Our Thanksgiving Cruise Itinerary to Panama
And just like that. . . The Drakes are out! ✌🏽
Next stop Panama for Thanksgiving.
***Queues the Van Halen***
This year for Thanksgiving “we”, the Drakes are doing something a little different. . . we are headed to Panama on a 10-day cruise.
Just the sun, the sea and all the good eating!
Our (Brief) History with Thanksgiving
Last year, I experienced my first Thanksgiving away in Maui, Hawaii with my best friend, Jake. And let’s just say, it was quite wonderful. So in the interest of self-care and my personal sanity, I’m gunning for a repeat zen-like experience this year.
Now the thought of Thanksgiving in the non-traditional sense may be a little offensive to some, especially my Louisiana relatives (sorry not sorry), but let’s be honest, The Drakes have never really grasped the concept of “doing Thanksgiving right”. And when you grow up with a parental unit (*cough, cough* my mom) who’s idea of Thanksgiving is placing “the” Thanksgiving dinner order (turkey, sides and all) with a local Boston Market, Thanksgiving in the traditional sense is pretty much a lost cause at this stage in the life game. So early Aug, I decided to begin a carefully crafted and concocted campaign (say that 3x’s fast) to save this Thanksgiving based on the power of suggestion. And to my surprise, not a lot (if any convincing) was needed to bring my mom, Beth, to
the dark side see the light.
Couple this with the fact that my Mother’s dream has always been to see the Panama canal, it was basically a lay-up for me to save this year’s Thanksgiving.
Note: my father didn’t hardly take much convincing at all. He’s pretty easy and laid back. Basically, just mention cruise ship and free food and he’s there.
So with that said, we are headed on a 10-day cruise to Panama on Holland America Cruise line. This isn’t our first “cruise-rodeo”. Most recently we cruised to Alaska (which I super HIGHLY recommend), but this will be our first foray with the Holland America cruise line.
Here’s our 10-day Holland America Panama Cruise Itinerary:
Day 1: Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
Day 2: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 5: Willemstad, Curaçao
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Enter Panama Canal Christobal, Cruising Panama Canal and Gatun Lake, Gatun Lake, Panama, Cruising Gatun Lake and Panama Canal, Edit Panama Canal Cristobal, Colon Panama
Day 8: Puerto Limón (San Jose), Costa Rica
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: At Sea
Day 0: Return to Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
To say I’m pretty excited about our Thanksgiving cruise is an understatement. First, I’ve heard great things about the Holland America cruise line plus their overall high ratings speaks volumes. Secondly, I’m excited that (for the first time in a long time) I have absolutely no plans to do anything other than chilling the f’ out and enjoying this 10-day Thanksgiving cruise for everything it has to offer. Unlike my past travels, there will be no elaborate and well-planned out photoshoots complete with me waking up ridiculously early to get that unobstructed shot. There will also be no perfectly matching of outfits for the planned photoshoots I’ve opted not to participate in. I also refuse to scout locations for said planned photoshoots. And lastly there will be no recording and cataloging every moment of my life and of the trip via cell phone, DSLR camera or tiny pocket camera. The only thing on my agenda is to “do this cruise right” by doing nothing.
So this year, the Drake’s are finally going to “do Thanksgiving right” this year. #winning
Ooooh and fingers (and toes) crossed, my Mom LOVES Thanksgiving trips and this will become a new Drake family tradition. Stay tuned . . .
Have you spent Thanksgiving in a non-traditional way before? Let me know about below.
Cheers and Bon voyage!
Melissa “Mel” D.
Photography & Editing by: Yours Truly, Melissa Drake
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