Cruise blogs and articles about Mexico & Panama Canal



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I'm going to tell about my weekend in Mexico, during which I visited the famous Maya ruins (pyramids) in the suburbs of  Merida,  in the Mexican state Yucatan: First, I went to a Yucatec - the Maya archaeological site of Ek' Balam. This is the former city of the...
Our good friends recommended the  Holland America  cruise. They love a relaxing holiday, which offers the opportunity to relax after a frenzied rhythm of activity. However, standing in line for registration, I noted that the tourists were aged 60+. Many of the passengers onboard were...
I was lucky to visit a few Mexican beaches, so let me tell you about them a little. I defined a few types of Mexican beaches: wild beaches, local beaches and beaches of the "Hotelier's Zone", as I call it - tourist beaches. Here's one of the wild beaches, not far from Cancun. The water of...
We had a stopover in Mexico, on the small island of  Cozumel , located a few dozen miles from the mainland of Mexico, opposite the world-famous resort of  Playa del Carmen . The weather was great: 80.6F (+27C) but a little cloudy. We took a taxi and went to the national park,...
The  Panama Canal is a unique engineering construction of the 20th century. It is a navigable canal that connects the Gulf of Panama in the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, located on the Isthmus of Panama in the territory of Panama. Its length is 50 miles (81.6...
During our cruise, we had a planned stopover in  Costa Maya . But the captain had announced on the ship's radio that, unfortunately, because of the strong winds, currents and high waves, we wouldn't be able to dock in Costa Maya. This came after two failed attempts. So we didn't have a...
The attraction Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. At first, we did not understand why the submarines were crawling in the lake. Then we saw people climbing inside, so we decided to go there and check it ourselves!) This is the Captain :) Everyone was sitting and he was standing, and thus his head was...
The first part of this review can be found  here .   We heard loud cheerful music. People began to move in the direction of the pond, so we followed them!  It was the advertising campaign for the movie "The Princess and the Frog." They were singing and dancing. It was a kind of...
Let me tell you about  Disneyland . . . This park was opened in 1955. It is located 40 minutes south of  Los Angeles, in the town of Anaheim. We went from Hollywood to Downtown Los Angeles. Then onto Anaheim. Disney's California Adventure Park is the second Disney Theme Park...
So, this is the final part of the review about the  Universal Studios in Hollywood . The first part of the review can be found  here  and second part here.   We went to the pavilion, where we were told about the special effects using fire. I was bored until we went...
This is the continuation of the review about our tour through  Universal Studios . You can find the first part here. There was a full-length shark in the middle of the street. It was accompanied by frightening music :) Suddenly, Marilyn Monroe passed by me! There were some cafes and...
Universal Studios  is part of the former film studio Universal Pictures, but now it is an amusement park for children and adults! A ticket for the whole day cost $69 (as of 2010). The park opened at 10 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m., but there were different operating hours depending ont the time...
The aquarium is located in the town of  Long Beach , part of Greater  Los Angeles .  Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the largest aquariums in the United States. The total number of inhabitants is 11,000! All of them are members of the Pacific fauna. There are enclosed...
Queen Mary is a legendary ocean liner of the company  Cunard White Star . She was launched in 1934. At that time, she was the largest and fastest vessel. She was impressive both in size and luxury. Everything was made from materials of the highest quality: the interior of mahogany, large...
Next to the  Queen Mary liner,  in  Long Beach bay, there is the B-427 "Scorpion" submarine, project 641. This submarine was enrolled in the list of Soviet Navy ships in the early 1970s. After more than 20 years of service, the submarine was sold to Australia, and then it was...
Los Angeles is where the  Getty center is located . You can find The Getty Museum review here, a separate review about the museum.  There’s a beautiful park around the museum, I later learned that it is near the Malibu  Getty Villa . Four years later, I was...
The educational center and museum ( Getty Museum ) is dedicated to the study of the art and culture from ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. The extensive collection is one of the best collections of ancient art in America. So, here is my review of the 44,000 exhibits held there: The informational...
One day we bought a tour around the celebrity neighborhoods. It was not so expensive, about $35 (as of 2010) or something, but it was our biggest mistake; a waste of money. However, we continued on . . . We got into the van with an open top, and at first, it was interesting. Here, for example...
Let me tell about our trip to see the Hollywood Sign . It was in December 2013 :) Most of the tourists who visit Hollywood take photos of the background of the sign.  The Hollywood sign is located on the southern slope of Mount Lee. It was installed in 1923 for real estate advertising...
The program of our cruise foresaw a partial visit of the  Panama Canal . The ship climbed three locks into the Atlantic slope and out to the lake, where it was anchored, and tourists were taken further out for various excursions. Among the excursions, there was an "Expedition on the Panama...
Balboa is a city and port on the Pacific coast, at the entrance to the Panama Canal . The  Bridge of the Americas is the bridge in Balboa, at the entrance to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side. It was opened in 1962. Its overall length is 5413 feet (1650 meters). Here's the Pacific...
In my previous part of the review about the Panama Canal, we passed through the lock "Gatun" and went into lake Gatun.  Further up, we passed through the canal to the Pacific coast on a small motor vessel. We crossed the entire canal and arrived in the Pacific Ocean. Here's Gatun Lake...
We arrived in the Panama port of  Cristobal . That day, we passed through the  Panama Canal . Now let me tell about the northern slope of the canal and the ascent into the three-chambered lock "Gatun". This is the northern beginning of the Panama Canal from the Atlantic Ocean. This...
We continue walking around San Juan. The most cherished thing I really, really wanted to see in Puerto Rico was their Santos, wooden figures of saints. They are very small, made in rather primitive style, they sunk into my heart already in Cuba. I met them there in several houses. I do not...

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