Panama Canal Cruise 2013:
Day 15 - At Sea


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Panama Canal Cruise 2013: [Day 1 - Ft. Lauderdale] [Day 2 - At Sea] [Day 3 - At Sea] [Day 4 - Colombia] [Day 5 - Panama] [Day 6 - Canal] [Day 7 - At Sea] [Day 8 - Costa Rica] [Day 9 - At Sea] [Day 10 - Guatemala] [Day 11 - At Sea] [Day 12 - At Sea] [Day 13 - Mexico] [Day 14 - Mexico] [Day 15 - At Sea] [Day 16 - San Diego]

Friday, February 1, 2013: After sleeping in, we went up to the Islands Cafe for some breakfast. While we ate, we recognized the familiar sight of choppy water, and sure enough, we passed a giant mob of dolphins, the first of two we saw this morning.

After breakfast, we went up on deck to do some more ocean watching. There was nice halo around the sun and it was 62 degrees out. It felt pretty good as long as we kept our jackets on.
We passed several whale pods.
If we were better at recognizing types of whales, we'd tell you what these are.
Tom was convinced that every whale he saw was a Minke whale, but he was probably wrong. Feel free to reach your own conclusions based on these photos.
Whales aren't easy to photograph from 11 stories up on a cruise ship, but every once in a while, we got lucky with a shot.
The coolest thing we saw on this day were sharks -- seven of them in all, one at a time, at intervals of approximately 5 - 10 minutes between each sighting. They were almost always completely underwater, with just the occasional fin breaking the surface. The water was so clear that we were able to see them fairly easily. Photographing them was a little tougher.
Here's one of several whales in a pod that were having fun jumping in the water.
Later in the afternoon, we saw some sort of game fish jumping out of the water repeatedly. We didn't have our camera handy, so you'll have to take our word for it. Here's the shoreline of Baja California in the distance, not to be confused with actual California.
We finished off our bottle of champagne on our final afternoon as we packed our suitcases. It was nice.
The sunset wasn't spectacular, but it was still nice.
We asked our cabin steward, Santano, to take a photo of us in the same place where we'd been photographed 10 years earlier. We didn't exactly nail the location, but we came pretty close.
We enjoyed our first martini night so much that we went back again before dinner. The bartenders were showing off with some bottle juggling tricks, ...
... and we enjoyed another tray of sample-sized martinis. We were good about sharing the five delicious ones, ...
... and Tom was nice enough to drink the undelicious one.
Yeah. Undelicious. Definitely.
Debbie got one last photo of the beautiful dining room as we headed to our table for the last time.

Near the end of the cruise, we received certificates from Celebrity noting that we had transited the Panama Canal, you know, just in case anyone needs proof.

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Panama Canal Cruise 2013: [Day 1 - Ft. Lauderdale] [Day 2 - At Sea] [Day 3 - At Sea] [Day 4 - Colombia] [Day 5 - Panama] [Day 6 - Canal] [Day 7 - At Sea] [Day 8 - Costa Rica] [Day 9 - At Sea] [Day 10 - Guatemala] [Day 11 - At Sea] [Day 12 - At Sea] [Day 13 - Mexico] [Day 14 - Mexico] [Day 15 - At Sea] [Day 16 - San Diego]

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