Pete Moore

Joined May 2016
  • Day23

    Ship to shore

    January 21 in Costa Rica ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    A quick getaway from the ship. We were off by 8.20 and found our taxi waiting at the gate. An hour and a half later we were dropped at the Hotel Colonial and soon checked in by very friendly staff who printed out a map for us showing the route to the eye clinic where I had booked for my injection.
    We sat over a coffee and caught up with emails etc and then ambled through this busy, bustling city towards the clinic. We stopped for lunch ( our first Costa Rican 'Plato del Dia', a hearty meal with soft drink for about £3) and then went to the eye clinic.
    Doctor Rubinstein was very helpful, he did some of his training at Stoke Mandeville, and the injection was done, enough said!
    We wandered back through the shopping streets, stopped for tea in the National Theatre and then back to our room.
    We ended up in a very local restaurant that night for a small snack before an early night lulled to sleep by the constant din of car horns!!
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  • Day22

    Swan song

    January 20 in Costa Rica ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Ok the towel tonight was a swan! This footprint should have been 'Puntoarenas' as we were there all day and a lively beach resort place it is to! I was off the ship before 7.30 enjoying being able to run on a promenade and sandy beach instead of the machines on board. There were already plenty of people in the sea and families gathering for a Sunday on the beach.
    We wandered through the small town, looked at the cathedral and then headed for the beach ourselves for a swim. Boy was it crowded by then! The sea was lovely and we found a couple of seats in one of the many noisy beach bars. The locals were really partying and the atmosphere was great. I found my first decent sized beer of the trip, a 750ml bottle - that's more like it!- and after several of those and another swim staggered back to the ship for a very late lunch.
    We had an enjoyable evening with our table and finished off at the pool party on deck with free cocktails. Then back to the cabin to find the swan!!
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  • Day21

    Sea day 4 - a dogs life!

    January 19, 🌊 North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    You know we really like sea days! All you have to decide is what activities to do and when and what to eat and drink!
    We decided to do the morning quiz- 2nd yet again and the a lecture on a camper van journey through Europe, Turkey, Iran, the 'is tans' , Russia and back to UK! 4 months travel and 19000 miles! Interesting!
    This was followed by lunch with the 4 Cyprus couples on board! Interesting!!!
    Then the next canal presentation. This time on engineering features on canals in UK. Interesting but I knew most of it!
    A formal gala dinner followed the usual show and then a late night Beatles session in one of the bars.
    The dog was our stewardesses contribution to the day!!
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  • Day20

    The Day!

    January 18, 🌊 North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Yes this was the day when the ship transited the Canal. I suppose it was the main reason we booked this cruise and likewise for many of our fellow passengers we have discovered. The day was beautiful, and we stood most of the day watching the whole thing from the upper decks.
    The transit takes around 8 hours and is a very slick operation. Trains called 'mules' keep the ship in the centre of each pound (3 on the way up to Gatun Lake and 3 on the way down to Panama City and the Pacific Ocean) but the ships engines actually drive the ship through. A small yacht from Holland was in front of us on the way down. We towered above them of course but they were very friendly and didn't seem at all phased by the huge scale of things.Read more

  • Day19

    A man, a plan, a canal, Panama

    January 17 in Panama ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The city of Colon is not very salubrious to say the least so we were glad we clubbed together with several others and hired a taxi to take us to the AguaClara Panama Canal Visitors Centre. This overlooks the new locks that have been built and showed a short film in English with lots of impressive facts and figures that are instantly forgotten but were interesting at the time!
    Out taxi then took us on a tour of parts of Colon. Oh dear, a very sorry place. Everywhere was boarded up or wrapped in razor wire or protected by electric fences. The roads were terrible and the traffic chaotic. Not a place I'd recommend spending time in!
    Another evening, another show after another lovely meal and then retiring to our cabin after some classical violin in one of the bars. In case you are wondering - it's a palindrome !
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  • Day17

    Cartegena, Columbia

    January 15 in Colombia ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

    We broke our usual rule here and took one of the ships tours. A bit of a mistake really as we could have got a taxi into the old town and simply wandered through the beautiful streets. However the horse drawn carriage ride was relaxing and saved energy on a hot day, 32+ degrees!
    A bit of a tourist trap is the old town with hawkers pestering you all the time but at least they were good natured. Our only purchase was a colourful t-shirt ready for the tropical evening on board that night. Our table did us proud and hopefully you will be able to see some pics in a later footprint. Good Abba show last night followed by the pool party.Read more

  • Day17

    Sea day 3

    January 15 in Colombia ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

    Another busy day on board the Magellan! It started with a bit of exercise for us both and finished with the Rat Pack cabaret. In between many cocktails were drunk ( special event by the pool, £1 a go- you couldn't say no!), some table tennis played, a quiz attempted (2nd again!), lectures attended and shows enjoyed. Have to get off the ship tomorrow - Cartagena, Columbia! Dam it, only one more sea day to go!Read more

  • Day15

    First glimpses

    January 13 in Costa Rica ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Our first view of Costa Rica! We moored in the eastern town of Puerto Limon and after some delay set off to explore the town. A busy little place if a bit scruffy but it felt very safe and friendly. Really liked the modern cathedral and small peaceful park.

  • Day15

    The Elephant in the Room

    January 13 in Honduras ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We woke to bright sunshine and a clear blue sea moored to the jetty at Roatan's capital, Coxen Hole. The whole island only has 50,000 inhabitants so C. H. is only a village really but does have an airport that I assumed was only for small aircraft till we noticed an Airbus 320 taxiing for take off! As tourism is 90% of their GDP I suppose it is not surprising.
    We hired a taxi for a few hours and saw a few highlights, then went to a beach to snorkel. Excellent stuff! So many species of fish and interesting coral.
    I was hoping to get a beer back in C. H. but couldn't bring myself to pay €6 for one - it's less than half that on the boat! So we went back on board and read while looking at this tropical paradise (except for the price of beer!).
    The day ended with another excellent show and meal and an elephant in the room!
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