When we boarded the cruise ship in Port Canaveral, we noticed some passengers wearing t-shirts with the entire itinerary for the 46-day cruise printed on it. We tried to buy one for each of us, but unfortunately, those were the custom t-shirts for a cruise club – they take a lot of cruises together and have t-shirts made for each cruise.
The other thing we noticed was that the cruise ship did not have laundry facilities for the passengers. They distributed very small plastic bags which would hold a day's attire for two people, maybe, and the cost was $20.00 to have it laundered.
By the time we got to Valparaiso we were out of clean clothes, and since we had been on the ship for a month, we were out of almost-clean clothes and not-so clean clothes too! Time to do laundry.
Valparaiso was a two-day stop so we packed all of our laundry in a huge bag and took it off the ship in search for some place to do laundry or, even better, for a place that would do it for us for a reasonable cost. Once we got off the ship we found a huge WalMart-type store with a laundry/dry cleaner in the front corner! A very cheap laundry/dry cleaner! We left it all with them and told them we would pick it up the next day.
Then we walked across the street to find to young men in the intersection juggling bowling pins and tossing them back and forth. Apparently, street performers are very common in Valparaiso. Just before the light changed the jugglers went to each of the cars and collected donations. Even though we were on foot, we donated too, as they had entertained us.
We then took the train to Vin Del Mar and spent most of the day, then walked around Valparaiso that afternoon.
The next morning we decided that we really did want cruise t-shirts so we found a little t-shirt place that not only printed silk-screened t-shirts, but actually made the t-shirts! Bill designed our t-shirts with a map of South America on the front with notations and dates of each stop. However the minimum order was 30 shirts! So we ordered 30 shirts.
That afternoon we each wore one of our new cruise t-shirts back to the ship. While walking to towards the ship, we noticed more street performers – this time teenage boys and two teenage girls doing cheerleading stands as the boys held the girls over their heads and tossed them around. If the boys had dropped them while they were spinning them the girls could have been seriously injured on the asphalt street! People in cars seemed only too eager to pay for the intersection performances.
We picked up our clean laundry, paid the $6.00 (yes, $6.00 to wash and fold a month's worth of dirty clothes) and went back to the ship. Before we got off the elevator on our floor, we sold our first two t-shirts to a couple who admired ours!
The 4 Valparaiso, Chile layouts are pink papers with black matts (always black mats on the cruise travel pages) and pale lime green for titles and journaling.