2012 Cruise through Panama Canal

a trip by David Garvin
From: September 25th 2012
Until: October 13th 2012

Here we go again – another exciting vacation cruise! This is the seventh of our cruises and 5th of our travel blogs. This is actually our 2nd cruise in 2012 – first time we’ve done 2 cruises in the same year. We are leaving on September 25 and will post updates fairly regularly so you can share in our adventure. Thanks to Elizabeth and Valerie for watching the house and tending the cats, so we can go on this cruise.

Once again we anticipate a tremendous trip – this time from the US West Coast to the US East Coast through the Panama Canal. We have been intending to take this particular cruise for a couple of years, but each time another opportunity came along, so the "canal trip" kept getting postponed. They are now in the process of widening the canal to accommodate larger ships, so we want to see it this year, pretty much in the “original shape”. Anyway, the time has finally arrived for this much anticipated cruise.

We are actually starting a few days early with a brief visit to the San Francisco area before we board the ship. David’s sister Janel and her family lives south of the Bay Area around Santa Cruz, and our nephew Tim lives across the Bay in Oakland with his family. We hope to see them all before we sail on Sept 28. After the cruise we want to get back quickly to St Louis to attend a good friend’s wedding, but we will pack in as much as possible beforehand. Hopefully you will enjoy reading about all our activities, both before and during the cruise.

Trip Length: 3 weeks
Blog Entries: 18
Photos: 92
Words: 21680

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
September 26th 2012 Day 1 - Off to California North America » United States » California » Hayward
September 27th 2012 Day 2 - Sept 26 – Wednesday - Visit Santa Cruz North America » United States » California
September 28th 2012 Day 3 – Sept 27 – Tour San Francisco North America » United States » California » San Francisco
September 29th 2012 Day 4 – Friday – Sept 28 – Boarding the Ship North America » United States » California » San Francisco
September 30th 2012 Day 5 – Saturday – Sept 29 – First Day at Sea Oceans and Seas » Pacific
October 1st 2012 Day 6 – Sunday – Sept 30 – Second Day at Sea Oceans and Seas » Pacific
October 2nd 2012 Day 7 – Monday – Oct 1 – Cabo San Lucas Oceans and Seas » Pacific
October 3rd 2012 Day 8 – Tuesday – Oct 2 – Third Sea Day Oceans and Seas » Pacific
October 4th 2012 Day 9 – Wednesday – Oct 3 – Fourth Sea Day Oceans and Seas » Pacific
October 5th 2012 Day 10 – Thursday – Oct 4 – Fifth Sea Day Central America Caribbean
October 6th 2012 Day 11 – Friday – Oct 5 – Puntarenas Costa Rica Central America Caribbean
October 7th 2012 Day 12 – Saturday – Oct 6 – Back at Sea Oceans and Seas » Pacific
October 8th 2012 Day 13 – Sunday – Oct 7 – Fuerte Amador, Panama Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama Canal
October 9th 2012 Day 14 – Monday – Oct 8 – Transit the Panama Canal Central America Caribbean » Panama » Panamá » Panama Canal
October 10th 2012 Day 15 – Tuesday – Oct 9 – Cartagena, Columbia South America » Colombia » Cartagena
October 11th 2012 Day 16 – Wednesday – Oct 10 – Aruba Central America Caribbean
October 12th 2012 Day 17 – Thursday – Oct 11 – Back at Sea Oceans and Seas » Caribbean
October 12th 2012 Day 18 – Friday – Oct 12 – Last Day at Sea Oceans and Seas » Caribbean
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