Panama Canal Cruise 2019 – Cabo San Lucas Revisited

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

We are off on another Panama Canal Cruise. When we first went in 2013, our thought was that this would be a “once in a lifetime” trip for us. Last year that changed when my sister and her boyfriend said they were thinking of making the trip. After asking lots of questions about our trip, their decision was to make the trek through the canal. They invited us to travel with them. In April, we found ourselves boarding the Norwegian Star out of Los Angeles bound for Miami. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 16 June 2019

Somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean.

In previous Cellpic Sunday posts, I’ve mentioned transiting the Panama Canal in early April and featured a few cellphone shots from that trip. Starting on this week’s Travel Tuesday, for the next several weeks, it’s time to begin sharing the photos captured on our excursions in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia, not to mention the canal transit itself. Regular readers may recall that some years back Lynn and I left Miami for Los Angeles. This year, at the urging of my sister and her boyfriend, we headed south toward Panama and visited several new (to us) cities along the way. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 26 May 2019

Somewhere at Sea.

Nightly in the Norwegian Star’s midship deck 7 Atrium, musicians entertain those who are seated in the cafe and other areas of the atrium. Flanked by stairways to deck 8, folks in the O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill can also listen to the music. When this photo was captured, a three-person group happened to be performing. The group, who shall remain nameless as I didn’t think to inquire, appeared pretty much every evening on our 14-day journey via the Norwegian Star. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 5 May 2019

Cartagena, Colombia.

The walled city of Cartagena, our last excursion stop before arriving in Miami, was founded in 1543. By the end of the 16th century, the city was surrounded by a wall as it became a trade center and a target for pirates. Though the walled city is still surrounded with the fortifications built then, many openings have since been created to support the free flow of the over a million inhabitants of the city, not to mention the thousands of tourists who visit each year. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 28 April 2019

Miami, Florida.

It was morning on disembarkation day at Miami. As usual, I was up early. The Norwegian Star, fresh from her voyage through the Panama Canal sat in port. Inside, the ship was already bustling with people getting ready to return to their daily lives after a 14-day vacation. The ship’s main deck atrium was already full with people sitting around awaiting their turn to depart, yet it was early enough that the ship hadn’t yet even cleared Customs. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Delicious

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

Last Sunday we finally arrived home from a 14 day journey from Los Angeles that took us through the Panama Canal to Miami with plenty of stops in between. Those who have experienced time on a cruise ship know that the great food is one of the major attractions of this popular vacation mode. How fitting that it matches this week’s photo challenge. Patti Moed put together this week’s challenge where she shares some of her favorite “foodie pics”. You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Grand Turk – Columbus’ First Landfall?

Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos.

Our last stop on our 2018 Caribbean Cruise brought us to the Island of Grand Turk, a British Territory. Of course, on our cruise, I didn’t learn that Grand Turk might have been the place where Columbus first “discovered America.” As usual, in research for this post, I found the tidbit of information on Wikipedia. Seems the outline of the island more closely fits descriptions of the landing location than other possibilities. You can read the details here if you are so inclined. Continue reading