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In the past, we travelled the world by different means of transport such as cars, buses, trains, ships and planes. We have just come back from a holiday of a life time, an around the world cruise. We went on a Western Circumnavigation of the World and visited 30 ports in 22 countries, clocking up 33,940 nautical miles.They say 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by sea. This reality has only just dawned on us, as we finished our 100 days of cruising. We have had the experience of 6 previous short cruises. The longest one was only 12 days. This time, there were days and nights of continuous sailing without a sight of land or another ship, sometimes up to 5 days with just the sky, the sea and us.
Suez CanalThe Suez Canal was opened on November 17 1869. It took 10 years to complete. It takes a ship 12 to16 hours to transit the canal including waiting time. The canal is 120 miles long, 673 feet in width and 79 feet in depth.
Watching our cruise ship going through Panama Canal was really something. The locks have been operating 24 hours a day since 1914 and there are 9000 employees who work there. The canal is 48 miles long and it is a short cut for ships travelling between The Pacific Ocean and The Atlantic Ocean or vice versa. A ship sailing from New York to Francisco via the canal travels 6,000 miles. On the other hand, if it sailed the route around Cape Horn, it would travel 14,000 miles .It takes 9 hours to go through the canal.
Costa Rica is one place I would love to go to every year and spend time in the rain forest. The country is so rich in natural beauty, birds, animals and plantations. 20% of Costa Rica is conservation area. As we were on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, we went on a boat tour of Tortuguero Canals, where we saw so many different types of birds, howler monkeys, iguanas, sloths, bats, alligators, turtles and more. Everywhere we turned our eyes, there was something to look at and admire.