After back-to-back port days in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, we began the long journey south towards Panama. Since long before the trip, I had been looking forward to four consecutive days at sea. I was not disappointed! We came to love days at sea more than days in port. Days at sea were non-stop fun, excitement, and adventure - especially for our son. Days in port - especially for our son - were a bunch of "hurry up and waits" - hurry up and wait for the port adventure to leave the ship, hurry up and wait for the bus, hurry up and wait for the tender ride, etc. "At-sea" days had none of that. We could lounge around the pools. We could explore the ship. We could go to every character appearance we wanted. John could spend lots of time in the "Oceaneer's Lab", which he loved. Mom and dad could have spa days and dinner dates at Palo... There's so much to do aboard the ship! Sunrise the morning after Puerto Vallarta Dolphins playing in our wake Character breakfast in the Parrot Cay dining room Another one of the photos I'm sure Disney wants to buy from me... It's okay to goof off at the table! The morning of every at-sea day, there was a lecture about some aspect of the Panama Canal. The lectures were given by Capt. Kenneth Puckett, who retired after 16 years as a Senior Panama Canal Pilot. He and his lovely wife stayed in Stateroom 5122, next door to us. They couldn't have been better neighbors - Capt. Puckett and John became quick friends. We passed ships big... ...and small. I was amazed at how far out these tiny fishing boats came out to sea. Often we'd be out of sight of land, but still we'd pass tiny boats like this every couple of miles. Passing Acapulco Day Five was also a 'Formal Night', and an opportunity for pictures with the captain. Everyone got dressed up!