay in my hotel for an additional night and that Silversea would pay for the hotel and my meals.  After a bit of confusion with the port agent telling me I should move to another hotel, the Raffles front desk advised that Silversea had been in touch directly and confirmed it would reimburse me for my extra hotel night.  (Yes, Raffles hotel staff is excellent!)
I am baffled by at least a couple of comments I have heard of angry with Silversea and also expecting the cruise to be of the same length (as if the next guests should have their cruise shortened).  This is an expedition cruise which, as I will discuss more in later articles, requires flexibility and an appreciation that not everything goes according to plan. You don?t know if the [fill in what animal you are so looking forward to] will appear or if wind or seas will keep you from exploring that island.  It is part of what an ?expedition? is! So, with that, I do not yet know what the ?technical problem? is, but what I do know is that I could focus on the disappointment or I could explore more of Singapore.  I went with the latter! (I am, of course, hoping the problem will be corrected for a departure only a day late.)
This morning I decided to head out and explore two more ethnic communities in Singapore.  The first I walked to was Kampong Glam, the Malay or Arabic neighborhood.  It was interesting to walk through, but there wasn?t much excitement.  That may have been because it was earlier in the morning, but it is worth a wander if you have the time.

The second community, which was truly vibrant, is Little India.  The sights and sounds were fantastic.  Also, the architecture became more ornate and fun to admire. 

It was also about this time that I figured I should have some India cuisine.  As I walked I enjoyed a puff pastry filled with curried lamb, potatoes and vegetables.  But that was just a snack. 

With literally dozens of eateries crowding the sidewalks, which one to choose"  Obviously the one with a number of locals eating and ch...
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