Sea Days on a Cruise

A lot of people have asked what we do on sea days and also ask if it is fun. Ummm…. a sea day is fun the first sea day of the first cruise and thereafter every sea day is boring for the most part. The ship has all kinds of activities so you can busy […]

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Grand Cayman Island

All I can think about when docking at Grand Cayman Island is the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.  I dunno…. It’s probably because it’s one of my three sons’ hands down favorite movies or maybe it’s because the scenery just lends itself to imagining Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa on ships in the ocean.  Or […]

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A Day in Panama

The locks and canal were fantastic!  We also decided to make a day trip through the rain forest, take a tour of Gatun Lake and stop briefly in the Embera Indigenous Village to see traditional Embera songs, culture and of course buy their beautiful local crafts. The cruise line requires you to utilize their tours […]

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Cartagena — The People and Neighborhoods

I loved the old city area that Paulina showed us. It was evident that many people live a simpler and slower life here. People still fish from simple boats, homes are shared by multiple generations in many neighborhoods. While the old melds with the new, many of the people maintain traditions and lives that remind […]

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Cartagena, Columbia

Founded in 1533, Cartagena was one of the most important and strategic locations for the Spanish to transport gold and silver from Peru and Ecuador to Europe.  Cartagena’s old town is a Unesco World site… and rightly so.  The old town has centuries-old colonial stone walls, cobbled stone streets, beautiful plazas, and large churches.  An […]

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Limon, Costa Rica

With temperatures averaging 87 degrees and high humidity, it is hot, hot, and more hot.  But, hey! I’m from the Mojave Desert so I’m not bothered by the heat much.  I don’t even mind the humidity, other than the fact that my hair has tripled in volume, and my normally dry desert skin feels so soft […]

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Panama Canal

This great story of the Panama Canal was part of American history and geography when I was growing up.  It was a marvel of engineering, as well as a statement to how hard people will work to achieve a tremendous feat. Ultimately completed under the stewardship of the United States, the original attempt was via […]

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