Stay On The Ship : South American Cruise Notes

By John Farnam

 Boca la Caja next to the business district of Panama City, Panama. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
Boca la Caja next to the business district of Panama City, Panama. (Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
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Ft Collins, CO –-( Stay on the ship!

This from a friend who just returned from a South American Cruise:

“We went on a fifteen-day, canal-crossing (Panama) Cruise.

We stopped at several foul-smelling cesspools! Watched interminable piles of trash and garbage washing up on beaches, and raw effluent from sewage pipes spewing onto the ocean beach directly adjacent to the ‘swimming area.’

In various towns we saw Communist slogans spray-painted onto the side of buildings. Plenty of skinny, naked children running around, people eating out of garbage cans, and never-ending legions of despicable human dregs wandering around with hands out.

No ‘Yankee Go Home,‘ at least.

My wife wants to go on another cruise in the fall, to yet another shi*-hole. I’ve had enough!

Your advice to Americans to stay within CONUS is prizewinning! Even while here, avoid NY, NJ, CT, MA, CA, RI, Chicago, and any other anti-gun, crime-ridden (the two always go together) venue.

Based on my experience, I’m confident most visitors to the Rio Olympics are regretting ever having gone there!

My advice to cruise-ship passengers going anywhere south:

Go to Las Vegas or South Lake Tahoe instead. When you must cruise, stay on the ship!”


Anywhere south of Miami is bad news, with the possible exception of Costa Rica.

In Western Europe, between major terrorist attacks, we are seeing almost daily knife attacks of train travelers (another today in Austria), by teenagers yelling Islamic slogans. Israel has experienced similar knife attacks, daily, for quite some time.

All with serious offshore travel plans need to reevaluate the situation, by the day!

As we’ve witnessed in Sudan, Benghazi, and many other foreign destinations, when things go south, you’ll be on your own!


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Jonathan Smith

Unless you are one of the American sailors on board the USS liberty, who were deliberately murdered by the Israelis.
People are going to make their own decisions, but I will NEVER contribute a damned cent to the murderous assholes.
And that DOES NOT mean I have any sympathy for any of the other parties over there.
A POX on ALL their houses.


John–I value all of your opinions–but please do not include Israel in your list of dangerous places–it is totally safe, unless of course you are a PLO, HAMAS, or BDS etc terrorist–my 3 grandkids just returned from an entire summer there–all in perfect health, no extra holes, and a burning desire to return to Israel for a longer stay ASAP!!!! DMD

Old dog

Yep, there are some real crap holes in this world. Let’s face it, the leadership in those places sucks. The governments are corrupt. There is no work. Their schools are almost non existant. Infrastructure, or at least what is left of it, is broken and disintegrating. This sounds like most if not all of the 3rd world. I know because I have been to lot of those places. My dad went to them as wellas did many of our families. He went in the early ’50’s and I went in the ’90’s. I saw the exact same things he saw.… Read more »

Danny Willard

The author seems to be a little afraid of going other places and or seeing other places. Yes, there are problems everywhere but deal with it and move on.
Maybe the author needs some training about dealing with life. Not sure if he should be training others or not with his attitude. I would certainly think twice before listening to his teachings.

Chicken little

” naked children running around, people eating out of garbage cans, and never-ending legions of despicable human dregs wandering around with hands out.”
Such compassion and empathy for fellow human beings! Probably should stay home and count his blessings that he was fortunate to be born in the U.S.


While I dont totally disagree with either the author or the previous comment lets face it. Most of South America isnt exactly known as Tourist destinations. The photo of Panama City looks about the same as it did in the early 90’s when I was there, again not exactly known as a Tourist Hot Spot. In our Navy Port Briefing before pulling in we were told if someone tells you to Stop you better Stop as they Will Shoot You. Also the first place I saw a armed guard in a McD’s with a pistol grip shotgun. Anyway while the… Read more »


This kind of scaremongering is ridiculous. Just last month (July 2016) I took a Mediterranean cruise. It was great despite the fact that we docked at Cannes the very morning after the attack at Nice (they’re about 20 miles apart). We visited Spain, France, & Italy with no problems what so ever. We’ve also cruised the Caribbean & had a great time with no negative experiences. On the other hand, I lived in Venezuela & have visited neighboring Guyana 3 times. Definitely not tourist destinations. It’s important to use good judgment & when choosing a destination but Farnam’s small minded,… Read more »