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Ships we’ve sailed…

Came across a website with cruise ship size information.  I thought it would be interesting to compare the traditional cruise ships that we’ve sailed on with the size of the current largest ship, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.  Harmony of the Seas which weighs 226,963 gross registered tons, carries 5,479 guests, and 2,100 crew members.


Holland American Lines / Eurodam (2016): 
GRT: 86,700 
Length: 935 ft
Beam: 105 ft
Speed: 23 knots
Registry: Netherlands
Passengers: 2104
Crew: 929
Shipyard: Fincantieri


Carnival / Victory (2010):
GRT: 101,509
Length: 893 ft
Beam: 116 ft
Speed: 21 knots
Registry: Panama
Passengers: 2758
Crew: 1100
Shipyard: Fincantieri


Carnival / Legend (2009):
GRT: 88,500
Length: 963 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Speed: 22 knots
Registry: Panama
Passengers: 2124
Crew: 930
Shipyard: Aker Yards 


Celebrity / Galaxy (2007): 
GRT: 77,713
Length: 866 ft
Beam: 105 ft
Speed: 21 knots
Registry: Bahamas
Passengers: 1850
Crew: 909
Shipyard: Meyer Werft 


Celebrity / Horizon (2000):
GRT: 47,427 
Length: 682 ft
Beam: 95 ft
Speed: 22 knots
Registry: Bahamas
Passengers: 1875
Crew: 670
Shipyard: Meyer Werft


Dolphin Cruise Line / Sea Breeze (1997):
GRT: 20,416
Length: 606 ft
Beam: 79 ft
Speed: 21 knots
Registry: Panama
Passengers: 840
Crew: 400
Shipyard: Ansaldo Sestri Ponente 


Premier Cruise Lines / Starship Atlantic (1993):
GRT: 35,143 
Length: 672 ft
Beam: 90 ft
Speed: 19 knots 
Registry: N/A 
Passengers: 1062
Crew: 535
Shipyard: CNIM


Panama 2011 photo’s have been uploaded

Here is the link for the Panama photo’s:


Reflecting on our days in Bocos del Toro, Panama

The end of our vacation was spent relaxing a few days with a friend who retired, escaped the rat race in the USA, and now lives near Bocas del Toro, Panama.  I am not sure if he & his wife got their inspiration from a Jimmy Buffett song or not but the lyrics of “The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful” keeps playing through my head as I reflect on my days spent in this delightful little community… just substitute “Atlanta” for “New York” and “Ken & Vonne” for “Billy Clyde”.

“He’s going back to New York pack it up and let everyone know.  It was something that he should have done such a long time ago. Still time to start a new life in the palm trees.  Billy Clyde wasn’t insane.  And it doesn’t work out there’ll never be any doubt that the pleasure was worth all the pain”

Finca del Zen

We’re back from Panama… here are a few photos.

We just spent over a week in the country of Panama.  The first part of our vacation we were on a tour with Caravan Tours, the final few days of our vacation we spent with a friend who Pete use to work with but he now has retired and moved to Panama full-time.  This blog will address the Caravan Tour.  I couldn’t be more happy with the tour.  It was exactly what I wanted.  We visited the locks several times and even went through some of them in a small ship.  The hotels were great, the food was good, and we learned a thing or two along the way.  Here are some pictures highlighting the tour:

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