Cruising through the Panama Canal

Last Fall I had a chance to do a back-to-back transit of the Panama Canal as the destination speaker on-board. Yes, thirty days at sea and just too much fun.

The first cruise was from Miami to San Diego with the wife, and the second transit was with my brother, Paul. The first transit stopped at Cartagena, Columbia, Colon Panama, and then through the Canal. I did the bridge talk as we went through the Canal, and yes, we did spot a lot of crocs… that’s one of my jobs, to spot the crocs and give the passengers a croc alert. I even had a croc story to go with the croc spotting. It’s all part of my on-board persona, to make sure everybody is having a good time and maybe even learning something new or exciting.

Part two of my journey was with my brother, Paul, in tow and it was a very different experience. If any activity included the words “adventure” or “danger” we were signing up. From zip lining in Costa Rica to the pongas (small fishing boats) of Cabo San Lucas, we tried it all.

Some of the photos of the “civilized” cruise and the crazy brothers adventure are posted on the Destinations page of this site, and your comments are always welcome.


Dr. Dave (Roberts), Anthropologist, Photographer, Historian…

Dr. Dave has worked in the field of applied anthropology for over thirty-five years from a conference speaker and published author, to a field researcher… from the Caribbean, to Central and South America.

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