11/12/18 – Monday
I had trouble sleeping, besides suffering from canker sores and a sore throat. This ship’s food is saltier than usual and we’ve been pretty active, so I decided my body needed rest/sleep and more natural foods-uncooked. I started with exercise (the “Morning Fit” program), then breakfast, then I slept until 11:15am when John returned to our cabin after he did his walking and reading of “Hamilton.” He borrowed this book from the ship’s library. It gives the actual lines from the show along with pictures and background information. Excellent. I told John I wanted to read it when he finished. We watched “Moana” on our TV, then had a late lunch (salad for me). We read for awhile on the deck then I took another nap, waking up in time to watch the last half of the Panama Canal talk. John showed up at our cabin, having finished “Hamilton.” He watched TV while I read “Hamilton” until supper at 6:20pm. I had a tortilla salad while John had Prime Rib. We dashed to the comedian/magician (Joe Rochon) show. Wow, he was amazing. Off to bed at 8:30pm.
11/13/18 – Tuesday
The big day. The ship approached the “Bridge of the Americas” before dawn, but that was too early for us. We did manage to get up on the deck by 5:40am to watch the ship pass through the locks. Unfortunately the cold and fog created a fog on my camera lens, so it was difficult to get a clear photo for the first hour or so.
Two hours later we ate breakfast, returning to our cabin so I could take a nap while John lounged on the deck reading. We then watched a movie on the TV “The 15:17 to Paris”, following that with dinner, then showers and bed. Still suffering that sore throat.
The Panama Canal is actually a waterway, not a canal, because it incorporates a huge lake in its length. They created Gatun Lake by cutting away the meandering curves of a river that flooded enormously, every year. It proved impossible to control that river, so the best solution was to help that area become a lake at that point. Because our ship is so large, it went through the new locks, completed in 2016. One of the special elements of these locks is that they use less water due to water saving basins that recycle 60 percent of the water used per transit.