Adios Balboa

We are currently at 4° 42′ 35.31″ N 87° 9′ 47.01″ W, en route to Auckland, New Zealand. We gained an hour tonight.

We didn’t know what time we’d be leaving Balboa on Saturday. It all depended on the cargo operations, which apparently were taking longer than expected. We started pulling away from the dock a little after one in the afternoon. The port is right at the entrance of the canal (just south of the Miraflores Locks), so once we passed under the Bridge of the Americas, our long journey across the Pacific was underway.

Saturday night was the bosun’s birthday (the bosun is the boss of the main deck), so we joined the crew for another party. We stayed up late singing karaoke and enjoying some treats they procured in Panama—as well as some more fish they caught off the side of the ship.

With all the excitement from transiting the Panama Canal, we took things pretty easy on Sunday. Sleeping in, reading, writing. The Pacific seems to be a little rougher than the Atlantic and Caribbean so far, with a noticeable rising and falling of the bow. No seasickness—yet.

Other container ships docked at the Port of Balboa, Panama
Other container ships docked at Balboa
The Port of Balboa, Panama
View towards the port we walked through Friday night in the dark

Update: Eric Rewitzer used my photo above as the basis for a painting entitled Looking Port.

US Navy Warship coming into Balboa, Panama
US Navy Warship coming into Balboa
Cap Cleveland about to pass under the Bridge of the Americas
About to pass under the Bridge of the Americas
Panama City, with the causeway to Flamingo Island in the foreground
Panama City (and the causeway to Flamingo Island)
Heading into the cloudy Pacific on the Cap Cleveland
Heading into the cloudy Pacific

Want more? Check out Stephanie’s related post, Bye Panama, hello Pacific Ocean.


Thanks for posting these. I’m really enjoying them.

It’s my pleasure. It’s fun to have the ability to blog about the trip in somewhat real time—a standard I don’t hold myself to normally, but in this case, it provides me with a sort of daily project.


If anyone’s interested, that USN ship looks to be the USS Rodney M. Davis, a guided-missile frigate:

John, neat, I figured somebody would be able to tease that out. Thanks.

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