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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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Lockwoods are real people "of a certain age" whose travels and trials are told in a down-to-earth tone; we know at once who they are and why... Read more
I had so much fun reading this book! I loved the depth, the insight, the descriptions, all made me feel I was actually cruising along with Sunny and Al. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick Wirtz
I have been on a few cruises and this book made me smile. I love seeing new sights and eating new foods and this book covered both of my favorite areas. Thanks Sunny and Al. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not bad, and occasionally entertaining, but heavily focused on Holland America and not generalizable to other cruise lines. More a personal memoire than a guideline.Published 5 months ago by Mike K
Too boring. Little apparent author knowledge beyond the trip they took. I never got into it.Published 7 months ago by Jclaer
I've always wanted to cruise the Panama Canal so this was a great travel book for me. After reading it, I want to do the cruise more than ever.Published 8 months ago by frugalFL
well written, informative, personal, inteesting info re the canalPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer