Posts Tagged: World Cruise

Montevideo Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay–Where the Tango Was Born Let me begin by saying that I knew nothing about Uruguay when the Viking Star docked in Montevideo.  Unfortunately, the port of Montevideo is perhaps the least attractive that I’ve ever seen.  Off to one side of the dock was a graveyard of rusting decaying ships, many of them[…]

Fourth World Cruise Port of Call: Panama

Our fourth Viking port of call was the country of Panama, at the port of its huge modern capital, Panama City.  Panama originally was part of its Southern neighbor Columbia.  But American “gunboat diplomacy” separated Panama early in the 20th century into an American “protectorate”.  This allowed the US to proceed with the ambitious project of constructing the Panama Canal, whose length of approximately fifty miles qualifies it as one of the greatest engineering projects in human history.

Our third port of call: Costa Rica

Our third Viking port of call was Puntarenas, Costa Rica.  As usual, several excursion choices were offered.  We chose one entitled “Walk in the Clouds.”  We boarded a bus for an hour’s drive from the coast up to the highlands of the central valley running through the country.  Our Costa Rican tour guide spoke for[…]

Second Port of Call: Puerto Vallarta

Following our first port of Cabo San Lucas and three days at sea, our second port of call on the Viking world cruise was the famous tourist city Puerto Vallarta.  Puerto Vallarta is the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, a state which is approximately the size of South Carolina.  Tourism is its main[…]
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