As a child in 1960 my family travelled from Melbourne, Australia to Southampton on the Netherlands Line MS
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt returning 2 years later on the MS
The outbound trip was via the Pacific Ocean, and Panama canal, I was only 4 at the time but I remember those little rail engine/tugs they use to move ships through the canal, we were in the dining room having breakfast and I watched them out the porthole.
I also recall our cabin flooding and the crew took my mother ashore in Bermuda to buy a new teddybear for my 2y/o sister!
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!