December 14, 2015 Another Caribbean Cruise On December 10th I got back from my ill-fated cruise to the Hawaiian Islands in November where the ship lost a generator and we only stopped in Honolulu. Princess Cruise Line gave us our money back and also half price on a future cruise. I had taken 8 Caribbean cruises out of the Port of Miami on various other lines, but Princess only goes out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. One of the places I have always wanted to see was the Panama Canal so I found a Princess cruise to that plus Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, which I stayed in my travels of 1975. So, I booked the half price cruise for January 24, 2016, despite the inconvenience of having to travel up to Broward County. January 21, 2016 In three days I am going on the Caribbean Cruise. My grandson, Kevin said he could get me to Port Everglades on Sunday. I haven't arranged a way back yet. I discovered that the Airport shuttle I used in FTL and MIA don't do the port, so I will likely take a shuttle at the dock to MIA and bus home from there or as a fall back, take a Broward bus to Aventura Mall and the S or 120 home from there. Anyhow, looking forward to this cruise as I will go to a couple of places I have never been, such as the Panama Canal, Aruba and Colombia. (I was in San Andres but that is a Colombian Island off the coast of Nicaragua). This will be the furthest South in the Americas I have been. Today, I bought a penlight to pack whenever taking a cruise. I always get inside cabins, which are totally dark when the lights go out. I like sleeping in total darkness but when getting up to use the toilet, I hate turning on a big light, so now I can get a little light to navigate the room in the darkness. Also, for anyone taking a cruise I would suggest you pack a flashlight; something I learned from the cruise where the ship lost its generator. It was 5 AM and I was up having coffee with a dozen other old men when the lights went out. The upper decks had emergency lighting but for those below deck, still in bed or just getting up, it took a while to get the electric on to all parts of the ship. Those ppl were in total darkness in their cabins. Well, I guess most iphones give enuf light to dress by, but since I don't have one of those, I now have my penlight. January 22, 2016 Today is a rainy washout day, just what I need to get into packing for a trip South of Florida. Got an E-mail today from Princess with the Subject: Emergency Notification. Always a scary prospect this close to departure but it was about the Zika virus in some Caribbean islands and South America which is dangerous to pregnant women.