After almost three weeks away, we have arrived home safe and healthy. We flew to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and then boarded a cruise ship which stopped at Curaçao, Aruba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Mexico, and then on to San Diego, California where we disembarked. Flew from San Diego to Toronto – missed our connection due to a delay – then flew on home to Nova Scotia.
We traveled a total of 5,050 nautical miles on our cruise and flew approximately 4,827 miles before and after!
Despite the world’s worries and concerns about the deadly Corona virus, we encountered no delays because of it. Scarily, in San Diego airport, no one asked us if we had been on a cruise ship, or where we had traveled. There were no signs or warnings about the virus, and no ‘Purell’ stations with which to disinfect our hands. (luckily we travel with our own supply). In Toronto, where we went through customs, no one made mention of the virus, or our previous destinations. The same in Halifax.
Our cruise was a marvelous experience where we discovered many different cultures that were new to us. We had lovely weather the entire time (sometimes too lovely – it was 97F / 36C degrees for three days straight). We went on several interesting excursions. We saw Mayan antiquities, famous cathedrals, beautiful monastery ruins, live volcanoes, ethnic dancing and crafts, scary critters such as crocodiles etc., beautiful birds, and experienced the Costa Rican rain forest close up (we crossed three hanging bridges and the views were nothing short of incredible!) We visited an aloe farm and a jade factory. We sailed through the magnificent Panama Canal – one of the seven wonders of the world.
We visited the UNESCO heritage site of the antique city of Antigua. Wow!
We did experience two days of rather rough seas, but I was unfazed. I well and truly had my ‘sea-legs’. Here are a few photos taken aboard our ship:
I took literally hundreds of photos, but just had to share a few of them with you.
All in all, it was a wonderful and memorable trip. We arrived home just in time to evade the new restrictions on international travel. Whew! Although we feel absolutely healthy and fine, we are self-quarantining ourselves for the recommended fourteen days, just to be safe.
I managed to read four books while I was away and will post my reviews sometime soon.