January - April 2014
  • Day16

    San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    January 19, 2014 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    After just one day of sailing, we arrived at this Nicaraguan seaside resort. It was hot, 32 degrees, with calm seas. It was a lovely approach to the bay and the town with a statue of Christ perched on top of the hill and which dominated the town. A small band played 'samba' music as we disembarked the tender and beautifully dressed dancers danced for us. It was a lovely welcome. We had a beer in a local bar and managed to Skype home. It was a colourful town, a mixture of the ramshackle and ornate, tired but evocative of a bygone age.Read more

  • Day14

    Panama Canal

    January 17, 2014 in Panama ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    We arrived at the entrance to the canal at 5.30am but most people were up and on deck to witness the ship's transit all the way through. We arrived at the first set of locks, the Gatun locks, at 7.30am. There was only two feet of clearance on either side of the ship. An engineering marvel. We sailed through the Gatun lake and through more locks until we finally entered the Pacific Ocean after about eight hours. An impressive sight of Panama City in the distance.Read more

  • Day12

    Oranjestad, Aruba

    January 15, 2014 in Aruba ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    The temp. was 26 degrees and rising to 30. We met up with some people we had met on board and shared a taxi to Eagle Beach, costing US$15 one way for the four of us. The beach was stunning and surprisingly uncrowded. We then headed back into town and wandered around Oranjestad. Strange place. Very 'Disneyesque'. Ornate and colourful buildings. We met an American in a bar who had just arrived on the 'Crown Princess', having departed from Fort Lauderdale for a week's cruise. We wished each other 'bon voyage'.Read more

  • Day10

    St John's Antigua

    January 13, 2014 in Antigua and Barbuda ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After sailing through some pretty stormy seas after leaving La Coruna, by the time we sailed just south of the Azores, the weather had improved significantly and we were able to wander around the ship and attempt to find our sea legs. We arrived in Antigua to clear and sunny weather and a temperature of 25 degrees, expected to rise to 29 degrees. We found a taxi and headed off to Dickenson Bay and spent a good few hours swimming and just relaxing. We thought we would never get here. The taxi ride cost US$24 return and well worth it.Read more

  • Day3

    La Coruna, N Spain

    January 6, 2014 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We were very relieved to arrive at this Spanish port and we spent a good day wandering around this pleasant town and along the seafront to the Pillars of Hercules monument. The weather was surprisingly mild and we enjoyed a coffee or two sitting in an outside bar.Read more

  • Day1

    Southampton

    January 4, 2014 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    We arrived at the Mayfair Terminal in good time to join our ship, Aurora, to start our round the world cruise. We were not looking forward to the start of the journey as the weather was predicted to be awful. In fact, the Captain announced that, instead of heading for the Azores, we would sail to La Coruna in N Spain and head for Antigua from there.Read more