Originally this was supposed to be an 11 night Mexican Riviera cruise but that was cancelled by NCL and we were given the option to take this 14 night cruise instead. The Panama Canal was a bucket list cruise for us which we did not envision taking for several more years or maybe not even until our retirement years as it is normally very hard for us to take this many consecutive days off work. But when this opportunity presented itself due to the cancellation of the Mexican Riviera cruise, getting price protection and 3 extra nights, this being my sabbatical year at my job so I had extra paid time off, and some reshuffling of our vacation schedules, we made it work. So here we go!
The itinerary was as follows:
Cruise started in Miami, FL
Daylight Transit of Panama Canal
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cruise ended in San Diego, CA
About us, married couple in our late 40’s with no children. It had been 2.5 years since our last cruise (way too long) so we were more than ready for this trip! This was also our first cruise that was more than 7 days in length! Yay! We live near Seattle and left for Miami 2 days before the cruise.
Our journey started with a very, and I do mean very, early wake up call. 1:30 a.m. to be precise. Left the house by 2:30 to get to the airport by 4:00 for our 6:00 flight to Los Angeles. The Seattle to Los Angeles portion of the journey went smoothly. We were supposed to have a 2.5 hour layover in LA before flying to Miami. Well, long story short our LA to Miami flight ended up being cancelled due to mechanical issues so we ended up having to stay overnight in LA (airline paid for our hotel and meals). And we sat in the plane at the gate for 3 hours before they ended up cancelling it. A frustrating day! We were very stressed out at this point and were so happy that we had built in an extra travel day. Our flight the next morning from LA thankfully had no issues so we arrived in Miami on Thursday instead of Wednesday.
Seeing the world, one port at a time.
NCL Spirit - Mediterranean - May 2017
NCL Sun - Panama Canal (full transit) - October 2016
NCL Pearl - Alaska - May 2014
NCL Star - Western Caribbean - March 2013
RCI Splendour of the Seas - Mediterranean - June 2007
HAL Oosterdam - Alaska - September 2005