Despite our best efforts, walking, and hitting the gym, I still managed to put on some pounds. We don’t have a scale, but I estimate three pounds . . . four, tops. It will take longer to lose it than it took to gain it, that’s for sure.

I thought I’d do a post about some of my meals. Here’s a mid-morning snack.

I’m still posting photos no more than 640 pixels wide. If you’re looking for more, it’s coming, but not soon.

I was going to continue with the progression of cruise days but decided to jump ahead to the main reason for doing this particular cruise. 

It’s not visiting all these places or exploring different cultures or even claiming any particular land as conquered. 

It was to see the Panama Canal. 

Before this cruise started, we had agreed on the “no excursions” plan. The reason is that while sometimes a decent way to see stuff, excursions can be a bit hit-and-miss. Central to the “miss” portion is the fact you’re on excursions with many other people. Rude people. Uninteresting people. Self-centered “maleducati” devoid of consideration for others. However, we fell for the siren song of this excursion (click for larger version). 

I mean, you’d think that’s the experience of a lifetime. 

I’ve been working on this post for a few hours and I’m no closer to posting it than when I started. Stuff freezes, photos won’t load, and links won’t take hold.  

This is more like the Internet service I remember on prior cruises. On the Alaska cruise, I didn’t even bother with the ship’s offerings because all but one of the ports of call were US cities and I made use of the excellent Verizon service. 

And, the first few days on this cruise, the Internet was pretty good for e-mail and stuff. It’s now just an exercise in frustration. 

Keeping with the assumption people want to know about Cruise food, that’s one of my meals. Broiled fish, two types of potatoes, a baked and stuffed salmon wrap, shrimps, and a soft bun with butter.  

So, despite having the Internet, I’m finding it difficult doing updates. In part, it’s because larger photo files hang while uploading. In part, it’s because composing posts is a tad tedious due to the connection dropping and losing what I typed. 

That’s also the problem when commenting on other blogs (or even my blog). One of the reasons I’m late with responses. Anyway, this is about the second day of the cruise . . . 

Note the long pants . . . it was still cool then. Not so now. 

For the record, I’m writing this on Sunday, January 13th, or, seven days into the cruise. 


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 . . .