Hi All, (written Jan. 7, 2017)
Sorry to take so much time to get off that post of our sailing, but unfortunately it looks as if this is the way the whole cruise is going to be. The internet on the ship is almost useless, it’s so slow, so it looks as if the only time I’ll be able to post is when we are in port. I’m going to start dating the day I write the post, so please do not pay any attention to the day you receive it. One thing is, they will always go out in sequence.
I have to open this post with a Jan. 6, 2017, photo of our first Gala night:
Not too bad for our first dress up?
Let’s look at our first port, Santa Marta, Colombia. Santa Marta was founded July 29, 1525 by Rodrigo de Bastidas. It is the oldest Spanish settlement in Colombia and sources have it ranked as the oldest or second oldest settlement in South America. It gets it’s history, however, as being tied to Simon de Bolivar, “the Liberator” who led Colombia and several other Latin American countries to independence from Spain. Bolivar died at the San Pedro villa just outside of town and today is a National Monument to him.
Santa Marta is a small, thriving port, gateway to some of Colombia’s most stunning beaches, and becoming a top weekend getaway. Not far out of town is Tayrona National Park, with long sandy beaches, great diving and snorkeling and tropical wildlife.
Enough of talk, let’s look at the port from our viewpoint. First from the ship a few views of the port:
A closer look at the port front:
This is one of the far off beaches up close:
Another close up of people in front of the port beach:
I bet you missed seeing my port signs. Relax, I won’t forget them:
As we walked along the port you see sidewalk cafes on the left and on the right between the street and the beach (including some actually on the beach) were marketing tents with booth after booth of jewelry, hand made crafts, prints, etc., etc.. Here’s a series of those photos:
That’s Susy way back there shopping, but to verify we were there here she is going into the market:
As we head back to the ship, we look out from the port at the bay, and the Amsterdam, ready to take us on to the Panama Canal:
We enter the Canal on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at 5:AM and exit into the Pacific about 7 PM the same day. After the Canal we sail into our next port, Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera), Costa Rica on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Between or after I’ll write my next post (sending?).
Love You All,
Gary (alias Gagu)