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Cruising to Bahamas


It’s January 2020. On March 15th, we travel by train from Tampa to Miami, and spend the night.

Carnival Conquest, maybe?

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Next day, we board Carnival’s Conquest ship for the Bahamas. Now, I’ve been there before, a long time ago, in the early 70’s. Mickie, my friend from Virginia, and I went there. That was so long ago, I don’t remember what ship we were on.

Main point for this trip is to see if my husband likes cruising on a big cruise ship. We’ve been cruising on a fifty foot sailboat on the Sea of Cortez.


I almost drowned.

Sea of Cortez Sailboat

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That’s a story for another blog post.

My husband loved sleeping on the deck. With just six of us aboard; Captain, his wife who cooked, our daughter and son-in-law, Auburn and me.

We’ve been married for thirty-five years on July 6th. My idea for that anniversary. Cruise to the Panama Canal, and go through the locks. We’d experience the feeling of raising and lowering of the water from onboard a ship.

We’re permanent residents of Panama, and have visited the Miraflores Locks several times. Seeing, and experiencing the Locks from another angle would be an interesting adventure.

After doing some research, I discovered there’re two different ways to sail through the Panama Canal.

First, board the ship in Port Canaveral, and for a partial transit. That means going through part of the Canal and Gatun Lake, man made for Canal water. Then back to Florida, after several other stops in Mexico.

This suited us not at all.

Second, to do a full transit, one must be aboard ship for at least fifteen days. After going through all the locks, we are then in the Pacific Ocean. The next stop is in California, either San Fransisco, San Diego, or Los Angeles.

We’d fly back to Tampa from California. I’d like to talk him into stopping in Arizona for a few hours.

We don’t know whether we want to be aboard a ship for fifteen days. Auburn isn’t even sure he’ll like a huge multi-passenger ship, he liked the smaller, more intimate boat better. I did as well.

Ergo, those reasons for this trip to the Bahamas.

Hope it helps us decide.

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