Sunday April 20, 2014
Land's End and El Arco are the iconic views one always sees of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
. Isn't it beautiful at sunset?
This photo was taken when we visited Los Cabos in January while on Oceania Cruises' Regatta
Cabo San Lucas (c) Linda Garrison
Saturday April 19, 2014
When in Amsterdam on either ocean or river cruises, I've often gazed at the bunches of tulips in the flower markets and wondered how they were packaged so perfectly.
I got the chance to visit a Dutch tulip farm
when I was in the city last year for the 2013 Viking Longship christening
, and loved seeing the process for harvesting, cleaning, trimming, and packaging the tulip bunches.
The Munster family farm I visited is north of Amsterdam near Hoorn, so if you are fascinated by modern farming practices and high-tech machinery, you might want to plan a trip to see this working farm in action.
Tulips Packaged for the Flower Market (c) Linda Garrison
Friday April 18, 2014
Cruise ships sailing from Seward often stopover at Yakutat Bay on the Alaskan panhandle.
As a ship enters Yakutat Bay, Hubbard Glacier
can be seen from over 30 miles away. This massive Alaska glacier is a staggering 76 miles long, 6.5 miles wide, and 1200 feet deep. Its face is over 400 feet high, which is as high as a 30-40 story building. These photos of the blue ice of the Hubbard Glacier and Yakutat Bay do not begin to show just how large and spectacular this area of Alaska is. You'll have to cruise there and see for yourself!
Hubbard Glacier Photo (c) Linda Garrison
Thursday April 17, 2014
While docked in Cozumel, Mexico on the Carnival Liberty
, my husband and I shared an amazing experience.
We learned about dolphins at the Dolphinaris Center in Cozumel
, prepared their food, learned several hand signals used to command the dolphins, and then worked with the dolphins just like the trainers do!
After putting the dolphins through their "tricks", we got in the water and interacted with them. The highlight was riding on a dolphin. Of course, after shaking hands/fins, rubbing their tummies, and being kissed by a dolphin, we came away loving these intelligent, amazing creatures even more than before. What a great day!
Dolphinaris Photo Gallery
Linda Garrison and Dolphin Photo at Dolphinaris, Used with Permission