This week I got the opportunity to take the world’s greatest shortcut through the Panama Canal. This amazing man-made waterway is about 48 miles and connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Although I have been through the Panama Canal before on both RCCL and Holland American this trip I will be aboard the Norwegian Sun. The Canal uses a system on locks or compartments with entrance and exit gates. Using water to raise or drop the level of the ships as they traverse the lock system either North or South. I hope I got that correct I’m not an engineer I tell jokes for a living. This trip has a great deal of history and if you consider the technology used when the man-made wonder and the ten of thousands of lives given to its creation I’m left to wonder what they would think of me sailing through able to step into air-conditioned luxury and order a cold beer. I’m in awe of people that created it.
Crossing the equator.
Real sailors for hundreds of years counted crossing the equator as an event that could be pretty rough especially back in the 1600’s. Hardening the novice sailors for their life at sea. On board the Norwegian Sun, however, the ritual will consist of a parade around the pool dressed in togas the initiation of kissing a fish and of course the chance for a picture with version Norwegians of Neptune our cruise director Roberto. Then after the parade and ritual dance around the pool, the first time pollywogs turn into Shellbacks only after kissing the fish. That is my report today this Shellback must retire for a nap to conserve strength for next adventure at the Buffett.