Cruise: Aruba Yesterday, Panama Canal Tomorrow

This will be short because the cost for Internet access is $0.50 per minute. Saturday was our first full day on board Regal Princess. Days at sea are always great because you don’t have to make any hard decisions. The biggest things you have to decide are where to eat and whether to play bingo or swim or just relax and read. Bingo turned out to be a good decision after winning $50 on a coverall game. Managed to read quite a bit in some books that had been piling up as well. Sitting in a deck chair on the Promenade Deck is still one of my favorite ways to spend a day at sea. Unfortunately Regal doesn’t have the wooden deck chairs as the other ships do. The plastic ones just aren’t as comfortable.

Sunday we were in Aruba, and we went horseback riding for a couple hours in the morning. The ride was great, taking us through hills filled with rocks and cactus, and ultimately down to the beach on the northern side of the island. Beautiful scenery, although quite different from what folks often think of when they hear the name Aruba.

Today was our second day at sea, with more eating, reading, sun, and bingo. Unfortunately bingo wasn’t as lucrative today. Tomorrow we will transit the Panama Canal. We reach the first set of locks at 8:20 AM, and exit into the Pacific around 6 PM or so.

Pardon any spelling errors. Don’t want to want to waste minutes doing a manual spell check.