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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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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