We have been on a cruise with limited (expensive) internet, so apologies to everyone I haven’t answered. I’ll be catching up over the next few days. There were no limitations on photo taking though so you have been warned. There are lots of photos to come! Our cruise went to Cartagena, Columbia, Caracao, Bonaire, and Aruba, so I will post a bit about each location.
The ship left from Colon so we went with another couple to Panama City where we spent the night. Then, the next morning, we drove to Colon to board the ship. I was interested to see a little of Colon since I’d never been there before. I had heard that it is a more depressed area with higher unemployment, crime, and more problems than other parts of Panama. There also tend to be more dark skinned people, mainly descendants of Jamaican canal workers brought in by the US. The little I saw did not contradict what I had heard.
Panama City is always interesting. As always, there is construction everywhere and activity everywhere you look. We stayed at the Hotel Milan which I had heard about for some time, but was new to me. It was a nice hotel in a good location near lots of stores and restaurants, so walking around the neighborhood was interesting. The hotel was fine, and the room was large and comfortable but the poor air conditioner was nearing retirement and wasn’t quite up to the job. I usually choose hotels that include breakfast, but we had a very adequate breakfast in the restaurant on the ground floor.
I had some fun taking photos in Panama City of vendors, dodging traffic to sell various things.
Once we got out of the city the trip to Colon was fairly quick and easy on good roads all the way. We did have to go through part of Colon on our way to the port though. The city was very crowded and traffic crawled along, giving me a chance to take a few photos along the way.
We boarded the ship on Saturday in the early afternoon. The ship left port in the late afternoon, traveled all night and docked in Cartegena, Columbia on Sunday morning.