Boy, am I really behind! It’s been a busy time since last posting. First we did 23 days of cruising on the Island Princess, then we left on a 5-6 week road trip on October 23. More on that trip in next post.
We started our cruise in Vancouver, BC, September 20 (flew there on the 19th and visited with good friends, Joe Jankovics), for a 3 day, non-stop trip to San Pedro. There we stayed on the ship for a 19 day Panama Canal transit cruise. We got to know a lot of Cruise Critic members, participated in the Princess Pop Choir, and enjoyed several ports. We first stopped in Puerto Vallarta and were able to make contact with AZ again to be our tour guide. We shared this day with 17 other Cruise Critic friends.
Other stops included Huatulco, MX, Puerto Quezal, Guatamala, Puntarenas Costa Rica and Manzanillo, MX. We really enjoyed the Panama Canal (our 3rd time, but 1st time to only go to Gatun lake and turn around). Princess cruises gave us a free day at the Sanctuary, since our cabin balcony was unusable while in the locks. That was a nice, luxurious experience. All was good on the cruise, except this time, Jim was the one to get the “cruise croup.” Since he was coughing a lot, he had to drop out of the choir, but was able to be in the first performance. A shame because he really enjoyed being in the group and getting to know the other male singers. This choir had a larger male group than usual. We spent many fun times with Cruise Critic friends at ports, Coffee Clatch, Happy Hours and eating meals together.