Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Sunday's "caviar bar" in the foreground and other breakfast items, elegantly displayed

Ellie & Debbie enjoying the morning sun, caviar & champagne on the...

We kept an eye on the "Caviar Bar" so that it would...

Costa Rican sun peeping over the mountains to welcome & wake us...

the usual tour bus line-up waiting the eager "touristas" to be whisked...

a "Tica Welcoming Party" for our tour group to the Eco-park

upper launch area of the aerial tram, with a view of the...

view from the aerial tram spanning some of the vast areas (must...

colorful displays of floral contrast are everywhere in the Eco-park

receiving end of one of the "zip-line" traverses, ending near the Iguana...

"flesh pile" of Iguanas basking in sun to keep body heat up

banana baiting of butterflies help visitors view the display of winged colors...

one of the brave specimens in the butterfly area at the Eco-park

cocoons are collected and sheltered for the bountiful population of elequent butterflies...

a butterfly that is nearing the end of it's life and resting,...

another example of beautiful orchid in the orchid area near the bromiliad...

3 specimins of orchids in the "orchid area" (all areas are about...

"shifty" woodpecker in the palm & tree area of about 20 acres....

termite "nests" are plentiful with all the dead wood that they thrive...

bromiliads in a "bromiliad area that the protective cover was blown off...

After lunch, a demonstration of the "traditional" sugar cane milling process in...

a "wild" Iguana near the croccodile pens (he's just wishing he was...


Yesterday, Sunday, Jan. 03,2010, started in magnificent fashion. We had our caviar, Mimosas and champagne on the fantail of the ship, a beautiful Sunday morning with all the caviar & champagne we could eat. I felt like we were some of the ravenous birds, scooping up all the little fish eggs we could put in our beaks and washing them down with melba toast, onions and creme fresh. Of course we used the upmost restraint and kept our pinkies in the air, while devouring as much as we could stand of the tempestuous delicacy. WOW! did we enjoy the feast! The rest of the day was getting prepared for the Port of Puntarenas.

Our tour for the day was only for myself, because Ellie & Debbie did not want to go on any uneven terrain or hazardous (to their health) expeditions and said they would go to the dockside vendors that always welcomes Cruise ships at port. I had to muster at the gangplank at 08:15 hours (we turned our clocks back one hour last night, so it was equal to central standard time). From the gangplank, we loaded up on a mini tourist bus and headed out to an "Eco-park" called Tu Ri Bari that had massive acreage that a aerial tram could traverse the vast park area and provide "zip-lines" of various traverses and parts of the park. We 1st, took the aerial tram to the lower part of the park, where the orchids, iguanas, ferns, ivies & butterflies all were waiting to show us off their "natures' fashion show."

After walking along, getting natural history & biology lessons in "Costa Rican Rain forest," global warming and climate change, we had a "traditional" Costa Rican lunch of rice, black-pinto-chili beans, plantains, pork, pulled beef & chicken (Iguana?) fajitas. I must admit I was interested in the butterfly area & variety of orchids and the lunch after we walked to the various venues. Right after lunch, we walked over to a demonstration of how sugar cane was produced by the "traditional" sugar cane mill much like was done in the near past with oxen, a separation wheel & boiling vats. Then off to see the crocodiles! We could have dispensed with the history about this time because lunch was settling in and we were all getting sleepy-eyed and tired, ready to curl up on our tour bus seats and go home! (Which we did within an hour) Our ride from the "Eco-park" was quiet for the 1&1/2 hr. ride back to our ship. Thank goodness the driver could keep his eyes open; we all zonked out.

Tomorrow, we have a day at sea on our journey to Puerto Chiapas, a "nice" little Mexican port village, a few miles away from the Guatemalan border.



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