Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands- Holiday Cruise 2015

Last but certainly not least for this Panama Canal Holiday Cruise is the port, Grand Cayman- the largest of the Cayman Islands; one of the many islands of heaven. I don’t think I’ve ever seen water this clear and this blue before. Grand Cayman is a very popular cruise ship destination and is popular for its many attractions, especially the famous “7-mile beach.” What also causes tourists to flock to the island is the amount of duty-free shopping available there, what with all the big name brands and Caribbean-only products and brands. It truly has its specialities. For this port, we couldn’t resist the temptation of the sunny weather and warm waters so we opted for the Stingray Encounter, Sail and Snorkel shore excursion, offered by the ship. This tour had 2 stops: a stop at the Stingray Sandbar, where you get to spend some time playing around with the…

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Panama Canal- Holiday Cruise 2015

Now it’s finally time for the long-awaited post that I have been putting off for a while: the journey through the Panama Canal. The voyage through the canal was the highlight of the cruise as it was the reason why many of us had chosen that cruise line in the first place. A few facts about the Panama Canal to boost your IQ (you can thank me later): There are 3 sets of locks: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel, and Gatun. If you go on a full transit cruise through the canal, you pass through all 3 locks. If you do a half transit, I think you only go through 1 set of locks. (Gatun) Miraflores has 2 steps, Pedro Miguel has 1 step, and Gatun is composed of 3 steps. It first opened on August 15th, 1914. The very first ship to make the transit was the SS Ancon. Work on…

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A walk down Queen Street

I absolutely love exploring downtown Toronto because no matter how many times you go, there’s always something new to see, something new to try, or someplace new to explore. A new store opens up. You eat at a restaurant you never even noticed before. You take a wrong turn and you end up seeing a whole new side of the city you didn’t even know existed. When my friends and I take the trip downtown, we usually end up walking along Queen Street West- a very busy shopping/dining street. There’s tons to do and tons to see on Queen Street. They have many of the popular shopping stores, such as Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, etc. They also have many small, local stores, such as a crystal shop, various fabric stores, and more. You’ll never find yourself short of something to do or see in downtown Toronto- the possibilities…

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The Wanderlust List

Craving adventure? You’ve definitely come to the right place. Especially on a dreary, bone-chilling, Canadian winter’s day, my mind wanders to all the tropical places I wish I could find myself in, in that very second. Mexico. Bora Bora. The list is endless. I’m constantly suffering from wanderlust syndrome; I’ve officially diagnosed it myself. That’s why I created this list- my very own Wanderlust List- so I can share with all of you the places where my mind wanders to in the coldest of days and in the worst of days. These are all the places which I hope to eventually travel to in the not-too-distant future; these are all the places I have day-dreamed about so often. Hopefully, this list will help you escape from whatever you are doing for a little bit. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the view. Let the wanderlust consume you. Your plane will be…

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Cartagena, Colombia- Holiday Cruise

If you read the title of this post as Carta-JAY-na, you made the same mistake I did prior to visiting this city. It’s actually pronounced Carta-HAY-na. Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually a very fun word to say. Carta-HAY-na. Cartagena. So far, the cruise has already stopped at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Puntarenas, Costa Rica (If you’ve missed the last two posts, you can check them out by clicking on the Travel heading at the top of the page!) After the humidity I found myself in, in Costa Rica, I didn’t think it could get any hotter. But I was wrong. It was like going out of the frying pan and into the fire, literally and figuratively haha. Despite the heat, (I was starting to miss the Canadian cold!) I loved Colombia for all its culture, the stunning castles and museums, and of course, for the…

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