I am an avid cruise fan from Spokane, Washington in the United States. “Mercruiser” is my Cruise Critic member name. It is named after the Celebrity Mercury, my first and favorite cruise ship.

I am not a travel agent. I do not have any affiliation or financial interest in any of the companies mentioned on this site.

Since I have not been on this Panama Canal cruise, many of the pictures are linked from other web sites such as Wikipedia. If I have included a link to one of your photos and you object or want attribution, just let me know.


7 Responses to “About”

  1. Dave Darling March 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Outstanding job on the website! I usually put an itinerary together for my own trips as a Word document, but have never done it on the web. We are taking almost the same route and stops via RCCL out of Tampa leaving April 29th. Your inclusion of information is extensive, and I love reading through your decision processes and explanations of some of your choices. I look forward to reading your experiences when you return.


    • mercruiser March 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      I’m glad you have found this web site to be helpful. Yes, I will be writing about the trip after I get back.

  2. Sheila February 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    What a fantastic job you’ve done! Very informative and helpful!

    • mercruiser February 7, 2011 at 8:19 am #

      Thanks Sheila. Putting this web site together was part of the fun and anticipation of the trip.

  3. Dan Wick November 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm #


    Very nice job. We’re American volunteers who have lived in Cartagena for the last 8 years. We have a foundation Friends for Colombia (www.friendsforcolombia.org) to help the nonprofits in Colombia and to help North Americans have a great experience. I see you will be on the same Millenium cruise as our fiends, Tom and Leslie Frazier. See Tom’s post (#321) regarding his last visit here (under photom.) We’re hosting a tour the for the Millenium visit. Let us know if we can answer any questions or provide any information. We help also at the port.

    On another note, small world. I grew up in Pasco, we have a home at Lake Chelan and our daugther attends Gonzaga.

    We look forward to your visit. Bienvenido a Cartagena!

    Dan & Berit Wick

  4. Frank November 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi Thanks for sharing your web page. Lots of very good info. Especially like your book review and video review page. We are going thru the canal in 1/16/11 on the NCL Star. I shared your page with our roll call so they might benefit reading all your info.
    You answered me on Cruise critic(Cabs from the Walled City to the port-Knarf) From your research,is there a certain place where you can find cabs when I’m ready to go back to the port. To get a cab from the Fort to the Walled City, do I just hail a cab from the street or will they be lined up at the fort? Thanks for the info
    Knarf(Frank backwards)

    • mercruiser November 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

      Thanks for your kind comments about the web page. I’ve been kind of surprised at how many page visits I gotten on the Cartagena page. There does not seem to be very much English language info on Cartagena compared to other places.

      Taxis are plentiful around the fort and walled city. This photo, from HeinBloeds’ blog, shows the passenger drop off area for the fort. Notice the yellow cabs. You can also see the edge of the walled city across the water. It’s not very far away. Taxis are plentiful in the walled city. If you look at the pictures in HeinBoed’s blog and Galen Frysinger’s blog, you can see yellow taxis in almost any photo that has any cars. Finding a taxi will not be a problem.

      Yellow taxis outside the fort

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