Seabourn Odyssey
Fort Lauderdale to LA
December  15, 2015 to January 4, 2016
Dec 15th                Boarding the Odyssey went smoothly.  This marked the 6th year in succession that we
celebrated Christmas and New Year on a Seabourn ship.

The ship was decorated beautifully for the Holidays with several trees, and arrangements of gingerbread
houses and poinsettias throughout the vessel.  It goes without saying that the ship's crew were warm,
friendly and efficient.

Dec 19th                After several pleasant sea days we docked at our first port, Cartagena, Columbia. I
elected to participate in a tour to the Columbian National Avery which I really enjoyed.  It was very hot and
muggy, so Eleanor decided to spend a leisurely day on board the ship.  We were only the 2nd group to visit
the Avery which is very new.  The birds were for the most part native to this area of Columbia.

CARTAGENA PHOTOS
BIRD PHOTOS

Dec 20th               We anchored for the day amidst the San Blas Islands.  The sea was a bit rough so we
skipped going ashore.  We were here several years ago.  We enjoyed the visit, but the area is very
primitive and other than taking photos of the children there was not much to entice us from the comfort of
the ship.

PHOTOS SAN BLAS DECEMBER 2013

Dec 21st             This was our sixth transit through the Panama Canal.  Our first was in the 1990s while on a
tour with Lindblad prior to the transfer of the Canal to Panama in 1999.  One was with Regent in 2013 and
the remainder with Seabourn.  It did seem to me that the lock chambers were showing quite a bit of wear
and tear,  Lots of rust and chunks of concrete missing.  The new larger locks are due for completion in the
spring of 2016 when we do our return to Fort Lauderdale from LA.

PANAMA CANAL PHOTOS - 2013 AND 2015

We anchored on the Pacific side of the Canal for the evening.

Dec 22nd               We remained anchored for the day.  Tender service was available to the Panama City
Port, but we decided to just enjoy a quiet day on board the ship.

Dec 23rd                Sea Day

Dec 24th                 I arranged for a private tour in Punta Arenas, Costa Rica with Victor Moras of Vic-Tours.  
It was an extremely hot and humid day.  We started out with a private boat tour of the mangroves and then
did a short walk in the jungle which turned out to be very uncomfortable with the heat and humidity.  
Having said that I did get some decent photos which I have added to my Cost Rica bird photo gallery.

BIRD PHOTOS
CRITTERS

The Christmas Eve show on the ship was spectacular and very enjoyable.

PHOTOS

Dec 25                   Christmas day was spent at sea.  Steve Wozniak gave the 2nd of three talks on his early
life with the development of Apple Computer and relationship with Steve Jobs, and other pioneers of the
computer industry.  

Dec 26th                We previously visited Puerto Quetzal on two previous ocassions and chose to stay on
board the ship for the day.

PHOTOS

Dec 27th                Our Port was Puerto Chiapas.  We have visited this port on numerous occasions and
enjoyed taking a long walk and looking around the visitors palapa which has a couple of shops and small
stage where the perform local music and dance.

PHOTOS 2013 and 2015


Dec 28th                Hautulco is another port we had previously visited, but always took tours.  This time we
deided to walk around the city, which was very enjoyable and I got some well needed exercise!

PHOTOS

Dec 29th                Sea Day

Dec 30th
              This was our first time visiting Manzanillo.  The bay was first discovered by the Spanish
in the early 1500's.  It is an old city, and as such is a bit dingy with lots of pot holes and broken sidewalks.  
We chose to skip any tours and just walked around the city.

PHOTOS

Dec 31                New Year's Eve was at sea.  It was a Formal Night, but for some reason they chose not to
have a special show and instead had a prolonged party on one of the outside decks which we skipped and
celebrated the New Year in our suite.

Jan 1, 2016        This was or sixth visit to Cabo San Lucas.  We took the opportunity to take a long walk.  
The temperature was in the low 70's with overcast skies which made for good walking conditions.  Most of
the nicer stores were closed for the Holiday.

PHOTOS JAN 2014 and 16

Jan 2nd to 4th        This segment of our trip ended with calm seas for the last two days as we traveled to
Los Angeles.  The outside temperature slowly dropped and it was and was in the 50s when we arroved in
Los Angeles on the morning of the 4th.  About 70 of the passengers stayed aboard for the next cruise
segment to Auckland, New Zealand.

PHOTOS ON BOARD SHIP


                                                   LOS ANGELES TO NEW ZEALAND