We've had 3 days of very calm seas now - if we were a yacht we would be becalmed out in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean.
The weather has improved from the previously cloudy days and as we are now at equator level or thereabouts, things have become very warm and steamy.
It's amazing that travelling with us are a number of small swallows who hop day and night around the decks and in and around our balcony. I'm sure they live off the small crumbs of food around but if the poor little things took flight out into the wide blue yonder there would be no hope for them.
Other bird life we see way out here are very likely those migrating to wherever they are heading. it's hard to think that they could fly so far - one only hopes they know how to sleep on the water! A few passing cargo ships are the only other thing we've seen out there - makes us really feel as though we are in the middle of nowhere!
It was unfortunate that we missed our shore day in the Cayman Islands - has just meant we are now nearing the end of 3 sea days but there is something to do all the time irrespective of our interests.
Activities as an example just taken from today's schedule - fitness classes in the gym (not), mass, flower arranging, presentation of shopping onshore at our next port, costume jewellery half price sale, lots of Windows 8 computer classes, presentations of upcoming shore excursions, card players room, Dancing with the Stars at Sea, Cooking classes, gemstone and jewellery talks, art classes, art auction, the pool/s, learn to use your digital camera, the casino (my favourite of course), coffee shop, morning and afternoon tea, bingo, movie theatre, lounge bars, karaoke, 2 shows each night in the showroom, craft classes etc etc…. Oh and the shopping is open day and night!
Tomorrow we are in the port of Cartagena in Columbia but only for a few hours as it appears there is really only a bit of shopping and sight-seeing to do and not much else so might venture off the ship and into town for a bit.
After that we head after lunch towards the actual Panama Canal entrance so by 6am the next morning we are in position to begin crossing the lock system and full canal length. By 5pm that day we should be totally through having left the Atlantic Ocean and heading into the Pacific Ocean. From there it's up the South American Coast and Mexico and eventually back to San Diego as our final destination.
No photos as such for the moment but get ready for the big lot as we traverse through the Panama Canal!