Cruising to Panama delivered a bonus. One of the terrific experiences of cruising is that you get to meet other travelers and oftentimes strike up a friendship. Most of the time once the trip is over, you keep in touch for a few months, perhaps a year…then life just continues as you both drift on to new memories.
However, when going by sea to Panama, we made friends with a couple that were close to the same age as us. Yvonne and Jim were from the U.K. with a marvelous British sense of humor. Yvonne had that quiet elegance that reminded me of my mother although she is much younger. This duo had so many adventures during their travels that we thought of them as the “intrepid British twosome”.
We were thrilled they were cruising to Panama with us. They spend a couple of months in Mexico each year as well as enjoyed travel to a myriad of other destinations. We hope to join up with them again on one of their Mexican jaunts. The wonderful thing about new found friends that live long distances away and remain your friends is that over time they are like the stars…not always seen, but always there.
Cruising to Panama had numerous ports of call and as we headed into Acapulco I was a little apprehensive. I had such fond memories of living there in ’76 -’77 but had read and heard that the drug cartels were causing carnage there, not aimed at the tourists, but they were the “collateral damage”.
I won’t give the grizzly details because you can read of such things in the news. So, having lived there so far back, I knew I would be seeing huge variations in what I remembered while on this cruising to Panama voyage.
Upon docking we were one of the first groups ashore because we had signed up for an excursion that was rather lengthy. If we hadn’t been taking an excursion it would have been a bit later that the gangway opened to all that chose to disembark. We saw the Welcome to Acapulco sign. The tours available at this port of call while cruising to Panama were:
We opted for the final tour on the list which started with the cliff divers. While we waited for the next show we wandered into a upscale silver store which was conveniently located to take advantage of the tourist traffic. The Cliff Diving show started and we took a ton of photos until we got one of the divers in flight (seen above).
We then went to the Chapel of Peace which was built by a couple that were honoring their son that had died in an accident. The views over Acapulco Bay were spectacular. Talk about a multimillion dollar property!! I was pleased that the cruising to Panama cruise stopped here. Remarkable views that hadn't changed since my living there so long ago.
When we looked down on the harbor from the church we saw that the two Celebrity ships were still together. They were tied up to the same dock. It was still weird that we had a shadow ship always alongside or behind us.
Cruising to Panama seemed to be a "biggy" for Celebrity that they had two ships together. We've cruised the Mediterranean and the Caribbean without ever seeing this destination pattern.
It was time to return to the ship and we would be leaving for the next port of call which would be Huatulco, Mexico.
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