Panama Canal Journals

Panama Canal Cruise on the Coral Princess

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A March 2005 trip to Panama Canal by cindylou11157

Port of Colon Photo, Panama Canal, Panama More Photos
Quote: This was our fifth cruise and our first with Princess. If you do not care about being bored out of your mind, take this cruise. After cruising with the FUN SHIPS with Carnival, I understand why they are called the FUN SHIPS. Princess is for people in their golden years!

Cruising the Panama Canal

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Port of Colon Photo, Panama Canal, Panama
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It is daybreak, and everyone on the ship is heading up to the Lido deck for our first glimpse of the canal. It is an overcast day and the humidity is 100%. This is normal for this part of the world. We entered from the Atlantic side. After you pass the city of Colon, there is not much else to see, except trees. The ship provided a narrator giving excellent information on the canal. Nothing else is allowed to be built along the canal because it would kill Gatun Lake (man-made for the canal). The trees draw the rainfall, the rainfall feeds the lake, and the lake feeds the locks. Gatun Lake was once the largest man-made lake in the world. I think it is ranked third at this time. Up ahead, we see the firs...Read More

Caye Caulker, Belize

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Caye Cauker Photo, Panama Canal, Panama
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Belize has one of the largest barrier reefs on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. This is why we decided to visit Caye Cauker when we entered the Port of Belize City. Because Belize is surrounded by a reef, you are tendered to Belize City. The ship is docked about 25 miles out to sea. The ride is about 20 to 25 minutes long. The cruise line had an excursion that ran $89 each way to go to Caye Cauker. This $89 only included a boat ride directly from the ship. We thought it was too expensive. I went online and did a search on Caye Cauker and found out a water taxi that ran from Belize City to Caye Cauker for about $17 round-trip. We disembarked from the ship and had a 3-block walk ...Read More
Limon Photo, Panama Canal, Panama
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After two days at sea, we were ready to reach our first port, Port of Limon, Costa Rica. This is where Christopher Columbus first saw Costa Rica, meaning beautiful coast. Since our excursion we booked with the cruise line was not until the afternoon, we decided to take a taxi around the area in the morning. For only $50, our taxi driver drove us around for 3 hours. Our first stop was the city of Limon, not a tourist-friendly stop. The city is very dirty, with litter all over the streets. I was afraid to get out of the cab because of the turkey vultures. They were all over the streets eating garbage. My husband did want to try some authentic Costa Rican coffee, so our taxi driver took us to a small ...Read More

Grand Cayman – To HELL and back

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Seven Mile Beach Photo, Panama Canal, Panama
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I was very excited about this port. I thought that this might be my favorite stop, but I was wrong. Over NINE cruise ships are in port at this tiny island. This means that over 20,000 people flooded the streets and the beaches. Traffic was unbearable. Besides that, the island still did not recover from the hurricane from over 6 months ago. Many shops and resorts are closed and there was no plant life. My original plan was to first stop at Seven Mile Beach and, in the early afternoon, take a cab ride over to Hell and back (a small town located on the other side of the island that is very popular to visit). There is NO need to GO TO HELL; I was in HELL on Seven Mile Beach. Late morning, Seven Mile ...Read More