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2010 - NCL - VENICE TO SOME GREEK ISLANDS

MY SECOND TIME ON BOARD THE NCL GEM


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AROUND THE WORLD?

CAN YOU ACCIDENTALLY CRUISE AROUND THE WORLD?

YES!

I TOOK MY FIRST CRUISE IN 2005. MIAMI TO LOS ANGELES - AND WAS HOOKED.

THREE OR FOUR CRUISES LATER, AND I REALISED THAT IF I WERE TO 'LINK' ALL THE CRUISES TOGETHER, I COULD ADD A FEW AND MAKE IT ALL THE WAY AROUND THE WORLD.

I RETIRED IN 2010 AND HAD A CRUISE BOOKED FOR 2011 .. THAT IS TWO LEGS OF AN AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE, NEW ZEALAND TO GREECE,

I HAD ALREADY GOT AS FAR AS ITALY GOING WEST TO EAST SO THERE WAS GOING TO BE THIS TINY BIT MISSING. ITALY TO GREECE.
WILL I THEN LIE AND SAY I HAVE CRUISES AROUND THE WORLD, OR FILL IN THE GAP?

MY DAD ALWAYS SAID THAT WHEN HE RETIRED HE WOULD TAKE MY MUM ON AN AROUND THE WORLD OCEAN VOYAGE.
MY MUM HAD OTHER IDEAS. SHE DID NOT "WANT TO SPEND THAT MUCH MONEY THAT QUICK".

THEY ARE BOTH DEAD NOW BUT I FEEL THAT I AM NOW GOING TO COMPLETE THEIR WORLD CRUISE IN THEIR STEAD - AND USE THEIR MONEY TO DO IT.

THANKS MUM & DAD.

VENICE TO GREECE....

I FLEW TO THE WORLDS WORST AIRPORT - FRANKFURT. I AM FRANKLY AMAZED THAT THIS AIRPORT IS IN GERMANY.

I DID SOMETHING NEW HERE - VOLUNTEERED.

THEY ANNOUNCED MY FLIGHT TO VENICE WAS OVERBOOKED ( SURPRISE! ) AND WOULD ANY ONE VOLUNTEER TO TAKE A LATER FLIGHT, VIA MUNICH? AND PICK UP 200 EUROS

I HAD PLENTY OF TIME, SO WHY NOT. SOMEONE ELSE MIGHT NEED TO GET THE OTHER FLIGHT.

MUNICH IS A NAME FAMILIAR TO MANY ENGLISH FOOTBALL FANS FROM THE MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM THAT CRASHED THERE IN 1958.
IT'S NOT WINTER SO NO FEAR OF ICE ON THE WINGS FOR ME.

APPARENTLY, I WAS AT THE LAST GAME THEY PLAYED, AT ARSENAL, BEFORE THEY LEFT FOR GERMANY. HAVE NO MEMORY OF IT APART FROM IT BEING AT NIGHT & RAINING - MAYBE.

MUNICH AIRPORT IS DEFINITELY IN GERMANY. A WONDERBAR AIRPORT. PRETTY AS A PICTURE.

NOT THAT I HAVE ANY PICTURES OF MUNICH.
NOR GOING OVER THE ALPS ON A BEAUTY OF A CLOUDLESS DAY.
NOR VENICE.
NOR CROATIA.
SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE MEMORY CARD AT A BEAUTIFUL CASCADING WATERFALL IN CROATIA - & I LOST ALL THE PICTURES.

THAT'S WHY THEY CALL THEM MEMORY CARDS!
I HAD FORGOTTEN TO BRING A SPARE.

IN THE EVENT, I GOT TO VENICE AND SAW PEOPLE FROM MY ORIGINAL FLIGHT SO THAT WAS GOOD.
I HEADED TO THE LUFTHANSA DESK TO GET MY 200 EUROS & YES, IN CASH. NONE OF THIS VOUCHER MALARKEY.
BUT NO - NO LUGGAGE.
HAD TO BE A BLIP SOMEWHERE.
BUT! TWO HUNDRED EUROS IN MY POCKET.

NCL HAD PUT ME IN A HOTEL THAT IS A FOUR OR FIVE STOP TRAIN RIDE OUTSIDE VENICE & THAT WILL BE A NICE EXPERIENCE, JUST GETTING THERE.

AND VENICE WAS A SURPRISE FOR ME. I EXPECTED IT TO BE ALL WATER BUT THERE IS A LOT OF WALKING YOU CAN DO TOO.

NO PHOTOS FROM HERE OR THE NEXT STOP, SPLIT IN CROATIA. TOO BAD.

I COME BACK TO VENICE IN A WEEK SO THAT IS A BONUS.

CORFU

I HAD A BUS TOUR UP ONE SIDE OF ISLAND , & BACK DOWN THE OTHER.

SOME PRETTY VIEWS, A NICE MEAL AND SOME CLOUD - LOTS OF CLOUD

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AND RAIN ...

I JOINED OUR TOUR GUIDES WHEN STOPPED FOR LUNCH.

THERE IS A TREE GROWING INSIDE THE RESTAURANT THAT YOU CAN SEE OVER HER SHOULDER.

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YOU KNOW ITS A REAL TREE BECAUSE NO ONE WOULD ADD THESE TO AN ARTIFICIAL TREE - MUSHROOMS - IN A RESTAURANT.
WOULD THEY?

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SANTORINI

THIS IS A PRETTY LITTLE PLACE. THERE IS A FUNICULAR TO GET UP & DOWN THE CLIFF BUT AFTER TENDERING ASHORE WE HAD A BUS.

THE TENDER WAS UNUSUAL. IT WAS NOT A SHIPS LIFEBOAT WHICH IS THE NORM. IT WAS A LARGE BOAT FROM SHORE. GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE OFF VERY QUICKLY.

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VISITED THE FIRA MUSEUM. THE GUIDE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE & I KNOW SHE IS VERY PROUD OF HER HERITAGE BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE OUTSIDE WAITING LONG BEFORE SHE FINISHED INSIDE.

THERE ARE ARE A LOT OF PRETTY LARGE JUGS INSIDE THOUGH...

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AND A BLUE MONKEY.

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A WALK THROUGH THE NARROW, SHOP FILLED LANES

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AND IT'S BACK TO THE SHIP. A LITTLE MORE SNUG THIS TIME

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ANOTHER ISLAND ( OR MAYBE THE SAME ONE) MYKONOS?

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I THOUGHT THIS PLACE LOOKED SO BLACK & WHITE THAT I TOOK THE PHOTOS IN BLACK & WHITE TO MAKE THEM A BIT MORE INTERESTING.
THIS MAY BE TRUE, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I WOULD NOT DO IT AGAIN.
COLOUR SHOTS CAN BE MADE TO BE BLACK & WHITE ON A COMPUTER. BLACK & WHITE STAY AS BLACK & WHITE.
MIGHT AS WELL SHOOT IN COLOUR TO GET AN OPTION LATER.

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LOOK MA! NO HANDS

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TIME TO BRING A BIT OF COLOUR BACK...

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MUST TELL THE CAPTAIN THERE IS A MOUSE ON BOARD

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THIS IS CRETE

I HAD ARRANGED TO MEET AN OLD CLASSMATE HERE BUT THERE WAS SOME MIS-COMMUNICATION AND WE NEVER MET UP. HE OWNS A RESTAURANT NEARBY SO MAYBE HE WAS BUSY.

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AN ADVERT FOR UDDER WEAR ! ! ! ...

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AND ONE TO REMIND ME OF HOME

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AND THE WEATHER WAS SO DISMAL I DECIDED TO LIVEN IT UP WITH A BIT OF CHEATING & PHOTO A TRAVEL AGENTS WINDOW...

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AFTER CRETE IT'S A NICE COUPLE OF DAYS AT SEA ON THE WAY BACK TO VENICE.

HERE'S SOME SHIPBOARD LIFE.....

YES - A BED IN THE NIGHT CLUB. A VERY ODD SHIP IS THE GEM.

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ROCK CLIMBING AT THE BACK OF THE SHIP

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THE TEPPANYAKI RESTAURANT - VERY GOOD TO EAT HERE..

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BIG SCREEN TV AT THE COFFE BAR

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ME AND THE BAR STAFF...

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MY FAVOURITE BAR. VERY QUIET MOST OF THE TIME. A GUY PLAYING ACOUSTIC GUITAR RATHER WELL, AND SINGING NOT QUITE SO WELL

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AND SO, BACK TO VENICE...

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SACRILEGE - EVEN VENICE HAS GRAFFITI, CAN YOU BELIEVE..

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I SUGGESTED TO CARLA THAT WE HAVE A PHOTO COMPETITION - SHE WON TAKING THIS ONE OF ME.

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THIS COULD BE AN AIR CANADA ADVERT

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A CIRCULAR RAINBOW

I FIRST SAW THIS PHENOMENA FLYING THROUGH A CLOUD OVER MEXICO. THERE WAS A PERFECTLY CIRCULAR RAINBOW WITH THE SHADOW OF THE PLANE IN IT'S MIDDLE. IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT LOGO FOR SOMEONE IF IT HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN DONE.

THIS ONE IS NOT SO GOOD AND NO SHADOW, BUT IT IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE MANAGED TO GET CLOSE TO PHOTOGRAPHING IT

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IS THIS JERSEY? COULD BE, OR GUERNSEY

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ANOTHER GREAT TRIP DONE & I HAVE NOW CRUISED HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD.

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2010 - CORAL PRINCESS - FORT LAUDERDALE

A CRUISE TO THE PANAMA CANAL


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THE WORLD CRUISE IN 2011 CANNOT COME FAST ENOUGH & RACHELLE & NEIL ARE BOOKED ON THE CORAL PRINCESS ROUND TRIP FROM FORT LAUDERDALE TO THE PANAMA CANAL.

THEY ARE OK WITH MY JOINING THEM SO OFF WE GO.

WE ARE GOING TO GO TO ARUBA, COLUMBIA, INTO THE PANAMA CANAL & OUT AGAIN WITHOUT EXITING AT THE PACIFIC END. THEN COSTA RICA, JAMAICA & BACK TO FORT LAUDERDALE.

WEATHER IN OTTAWA IS TERRIBLE. NOTHING NEW THERE...

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HAVE TO CHANGE PLANES IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

LOOKING VERY FESTIVE..

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FORT LAUDERDALE IS LOOKING GOOD...

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NO SHORTAGE OF CASH IN THIS AREA.....

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THIS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF MY HOTEL....

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THAT IS GOING TO EVENTUALLY READ 'GOD LOVES U'

AFTER LOT OF CONFUSION, I FINALLY MEET UP WITH THE OTHER TWO WHO ARE AT ANOTHER HOTEL & WE HAD OFF FOR THE DAY TO THE EVERGLADES & HOPEFULLY AN ALLIGATOR OR TWO..

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THESE BOATS MAKE A HELL OF A RACKET....BUT THEY DO GIVE OUT EAR PLUGS..

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BACK IN FORT LAUDERDALE WE EAT AT THIS RESTAURANT WHERE EVERY SQUARE INCH OF THE CEILING IS COVERED WITH SOMETHING.

I DON'T THINK NEIL REALISES HOW CLOSE HE IS TO THE SHARK...

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WE HAVE STOOP & SCOOP IN OTTAWA TOO, BUT HAVE YET TO GET AROUND TO GIVING POT TO THE DOGS....VERY PROGRESSIVE IN FLORIDA..

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ONE LAST DIP IN THE HOTEL POOL BEFORE HEADING TO THE SHIP..

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2010 - CORAL PRINCESS - LEAVING FORT LAUDERDALE


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GETTING ONTO THE SHIP IN FORT LAUDERDALE WAS EASY. PRINCESS PICKED ME UP AT THE HOTEL & DROPPED ME AT THE SHIP.

RACHELLE & NEIL WERE RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME IN THE FORMALITIES LINE UP

MY FIRST TIME ON THE CORAL PRINCESS, SO A LOOK AROUND & SEE WHAT'S WHAT

MY CABIN -

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I HAD BOOKED A INSIDE CABIN BUT PRINCESS GAVE ME A BALCONY. DON'T KNOW WHY BUT IT WILL BE NICE IN THE PANAMA CANAL. SITTING ON THE BALCONY WATCHING THE SHORE ROLL BY. ONLY ONE SIDE THOUGH.

SOMEWHERE TO HANG OUT THE LAUNDRY, ALTHOUGH I NEVER, EVER DO LAUNDRY ON SHIPS. THOSE PLACES CAN BE DANGEROUS. I HEARD STORIES OF ALL SORTS GOING ON IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM.

FREE LAUNDRY IS ABOUT THE ONLY PERK WORTH LOOKING FORWARD TO. THAT IS STILL A LONG TIME OFF FOR ME,

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NICE LOOKING POOL & TV ON DECK..

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS...

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THE LIBRARY - & CARD ROOM. VERY NICE....

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LIFEBOAT DRILL - THEY DO NOT USUALLY ALLOW PHOTOS BUT NO MENTION WAS MADE THIS TIME, SO -----

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THESE GUYS ARE TAKING OFF ALREADY.

HOLLAND & AMERICA IS ONE .. & ALLURE OF THE SEAS BY ROYAL CARIBBEAN IS THE OTHER.

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AT SEA NOW & I HAVE FOUND THIS SPOT AT THE BACK OF THE SHIP.

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IT'S CALLED THE SANCTUARY & THERE IS A TEN OR TWENTY DOLLAR A DAY CHARGE FOR SITTING HERE.

THIS IS A PRIVATE AREA, OFF LIMITS TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT PAID THE FEE. IF THERE IS A SEAT NOT BOOKED IT IS POSSIBLE TO TAKE ONE FOR A MORNING OR A DAY BUT THEY DO HAVE CRUISE LONG PACKAGES.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO ABOUT 16 CHAIRS SO THE DECISION HAS TO BE MADE - RIGHT NOW!

240 DOLLARS - & WHAT DO I GET.

A LOUNGER - RESERVED JUST FOR ME. IN THE SUN OR SHADE. HAVE TO CHOOSE AS THEY WILL ALL BE GONE IN NO TIME.
WHEN I ARRIVE, IN THE MORNING SAY, A STEWARDESS WILL MAKE UP MY AREA & TAKE MY ORDER FOR BREAKFAST.
THERE WILL BE A SERVICE FEE OF 3 DOLLARS FOR THIS.

MAYBE TAKE BREAKFAST UPSTAIRS WHERE THERE ARE TWO CABANNAS, ALREADY TAKEN, AND SOME TABLE & CHAIRS THAT ARE NOT RESERVABLE BUT GOOD FOR BREAKFAST.

I HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT THE 'SODA' CARD SO ALL MY DRINKS HERE ARE INCLUDED. ANYONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE CARD WILL BE CHARGED.

COMPLIMENTARY HEADPHONES WITH MUSIC PLAYER ARE AVAILABLE

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THIS IS THE CABANNA & SOME LOUNGERS IN THE SUN.

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& THE SITTING AREA....

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LOWER LOUNGE AREA...

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& BELOW THAT, THERE IS A LITTLE SPLASH POOL.

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I LIKE IT - AND GO FOR THE CRUISE LONG PACKAGE.. & CHOOSE A SEAT IN THE SHADE ON THE LOWER DECK. STARBOARD.

WILL I REGRET THIS? I HAVE A BALCONY TOO REMEMBER..

ALL THESE DECISIONS - A STRESSFUL LIFE AT SEA..

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2010 - CORAL PRINCESS - ARUBA


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ARUBA

THE FIRST TIME HERE I WENT TO THE NORTH.

THIS TIME I HEAD SOUTH AND A QUITE STRENUOUS WALK INTO THE HILLS, A DRIVE ACROSS THE ISLAND TO A BEACH & BACK TO THE SHIP..

I THOUGHT ARUBA WAS JUST FLAT BUT THERE IS A PARK ON TOP OF A HILL.

A FEW LOCALS TO LOOK AT....

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THESE ARE ROCK PAINTINGS, BY WHOM - NO IDEA...

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ARUBA IS FAMOUS FOR SOME PASTEL COLOURED BUILDINGS ON THE OCEAN FRONT. I HAVE NOT SEEN THEM YET AFTER TWO VISITS SO THESE WILL HAVE TO SUBSTITUTE ... QUITE PRETTY..

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ONTO THE BEACH & A SOLITARY DIVI DIVI TREE. SUPPOSEDLY BENDING AWAY FROM THE PREVAILING WIND...

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I SPENT SOME TIME CHATTING ABOUT THE RAINBOW OVERHEAD WITH THIS YOUNG BEAUTY FROM BOSTON.

HERE FOR TEN DAYS WITH HER BOYFRIEND WHO WAS PLAYING IN THE WATER NEARBY..

NOT MUCH OF A RAINBOW, BUT....

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THERE IS AT LEAST ONE MORE HILL IN ARUBA..

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BACK TO THE SHIP & ..... I HAVE MY LOUNGER WAITING FOR ME IN THE SANCTUARY, AND THE ENTIRE BACK OF THE SHIP TO MYSELF...

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MAYBE A DRINK BEFORE DINNER...

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SOME EXCELLENT SKIES TO WATCH FROM THE SANCTUARY OF THE SANCTUARY..

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ARUBA - A QUIET, COMFORTABLE PLACE WITH GREAT WEATHER AND BEACHES. DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD WANT TO STAY HERE FOR MORE THAN A DAY OR TWO THOUGH.

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2010 - CORAL PRINCESS - CARTAGENA


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COLUMBIA

HAS A REPUTATION.

I FOUND IT TO BE A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, CERTAINLY MORE TO IT THAN ARUBA.

TODAYS TOUR IS A BUS RIDE TO A BEACH, A BOAT RIDE THROUGH SOME MANGROVE TUNNELS & A WALK AROUND CARTAGENA.

HERE WE ARE SAILING INTO CARTAGENA....

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WE HAD A COUPLE OF COPS ON MOTORCYCLES ESCORTING US FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP.

PASSING THE LOCAL KIDS PLAYING FOOTBALL..

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WE DRIVE ALONG A BEACH WHICH IS ONE LONG LINE OF PLACES TO EAT & DRINK. WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT TO GET OFF HERE & WALK FOR A BIT.

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WE STOP TO GET ON THE BOATS FOR THE RIDE TO THE MANGROVE TUNNELS..

FIRST WE HAVE TO CROSS A SHALLOW LAGOON WHERE THERE IS A LINE OF KIDS UP TO THEIR KNEES IN WATER SELLING POSTCARDS AND SHELLS TO THE PASSING TRADE,,,

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I WILL BE FOLLOWING RACHELLE & NEIL WHO ARE IN THE BACK OF THE BOAT IN FRONT.

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ACROSS THE LAGOON & INTO THE TUNNELS...

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THE FISHERMAN IS STAGED FOR US ..... WE GET THROUGH TO ANOTHER SHALLOW LAKE WHERE THE PUNTERS HAVE A BREATHER...

& NEIL TAKES HIS PHOTOS....

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... AND I TAKE MINE .... CUTE - ONE OF THE SHIPS STAFF I THINK..

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THERE IS A BIT OF A RACE BACK BUT SOME OF US GET HUNG UP ON SAND BARS & THE PUNTERS HAVE TO GET OUT AND PUSH...

ONE OF THOSE LADYS MAY BE A WOMAN WHO WE HUNG AROUND WITH.

SHE WANTED HER MONEY BACK FOR THIS TOUR. DID NOT THINK IT RIGHT THAT PRINCESS SHOULD SUBJECT US TO THOSE POOR KIDS AT THE LAGOON.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT HER EXPECTATIONS ARE BUT IT WON'T BE THE ONLY TIME SHE COMES ACROSS POOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE (OR EVEN INSIDE) THE USA.

I THOUGHT THE KIDS LOOKED WELL & HAPPY. NO ONE STARVING & NOT AGGRESSIVE AT ALL WITH THEIR SALES

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ON SHORE WE WERE TREATED TO A BIT OF DANCING, DON'T KNOW WHY THE GUY HAS HIS PANTS ROUND HIS ANKLES!

NOTICE THE KIDS ARE BEHIND LITTLE BARRIERS. KEEPING THEM FROM ANNOYING THE TOURISTS TOO MUCH..

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INTO CARTAGENA - LOVELY COLOURFUL BUILDINGS

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THIS MIGHT BE WHERE FRANCIS DRAKE LIVED WHEN HE WAS HERE. OR MAYBE NOT..

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WHILE THE REST OF THE GROUP HAD THE MANDATORY STOP IN A SHOP, I LEANT AGAINST A WALL IN THE SHADE & WATCHED THE LOCALS. THIS COUPLE WERE GETTING MARRIED CLOSE BY ...

A FEW YOUNGSTERS CAME OVER & WANTED THEIR PHOTO TAKEN WITH ME. I DID WONDER IF THEY WERE AFTER MY CAMERA.
THEY WERE ONLY WITH ME A FEW SECONDS BEFORE A COUPLE OF LADIES IN ORANGE COATS ASKED IF I WAS OK & DID I WANT TO RE-JOIN MY GROUP.
NOT POLICE BUT KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TOURISTS. SEEING THEY ARE SAFE.

I DID NOT FEEL THREATENED AT ALL. THEY WERE JUST KIDS, PART OF THE WEDDING PARTY , A BIT TIDDLY, HAVING FUN WITH THE TOURISTS.

HERE THEY ARE WITH RACHELLE & NEIL BY THE WALL.

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POLICE NOT FAR WAY THOUGH..

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LOOKS LIKE I WAS ENJOYING MYSELF & I WAS. THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THIS TOUR WAS THAT WE DID NOT WALK THROUGH THAT BEACH AREA..

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2010 - CORAL PRINCESS - THE PANAMA CANAL


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THE IDEA FOR ME HERE WAS - TO GO INTO THE CANAL, TENDER ASHORE, TAKE A TOUR TO AN INDIAN VILLAGE AND CATCH THE SHIP UP OUTSIDE THE CANAL ... OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

IN THE EVENT, THAT WAS NOT POSSIBLE. THERE HAD BEEN SO MUCH RAIN IN THE AREA THAT THE CANAL HAD ACTUALLY CLOSED A FEW DAYS AGO DUE TO TOO MUCH WATER.

THE FIRST SUCH CLOSING IN HISTORY OR THE LAST FIVE YEARS OR THE LAST WEEK - THE STORY CHANGED.

ANYWAY - NO ONE GOT OFF IN PANAMA & THERE WERE A LOT OF VERY UNHAPPY PEOPLE.

I HAD ALREADY TRANSITED THE CANAL BEFORE BUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO GO TO THE VILLAGE.

THE PANAMA CANAL

A MARVEL OF ENGINEERING BUT WE HAVE MORE LOCKS JUST DOWN THE ROAD, RIGHT HERE IN OTTAWA. SEEN ONE - SEEN THEM ALL.

I GUESS THIS ONE IS A BIT BIGGER THOUGH, BUT DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER?

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THIS IS WHERE HAVING ACCESS TO THE SANCTUARY REALLY CAME INTO IT'S OWN. THE WHOLE WIDTH OF THE BACK OF THE SHIP AT OUR PLEASURE.

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THE GIRLS KEPT ME WELL STOCKED...

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THE INDOOR POOL WAS DESERTED BUT NICE & WARM..

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RACHELLE & HER FRIENDS THAT SHE KNEW FROM A PRIOR CRUISE,,,

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IT WAS RAINING ON & OFF SO HAVING A SEAT IN THE SHADE WAS GOOD TOO.

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I POPPED DOWN TO MY BALCONY. I AM GLAD I GOT A FREE BALCONY UPGRADE COS I ONLY SPENT ABOUT HALF HOUR HERE ALL CRUISE..

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OK - I GUESS IT IS A BIT IMPRESSIVE..

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I FORGET THE NAME OF THIS GAME BUT IT LOOKED LIKE FUN - SHE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY TOO....

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2010 - CORAL PRINCESS - COSTA RICA

SLOTH .. the art of doing nothing, gracefully. Or as some might say 'retirement'


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LIMON - COSTA RICA

THE CARIBBEAN COAST THIS TIME FOR MY THIRD VISIT TO COSTA RICA.

OFF TO SEE SOME SLOTHS THAT ARE BEING HELPED BY VOLUNTEERS. THE SLOTHS ARE WAIFS & STRAYS, BROUGHT TO THE CENTER BY LOCALS..

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CUTE .... SHE IS FROM LIVERPOOL IN ENGLAND. STUDYING SLOTHS & HELPING WITH THEIR REHAB.

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CLOSE BY, WE GO FOR A LITTLE BOAT RIDE ON THE RIVER....

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AND SOME WILD SLOTHS.....

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AND BANANAS - IN BLUE BAGS TO KEEP THE SUN OFF...

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PAST SHOPS..

AND BACK TO THE BOAT

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WHERE THESE GUYS ARE WEIGHING THE ANCHOR ...

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OR MAYBE JUST PAINTING IT...

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