2013 Pearls of the Pacific

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

We reached our last port of call Georgetown, Grand Cayman on March 25, 2013. Today we had to tender into Georgetown to the new Royal Watler Terminal, with it’s own cluster of shops.. This terminal is situated north of the other two terminals, which were being used by the other 2 ships in port. We proceeded to tour the town venturing down Harbor Drive window shopping along the way until we reached the National Museum. We then turned around and returned back to the ship. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Title Slide...

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Willemstad, Curacao

On March 23, 2013, we docked at the new Mega Terminal just outside of Willemstad, Curacao. The pier is within walking distance to the town, so we decided to walk there. Willemstad is divided into two sections, Otrobanda (“the other side”) and Punda, separated by the St. Anna Bay. To cross between the two sides there is the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, which is a pedestrian bridge which swings open to allow for ships to enter the bay. When the bridge is open there are Passenger Ferries to get across. We crossed the bridge into Punda and walked through the shopping district to...

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Panama Canal

We returned through the Panama Canal on March 21, 2013, this time from the Pacific to the Caribbean. Before reaching the first locks, we had a good view of the new lock construction that will increase the size of ships that can pass through the canal. Before entering the Miraflores Locks we took on the linesmen from the canal authority that will handle the cables attached to the “Mules” from our ship. After passing through these locks, it is only a short distance to the Pedro Miguel Locks. While in this lock we witnessed some small boats going the other way and were able to see...

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Sarchi, Costa Rica

March 19, 2013 found us back in the port of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Today we went to the coffee region in the central mountain range to visit the town of Sarchi, known for it’s contraction and elaborately painted oxcarts which were used to bring coffee beans from the highlands down to the port. Sarchi is home to the worlds largest oxcart. We visited the colorful town square and then proceeded to the oldest oxcart factory where we saw the artists at work. From Sarchi we went to Grecia to see a  metal church made from pre-fabricated steel plates. The thumbnail pictures below represent...

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Granada, Nicaragua

On Monday, March 18, 2013, we anchored off the coast of Nicaragua near the town of San Juan del Sur. We tendered into town and took a tour to the colonial city of Granada on the shore of Lake Nicaragua, the second largest lake in Latin America. Our first stop was to Lake Nicaragua, where we took a boat ride among the little islands that were formed by the eruption of Mount Mombacho. Many of the islands were homes to the rich and famous while others were just homes of the original inhabitants. There were many waterfowl and even some monkeys. There were local fishermen in boats and along the...

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Traveling down the coast from Los Angeles, we stopped in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on March 15, 2013. Today we toured the Old Town of the city. We started by walking on the Malecon (Seafront Promenade) past a Rock Sculpture Artist to the iconic Seahorse Sculpture and then on to the Main Square. From there we went into the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After leaving the church we went back out to the Malecon to another icon, The Arches, where there was a Folk Festival going on. We left the city and traveled south along the coast to Mismaloya, the bayside village made famous by the film...

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