The cruise departed from Acapulco.  We arrived the day before departure and had time to check out the old Spanish fort in town before departure.

To entertain us prior to departure, the cruise ship brought on board a band of dancers.  This lady was one of the few who held still long enough for me to get a decent picture.

Paul and Samantha, enjoying a little shade as we tour Huatulco Bay, Mexico on a small boat.  That's the Regal Princess in the background.

The bay let us meet some new friends, such as this pelican.

Not content to see the bay as a leisurely pace, I took to a jet ski for some rapid tourism.

Our second port of call was Antigua, Guatemala.  We took a tour of the old city.  This is the central square, known as the Plaza Mayor. 

This is a courtyard at the fanciest hotel in Antigua.

Next stop, Costa Rica.  We took a wildlife float up a river, through a mangrove forest.  There we saw Water Hyacinths...

...a Tropical Hawk...

...a Stork...

...a Snowy Egret...

... a Roseate Spoonbill...

...some variety of monkey...

...a Great Cormorant, or at least an awfully good one...

...this friendly little fellow, a crocodile of fine reputation and demeanor...

...a Blue Heron...

...a Black Necked Stilt...

...and this fine milieu of four birds and a crocodile, all living together in perfect harmony.  Take that, ebony and ivory...

Next stop is Panama, for a transit of it's eponymous canal.  The show started far too early in the morning, with the sun just lightening the sky as we approach the Miraflores Locks from the Pacific Side.  More Miraflores pictures follow:

This is as we're approaching the Pedro Miguel Lock. 
The Centennial Bridge, the newer of the two highway bridges over the canal, is in the background.

And now we're at the upper most Gatun Lock, on the Atlantic side.

The water on the other side of the lock gates is being evacuated from the lock chamber, lowering the ship.  No pumps are used; gravity does the job all by itself.  Once the water levels equalize, then the doors swing open and we're in the Caribbean Sea.

The Regal Princess featured an amazing artist as an ice / vegetable carver.  The flowers above and animals below are carved from fruits and vegetables.

Next, it's Aruba!  What a lovely island.  This is a shopping mall; now that's what I call commercial architecture. 

We disembark in Puerto Rico.  Here are Paul and Samantha posing in front of the largest radio telescope in the world, build in a limestone sink hole near Arecibo.

This view of the old Spanish Fort in San Juan mirrors the scene you see on license plates throughout Puerto Rico.

This is the view from the fort on a beautiful is somewhat warm day in Puerto Rico.