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New Interesting.
I've concluded that ships of that size and that consider themselves a destination are not for me. Unless you've made arrangements, you won't meet anyone more than once! :)

The wife and I did Central America on the Viking Sky the weeks before and after this past New Years. They carry about 900 passengers and all cabins have verandas. The main attraction was to see the Panama Canal, a bucket list item. The lectures were mostly by university professors, either US or UK, and were excellent.

Visiting Cartagena, Columbia short a stop as it was, was also pretty interesting. It was the Spanish gateway to South America. Lots of history there that was barely mentioned in school.

Viking managed to mess up the Cayman Islands stop, not securing a spot to tender us to shore. So, we wound up skipping it. Not a big deal because we had been there before, but disappointing. We also stopped in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Jamaica.

The passengers on Viking are for the most part different from typical cruise passengers.
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New You can't drop that last line without an explanation
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Drew
New It's the tourist vs. traveller distinction.
They want to understand the place they visit as opposed to say enjoy their beach because it's winter at home.
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
     At sea: rambling impressions - (rcareaga) - (9)
         Nice. - (Another Scott) - (4)
             I had a chance to visit Vietnam back in the day - (rcareaga) - (3)
                 I understand it's much nicer now. - (Another Scott) - (2)
                     It could scarcely be less niceā€¦ - (rcareaga) - (1)
                         Yup. - (Another Scott)
         Interesting. - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
             You can't drop that last line without an explanation -NT - (drook) - (1)
                 It's the tourist vs. traveller distinction. - (a6l6e6x)
         sounds like a good time was had - (boxley)

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