Saturday, March 4, 2023

February 5, 2023 – Fuerte Amador (continued) – Sunny – 80F

Docking overnight made for a smooth night.  Our cabin is actually below the surface of the pier (we are looking up at the walkway) – a very strange thing.

It's a beautiful day in Fuerte Amador and from the Sunset Veranda, I have a terrific view of  the Pacific Ocean.  There's no wind (we are not moving) and I have a table in the shade so PERFECT.  

Ships planning to go through the Canal are already queued up.

I had my usual delicious breakfast of a waffle, cottage cheese, etc.  I timed the breakfast wrong because my scrambled eggs were cold. Sarah prepared the waffle perfectly as always. I brought Ellen one of her typical breakfasts.

We found out that the ship is providing a shuttle service to the pier gate and that it runs every 15 minutes. 

We thought that there would be nothing to see or do just beyond the pier because in our last visits to Fuerte Amador, the only place we could go was the shopping complex that sold duty free stuff.   

The bus dropped us off right in front of one of the hotels in the Perico Island area.  I am not sure where that shopping complex is because now there is a little town with all sorts of stores and restaurants.  Some of these pictures were taken from the shuttle bus.

We checked out the stores and Ellen added a new Panama magnet to the collection.  We also some parrots on display.

There are even more shops as well as restaurants in the area and if we had just walked a few blocks, we would have been in the center of it all.  There was a kiddie park and an amusement park right where the bus dropped us.

Across the street was the Malecon and views of the Marina and Pacific Ocean.

We met a couple from the ship and spent some time chatting with them.  The wife told us that she grew up in the Canal Zone and that they had visited her old house.  There were quite a few police in the area, and I asked one of them for directions to a bano and though he spoke very little English he took me to one of the stores.  The woman in the store did speak English and said I could use her facilities. 

No trip would be complete without a city or country sign.

As we took the bus back to the ship, we could see all of the construction going on – the new Panama City Cruise Terminal, a huge structure, and quite a way from where our ship is docked will be something when it is finished.

When he got off the bus, I was able to get a picture of Azamara Onward docked.

We had lunch and dinner on the Sunset Veranda and in between we were in the Living Room reading. 

Tonight’s headliner, whom we had never seen before was pianist/vocalist Martin Kaye. 

Hyper animated and a bit loud but also quite entertaining.  “Great Balls” was the name of the show and it was all about Rock and Roll in the 50s.  Martin was in “Million Dollar Quartet” when it went on its national tour.  He’s bald and had to wear a Jerry Lee Lewis wig in the musical.  It was a pretty good show.

When we got back to the room I noticed that my talk tomorrow had the wrong description (a Panama Canal description).  I don’t think it will make any difference.

My sinuses continue to be annoying.

Lights out at 10:30 AM.

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