Cruising the Panama Canal – Sea Day #4

After a day in Puntarenas, today would be a day to relax and kick back with our fourth sea day of the cruise. The Itinerary on this cruise was great with the sea days perfectly spaced. The weather today was overcast with the sun breaking through the clouds occasionally but never really hanging around for too long. In some ways this was a relief because today was extremely warm and humid. Actually, I think this was one of the hottest days so far. I, as always, got up early and headed for the oceanview grill. I had the usual breakfast but spiced it up a bit with some pineapple and melon. I bet you’re thrilled to hear that. In hindsight, I have no idea why I eat this much for breakfast on a cruise. When home, it’s a bowl of cereal and that’s about it. I love the view of the ocean as you sail along, the ship bobbing ever so slightly with each wave it passes through. The waters were calm today although I have been in rough seas before and have never been bothered by the rocking of the ship. I ventured to the back of the ship on this morning to watch the ocean pass us by as we moved closer to the Canal ,only a day away.

I always enjoy the wake at the back of the ship:

After spending some time at the back of the ship watching the world pass by and not caring at all we then headed up to “our” spot on deck 11 near the Mast Bar.  As the heat and humidity were in high gear today the pool saw lots of use.

As we sailed closer to the Panama Canal, there was noting but open sea all around us. Then just off the starboard side of the ship we cam across this island in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea whether this island had a name or whether it held any inhabitants. It seemed to sit, in the distance, alone as the world passed it by.

After a full day enjoying the pool, the bar, some trivia it was time to get cleaned up for the evening ahead so we proceeded to our room to get ready to roll into the night.

Our evening started in the Casino for some slots and well losses.

Once we felt we had fed the machines enough money we decided to grab a few more drinks in the Rendezvous lounge before heading to the show.

Our friends Craig and Vicki from Australia:

Vanda and I:

Tonight’s show at the Celebrity Theatre featured singer Paul Tanner. Tanner had a great voice and was a singing impersonator. It was a pleasure to watch and listen as he treated the audience to very clear sounds of Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson. I would have to give the Celebrity evening show two thumbs up tonight!

After the show, we returned to the Rendezvous and Craig and Vicky decided to hit the dance floor to the sounds of the Baires Quartet.

We then arrived for our 8:30 dinner. Once again, the food was great and well presented. I have read many reviews about folks complaining about the food they serve on some cruise ships. Personally, I just don’t get it. Regardless of the cruise line, I have never found a reason to complain about the food. There always seems to be something on the menu to suit your needs or particular tastes. Further, I certainly don’t have 4 or 5 course meals at home, as I am sure most people on a cruise do not. So all in all, how can you go wrong? Perhaps I have just been lucky.

Vicki, Dale and Tracy enjoy a moment during dinner service.

After dinner, we closed the night off back in the Rendezvous Lounge for the first evening of Karaoke on the ship. Now, if I was to have a complaint on the entertainment side, it would have been the lack of Karaoke on this cruise. We always have a great time listening to the good, the bad and of course the ugly at Karaoke. The Rendezvous, was packed, so my thoughts are not independent on this. Once folks had a bit of liquid courage things got even better at the mic. A good time was had by all this night, thus it was a fitting end to another perfect sea day.  Tomorrow, we would be arriving at the Panama Canal… the reason for the journey we were on.

Here are some of those Karaoke shots:

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