Day 5…Cruise to South America, Part 2, Fabulous Day in Grand Cayman with new friends…Transiting the Panama Canal with live cam…

On Saturday, we had lunch at Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant in Cayman Island with new friends Susan and Blair.

“Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising”

Not quite from our veranda but this photo of our ship, Celebrity Infinity, was taken from the shore when we disembarked the tender in Cayman Island.

We’re quickly breezing through today’s post since we’re heading through the Panama Canal within the next few hours.  Tomorrow, we’ll share our photos and videos of the transit through the canal.

This is a smart item…these little wine glass protectors that absorb moisture in humid climates.

Right now, it’s raining in buckets and visibility at the locks is limited.  Hopefully, by the time we soon enter the locks, we’ll have better visibility and hopefully, be able to take some videos and photos of our transit through the canal.

Bird on the railing at the restaurant.

In the interim, here’s a live webcam which we’ll post again tomorrow for those who may be interested in seeing our transit through the locks and dam:

My lunch, mussels, and clams in a butter wine sauce.  Delicious.

In January 2013, on our first cruise, we transited through the Panama Canal, one of Tom’s lifelong dreams.  I had no idea how much this experience would mean to me as well and I loved every moment. 

Susan’s stir-fry.

We accept today’s overcast sky and fog as one more reality of traveling the world.  We have no control over the weather and we aren’t going to let us disappoint us.  We’re both still excited to be here.

Tom’s club sandwich was a real treat for him.

This morning at 3:30 am, Tom got up to shower and head to the windows at the bow of the ship, to the Constellation Lounge, to secure our seats for the crossing, the same thing we’d done on the Celebrity Century in January 2013, the last time we were here.

Here are a few of our links from that crossing in 2013:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Our intent had been to focus on Part 2 of our visit to Cayman Island but somehow we were sidetracked (in the flurry of fun activities) that we’d be going through the canal today. 

Blair’s quesadillas.

Thus, we’re sharing our final photos from Cayman Island and thank Susan and Blair for picking us up at the port after a bit of commotion when the ship decided to dock in a different location where the sea wasn’t quite as rough as the first intended location.

Long driveway to a huge mansion on Cayman Island.

We figured it all out and were able to connect at the correct landing to enjoy several hours together taking photos, having lunch and sharing stories of mutual world travels.  Without a doubt, we’ll stay in touch with Susan and Blair, hoping our paths will cross again sometime in the future.

As for the moment, we’re still in the Caribbean Sea and we just sailed under the newly being built Atlantic Bridge at the Atlantic Canal entrance to cross into the channel to the locks and then on to Gatun Lake.

We’ll be back with more information, perhaps yet today and in the worse case, tomorrow.

Have a fabulous day!  We sure will!


Photo from one year ago today, November 27, 2016:

Boats in the harbor in Tauranga, New Zealand.  We have such fond memories of the three months we spent in this beautiful country. For more photos, please click here.

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