Sunday March 31st 2013

Latitude: 8,59,36N
Longitude: 79,35,18W
Course: 225 degrees
Speed: 0.3 knots
Status: Day 86 – Traversing the Panama Canal
Notes: Arcadia started through at around 8.00am, guided through each lock by ‘mules’, the name given to the trains that help pull ships through each lock. Another cruise ship, the Island Princess, preceded Arcadia through. The transit was completed by around 2.00pm. It was very hot though, at least 28C, 82F, with a high humidity. I have discovered it is high humidity which tires me out!

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Saturday March 30th 2013

Latitude: 8,48,36N
Longitude: 84,54,36W
Course: 122 degrees
Speed: 21.1 knots
Status: Day 85 – at sea
Notes: It never ceases to amaze me how the sea conditions can change, sometimes in a short time. The captain had warned that Thursday night into Friday morning might be a little rough, also windy, but it wasn’t too bad at all – certainly nothing like the night before San Francisco! Now there is sunshine, light cloud and almost no swell at all, not completely flat calm but almost! Tomorrow morning Arcadia starts its journey through the Panama Canal, I think at around 8.00am local time, around 2.00pm UK time, taking into account that their clocks will have gone forward to British Summer Time. There’s a website worth looking at, http://www.pancanal.com with free webcams to watch Arcadia as we go through!

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Friday March 29th 2013

Latitude: 13,5,6N
Longitude: 91,47,12W
Course: 122 degrees
Speed: 21.4 knots
Status: Day 84 – at sea
Notes: Arcadia is currently off the coast of Guatemala, the weather is good although a little windy. At 8.00am temperatures were 28C, 82F. It really doesn’t feel like Good Friday here but it is! No sign of any hot cross buns…

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Thursday March 28th 2013

Latitude: 15,45,12N
Longitude: 96,7,48W
Course: 0 degrees
Speed: 0 knots
Status: Day 83 – Docked, Huatalco, Mexico
Notes: A lovely hot day, clear skies, bright sunshine! But at this latitude and location, that is perfectly normal! The next event on this adventure will be traversing the Panama Canal, which will be on Sunday. I hope to post more details of this, as with any luck the canal web cams will be working!

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Wednesday March 27th 2013

Latitude: 17,35,30N
Longitude: 102,29,48W
Course: 113 degrees
Speed: 18.6 knots
Status: Day 82 – at sea
Notes: Arcadia is catching up with UK time as we head closer to Southampton. At mid-day today the ship’s clocks went forward one hour, making us six hours behind the current time in London. However, next Sunday morning the UK will change to summer time, putting their clocks forward one hour. We will not do that just yet as we have a few more local ports to visit, and time zones to traverse!

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Tuesday March 26th 2013

Latitude: 21,49,12N
Longitude: 109,21,6W
Course: 124 degrees
Speed: 19.6 knots
Status: Day 81 – at sea
Notes: A quiet, relaxing day for me with a lovely calm sea, sunshine but not too hot. I managed to sleep quite well last night too!

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Monday March 25th 2013

Latitude: 27,16,48N
Longitude: 115,10,30W
Course: 142 degrees
Speed: 19.8 knots
Status: Day 80 – at sea
Notes: Arcadia is heading towards our next port of call in Mexico. The weather is good, the seas calm and everybody, including me, is happy for that. It is getting warmer again too… Today is the eightieth day of my journey but I haven’t managed to get all around the world quite yet. I have another twenty days to go and already I have been stopping at a few places…

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Sunday March 24th 2013

Latitude: 33,51,30N
Longitude: 120,58,12W
Course: 153 degrees
Speed: 21.1 knots
Status: Day 79 – at sea
Notes: After a much needed and restful sleep, I am feeling better. My cold has about gone and the cough I usually get is gradually clearing. The sun is shining, the skies are clear and it is a beautiful day, but very different weather conditions to those back home at the moment.

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Saturday March 23rd 2013

Latitude: 37,48,30N
Longitude: 122,24,24W
Course: 0 degrees
Speed: 0 knots
Status: Day 78 – Docked, San Francisco
Notes: A much better day for me. Overnight I caught up on some sleep and today I met up with some friends who, with their children, treated me to a lovely guided tour of the city, followed by some lunch. I then bought a couple of items at a nearby clothing store, and headed back to the ship, as I was tired. All passengers were required to be back on board by 5.00pm, ready for the mandatory safety drill. This was especially needed as we had new passengers on board.

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Friday March 22nd 2013

Latitude: 37,48,30N
Longitude: 122,24,24W
Course: 0 degrees
Speed: 0 knots
Status: Day 77 – Docked, San Francisco
Notes: Well, I can tell you that the ship’s third officer was correct – last night the sea was indeed a great deal rougher than I think I’ve experienced on this journey so far. The winds were up to force nine or ten at times. Given that I was trying to get rid of a cold, a good night’s sleep would have helped…ah well. From the conversations of other passengers, very few of us slept much last night! I was booked on a short tour today, but instead I rested as much as possible. I’m still not totally recovered, but I am better. I took some photos of the sun as it set behind the Golden Gate Bridge, as that really lived up to its name!

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