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.