Panama Canal April 2016

Nice short cruise.  :-)  Ft Lauderdale to Seattle

Happy camper.  Patty traded her First class seat for the way to Florida and gave it to Nancy.

Nancy's sister Teri and her hubby came to Ft Lauderdale to meet us the day before our cruise.

More of the hotel grounds of the Marriott


Miami Beach

Oasis class Royal Caribbean ship headed out along Miami Beach (from Ft Lauderdale)

HAL ship


Sunrise the day of our cruise.  Out on my walk along Ft Lauderdale Beach.

New Shacks going up on the strip.  Only 1.2 Mil starting price

A view of our spacious inside cabin on Nieuw Amsterdam

The sitting area AKA Nancy's bed.

Typical cruise ship bath

The cabin we were in.

Nancy wanting to go for a boat ride.

Another Oasis class getting loaded up

Ready to party

Looking toward the 17th st bridge over the intracoastal.


Condo's/apts along the beach and entrance to port everglades


Ft Lauderdale beach hotels


Start the drinking

And eating

And snoozing (although I think someone was faking it here)

Dinner at Tamerind

First stop. Cartagena Columbia






Poor bus window shot of a cemetary


Castillo San Felipe de Barajas fortress.  Construction began in 1536. 






Cartagena Cathedral

Square near the cathedral















Typical day at sea



Outside the Atlantic side of the panama canal 

Picking up pilot 







New bridge being constructed at the Atlantic entrance to the canal 









Zuiderdam beat us to the punch. Tight squeeze 



One of the MANY tugs along the canal 


The little electric trains that pull us through 


Monkeys greeting us.






1050 foot long lock (old locks) 



















Zuiderdam doing some excursions 













Example of carving out the mountain sides 

Centennial Bridge 






Bridge of the Americas in the background 

The row boats are still used to day to deliver handling lines to the ships. 










Couple of sailboats headed thru 







Seemingly odd shot.  It's a picture of my phone of the panama canal web cam showing us going thru the locks. 


Ships photographer taking picks of us from land. 


Bridge of the Americas 


The atrium art on the Nieuw Amsterdam 

Nancy getting some sun 

The Lido buffet area 


Templo Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes (steel church) in Grecia Costa Rica 








Some housing in the area 

Sarchi Costa Rica.  


Templo Catolico de Sarchi Norte church 



Elaborate ox cart in the square in Sarchi 




Inside the church 





















Terry's B-day dinner at  Pinnacle Grill.


Crab cakes to start 

Filet (we had all the sides too)

Lovely dessert 

Welcome to Corinto Nicaragua

Town square 

Didn't do much here.  Was a tad warm.  That was ACTUAL not feels like temp. 

Looking into downtown from the ship 

More drinking 

Bottoms up 

Don't mess with these guys at the dock


Sign says it all 








Ant of some kind with a big load 

Nancy found someone shorter than her.  :-) 

More drinking 


Pretty crab on the rocks near the ship 

Good bye 









Busy day 

And MORE drinking 

Bento boxes on the ship 


Welcome to Huatulco, MX 












Town square in Huatulco 




Scenic overlook of the ship  



Drinking yet again. :-)



A view you don't want to see from the Sea



Typical evening dining room menu






Nancy beat up the merchant so much on the price of this bracelet he almost gave it to her to get rid of her. 

Sun setting behind the Tamarind bar

Tonight's appetizer at Tamarind

The Lobsta




Yum Yum time




Welcome to Puerto Villarta





Walkway along the waterfront





The Boy on the Seahorse statue. First one on the waterfront


Presidencia Municipal (Government offices)



Our guide



Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe





Playa Mismaloya





Couldn't resist the sign for this store




Onward to Cabo San Lucas


Headed out on a boat tour (drink in hand)





Can his beak hold more than his belly can?










One of the more recognizable shots from Cabo



Lazy day



































Two tourists


Looking back toward the city and top of Baja.

Dabo Wabo restaurant. Just popped in for some shirts.

Lovely marina









Deck party!







Welcome to San Diego

Lots of ships in port




Bridge to Coronado




USS Midway Museum








San Diego Convention center






Hotel Del Coronado




San Diego Air Space museum


Our ship docked in San Diego




Looking across the harbor at the airport.









Big of a bumpy day


At the bar. What can I say.  :-)




Formal night

Back at Pinnacle


Real rough day

Last stop before Seatle. Victoria BC, Canada





The Fairmont Empress Hotel

Marina Walk


Watch out for bears


My fav Italian restaurant in Victoria

Soooo Good

My morning walking path on deck

Boo hoo, we're in Seattle and gonna have to leave the ship


Good by Nieuw Amsterdam

Best shot I could get of the space needle.


The End