Panama Canal Cruise – Day Four

Today is our last full day at sea before we come to our first port of Huatulco, Mexico and once again it started with Mrs. M and I taking our morning walk around each deck as we made our way up to the twelfth deck a total of 6.5 km or 4 mi.

Today’s door decorations.

So I always have mixed feelings about a blog when I have very few pictures, did I not do much and it was a boring day, or was I so busy I didn’t have time to take pictures? Today wasn’t so much busy as it was fun and relaxing, thus very few pictures to show you.

Our morning sunrise … it was very warm at 6:15 when we hit the top deck 🙂

The rest of our day was spent with the whole group of us around the pool followed by dinner in the dining room and ended with a good laugh at the comedy show.

And I will leave you with today’s towel animal 🙂

Until next time …

Panama Canal Cruise – Day Three

Another day at sea and Mrs. M joined me for my morning walk, which always makes the hour go faster 🙂 We started on the first deck where her cabin is and looped each deck as we made our way up to the twelfth deck.

Some people make a lot of effort to decorate the doors of their staterooms.

By the time we made it to the Lido deck, deck nine, we were getting pretty warm so it was nice to get outside into the fresh air. Even on deck twelve the wind was warm and we were treated to another pretty sunrise.

Then it was back to our room for coffee and fruit for breakfast followed with another coffee on our joined decks, with Mr. & Mrs. Cruise and Mr. & Mrs. L, while we discussed our plans. We all headed up to a cooking demonstration, where we were joined by Mr. & Mrs. M, and had a four course mini meal for lunch that was delicious.

Us four ladies left the men and headed off to watch the art auction … really no interest in buying art but we went for the two free glasses of expensive champagne … nummy nummy 🙂

This is the best I can do with the colour on this photo. There is a clear pink glass ceiling on the restaurant that messes with the colours.

Once they stop giving us free champagne we left there and headed to bingo where I almost won $750.00 … but alas I was one number away :frown:

After bingo we headed back to our communal deck for happy hour and more story telling while catching up with the guys and then it was time to get dressed up for our first formal night dinner of the cruise. I think all eight of us looked fantastic and the food was delicious.

Once we had eaten as much as we possibly could we headed to the theatre for the show, which was favourite all time piano hits. We enjoyed watching the Carnival cast dance to the music while singing along 🙂

I’m not sure where everyone else went after the show, I guess we lost them in the crowd, so hubby and I headed back to our room to enjoy a warm evening on the deck listening to the waves and with a night cap.

Until next time …

Panama Canal Cruise – Day Two

Today was the first of three days at sea so there was no rush to jump into the day.

We are on the eighth floor, the top cabin floor and mid ship.

A not so bad sunrise off our deck.

We had breakfast in the dining room, which also has also not changed.

First floor of the dining room, I call it the octopus dining room

Second floor of the dining room.

We enjoy the day with friends, wandered around the ship, spent some time around the pool and enjoyed happy hour on our deck with a beautiful sunset.

As the sun set we headed for dinner and then ended the evening watching a very funny juggler/comedian that we had previously seen when he performed as the warm up act when we went to the live taping of Last Man Standing.

Until next time …

Panama Canal Cruise – Day One

I started off writing the first few blogs about our cruise not using any names, as is my way, but we are on the ship with four other couples and it was getting confusing, even for me! So I will call them Mr. & Mrs. Maxx (that’s us 🙂 ); Mr. & Mrs. Cruise who we have know for years (our kids grew up together and they are our closest friends and their last name isn’t Cruise but it’s been a long standing joke between Mrs. Cruise and our daughter); Mr. & Mrs. L who we have also known for years and are friends of Mr. & Mrs. Cruise; and Mr. & Mrs. M, I worked with Mrs. M and we have coffee with them every Wednesday so hubby and Mr. M know each other well and have common interests … they are the couple who spent four nights with us in Yuma before we headed out on this cruise. Is that clear, or more confusing?

Mr. & Mrs. Cruise, Mr. & Mrs. L, and us have balcony rooms on the eighth floor next to each other. Mr. & Mrs. M booked later and where unable to get near us so they are on the first floor in a room with a big window.

Okay now that we have covered the details let’s start with the ship. We are on the Carnival Miracle which Mr. & Mrs. Cruise and my cousin and I were on fifteen years ago (hubby stayed home to earn money, his choice) … and unfortunately nothing on the ship has changed :frown: Although we did find out that we are fortunate enough to take the last sail on this ship before it goes into dry dock to be refurbished … lucky us!

Seriously when was the last time you saw a light valance that looked like this, it had to be back in the 70s!

And makeup mirrors with the theatrical light bulbs?

We had a happy hour with Mr. & Mrs. Cruise and Mr. & Mrs. L; the guys on the deck, the ladies inside because there wasn’t enough room on the deck for all six of us. The next day we were able to get the doors opened between the balconies to give us more room.

View of San Diego off our deck

View off our deck of the USS Midway which we toured several years ago.

A not so bad sunset.

By 5:30 we still hadn’t set sail, we were to leave at 4:00, so we headed up to the dining room and of course just as we were seated the ship left port so I missed all those cool shoreline pictures of San Diego. Our meal was okay but my spring rolls where tough from sitting out to long and most of our dinners, while tasty, were luke warm. We are chalking it up to the pressure of loading all the passengers and supplies and first day craziness.

All of this probably makes it sound like we aren’t having fun but we are because we are in great company with all our friends on board 🙂

I do have to say the bed is super comfy and we both had a great sleep.

Until next time …