end of cruise– Ft Lauderdale enroute home

arrival by 6am in Port Everglades.. off the ship by 8am  as we start the drive back home… a lot of Easter week traffic heading up I-95 made for a slow go at some locations.. back home by 8pm


Day 28–Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

arrival at 7am at the anchorage off  Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Holland America’s private island.. very light winds allowed us to land via the ship’s tenders this time around .. sharing the island with another HAL ship– the Nieuw Amersterdam.. I went ashore on the first tender alone  with Pat ..Peter and Margaret meeting me over there about an hour later.. all the way down past the last Life-Guard station I made my claim to a nice quiet out of the way location..  the other ship brought over 2K pax .. we only had about a thousand..  still quiet thruout the day where we were.. the weather was perfect in the high 70’s with a nice breeze.. water was magnificent crystal clear blue.. what a place..  we packed up and were on the tender to the ship by 2pm –sailaway was at 230pm..  the end of a 28 day cruise sure does come up fast these days..


Happy Easter .. Mass at 8am…another day at sea as we pass by Haiti and Cuba enroute to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.. an early morning lite wind was welcomed after the high winds of yesterday.. a nice sunrise.. by 11am sunny blue skies but the high winds and choppy seas were back upon us once again.. it sure looks sketchy for our stop in Half Moon Cay tomorrow morning..  we shall see.. dinner in the Pinnacle once again this evening our 5th time on this cruise

Day 26–At Sea

winds were up to 53 kts as we left Cartagena last evening.. they continued into last nite and thruout the day today–  a lot of bouncing around..  Mariners lunch in the Dining Room.. couldn’t sit out on the Navigation Deck-aft with the strong 50 kt winds –sunny blue skies day.. Captain said the winds will continue thru tomorrow noon..

Day 24–Panama Canal

arrival at Panama City and the Pacific side of the Panama Canal at 5am..  after passing under the Bridge of the Americas by 715am we were entering the Miraflores Locks–2 locks– a short one mile later into the Pedro Miquel lock–one lock which brings us up to the 85 foot level for the transit to Gatun Lake about a 2+ hour run..a pass under the Centennial Bridge on to the Continental Divide …a nice day for the transit with 20+ mph winds sunny ..as we exited Gatun locks a couple of Crocs on the bank..  passing thru the breakwaters the winds picked up for our sail toward Cartagena with arrival tomorrow morning

Day 23– At Sea

our second day at sea as we head southeast to the Pacific side of the Panama Canal..  another HOT sunny blue sky day out on the Navigation Deck-aft.. after dinner in the dining room it was to the Showroom for the ship’s dancers and singers in ‘Classique’..  good show

Day 22–At Sea

as we sail southbound off the coasts of Guatemala ..El  Salvador.. Nicaragua and Costa Rica toward Panama City and the entrance back thru the Panama Canal– arrival Thursday morning for the Canal transit.. a hot sunny and mostly windy kinda day  33kts an unusual strong wind this far down the Central American coast .. got an invite to the Captain’s Table for Dinner once again…as always great dinner

Day 21–Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

in port of Puerto Quetzal Guatemala today–the  Sailfish capital..got in too late to do a charter..done it here before..thee best of the best no comparison..  had a bumpy ride down from Huatulco Mx last nite passing by the Gulf of Tehuantepac  high seas 60 kt steady winds. all nite…been thru there before ..ride em cowboy..its where the suerra madres run into the pacific shortest distance between Caribbean & Pacific.. 90* 90% humidity..cookin’..HOT HOT HOT 

Day 20- Huatulco Santa Cruz Mexico

a pretty approach this early morning before sunrise..a whale spouting surrounded by mucho many porpoises..and more porpoises and more..pod after pod. a walk along the beach..a stop for a few Coronas at our favorite restaurant on the beach..a quik lunch ..a nice day  pretty sunny 81* blue skies