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Mar 3, 2018 - At Sea - Ship Tour

At Sea - Ship Tour March 3 On our way to the Panama Canal, we spent a day at sea and went on a three hour tour of our ship “behind the scenes.” We started with the provisions. It reminded us of the lockers of a large grocery store warehouse with frozen meats and fish; vegetables; drinks; rice; potatoes; and every kind of goodie you get to eat while on board. The ship has a wonderful policy of recycling and keeping the seas clean. We met the ecology manager and toured the facilities. The engine control center revealed how the propulsion is...

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Mar 2, 2018 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - A Walk In The Clouds

Puntarenas, Costa Rica March 2 Tom braved the hike in the cloud forest hoping to see and photograph the Resplendent Quetzal. However the zip line noise frightened the birds away from the area. He did manage to capture humming birds and butterflies. The trail led down into a ravine with a flowing river which was crossed by suspension bridges that swayed as the climbers walked across. There was a lunch at the end of the climb back up from the gully.

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Jan 21, 2018 - Sea day

Sun jan 21 Sea day today. I went to the gym first thing this morning. Weather was hot and humid. It was windy though so not too bad. We attended a lecture about the Panama Canal and our upcoming experience. Tom, the lecturer, was from Batavia, NY. Jim watched some of the football playoffs. No large screen on Lido deck on this boat though. Tonight is elegant night, which means dress up a bit. Since Jim was watching football, I went to dinner by myself. I sat with the people from Texas again as well as a couple from Bakersfield, CA and had...

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Jan 20, 2018 - Punteranus, Costa Rica

Sat jan 20 Today, we were in Puntarenas, Costa Rica and did the Bus, train, and boat tour. It was a nice, modern, bus, and we had a good tour guide, Norman. We then rode on a refurbished train from the 1800s. It was a nice ride, with kids waving at us when we went by their homes. We went by lots and lots of watermelon farms. A lot of the people live in poverty. Minimum wage is $2 per hour. The train went through a very, very narrow tunnel. After that we went on a boat tour through Crocodile Safari. We saw lots of crocodiles and birds. Costa...

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May 7, 2015 - Puntarenas

Costa Rica was discovered by Columbus; the fact that it had no gold lead the Spanish to ignore it, which was a blessing. The country is a perfect example of what good leadership can accomplish. While its Central American neighbors have been and still are in turmoil because of crime, gangs, drug trafficking and wars, this country has not had a standing army since 1949 and has set aside 25% of its land as nature conservancy. This has drawn tourist dollars to the country and lessened its dependance on the volatile banana market. Coffee is also...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Our next day was at sea and we discovered quickly that the Pacific Ocean is a bit cooler than the Gulf of Mexico. On sea days, our early riser would go stake out 2 or 3 tables, on the pool deck around 6:30 a.m.. The table location had three strategic attributes which made it prized; close to our best friend Max (our bartender), close to the buffet and snack bar, and quick access to the “john”. Jean had introduced Polish Rummy to the group and we more or less held none stop games with pauses only for dinner, evening entertainment and...

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Dec 3, 2013 - At Sea

3 DEC 13 – At Sea, Off the coast of Central America. Day 12. Now, we are getting close to the highlight of the cruise – our passage through the Panama Canal. That will be tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have to struggle through another sea day – don’t you feel sorry for us? We actually had a very busy day, with all kinds of appointments – so many, that I had to skip the all-important Goofy Golf, and shuffleboard and ping pong tournaments! Our first engagement was a Cruise Critic group visit to the bridge. This is a privilege that is...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Beautiful Country, Beautiful Jungle

2 DEC 13 – Puntarenas, Costa Rica . Day 11. Our arrival into Puntarenas was early, under a beautiful sunrise. Unlike our last two ports, the water is not deep right up to the beach, so we tied up alongside a a very long finger wharf that leads into the centre of Puntarenas town. The town itself is lowset and built on a very long spit of sand that extends a kilometrre or so out from the mainland. We had chosen to take a ship-sponsored tour into the rainforest, so we waied until our tour was called and then joined the coach that was waiting...

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Mar 19, 2013 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

March 18, 2013 At Sea I was up and on deck at 7:30 am for my usual walk after which I stopped by the international café for some decent coffee, croissants while reading a few more pages in my e-book; almost finished. Back in our room, Cherie got dressed and we went to breakfast around 10. Just north of the equator, the sea is very calm, the temperature warm and humid. There was a pitching contest at 11:15 which Cherie and I participated in. Cherie also participated in “the longest drive competition as well. I did that a few weeks ago and I...

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Dec 26, 2012 - Sky Walk in Costa Rica

12/26 – Day 2 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica It didn’t get quite as warm as we were expecting. A high around 90 and very humid is what we got. Jean, Jerry, Jim & myself had booked a Sky Walk tour in the tropical forest. Buses are air conditioned, so the 40 minute ride was comfortable. We saw white-faced capuchin monkeys along the way and another couple on our walking tour. A bird with pale blue feathers is the only tropical bird that was spotted. Rather disappointing. Leaf cutter ants covered our trail in one section. Pretty cute to watch those...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 25, 2012 - Costa Rica

12/25 Christmas in Costa Rica, “rich coast” Costa Rica is the belly button of Central America. Our guide said, “You know it’s there, but you don’t pay much attention to it.” Costa Rica has no military and no welfare. (One lady asked what happens if Nicaragua attacks you, and our guide said that they have an agreement with the US and Spain that they will defend Costa Rica.) If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Tourism is the #1 contributor to their economy. Coffee has dropped from #1 to #7. Even the export of tropical plants to decorate homes &...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 13, 2012 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - Poas Volcano

Hola, senores, senoras, en senioritas, pura viva! Costa Rica! Our second jetty docking for this cruise,and the Holland cruise ship Amsterdam berthed opposite ours this morning in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We had heard from a couple we met in San Juan del Sur, their ship has been experiencing a gastro outbreak and the laundries have been closed to prevent any possible spread. Our journey was to see the worlds largest active volcano crater, Poas Volcano located in its own national park. The crater is 1.5 Kms across and steaming hot. it was a...

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