A serious car wreck threatened to ruin Al and Sunny Lockwood’s summer, but instead it led them to the cruise trip of a lifetime.
When a texting driver slammed full freeway speed into them as they waited at a red light, they realized how fragile life is, how quickly it can be snatched away, and they determined to start doing some of the things they’d always dreamed about. First on the bucket list: a cruise through the Panama Canal.
“We wanted to turn something really bad into something really good,” Sunny says. “Making a dream come true seemed like a perfect way to do that.”
Come along on their lively 17-day cruise from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale via the Panama Canal. Enjoy every intimate, often playful, detail. Sunny provides the facts. Al adds delicious humor. A perfect recipe for cruise travel fun!
Stand on the bow with Al and Sunny as they share the sights, sounds and feelings of transiting the Canal; watch as the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean and then sets in the Atlantic on the same day. Amazing!
“Cruising Panama’s Canal, savoring 5,000 nautical miles and 500,000 decadent calories” is a spirited ocean odyssey, a warm and personal travel memoir.
Whether an armchair traveler or an experienced cruiser, this is a rollicking read you don’t want to miss.
Here’s what a few top Amazon reviewers have said about Cruising Panama’s Canal:
“Their writing is inviting, funny, contagious and just flat out a joy to read.”
– William D. Curnutt, a top 1000 Amazon reviewer
“This book is full of all the fun stuff that a never before cruiser will want to know….”
— Jay Mittener, a top 500 Amazon reviewer
– Naga Narayanaswamy, a top 100 Amazon Reviewer
“…one of the most fascinating travelogues published.”
– Grady Harp, a top 50 Amazon Reviewer
Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They’ve camped in national parks, hiked mountain trails, photographed springtime flowers in Death Valley and wintry surf along the rugged beaches of Northern California.
They’ve watched July 4th fireworks over Lake Tahoe, explored the Taos Pueblo and ridden the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through forests ablaze with autumn colors.
They’ve ridden the amazing Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, the Flam Railway in Norway and Ushuaia’s train at the end of the world.
They’ve photographed the Barbary apes of Gibraltar and Gentoo Penguins frolicking in the surf on Falkland Island beaches.
From North Carolina’s Outer Banks to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Al and Sunny love to wander and wonder and enjoy.
Everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments with their cameras and notebooks, moments to share with their readers.
Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. It has been recognized with awards from the National Federation of Press Women, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards and Seven Sisters Book Awards.
“We write to encourage others to travel, to take a break from their ordinary routine and discover the many rewards of traveling with your eyes wide open,” Sunny says. “Go somewhere new, even if it’s only in the next county. And have fun exploring the sites, the sounds and flavors of the place. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have.”
Al adds, “We write to share the wonder of our own travels. To help you feel what it’s like to be on a cruise ship, or wandering the back alleys of a far-away place. We hope our books give readers a real sense of our travel adventures.”