Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Cartegenga Skyline from our anchorage early Jan. 1 on the way to...

Early Morning (Jan. 2 ) start of Panama Canal Transit-first of the...

Full moon still hanging around over the navagation satellite domes of the...

navagational lighthouse & "bullseye" for dock hands to practice their line tossing...

the Gatun center observation house with very little clearance from overhanging control...

another navagational lighthouse along the starboard side of the canal, our ship...

Passenger ships, freighters, tankers, tour boats, tugs and canoes all want to...

the Centenial Bridge over the Canal

"Tours & Tugs" all pass though the locks

the old Panama Canal Yacht Club with abandonded boats and decayed dockage

Panama City, Panama skyline from observation deck 12

Port Balboa & sea containers awaiting berth on their "World Cruise. We...

Bridge of the Americas at the Canal mouth & Port Balboa, part...


Finally, we are back to "touring." After our cruise mates' medical emergencies, we got back to somewhat a "normal" cruise itinerary. We made our "technical stop" in Cartagena, Columbia, by anchoring in the wee hours of the morning yesterday. Our fleeting stop allowed us to wake to the sunrise and the skyline of Cartagena. We cruised the coast of Columbia on the way to our anchorage outside the Atlantic entry to the Panama Canal.

This morning at 06:00 hours (too bright and early for most of us-but not too early to get up and take pictures) we entered the process to be ushered through the Gatun Locks, the traverse of man-made Lake Gatun to the Pedro Miguel & Miraflores Locks and the Pacific ocean, where we will anchor to "bunker in" fuel for our trip to Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We will be at sea another day (making it 7 days, including our sailing day) and are beginning to get a little "cabin fever" (as if one could be so trapped by all the elegance and distractions that are found on board ship and the excitement of transversing the Panama Canal).

We are feeling a little drained from the hectic pace of boarding, getting under sail and the days of unpacking. We are finally getting into an easier routine of sleeping & eating. Ellie & Debbie are tiring easily (and myself as well) and we all like "room service," a lot.



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