Both times that I was in Amsterdam we took one of the canal cruises. It’s really a great way to see the city. Everything takes on a different perspective from a boat. Take a look at these interesting photos.
Sarah saw a party boat going under one of these bridges; they tossed a guy up on the bridge and he ran across it and jumped back on the boat just in time. Well, I guess that’s one way to have adventure. The sunset is really pretty from one of these cruises.
We disembarked from the cruise ship Symphony in Panama to more wonderful local music.
We could see plenty of ships getting ready to enter the canal.
We had rented a car to drive to the other side of the country for our standby flights out of Panama City. Although there is a train that goes across, it was not going at the right time for us. But it gave us a chance to see some of the sights better along the way.
Here is the airport, which has a nice restaurant upstairs.
And we were off! It’s always nice when those standby seats are available for two of us at once!
This is the final shout-out to the ship and crew of Crystal Cruises. We had the best time in the Caribbean and would certainly go again if we get the chance. Some of the passengers would remain onboard for another week, as they toured the Panama Canal, Colombia and other stops, but we couldn’t go the extra week (and had already been through the Panama Canal previously). So it was a sad farewell but the memories linger!
I had toured the ship’s kitchen one of the days at sea, and it’s incredible to see how they prepare all the great meals we enjoyed.
Again–wonderful staff members giving it their all. We ate in the Italian restaurant on our last night and the food and presentation here was also delicious and impressive.
The next place we stopped in Costa Rica was the zip line. I had ridden one in Costa Rica and Thailand before, and was excited to experience the thrill of flying through the trees again!
To our surprise, we ran into some of the staff from the ship that were also going on the zip line. It was great that we ended up in the same group so we could get better acquainted. Later I was able to share photos with them, since they didn’t have cameras.
The girls had been tricked into thinking they were going to the beach, and they were dressed accordingly, which we thought was hilarious.
Their names and countries are Aleksandar (Serbia), Stanko (Serbia), Diana (Montenegro) and Lori (Croatia).
What a delight to spend this time with them, laughing, squealing, and being goofy (rather than the normal stance they would take serving on the ship)!
And — to top it off — guess who waited on us at breakfast the next morning? This is always the best part of traveling — the food AND the people we meet!