Cruise Summary

Trip Start Nov 20, 2009
Trip End Feb 27, 2010

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We saw wondreful sights of the Acapulco Bay from Las Brisas and other areas around Acapulco. We met 2 other couples from the ship, shared a van with a guide,and toured the city.It culminated at the cliff divers. This is the 2nd time we´ve seen them, and it was just as spectacular.

We´ve seen several whales and dolphins, from the ship....really neat to watch!

Food onboard is spectacular, but we may not fit into our clothes by the end of the cruise!

San Juan, Nicarauga, a very small and very poor village on the sea.

We had trouble with the tenders getting ashore today, so only had a couple of hours there.

We wandered around the village and watched the beautiful sunset from the beach.

We have a sea day tomorrow and then we´re on to Costa Rica.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica
This is another small town with lots of market and art vendors. There were lots of articles of clothing, leather and wooden wares as well as Costa Rican coffee. The people here all look very healthy and happy.

We walked the village with a couple from England, who are quickly becoming friends, and took shelter from the heat and sun at a local bar. A local soccer game was on TV, but you would have thought that it was the world cup! The score was 0-0!

We sucked coconut juice from a freshly cut coconut, and really enjoyed it.

Tomorrow´s another sea day....more games and food!

Manta, Ecuador
When we awoke this morning, we were aleady docked in Manta. To our surprise, there were 80 - 100 large fishng vessels from around the world, around our ship.

We watched them unload tons and tons of tuna from these ships. It really was quite remarkable!

We walked around part of the town. Prices for clothing and food were the same as at home.There were no artisan vendors in this port.

We spent about an hour speaking with man from Manta, who was entertaining and quite enjoyable.

Tomorrow´s another sea day and formal night, and the food just keeps coming!

Calleo, Peru

This is another large working port. There was a large gathering of Chinese people, and a celebration, including firecrackers and the dragon, on the dock beside us, as 2 Chinese navy vessels were about to dock.

We shopped the vendors on the dock.

San Martin, Peru
Yesterday, we crossed the equator! There is a ceremony involved on every ship as it crosses the equator. New people crossïng, are called ¨slimy pollywogs´. The initiation involves ¨sludging¨them with rotten vegetables, syrups, jello, meat, spagetti and then throwing them into the pool. A token number  were selected for this. Thank god we weren´t among them!
Once initiated, you become a ¨¨ turtleback¨. It was lots of fun.

Today when we awoke there was another surprise outside. There were nothing but huge sand dunes outside! It was an expensive taxi ride into a very small, nondescript town, so we chose to stay onboard.
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Chilly greetings on

Wow, it sounds like you are having an amazing time!!!!!! I love to hear your stories of the different places you have visited. I am trying not be be jealous. :-)

You picked a good tome to go. Yesterday it was -10 with a wind chill of -17!!!!! I think it's going to be a cold, harsh winter.
Mom was asking about you so she will be glad to have the pages I am printing.
God bless, and keep safe. Take an hour in the sun for me?!
love and hugs, Nancy

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