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Jan 21, 2017 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico…Monday, January 16, 2017

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico…Monday, January 16, 2017 Beautiful day in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We had no plans for today so we meandered around the town to Wal Mart as did many of our ship mates. Here is a great spot to stock up on supplies for the Pacific Ocean crossing. On the way to Wal Mart, we ran into a medical incident. An older man had collapsed on the sidewalk and had several cuts and abrasions on him. Yes, I did go over and take care of him, cleaning his wounds and making sure he rehydrated before we moved him...

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Jan 21, 2017 - San Diego Thursday, January 19, 2017

San Diego Thursday, January 19, 2017 The day started cool and rainy and I mean a lot of rain. Remember it never rains in Southern California. Well of the three times we have been here it has rained twice. Once when we had the band here it was up to my ankles and now today it is really wet! We knew we were not going off for a while so we busied ourselves helping with our move with the staff. It went smoothly and we like our new room. It is a two seater couch not three so it actually gives us another cupboard to store stuff in. Once we got...

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Jan 16, 2017 - Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15, 2017…At Sea

Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15, 2017…At Sea Two glorious days of doing nothing after our three busy days was a welcome relief. It remains very warm and humid; making it feel much warmer than it is. We did attend a future cruises seminar and did book our next cruise for this fall called the Atlantic Adventurer for 49 days. Otherwise a restful quiet day. Dinner was good as it was a Gala Night; all were dressed up. Your dad still looks good in his tux. Our first performance night of the HAL singers and dancers. The show called...

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Jan 14, 2017 - January 13, 2017 - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - January 13, 2017 This turned out to be an interesting port. Our transfer into Antigua went smoothly and we learned a lot of their history from our guide, Eric. Our driver was Elvis and he sure made the driving look easy even with the narrow roads and even when he had to jockey around the road to make a turn which was often. On the way we saw several, actually two, active volcanoes spit/smoke; we have some pictures I will upload later. The volcanoes are very active in Guatemala and there are 33 volcanoes located...

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Jan 14, 2017 - January 12, 2017 … Corinto, Nicaragua

January 12, 2017 … Corinto, Nicaragua We slept very well last night, both of us were extremely tired after our first really full day of sightseeing. Awoke refreshed and ready to see a new country, Nicaragua. We have a full day independent tour with Julio Tours for 8-109 people and will be going to several locations to see the area. The first place we go is to see the three volcanoes as we travel to Leon, a picturesque town with old Spanish architecture and a lot of open markets. Leon offers ruins and geological wonders such as the Cerro...

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Jan 11, 2017 - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Puntarenas, Costa Rico

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Puntarenas, Costa Rico We have docked on the Atlantic/Caribbean side in Costa Rico before but this time we are on the Pacific side in Puntarenas. It is a small port city which at first impression is plagued with polluted waters and seedy streets. It is the closest costal town to San Jose, the capital. They have really begun cleaning up Puntarenas and its beaches to appeal to more and more tourist trade. The area exports pineapple, coffee, cashews and all kinds of melons. This is the drier part of Costa Rico, the...

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Jan 11, 2017 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017 At Sea

January 10, 2017 Day at Sea Well, the chief engineer reported to the front office that the noise we have been hearing is the engine casing and there is nothing they can do to stop it. The girl who has been so nice trying to help us even looked into a room change but there is nothing available in the inside cabins for us. I then asked about a window room, even though it is not in our paid category, so we could get some sleep…she did not know. We went to our wine tasting event at 11 this morning, tasting four different wines. All the whites...

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Jan 10, 2017 - January 9th Transit the Panama Canal

January 9, 2017 At Sea in Transit Panama Canal. This time through the Canal we did not rush to wake, dress and get to the bow by 5:30 am to see us arrive at the entrance. We slept in then woke in time to see us leave the first lock, the Gatun Locks. We were held up in Gatun Lake for 2.5 hours to allow a petroleum ship with liquid gas on it to pass through the lock from the Pacific to Atlantic side. Once they were through, regular traffic through the canal continued. It is interesting to see how many ships, mostly freighters go through this...

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Jan 9, 2017 - January 9, 2017 At Sea

Sunday, January 8, 2017 At sea today we are wandering around the ship, getting someone to try to find out what the thumping noise is in our room, especially at night when we lay our heads on the pillow. Last night is was very loud but we finally fell asleep. They are going to check this out for us; we will hear if it goes away. We went to the talk on the next few ports, went outside and enjoyed the warmth. It is very windy today creating white caps on the waves and large/deep swells. The ship is rocking but not enough to be bothersome. We...

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Jan 8, 2017 - Santa Marta, Columbia

Saturday, January 7, 2017 Today we hit land in Santa Marta, Columbia. The weather is warm in the high 70’s with lots of humidity. The sun is shining and the people were all out trying to sell their trinkets all along the way. Bill and I walked around for a while, sat with Gini and Rich for sodas and the obligatory local beer and returned to the ship for a late lunch. Now it is time to go up on the Lido to see what is going on and wait for the sail away party. Right now they are having cocktails and canapes for $4 at the Lido Bar. Last time...

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Jan 7, 2017 - January 3rd - January 6th 2017 boarding and At Sea

We left Charlotte on January 3rd, early morning and headed to FLL to begin our WC 2017. First we had trouble at the airport. Bill’s air ticket was made out as Bill where his passport says William Robert so the security lady would not let him pass until he got a new ticket. It took over 40 minutes for the personnel at the American Airlines ticket desk to figure out how to re-ticket him; but finally they did and Bill passed through security easily. I was already through and waiting on the other side. It was close we made it with minutes to...

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Jan 1, 2017 - Happy New Year

We are just about ready to start our next adventure and wanted to check to be sure all still wanted to remain on our blog list. If you do not wish to receive this blog and its updates. please let me know right away and I will remove you. Otherwise you will be receiving periodic updates as we travel and occasionally I will be able to download some pictures. Most of the pictures will come after we get back as it is very expensive to wait for pictures to download on the ship. Bill and I send each of you a Happy New Year and hope it is a...

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