The evening we were in Panama we had a Panama Hat night in the dining room. Everyone got Panama hats to wear and to keep. They’re pretty nice actually! Last night was our second gala night so I’ve included a little food porn here. And at midnight last night, we crossed the equator. Since this was our ship’s last time through the Canal before she is turned over to the German company who bought her, the captain thought the transit should be memorialized with a photo of all of the passengers and crew. We all received a complementary copy of it as well.
For a quarter of the cost of a ship tour, Kathi, Patty and I hired a taxi this morning to take us around Manta, and up to two towns - Montecristi, and Chorillo. These towns are known respectively for their "Panama" hat making, and for their agave fiber products. We also stopped above the town for some nice views, and then toured around Manta for a bit. For three hours, it cost us each $25. When we were dropped back at the Plaza in town where the shuttle bus was, we spent a little more time browsing and shopping at the craft vendors who had set up shop there, just for our ship. We were the only game in town today.
View of Montecristi
A man working hard on finishing a hat. They are called Panama hats because they were/are sold in Panama, but the hats actually are made and come from Ecuador.
The town square in Montecrisiti. This town is renowned for the Panama hat making.
Our table at dinner. Standing: Roy, me. Sitting L to R Andrea, Jim, Patty
This is a cool statue in the middle of a roundabout between Manta and Montecristi
Double chocolate cheesecake. OMG, it was delish.
It was raining when I took this through the window of the shuttle bus on the way back to the ship. Manta is known for it's tuna fishing industry