At the end of April, the Disney Wonder started a two week cruise through the Panama Canal.
Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico. It’s about 48km long and 16km wide. It is the largest Caribbean island. Cozumel came from the Mayan ‘Cuzamil’ which means the island of swallows. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel and has a population of about 77,000. The island is covered with mangrove forest and animal species.
When I visited the island, I only had a few hours, I managed to walk around a little bit, didn’t capture a lot of photos because a lot of what I saw was touristy shops.
Cartagena is a major port found in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region. It is the capital of the Bolivar Department and has a population of about 970,000. It is the fifth largest city in Colombia. The downtown area of Cartagena has varied architecture and Italian style buildings such as the bell tower.
In Cartagena, I got off early, 7:30am, even at this time of the morning it was very hot and humid. At the cruise port terminal, there were some gardens, animals (parrots, flamingos, peacocks and monkeys), cafe and gift shop. A friend and I took a taxi to downtown. The taxi ride was scary as I can drive, I often look at how others drive. It felt dangerous. The taxi driver was changing lanes all the time, speeding up, slowing down. Every car was covered in dents, scratches, markings. Once we arrived, my friend had been to Cartagena before and was looking for a square with some lovely restaurants. We never found it but I definitely felt like I saw downtown Cartagena. We really wandered the streets, taking photos, enjoying the culture and history of the town. Throughout walking the streets, there were many people trying to sell ‘tourists’ hats. They always kept trying, even if you said no thank you.
The Panama Canal is an artificial 48 mile waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, which is an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres above sea level and then lower the ships at the other end. They created a third, wider lane of locks from September 2007 until May 2016.
Disney Wonder hit a milestone in the cruise industry for being the first passenger vessel to go through the canal’s new set of locks.
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas. It is the second largest city in the state of Jalisco, population of about 255,000.
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. Cabo San Lucas together with San Jose del Cabo is know as Los Cabos. There is a population of about 68,000.
In this port we have to tender which means a small boat coming to the cruise ship to take guests to the island. Unfortunately, I never had enough time to get off in this port, so I only took photos from the top decks of the cruise ship.