Panama Canal Cruise 2019 — The First Day

So, yes . . . a Panama Canal Cruise. 

There are them who could not be forced to put foot one onto a modern cruise ship . . . this post is not for them.

There are others who would decry modern cruise ships — such as the Coral Princess — as monstrosities that don’t hold a candle to ships of yesteryear like, for instance, the Queen Mary . . . I’ve now been on both of these ships, and I can tell you these people have a perception of the world not matching what reality offers up.

Sure, the Queen Mary has a history. It may even be an interesting history and one worthy of lauding. But, don’t compare ships and call one “classy” and “elegant” and call the other “trashy” and a “cattle hauler”. Don’t, because you have no idea how similar they are. Don’t because you have no idea how the Queen Mary appears to one who is not looking at it through eyes clouded by national pride. I’ll be doing a write-up on my visit to the Queen Mary, but first . . . 

That’s the Battleship Iowa, now a museum (just like the Queen Mary, but not as tacky). Shortly after leaving its berth, the Coral Princess glided past the Iowa. The light was poor (the ship was backlit) but with the combination of the Note 8’s camera and the processing of Snapseed, these photos are not too bad. 

By the way, that’s about as big as you’re going to see the photos until I get to a place with a better Internet connection. I’ll then post links to a SmugMug gallery with all these same photos at full resolution. 

Here is a shot of the whole ship. 

I have other photos taken with the Nikon P900 but those too will have to wait until the cruise ends.

Shortly thereafter, we were on the open sea. With little to see (besides the horizon), we went to check out the buffet. 

Fortified spinach and cheese tortellini soup, a small quiche, a piece of cornbread, and pasta shells with cheese. That was the first trip. We tried other stuff (fish, fruit, etc.). I’ll be doing a more comprehensive report on the foodstuff on a later post. 

But, I think people might be interested in seeing these . . . the desserts for the evening meal. 

Wait . . . I can do a bit better . . . 

We sampled a few of them but in my rush to eat them, I did not photograph the individual slices. 

. . . not that they survived long . . .

One was so-so, but two others were really good. We didn’t try them all nor did we avail ourselves of other (lesser) dessert items. We, instead, ate some pineapple and watermelon before going to the International Caffe and each having a latte to go. 

We did not try this cake and we assume it was only there for show. 

I’ll try and do the occasional post, but while the Internet is good enough for e-mail and casual browsing, editing posts and loading files is a tedious process. Sure, I like doing it, but I suspect as time flows, I might be less inclined to make the effort.  

I have a high degree of certainly a number of people will scoff and deride these culinary offering as “vulgar”. 

. . . what can I say; we are vulgar people. You know, the kind who likes “regular” stuff as opposed to snobbish offerings. All the food on here is perfectly fine for us. Perhaps, if I was part of them who consider themselves cultured elites, I too would turn my nose up at these food offerings . . . probably without ever tasting any of them.

Meanwhile, click HERE for the first day’s Princess Patter. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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22 Responses to Panama Canal Cruise 2019 — The First Day

  1. seekraz says:

    So far, so good…I’d get my face dirty with some of that dessert…. :)

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  2. It is not a question of being snobby or vulgar, what pisses me off is the damage these things do. 2, 3 4 6 thousand people unleashed on a destination that cannot really cope with the invasion. Passengers rushing through a destination without taking the time to appreciate it. Greedy destinations desperate for spend. I hate them with a vengeance. I will never go on a cruise ship, I haven’t got a dinner jacket or the appetite!

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    • disperser says:

      I don’t know . . . my experience with locals (both in Hawaii and elsewhere) is that they welcome the ships.

      Now, I’m sure you can find people who would rather go back to living in huts and eat fish they catch. That’s not been my impression of the majority anywhere.

      As far as appreciate a culture, again, your talking to deaf ears. Mainly, I’m interested in sights. Not looking to meet people and — unless Spam and Malasadas are staples and pasta is available — not interested in regional cooking.

      I appreciate human history, but more concerned with modernity. I typically know as much as it interests me and no more (maybe a bit more).

      As for dinner jackets, not required. You could do the formals if you want, but no one will force you.

      Again, remember that many people on cruises are “regular” people. They appreciate the fact they can go on a cruise and it’s not a “regular” thing for them. You can tell because they are wide-eyed about everything.

      FYI, just in Panama, the passage fees (fees that go to Panama) alone are $350 per passenger. Most books excursions and most buy souvenirs.

      Again, not your cup of tea. I get it. But, you might consider that you’re not looking at the whole picture. It could be on balance the whole thing is a negative but to me, it not clear that’s the case.

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  3. TinyJeremy says:

    Very nice and great shot

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    Forgot any comments re the ships after staring at those delicious looking desserts!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Pass me the pineapple upside down cake, please!!!
    Your photos of those desserts could sell them quickly! YUM!
    Beautiful ship shots! And the skies and water look calm.
    HUGS!!! :-)

    Liked by 1 person

  6. PS…The daily activities and opportunities are fun to read about!
    Have you met Jacques and Serhii yet?!
    That Peter Max thingee! Cool! I’ve always liked his artwork!
    Have you bingo-ed, raffle-d, movie-d, or went dancing yet?!
    All of the activities look fun to me!
    More HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      We’re pretty much slugs . . . I’ve watched a couple of movies and attended one lecture on epidemics and their effects on history and science. Nothing I didn’t already know.

      We caught part of a couple of shows and listened to a strong duo as well as some lived performances.

      No dancing, bingo, casino, or other activity popular on the boat.

      I’ve snapped about 800 photos since the cruise began. Not done any reading yet but I’ve listened to podcasts on literature and philosophy and walked and hit the gym.

      In that regard, we’re not typical cruisers . . . We moderate or eating, don’t socialize (we chat with the crew who seem appreciative of the attention and recognition that they are more than fixtures there for our comfort) and we don’t do a whole lot of excursions (we have one planned).

      For us, cruising is more about the ship experience and by that I mean being on the ship full of people while trying to minimize human contact.

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  7. macquie says:

    Load of tempting photos! Will look forward your posts about cruising.

    Liked by 1 person

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