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Day 5 - Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala

When & Where

sunny 82 °F

Day five, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Guatemala. Temperature approximately 82 °F, slight chance of rain in the mountains.

The port was built in 1976, which is nestled in the Amatique Bay, and today it is among the busiest in Central America. Although the pier itself does not offer a lot in activities, the nearby area is full of unique experiences. You'll find a Spanish fort located 5 minutes away, where you'll discover wonderful architecture and have the chance to learn about explorers and pirates.

One of the most popular local attractions are waterfalls which are said to rival Hawaii and Dominica. You'll not only admire the waterfalls, but you can also bathe in the waters and climb the rock formations. For the adventurous, head to the Eco Farm, a 500 acre nature preserve, home to many plant and bird species. Enjoy a hike in lush, tropical surroundings.

The most special outing of all is a visit to a local school. This gives you a chance to meet and experience the people here and gain an understanding of the country and its inhabitants. Many visitors will tell you this part of their trip was the most rewarding.

Settlement dates back to the 19th century by Belgian pioneers. Another important historical site is to visit the "Tikal", the largest of the Mayan Ruins. It is impressive and continues to reveal treasures from the Mayan Culture as archaeologists explore it. Recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, Quirigua offers pieces from Mesoamerica.

I personally didn't get off the ship this day, however it was fun to watch the trucks at the port continuously bring loads of dirt to a ship, which later we found out the dirt had Nickel in it, then shipped to Russia to be mined.

Until next time,
Sluggo

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2018 New Year

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In 2017 I was able to do some great trips with family and friends, both in Alaska and the Caribbean.

HAL Eurodam

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In August, I went on a weeks cruise on Holland America's Eurodam in Alaska. Saw tons of beautiful country that I have never witnessed before. Wildlife galore, and crystal blue waters. Bears, Bald Eagles, Mountain Goats, Whales, Sea Turtles, Otters, just to name a few of the animals we were able to see, along with a couple of Glaciers.
Stops in Juneau, Glacier Bary, Sitka, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia. All great places if you've never been.

In November, did another Eurodam cruise, this time in the Caribbean visiting, Grand Turks, St. Thomas, Half Moon Cay Bahamas. It was sad to see all the devastation from hurricanes that hit the Islands. Hope things get somewhat better in time for my next cruise in February.

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Even though I'll still be visiting the Caribbean, it'll be different islands. Starting in Tampa, then to Key West, Mahogany Bay Roatan Honduras, Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala, Costa Maya, Mexico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, St. John's, Antigua, Castries, St. Lucia, Soufriere Bay, Willemstad, Curacao, Oranjestad, Aruba, George Town, Grand Cayman, and finally back to Tampa Florida. I so can't wait.

Temperatures have been bitterly cold the past month, and I'll be leaving right when people are coming up to Minneapolis, MN for the Super Bowl.

Can't think of anything else to update with. Hope all are good.

Until next time,
Sluggo

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Day 1 Embarkation Day - Seattle, WA

When & Where HAL Eurodam

sunny 75 °F

This was going to be an exciting trip. First time traveling with Holland America, going to Alaska, traveling with a few friends, and traveling with my older sister who I hadn't had a chance to catch up with in a long time.

The group of us all flew up a day before the cruise. This allowed us to get into Seattle before hand and ensure any delays due to weather or mechanicals. We had a hotel near the airport, and once we settled in, we settled in our rooms, and all decided it would be nice to take the light rail downtown and enjoy dinner, and a healthy walk.

The next morning, we had a nice breakfast at the hotel, then shuttled to the port. Thankfully, we had gotten to the port early enough to be processed, get our keys, and get to our room and start touring the ship. Since there were a total of 4-couples, we all had to ensure we knew of each others room numbers in case we wanted to coordinate any coffee times, tea times, meet times, and excursion times.

Once everyone was settled in, it was time to get up to the deck for the departure snacks and drinks, and to watch the ship leave the Seattle port. The ship was a true sight to behold. Holland America's distinct White and dark Navy Blue colors really make the ship stand out. I did notice that in each corridor, there was a ship in the carpet with the bow of the ship facing the actual bow of the boat. This allowed you to know which was the front or back. Also, the elevators had the day of the week 'mats' on the floor so through-out the week, you knew which day it was.

I had a balcony room, but really didn't use it as we were on an Alaskan Cruise, and it would get cooler as the week progressed. However, having an obstructed view with lifeboats just outside didn't really matter much. (if we were on a Caribbean cruise, may have thought otherwise.

Figured out where the theater was, where dining room was, where we would meet for coffee and tea, and just places to relax.

Lots more to talk about for the upcoming days.

Until Next Time,
Sluggo

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HAL Eurodam

When & Where 7-Day Alaskan Explorer

sunny 76 °F

I'm looking forward to my awesome 7-day cruise in the Caribbean.
Voyage: EU000393
Booking: HHXN2C
Stateroom: 4115

Eurodam is a Signature-class cruise ship, carrying 2104 passengers and 929 crew, and sails from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) San Diego Seattle Vancouver.

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Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.4:1
Built: Feb 2007
Number of Decks: 11
Total Cabins: 1,052
Cabin Categories: 39

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Itinerary
Day 1 Seattle, WA
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Juneau, AK
Day 4 Glacier Bay
Day 5 Sitka, AK
Day 6 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Day 7 Debark ship in Seattle, WA
Day 8 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Until Next Time,
Sluggo

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