Star Breeze Arrives off Panama City, Panama

Star Breeze arrives off Panama City, Panama on March 3, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Star Breeze arrives off Panama City, Panama on March 3, 2016. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The biggest bug I’ve ever seen is clinging to the frame of my stateroom window.

Hitching a ride as we spend a day at sea cruising down to Balboa, Panama, this particular bug looks like a grasshopper on steroids. He’s clinging to the frame of the window, resting comfortably – if vertically – in the shade as Windstar CruisesStar Breeze plows through the Pacific Ocean and enters the Gulf of Panama at an easy 13 knots.

Good Lord! What is that? Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Good Lord! What is that? Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Now, I have no idea what this bug is. I just know I dislike bugs intensely. Even though a layer of thick marine glass separates us, I’m leery of my new ride-along companion. I first noticed him after breakfast. Five hours later, he’s still there – clinging to the window sill. My rough comparisons show he’s bigger than a can of Coca-Cola, and wider than the base of a champagne bottle. Clearly, I’m Keyser Soze-ing the size of this bug, but those are the tools I have to work with.

With a day of sailing the Pacific Ocean ahead of us prior to our evening arrival in Balboa, let’s take a virtual walk around the decks and the public rooms of the Star Breeze:

Step out onto the Deck 6 corridor...Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Step out onto the Deck 6 corridor…Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...head up the Forward Staircase... Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…head up the Forward Staircase… Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...stop by the Spa on Deck 7....Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…stop by the Spa on Deck 7….Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

...and maybe enjoy the Drink of the Day up at the Star Bar on Deck 8. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

…and maybe enjoy the Drink of the Day up at the Star Bar on Deck 8. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

For most guests aboard the Star Breeze, this day of being underway fits in nicely with the established shipboard routine. This consists primarily of reading, socializing, and drinking. Since we’re sailing along at 13 knots, there’s a great breeze across the open decks that is helping to keep temperatures down and guests rooted to deck chairs on Decks 7 and 8.

This routine continued undisturbed until around 4:00 p.m., when the hazy outline of Panama City started to appear off our bow. First one, then several cargo ships and tankers came into view; all are at anchor waiting to enter the Panama Canal.

This afternoon, guests enjoyed some relaxing time at sea. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

This afternoon, guests enjoyed some relaxing time at sea. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The first sign we're coming up to the Panama Canal: ships, and lots of them. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

The first sign we’re coming up to the Panama Canal: ships, and lots of them. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

By 5:00 p.m., we had dropped our anchor at our overnight anchorage near the local marina. We’re not quite in Balboa, and we’re not quite in Panama City, either – we’re somewhere outside of both. The views are stunning, and guests flocked to the forward-facing open decks on Decks 8, 7, and 5 to take in the spectacle. As we dropped anchor, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel steamed past us, having exited the Canal on her westbound transit.

Panama City off our starboard bow. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

Panama City off our starboard bow. Photo © 2016 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze continues as we transit the Panama Canal. Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

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