This cruise has been a long time coming. We originally booked this cruise in April of 2013 while we were on our South Pacific cruise, but because of Val's knee replacement surgery, we had to postpone it a year. Now, after all this time, our departure date is finally here.
This cruise is a 30-day round-trip cruise out of San Diego, which will travel to Mexico, Central America and South America. The highlight of the trip for us will be a three day stop in Lima, Peru where Val and I will journey to Machu Picchu. Neither of us ever thought we would ever see Machu Picchu so we are very excited. Below is a map of our itinerary.
Our ship is the Holland America MS Statendam which is the same ship we were on during the cruise portion of our Alaska trip last summer. To be honest, we weren't very impressed by the ship then so we hope it has improved. To be fair, both Val and I had bad colds for parts of the Alaska cruise so we might not have been in the best frame of mind to judge the ship. Anyway, whatever happens, I'm sure we will enjoy this trip.
Rather than driving to San Diego, we decided to take the Amtrak Surfliner since the train station is near to the cruise port and our hotel for the night. The only bad thing is the train leaves at 6:55 in the morning, which is pretty early for us. Our good friends Doug and Ev have generously volunteered to take us to the train station so we don't have to leave our car parked down there for 30 days, a big thank you to Doug and Ev!
We have planned either ship excursions or private tours in almost every port so we will certainly stay busy. On our long South Pacific cruise we had many sea days at the beginning and end of the trip and was pretty port intensive in the middle. On this cruise there are no long stretches of sea days, but more of a mix which will probably be better.
I'm not sure whether I will try to do the blog as we travel or just wait until we get back. I would like to do it live as we are traveling, but it always takes more time than I think, and having the pressure to get something done while on vacation is not really the way to spend a vacation so I guess what I'm saying is - it'll get done when it gets done.