Best to post while the going is good!Our visit to Panama started by going to anchor a mile off-shore of the idyllic
SAN BLAS ISLANDs
where the 'locals were quick to greet us in all forms of vessel.
Note - the little girl is baling as quickly as those paddling.
We were invited to visit the tiny community on El Provenir Island where just c10 species of birds were recorded.
and RED-LORED AMAZON
This being the home of the KUNI INDIANs
At the end of the airfield runway some newly laid turf, the envy of any 'turf farmer' worth his salt. Take a long look Hugh, this is how to do it properly!
I have spent much of the past couple of weeks with fellow 'birders' Rob and Carol who's company and knowledge has been much enjoyed.
Both INSECTs were found dead on the ship this morning.
as it was these animals that performed the task in the early days of the Canal.
There is a very simple equation that relates to the working of the Panama Canal,
No Fresh Water No Panama Canal,
No Rain Forest No Fresh Water,Chop down the forest, loose the vital trade link between 2 mighty oceans
ll Canal photographs © Jacqui Kempson
As if flicking a switch the cruise has, at least for the time being, come to an end. Seven weeks of what I have enjoyed as ‘luxury’, comprising ‘top quality’ food and drink, comfortable accommodation, the very best of service and in part the good company of fellow passengers. Add to this the great geographical interest en-route, it is an experience I would strongly recommend to those who wish to see a good proportion of the world (for much less than a King’s ransom) in a relatively short time in safety and comfort. For the next leg of my journey I doubt there will be much of the latter, but a continuation of the ‘Great Game’ doesn’t necessarily rely on that!
During my 48 years as a mariner I had been privileged to serve with some of the ‘best in the game’, so it was refreshing to witness that the profession is still in the safe hands of the crew of M/V Voyager. Captain Neil and his Officers kept us safe in all respects, updating us on a daily basis (course, speed, distance covered, weather etc) and afforded us a rare glimpse into the workings of the bridge of a ship at sea. What I might describe as the Corporate Department was, in every respect, totally committed to resolving any and all passenger issues, while my highest accolade has to go to Catering and Housekeeping Departments. All worked tirelessly to provide the highest standard of menu and restaurant service, an immaculate cabin service all in the most cheerful and respectful manner. Never at any time did I feel that anything was ‘too much trouble’ for any member of this fine team.
CONGRATULATION to you ALL!