Day 7 September 30 Saturday Cabo San Lucas sunny and hot 80F. Boy has it changed a lot more buildings. After breakfast we take a tender to shore where we are greeted by a drug sniffing dog. I find the cruise terminal for WIFI but can not get my Open Office to work. We stop for a quick beer then head back to the ship for air conditioning. Entertainment tonight the Bailamos again.
Day 8 October 2 2017 Sunday Puerto Vallarta Mexico sunny. We arrive at 10am water was calm again. 87F 30C We have been to PV several times so no need to go to town. We tie to the dock with mall just across the street. It was easy to find free WIFI everywhere. Lunch was on the Lido deckon board ship. I had prime rib on a bun. We move our clocks ahead 1 hour for the second time. 5Pm it pours with lightening and thunder. We pull away from the dock at dinnertime it stopped raining a short time latter. Water still very calm. Entertainment tonight was excellent. Mastro Rogerio Tutti a performance of contemporary and original arrangements of the world's most popular and beloved music accompanied by the Holland America's band. I go to the piano bar again after.
Day 9 2017 Monday October 2 at sea
wake up to calm seas. Going to be hot again today 80F26C after breakfast we go for a lecture on what to see and do on South America tours. Second lecture is on illegal immigration to and through Mexico. Lunch next .at 2 a lecture on Quest for silver,gold and minerals wealth of Mexico. 3 o’clock lecture was on the next 3 ports-Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas and Pierto Quetzal. All of which we have been before. Entertainment tonight is dance featuring Zaandam singers and dancers
Day 10 2017 Tuesday October Huatulco rain
27F 81C arrive in Huatulco at 10am. Will leave by 5:30
We have been here before known for its beaches at the end of the dock. It rained all day so did not go a shore. Very humid out. I spend most of my time in the crows nest reading. I got a good start on Welber Smith's Assegai. We get the same table of 6 every night but different tables for breakfast and lunch so meeting many interesting people. Tonight entertainment is Jeff Burghart. He holds us with his signature blend of celebrity impressions. I go to the piano bar again.
Day 11 October 4 2017 Wednesday Puerto Chiapas Mexico. We wake up to glorious sunshine . 86'F 30 C Bill got sent back as he wore a tank top for breakfast. We go to shore to post the blog but mt computer wants up date we wait 1 hour and it's still trying so we go back to the ship. Digetal workshop doesn't open until 4:30. Lunch in the lido deck again. Nothing going on the ship so I go to the Crows nest again. 2 couples do not show at our table ( second time). The show tonight is Elvey Rose known for her energetic style, including a lovely tribute to her Latin American ancestry. Bill gets sick and makes it back to the room in time. (sea sickness oe food poisoning? ) I go to the piano bar until 10 come back and Bill is still sick .I put him to bed and he sleeps. We put the clock back 1 hour
Day 12 October 5, 2017 Thursday Puerto Quetzal Guatemala. We wake up to overcast skies. 25C 77F 98% humility. Bill's back is really bothering him so we go to the ships doctor. He bring his pain pills and the doctor from South Africa says to take both then she gives him 2 shots . She sells us a hot or cold jell pack. We have been here before so do not get off ship as it is raining now too. We read most of the time and watch the ocean. No lectures today as a lot of people on tours. Lunch and dinner are uneventful. Entertainment tonight is a young lady with a violin.
Amy Lee, she played everything from classic to Celtic, movie music to Broadway and everything in between. I did not go to the piano bar .Water getting rougher so hard to walk on ship. Back is improving.
Day 13 October 6 Friday 2017 at sea. We get off on a bad start as we set our clocks the wrong way so are late for breakfast. Bill's back a lot better. I attend a talk on Acupuncture and Arthritis pain. Didn't learn anything new. Next was a lecture on the evolution of pottery in Mexico. David Richerson was very interesting Bill enjoyed him too. Lunch in dinning room today. water still contains white caps but some blue skies. Gala attire. Bill gets sent back his shirt does not have a collar. Entertainment tonight is the singers and dancers of Zaandam. I go to the piano bar for Rat Pack and friends . A chocolate surprise tonight waiters come along with trays of chocolate goodies. Yum
Day 14 October 7 Saturday 2017 at sea
We wake up to calm seas and partly sunny. 79F 26C.
We get the bill for the medical-$95 for consultation
$14 injection, injection supplies $8.98,
$33.98,24.62, injection medication,$22.40 for Menthol ointment ,. $238.75 total charges. too many things to do today. 10Am lecture by David Richerson discussing life in the Pacific coastal waters 500 million years ago. 10:30 is a kitchen tour I forget my camera. Bill does laundry. Lunch in the dinning room. 3 pm talk & slide show on what to see and do in Manta Equador and Trejido Peru. It will be a Sunday so a lot of things will be closed. Take a nap before dinner 5:45
Entertainment tonight is Kelly McDonald a comedian. I skip the piano bar tonight and type up the blog and read and play free cell on my computer. Water calm.
Day 15 October 8 Sunday 2017 Manta Equador
We pass the equator at midnight. We wake up to overcast skies. Manta is a quaint fishing village. A large mother ship is full of tuna being unloaded . It is Sunday so a lot of shops are closed. Not much doing on the ship as we are in port. Crows nest here we come Tonights entertainment was a visual with music-m Frozen planet live.
Day 16 October 9 Monday at sea
Happy Thanks giving. 70F 21C partly cloudy
After breakfast I scout out the game room. No on playing Mexician train so I head for the library and find another book. They have a lot of non fiction books on The Maya and Peru. Next is a lecture with David Richerson on pre historic life on land. I check out game room again and there is some one there playing Mexician train so I join them. 3Pm another lecture this one on the explorers of the Americians. Dinner is a real treat as they have a Canadian Thanks giving dinner turkey with cranberries even pumpkin pie a la mode. Entertainment is Duo Yalba who played a varity of instruments including pipe flutes.
Day 17 October 10 Tuesday 2017 Salaverry Peru. 69F 21C partly cloudy. Another fishing port. People go to Machu Pichu from here. We get called to the office as our travel agent did no collect Argentina's reciprocity fee. $78 each. So I have to buy internet service as we do it on line. $55) to connect for 100 minutes. So now I can post on board the ship. A girl from the front desk helps me with it. I cut Bill's hair. Entertainment tonight is Zaandams singers and dancers doing rock legends The piano bar is playing a tribute to Elton John.
Day 18 October 18 Wednesday 2017 Callao Lima Peru. We wake up in time to watch the ship dock. A very busy harbour. 62F 17C cloudy. I decide to go on the complimentary bus to town tomorrow. Today we walk the ship and go down to the dock to check out what the vender have to offer. I finish Wilber Smith's book then take a nap. Not much going on on the ship.
Day 19 October 19 Thursday 2017 Callao Lima Peru.
The sun is trying to show 63F17C. We take a complimentary bus to the mall but do not get off s we are not shoppers. I return a book to the library and get another one. We have an early lunch and return to our room to work on WIFI.