Best Videos About The Panama Canal

If you’ve transited the Panama Canal, or are planning a Panama Canal Cruise, you will definitely want to get a copy of my book PANAMA CANAL DAY.  The book is loosely based on the commentary I give from the bridge on ships transiting the Canal … but much expanded.  It’s great background, not just about the history of the Canal, but  how that history fits into the history of Panama and the Americas.

Most of the ships I’ve been on transiting the Panama Canal show old, outdated videos about the Canal, typically telling only the part of the story about the US construction, even, as in the case of the David McCullough video, questioning if Panama will be able to successfully manage the Canal! The gigantic mass-market cruise ships happily use the Canal as a sales toll to generate bookings, but once they get you onboard treat the Canal and Panama Canal day as a giant inconvenience to the main goal of getting you to spend money. Sometimes I think they forget the reason why people booked a Panama Canal Cruise in the first place.

So, first, buy my book and second watch these two great videos! The first is the best history of the Canal from the inception to the US turnover of the Canal to Panama. And the second is all about the Panama Canal Expansion program that was completed last summer, and what it means for the future of not just the Panama Canal but for worldwide shipping and the international economy. You’ll get to see behind the scenes of the construction and actually see inside the giant tunnels that feed water into the new locks.

These are the videos the cruise lines should show onboard. They are by far they far the best comprehensive videos about the Panama Canal.

PANAMA CANAL: PRIZED POSSESSION

PANAMA CANAL: POST-PANAMAX

This is information you won’t get on most gigantic cruise ships, but it will make your trip through the Canal so much more enjoyable!

Paradise … Panama

Panama Paradise for Sale

Yesterday, walking down our road to the tiny little, strictly local cemetery at the end/cow pasture at the very end, three. … count them THREE! … blue morpho butterflies fluttered by.  Don’t get me wrong, we have all kinds of butterflies around the house.  At noon I can easily count 100 in the various shrubs I’ve planted around the house specifically to attract butterflies, but the blue morphos are special and my favorites.  If I see a  blue morpho it is going to be a special day in Paradise.

I’m lucky to be able to be on cruise ships around the world four to six months a year, and paid to do so!  It’s a great “retirement” but, being gone so much of the time, we’ve reluctantly come to the realization that it’s time for us to downsize from our beautiful home and coffee farm, so it is for sale.  Where do we go from here?  Who knows, but it will be another great adventure wherever.

We’re looking for the right folks who will appreciate this paradise. That mountain in the back is Volcan Baru,11,400 feet tall … and the sun set every night just to the left … beautiful! Even if you’re not looking for Paradise, I’d appreciate it if you repost. Someone, somewhere out there in the world is looking to escape to THIS!

Argentina, Buenos Aires & The Falkland Islands Talk

Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities and here’s a talk from the final cruise on OCEAN PRINCESS going around South America just before she ship was sold by Princess.

Argentina

More talks available on YouTube Channnel – These were filmed by cruise ships onboard for rebroadcast on stateroom TV. Production quality varies greatly.