Boyzz on the Silver Explorer, Fort Lauderdale to Guayaquil 2019



Another whole month of excitement and 28 whole days of pampering aboard the Silver Explorer.


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It all started well with Premium Economy from Madrid to Miami

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Iberia lost a case, but we did without it in Fort Lauderdale : it caught up with us before we had to steer the ship out to sea for Captain Eric
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Then into serious wining and dining - though we seem to have missed out on those afternoon teas this time
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We even had a go at cooking our own food in Hot Rocks, but must admit the presentation was more refined in the restaurant


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Once our presence on board became known everyone wanted to eat with us and have their photo taken with us
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Mario, Nicki, the expedition leader, Danae, the padres, Arnie, our personal butler, Miriam. our favourie waitress,
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the Staff Captain, Danae- again!, the Goan chef, who prepared us a special Indian feast, and Djamel, the hotel director


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and Daryn, alias Father Christmas of 2018. Then we decorated a special table for Lynne's birthday bash


Wow!- were we treated royally( & yoga??) by Captain Eric & Kelly


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So glad we were not pollywogs when it came to crossing the Equator! Taught good friends Kevin & Adrian a bit about Bridge!

Then on to a few excursions - see map above

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Introduced to the Garifuna culture in Dangriga. Followed - the best bit! - by lunch at the Pelican Beach Hotel



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Ashore at Guanaja Cay, then landed at Graham's Place for an afternoon of sun, sand & sangria



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After a gruelling hike on Providencia Island- luckily we were carried- a relax with a cold beer on an idyllic beach

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Then a tour of Cartagena -added driving a horse and carriage to our repetoire


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The sculptures of Edouard Carmona were just perfect for us lads to perfect our modelling skills!


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Had the presenters worried in this coffee tasting - but Colombian coffee, ugh!


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A couple of margaritas for the padres please. Kevin just could not resist yet another photo with us!. Invited 1st to the yummy barbecue too


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Such a perfect setting, and the madre got an easy swim too

Then, maybe the whole purpose of this trip, the transit of the Panama Canal - a long day for us



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Dawn at the Atlantiic bridge; Pierre's lecture on the canal's history; up the 3 Gatun locks; pauso in the Gatun lake, providing time for lunch
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Note the madre has the healthy option! Then on through the Miraflores locks and down under the Bridge of the Americas to the Pacific

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Next day a jaunt round old Panama City, best bit the yummy ceviche served with a cold beer at the end

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A trip into the depths of the Darien Jungle- we were a trifle doubtful about this, but got out alive

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A long trip from the boat to the river mouth; we bagged a zodiac, the more intrepid braved the locals' boats. A muddy, but colourful landing
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Nervous of getting out of our bag, lest the kids thought we were a gift! . A strong headwind led to delay in getting back to the ship- scary!


Catherine, Val, Daryn & Isobel braving the rapids


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Had to give moral support to the madre on a trip down the Sauvegre river; no helmets to fit us, so could
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not actually help with the paddling. But Babsi came to the rescue . Looked calm at start & finish!


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A trip to the Carara National Park form Punta Arenas was a flop: no birds, just a frog & millions of leaf eater ants

We stayed aboard for the outing to the next National Park at Curu- there's a limit to how much nature us lads can take!

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Achieved our dream of a banana boat ride (well . sit on!) on Tortuga and got quite friendly with this odd looking pig . A love in with Diansa

Again we skipped the next National Park at Manuel Antonio - as we said above " there's a limit to how much nature us lads can take" whereas we could twist Arnie round our wee paws when the padres left us alone !

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But we regretted skipping Corcovado- such wet fun they all had there!, but at least the padres had some time to themselves for once


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And such a short, calm ride to the beutiful Orchid Garden

Next port of call was a reserve at Golfito: glad we remained aboard as the padres returned drenched- a true tropical rain forest - all for nothing

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A long haul out to the scenic Isla de Coco. Saw many birds & a seal on a calm zodiac ride
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Yet another wet, read drenched!, landing, but we hadn't come all this way to stay aboard! Bounced over its iconic bridge. Left some food for 12 residents .


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The Isla de la Plata was a highlight: wondrous blue footed boobies witht their eggs & chicks, and great views too
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A padre photo of us with photagher Benn . Not just us in these photos- click to see more!


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Then on to our penultimate port of call - Machala- saw the odd humming bird there!

Then on to Guayaquil and home- stayed in the backpack throughout that long journey, a bit tired of smiling at the camera.

When's the next holiday?

Boyzz Life in 2019