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View Poll Results: What do you enjoy/look forward to most about a repositioning cruise?
Different Ports of Call/Itinerary 44 38.26%
Variety of entertainment 14 12.17%
More opportunities to dine at Palo 8 6.96%
More Sea Days 84 73.04%
New and different dinner menus 20 17.39%
More interaction with cast and characters 19 16.52%
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:41 PM   #196
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I knew we were going to get wet when I saw these really dark clouds.

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Old 07-01-2013, 02:01 AM   #197
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I am still amazed how the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are not the same height.

I felt a little proud knowing I help support the canal. We hold Panama Canal Bonds. Now I just need to take the trip to watch how my investments are "working".

I am enjoying your review. Was so nice of you and sister to give up concierge to dad. You and sis get good kid award for being unselfish.


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Here we go!!!!



Dad is so excited about this. If he were sitting he'd be on the edge of his seat.







The lighted arrow swings side to side to tell the ship which lane to take. We're to go to the left.



Front row view to the action







Guys row out to us to attach ropes to either side of our ship. The ropes are attached to these GE locomotives called "mules" that will escort us through the canal. While all this is happening there is an official Panama Canal narrator on board that is telling us things like the cost of the mules over the loud speaker. We also have been boarded earlier by a Panama Canal pilot that his on the bridge during the crossing - at least that's what I think the lady in the loud speaker said.









See the truck and the school bus? There is a road that goes over the canal when a ship isn't passing through.

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Old 07-01-2013, 01:17 PM   #198
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I knew we were going to get wet when I saw these really dark clouds.
My husband said the same thing when he saw those clouds and then abandoned me! I was heck-bent on staying up front to get a picture of our approach to the locks; I figured I was already in my bathing suit and cover-up and had my waterproof camera with me, so who cares about a little water? (ha, a "little"!)
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #199
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Your description and photos of the locks are fascinating! My parents (whom I cruise with) would also be up at 3am to get a spot Can't wait to see more!
Was worth it to get up early to see! More - much more - to come! Thanks for reading and for posting!

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Did you say anything about this at guest services? I think I would have had to complain because, yes, they do have their own areas that they should be spending down time in, not with the paying cruisers. I would have been furious having to listen to CMs gripe about their jobs.
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I just wanted to say that I still love your TR! So many interesting pictures!

It seems that you had a lot of cloudy weather - but I guess it was still warm?
Thanks! It's important to note that this cruise was the beginning of the rainy or wet season from Florida through the Caribbean so it's not really fair to expect it not to rain off and on. Mostly the rain was at night and most days were partly cloudy or mostly sunny and in the low 80s.

When we were going through the Panama Canal we did have a tropical deluge - but it is a rain forest and it only lasted a little while - during the lunch hour. It's also important to remember that it is the rains that keep the canal working - can't remember how many thousands of galloons of fresh water were used by each lock but it was a lot.

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Cloudy yes. It was warm. Then look. As we are going under the Centennial Bridge the heavens opened.

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You are getting ahead of us! It's only 7am right now - we haven't even had breakfast or gotten through the Gatun Lock yet!

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What is the cost of tastings running these days? Trying to make sure I plan and budget appropriately for our EBPC in Sept. 14

I just found your TR today and I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and look forward to the rest. I can hardly wait to do your cruise in reverse in 439 days.
That sounds so fun. Hope this trip report is helpful to your planning/day dreaming! The tastings ranged from $15 a person to $30 a person and I thought they were worth it. Go early if you want a good seat.

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I was watching the canal webcam when you guys went through. The one squall made it almost impossible to see the Wonder, I can't imagine being up on deck then.
That's so cool!

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I am still amazed how the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are not the same height.

I felt a little proud knowing I help support the canal. We hold Panama Canal Bonds. Now I just need to take the trip to watch how my investments are "working".

I am enjoying your review. Was so nice of you and sister to give up concierge to dad. You and sis get good kid award for being unselfish.


Thanks! Neat you own a piece of the canal. I hope you can see in the photos how we are going up to the level of the lake in these first locks.

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My husband said the same thing when he saw those clouds and then abandoned me! I was heck-bent on staying up front to get a picture of our approach to the locks; I figured I was already in my bathing suit and cover-up and had my waterproof camera with me, so who cares about a little water? (ha, a "little"!)
Good plan! I also adorned a bathing suit and maxi dress cover-up for the day. I was told to expect to be rained on that morning - we were lucky the rain held off for so long!
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #200
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Last of Gatun Lock



Honestly, from this view it really doesn't look like we could possibly fit in the canal!





Dad really enjoyed this!





Mule going up with us









After we got 2/3 through the Gatun Lock our tummy's were rumbling and we decided to leave the bow and let everyone fight amongst themselves for our spots. It was a little scary trying to leave the bow - so jammed with people but we made it out without a scratch.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:08 PM   #201
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Going through the final part of Gatun Lock while having breakfast

Long title, but how cool - come on, eating a krispy kreme and watching us go through the final part of the Gatun Locks - it's pretty cool.



We got food in Beach Blanket Buffet and found a table along the windows.





Really a neat view from the tables along the side as you look over the side of the ship and can see just how close we are to the walls of the lock.



Also you could watch everything from the goofy pool as they played the ship's camera on the funnel vision. And look how nice the pool deck looks with all the towels neatly on the chairs - like a first class resort!





Breakfast - not the best today - think we got there after the crowds and pickings were slimmer - didn't eat too much of this breakfast. But did have a tall glass of Coke - I really needed some caffeine!



But can you beat this view? no. no you can't.



At least Dad didn't think so.





we're being watched.







This is a photo from the back of the ship looking to where we came from and to another ship going through the locks we just exited:



By 7:45am we were out of Gatun Lock and done with breakfast!

Next we zigzag through the lake - a result of the lake being a man-made lake created by flooding the valley that surrounded an existing river - so we're actually following the original path of the river (deeper water). And we anchor at 8:30 in the lake until we can continue on. Military ships and cargo ships will sometimes have to anchor over night and for hours in the freshwater lake - I've been told by former crew members of either - they use the time to wash down the ships with the abundant freshwater from the lake.

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:28 PM   #202
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Long title, but how cool - come on, eating a krispy kreme and watching us go through the final part of the Gatun Locks - it's pretty cool.

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Just saying it would be better with Dunkin. Well at least I think so.

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #203
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Lake Gatun

So after breakfast...

We took some photos off the back of the ship







Last looks before we enter the lake







Once we got into the lake, more people left the railings and went to the pools.



and we did too!


was fun to have the funnel vision showing the view on the water - didn't feel like we were missing anything while goofying around.



I wonder if the folks at home saw this too?

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More photos from Lake Gatun

DSis and I went up to the 10th Deck to take more photos. It was so fun when the other ships would go by while in the lake - they seem to come so close. And often they would blow their horn to us and we would blow our "when you wish upon a star" horn in reply.







In case there was any doubt - these are not islands, they are the tops of mountains and hills:





Pools got a little more and more crowded



And a band set up on stage








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Taking pictures in Lake Gatun







A regular ship highway







DSis and I settled on some sun chairs on the 10th deck looking out to the water - was so interesting with the pockets of land poking up now and then







Signs of life out there that's not a bug, bird or butterfly



The little coffee cart they had set up sometime after 5am.



Not what this area looked like from 5:30 - 7:30am

Here's a shot from earlier taken with DSis' camera


and this is cool - you see how close the ship behind us was to the wall as well



DSis was impressed with the rain forest as well



cool royal palms in there



This is the former American part

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Lunch with a view

Mom and Dad found a chair to share on the 4th deck (or mom sat it in and dad stood by the railing unless mom needed to use the restroom and then dad got to "hold her spot"). They didn't want to miss anything by going inside. DSis and I decided to have a nice lunch since breakfast was ehe. We went to Triton's for a sit down lunch and requested a table by the windows.



We were seated right away and joined a table with a couple from New Jersey that cruise on various cruise lines practically all year. They were staying on the 2nd deck and said how great it was to see the walls of the lock cover the portholes. We decided to try to experience the locks from the 3rd or 4th deck later.

But now, lunch







you have to admit - this was a good plan - a cocktail and a view







it was so fun seeing these cargo ships go by so close and so fast



back to the food... I had Halibut for the hellovit.



by dessert the heavens opened and the afternoon rain hit





Going through the Cut





we didn't miss seeing us go under the famous bridge - but we did it without getting wet and while eating this





not bad. not bad at all!

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Old 07-02-2013, 11:53 PM   #207
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If I can, this is what I had for lunch on canal day. Those steaks were soooooooooooooooo good.

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Thanks for the great pictures and report...after seeing your pictures going through the canal....I'm thinking I really need to do this cruise. Thanks for sharing.
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Goofy and the panama canal

My sister forgot to post my favorite picture of the morning that she took. She used my camera for this one and while she was lining up the shot I kept nagging her that goofy wasn't centered. Boy did I have to eat crow because this picture turned out so good - definitely postcard worthy



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My sister forgot to post my favorite picture of the morning that she took. She used my camera for this one and while she was lining up the shot I kept nagging her that goofy wasn't centered. Boy did I have to eat crow because this picture turned out so good - definitely postcard worthy



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