Our Panama Canal cruise was interesting and educational. I can’t in all honesty say it was “great.” I don’t think we have the type of personalities for big ship cruising. We’ve been on small ships and had a wonderful time.
Before boarding the ship, we spent one entire day touring Miami. We saw the everglades, the city and the bay. Definitely don’t want to be here when they have the Super Bowl.
We also saw the city of Cartegena, Columbia; the rainforest in Puntarenas, Costa Rica; museums and an active volcano in Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala, a few birds on a bird watch in Huatulco, Mexico; and the famous cliff divers in Acapulco. Everywhere we went, there was poverty.
After that, it went down hill fast for me. I got hit hard with the Norovirus and spent the next 48+ hours in bed. Phil got it the night before arriving in Los Angeles. That began the mentally and physically challenging odyssey of disembarking the ship, finding a taxi to LAX and wondering if we would make it to the plane on time.
We made it back, slept for 12 hours the first night, and five days later and lots of naps, are almost back to normal.
Below are my random thoughts about the cruise.
- I am very thankful for living where I do.
- 14 days on a cruise ship is way TOO LONG no matter how often you get off.
- Thoroughly research and re-research all shore excursions.
- Don’t always book shore excursions through the cruise line.
- Be adventuresome.
- NEVER, NEVER drink or eat anything off the ship.
- Beware that the Norovirus can hit at any time, no matter how careful you are.
- Getting sick is no way to lose 5 pounds.
- When the effects and memories of the Norovirus have faded, I’m sure pleasant memories of the cruise will return.