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Cruising Panama's Canal: Experience the sights, sounds and thrills of cruise travel, told with the wit and charm of travel memoir writers Al & Sunny Lockwood [Kindle Edition]

Al Lockwood , Sunny Lockwood
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Book Description

Who would have guessed that it would have taken an almost fatal car accident to motivate Al and Sunny Lockwood to take a cruise ship vacation to the Panama Canal?

Riveted by their near death experience. this charming couple decided to make their bucket list dream cruise vacation come true, and now they want to share it with you!

Come along with them as they share intimate details of their 17-day odyssey from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale via the Panama Canal. Sunny provides the facts. Al adds delicious humor. A perfect recipe for cruise travel fun!

Get a firsthand look into what ocean cruising is really like: the service, the staterooms, the entertainment, the surprises, and of course the food -- from endless buffets to amazing gourmet dinners and decadent desserts, Al’s enthusiastic descriptions will have your mouth watering.

Stand on the bow of Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam with Al and Sunny as they share the sights, sounds and feelings of transiting the Canal; watch as the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean and then sets into the Atlantic on the same day. Miraculous!

Let Al and Sunny be your guides to exotic ports of call such as: Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Putarenas, Costa Rica, Cartagena, Colombia and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.

Learn about the building of the Panama Canal and how the locks actually work as huge, modern ships squeeze into 100-year-old chambers to take the world’s most famous short cut.

What readers and experts are saying about this book:

“Their writing is inviting, funny, contagious and just flat out a joy to read.”
Amazon top reviewer William D. Curnett

"The pages just flew when I picked this book up."
Janice Condit

"Al's descriptions of desserts made me want to rip the pages out and eat them!"
Karen Zaccheo

Finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards

Whether you are thinking of a Panama Canal cruise, looking for a humorous and heart-felt travel memoir, or are an armchair traveler seeking a fun and entertaining read about cruise travel, you are going to love Cruising Panama’s Canal. Order your copy today!

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About the Author

Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They've camped in national parks, hiked mountain trails, photographed springtime flowers in Death Valley and explored the rugged beaches of Northern California. And everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments -- Al with his camera and Sunny with her reporter's notebook. Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. Cruising Panama's Canal is their first travel memoir.

Product Details

  • File Size: 852 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Front Porch Publishing (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning Tragedy into Travel... March 5, 2014
Cruising Panama's Canal by Authors Al & Sunny Lockwood

Turning tragedy into travel is the motivation behind "Cruising Panama's Canal". Married authors, Sunny and Al Lockwood were hit by a car at a red light. This unfortunate automobile accident served as an eye-opener to them. It was the impetus to live life to the fullest as it could suddenly end tragically with many desired adventures yet to be fulfilled. Al's dream of sailing through the Panama Canal soon moved up on the "bucket list" and plans to take this wonderful trip were in the works. What better time than now?

As with most trips, a little research is required and then the fun begins...

"Cruising Panama"s Canal" reads like a daily journal or diary. It is an ideal handbook for those contemplating taking a cruise. Sunny Lockwood takes the time to explain in step by step detail exactly what it takes to plan such an exciting excursion. The pre-planning, the lay-out of the ship, what to expect as far as food and accommodations are concerned, the activities offered, etc. are found in this easy to read and well-written book based on their own traveling experiences.

Al Lockwood, on the other hand, has a sweet tooth. With that in mind, he has taken on the arduous task of eating a variety of delicious desserts and explaining in full mouth-watering detail such delectable delicacies as the chocolate eclair and Sacher torte. He also does a great job of elaborating on "transiting the Panama Canal".

The protocol, the required attire, the ports visited, along with some great pictures really add to the pleasurable "vacation" the readers receive when they vicariously travel along with Al and Sunny while cruising through the Panama Canal.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Al and Sonny Lockwood are a `senior' couple who `have made 137 trips around the sun' - inveterate travelers who have taken their life careers (Sunny as a newspaper and magazine editor, reporter, owner of a PR marketing business etc and Al as a pilot, a Silicon Valley engineer, contractor, minister, and photographer) and parceled those aspects needed to provide one of the most fascinating `travelogues' published. An auto accident caused this couple to realign their plans to form a bucket list - a trip on a cruise that would connect them from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale which just happens to be a cruise through the Panama Canal - 17 days of luxury...and oh the lessons they share, Sunny writing and Al photographing a trip to remember. Sunny has written books before - `Living the Velvet Revolution and `Shades of Love, stories from the heart' - and she comfortably shares her literary facility with Al who adds some wonderful aspects of food and other forms of humor to the trip.

What this treasureable book contains is a discussion of the ins and out of cruises, expectations, realities, and facts, and this is followed by a day by day diary of the 17 day cruise accompanied by photographs of the ship, ports of call, and food (of course) and a rundown of all the activities of seeing the world from the deck of a cruise ship as it passes before, into and out of the Panama Canal. Little known facts about the entertainment supplied by the cruise (from live entertainment to movies to cooking classes), to the stops at fascinating ports along the way (San Diego, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, the Bahamas, etc) to expand the experience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Aboard! January 29, 2014
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To read Al and Sunny Lockwood’s CRUISING PANAMA’S CANAL is to join them in an adventurous tour. Seventeen days and evenings glide along smoothly in their alternating commentary on the sights, sounds and tastings of their ship. Al’s wonder as he sails under the Golden Gate Bridge on departure brings back memories of his return from Vietnam so many years earlier. A former minister, he fills in unexpectedly as “Father Al” for morning mass while Sunny finds meditation in gym, yoga or guided sessions.
Culinary treats and indulgences differ with the couple; ChocALholic vs SunnySlim. The latter is determined to not gain weight and provides hints how to avoid doing so on board while Al delights his sweet-tooth in great abundance. Sunny engages the reader in her tour of the many art features of Holland America’s Zuiderdam, one of the attractions that brought her aboard this particular ship. In eloquence and reverence, she provides visions of the paintings and sculptures throughout the ship.

The couple knows well how to have fun, economize, take advantage of the entertainments, shore excursions and on-board classes. They are skilled at knowing and following their limits, resting, reading and watching the sea and its critters slide by. Sunny’s passages wax poetic as she revels in the flora and fauna on shore, the lowering sun and sky-lit darkness in her Sweetheart’s arms. An engineer by training and experience, Al paints a vivid picture of the canal, taking the reader through the locks and across the lakes with amazing detail. The couple watches much of the encounter at the rail’s edge in the early morning hours where their exhilaration fulfills their expectations with occasional surprises.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
I have cruised a couple of times and can easily identify with many of the experiences written about. I would love to do this particular cruise.
Published 2 days ago by lee tyrrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written. Al is hilarious.
Published 3 days ago by TimBinseyCote
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written, informative book
This was a great read and I am disappointed it is the only one they have written. As a regular reader of cruise critic I didn't think I would learn anything more about cruising... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Julietted
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and attractive benefits of Cruising included in the Section ...
Great and attractive benefits of Cruising included in the Section "What's So Great About Cruising?". Read more
Published 28 days ago by Tara Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Couldn't put it down
Great book. Couldn't put it down.. Now, want to take this cruise more than ever.
Published 1 month ago by R. Brockett
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
I really enjoyed reading and experiencing the cruise through their eyes. Very well written, loved all the details. Thank you for sharing your cruise with us.
Published 1 month ago by 3 to go
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
There are better travel books out there.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Gordon Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars ME
We have done this wonderful cruise with Royal Carribean. What wonderful memories you bring back. Your description of going through the canal is perfect.
Published 2 months ago by Lois Cotner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Interesting book as we are planning a Panama Canal cruise for next spring and I love reading other cruisers personal experiences. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great travelogue!
I wish I had read this book about a year earlier. We did a different Panama Canal Cruise on a different Holland America ship, however, some of the tips and stories in this book... Read more
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More About the Author

Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They've camped in national parks, hiked mountain trails, photographed flowers in Death Valley and buffalo in Yellowstone. And everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments -- Al with his camera and Sunny with her reporter's notebook. Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. Cruising Panama's Canal, their no-holds-barred account of a 17-day cruise from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale by way of the Panama Canal, is their first travel memoir.

Cruising Panama's Canal, savoring 5,000 nautical miles and 500,000 decadent calories nas been named the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist (in travel).

Sunny is also the author of the award-winning ebook "Living the Velvet Revolution," a behind-the-scenes look at how the Czech people overthrew their communist government in 1989.

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