I arrived in San Francisco on the Wednesday prior to the cruise, toured the city, rode the street cars, walked the many hills. I had arranged for a tour to pick me up at my hotel (Petite Auberge) on Thursday Morning, visited Muir Woods, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, the landscape and wine fabulous. I took a cab to the ship, next time I will bring a smaller suitcase, embarkation was easy, and my room was ready soon after I had lunch.
I took the tour from Monterey to see Pebble Beach & Carmel By the Sea, no regrets!
In Guatemala I took the guided tour of Antigua, the guide was great, wished I had bought more tapestries and shawls...beautiful colors. (they get a little pushy trying to sell there wares). The Jade museum was fabulous. In Costa Rica I enjoyed the the trek through the jungle...hot beautiful, not for people with walking issues. The highlight of the journey was going through the canal, such a historical event for me. In Colon I took the tour of the Embera Indian Village, the people were beautiful and welcoming. I wished I had put my rain poncho on heading back from the village in the dugout canoe...hit some rain, and did not want to "rock the boat" trying to put it on. Take cash as the crafts are expensive but so worth buying.
The cabin was spacious,bright and am so glad my travel agent chose it for me. In rough seas you felt very little swaying. There was plenty of storage/closet space for one person...I took too many clothes for 17 days of travel. My big suitcase fit nicely under the bed. The service was great from the room steward.
It was great to just get off the ship, I just walked across the street to Walmart to stock up on sunscreen and lighter clothing.
Spent the day by the pool, and took time out for a massage.
The tour of the convent and the walking tour of Antigua was fabulous. I especially enjoyed the jade museum. The tour guide was very good, and I realized that I am not great at bartering with the ladies selling their crafts.