Transiting the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World in a BBC miniseries produced in 2003. A marvel of engineering, the story behind it is truly incredible. Almost everyone has heard of it, but few know much about it. We had the privilege of taking a cruise from Fort […]

Our Panama Canal Cruise

One of the things on our bucket list was to take a cruise through the Panama Canal.  On Nov. 15 we did just that. It was a sixteen day cruise that left from Fort Lauderdale, traversed the Panama Canal, and ended up in Los Angeles. There were six ports-of-call along the way. Our ship was […]

Photo Gallery: Panama Canal Cruise

Here are some additional photos and videos of our cruise. The photo above is of the ship in port at Huatulco, Mexico. I’ll be adding separate posts for the canal transit and the ports-of-call later.                          

The Forgotten Island

Follow us on Facebook! When we think of the Bahamas we think of the cities of Nassau and Freeport and maybe of the fabulous Atlantis Resort. We also think of an island archipelago with many sandy beaches. The Bahamas, in fact, has over 700 islands of varying sizes. One of them used to be the […]

Photo Gallery: Eleuthra

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos of our visit to the island of Eleuthra in the Bahamas. Our tour guide on the bus tells of the history of Eleuthra During the ride we were shown how to make some crafts, including this headband made from reeds A house in Governor’s Harbour is […]

Captain Kent’s Last Cruise (and Our First)

Up until 2005 we had long thought a cruise would be a terrific vacation but we were under the impression that cruising was for rich people and we were hardly rich. And so we didn’t really consider it seriously. Our friends Chris and Sheila had been on a couple of cruises and they excitedly told […]

Southeast Asia Cruise – January 2016

Follow us on Facebook! On January 22, 2016, my wife and I went on our sixth cruise – a cruise promoted as a taste of Southeast Asia. We had never been in Southeast Asia before, except for a brief stopover at the Kuala Lumpur airport on our way to Perth, Australia. But it has always been […]

Photo Gallery: Southeast Asia Cruise

Follow us on Facebook! Additional photos from our Southeast Asia cruise. It was rainy when we left Singapore, the first time we had rain on the first day of a cruise. The ship was decked out for Chinese New Year which was coming up soon. The Mariner of the Seas has a full service hair salon […]

Port of Call: Langkawi, Malaysia

Follow us on Facebook! The third port of call on our Southeast Asia cruise was Langkawi, an island at the northern end of Malaysia near its border with Thailand. The ship docked at the Star Cruise Jetty, the southernmost tip of the island. The Star Cruise Jetty where our ship docked. We had seven excursions to […]