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The Panama Canal cruises were wonderful. We actually did it twice: from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale as lecturers and from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles (on the first leg of a world cruise) as passengers. The Panama Canal is always fascinating and the cruises included two new ports for us (Santa Marta, Colombia and Hualtuco, Mexico). Also, it was cold and snowy at home while we were gone, which didn't hurt at all. As usual, we renewed old acquaintances and made lots of new friends. Bill Fall did an awesome job talking about the Canal both in his lectures and the bridge commentary.

Off to the Panama Canal

We thoroughly enjoy cruising over the holidays (though we may have to hang it up soon with a grandchild on the way). This year we're heading for the Panama Canal again. It's a lovely cruise from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale with great stops in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  Santa Marta, Colombia will be a new port for us. The Canal is fascinating even though the new locks are still unfinished (maybe next April). This will be our fifth time (though only our third full transit).

Back from Down Under

The Lovely Assistant and I just completed our latest trip abroad. We sailed across the Pacific on the Golden Princess, visiting such exotic locations as Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Pago Pago. The beautiful ports in New Zealand were delightful, not to mention Fjordlands). The best thing about the cruise, though (as always), was the passengers and crew we got a chance to meet.

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