2013 1st Segment

Los Angeles, California

We sailed into the Port of San Pedro, California on February 4, 2013. We decided to take a tour “Hollywood Highlights and LA”. Our first stop at 9:00am was Rodeo Drive which we had an hour to explore on our own before any of the stores opened. We then went to Hollywood and Highland Complex which includes the Dolby (Kodak) Theater, the Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre). We also saw the El Capitan Theater. We then went to the Universal City Walk where we had free time for lunch. After lunch we toured downtown LA and stopped at the Music...

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Manzanillo, Mexico

The small fishing village of Manzanillo, Mexico was our port of call on February 1, 2013.  Here there is another long pier to travel to get to the center of town. The walk is about 10 minutes. The main feature of the town is a large sailfish sculpture that is in the main square along the Malecon (seaside walkway). Our ship was greeted by some local folkloric dancers that performed on the pier for most of the morning. Besides being a fishing village, Manzanillo also has a large container port and a base for the Mexican Navy. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click...

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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

The morning of January 29, 2013 found us in the port of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, our first port in the Pacific Ocean. The port is located on a narrow peninsula on the Nicoya Gulf and the pier juts out over 660 yards. Here we took a tour to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which was a two and a half hour bus ride from the port. The trip to the forest went from 93⁰ at the pier to 64⁰ up in the forest. During the bus ride we traveled into and thru the Central Highlands and up to the Cloud Forest. Along the way we stoped to observer Howler Monkeys in the trees along the roadside. When we reached the...

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Panama Canal

On January 27, 2013 we entered the Panama Canal at 6:45 am at the Gatun Locks on the Caribbean side. There are three locks here which will raise a ship 85 feet to Gatun Lake. After traveling through the lake we enter the Gallard Cut which was excavated 312 feet through the continental divide. We then passed under the Centennial Bridge before entering the Pedro Miguel Locks  and then through Miraflores Locks, under the Bridge of the Americas and out into the Pacific Ocean with a panoramic view of Panama City. The complete transit was 9 hours. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop...

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Oranjestad, Aruba

On January 25 we docked in the second of the three ABC islands, Aruba. Aruba is a tourist shopping and beach resort island. The town of Oranjestad  with its colorful buildings is right at the end of the pier and makes it very easy to explore the town. From the ship you can see Mount Jamanota (620 ft) which is the highest point on the island of Aruba. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.   Title Slide Royal Plaza View of Mount Jamanota Oranjestad...

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Kralendijk, Bonaire

After a day at sea we arrived in the port of Kralendijk on January 24, 2013. The ship docks at the South Pier,in Kralendijk Bay, which is right in town. Today we spent time exploring the streets, mainly Kaya Grande, the main street and waterfront of this colorful dutch inspired town which includes a fort, ” Fort Oranje“, government buildings and waterfront market with vendors from Venezuela. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.   Title Slide Kralendijk Panorama Kralendijk Bay North Pier Kaya Grandi Kaya...

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