After a year's planning, the LaPlante sisters and their spouses were ready to join their brother Bill and sister-in-law, Lana, on a Panama Canal Adventure

Bill and Lana hosted a 3:00am champagne party before the flight to Fort Lauderdale

After a night's sleep at the Fort Lauderdale Westin, we were ready to board our cruise ship.


Waiting, this time for the bus to the ship, was becoming a way of life

Jim & Barbara...                                                    Bev & Pat...                                            ...Lana & Bill...

...Craig and Colette practiced safety procedures; Barbara checked out our cabin...

...and met our new neighbors...

as Colette and Craig wandered around the ship.

As we left Ft. Lauderdale, we checked out the new digs:

the elegant ten story atrium...                                   ...two pools on the upper deck...

...and a wonderful Jacuzzi.

In the morning Jim & Barbara met Fr. Lawrence, a Marist priest from Atlanta, who celebrated daily Mass


In the evening we hit the Captain's reception and a formal dinner

Our dream cruise was coming true