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Cruise: Day Four (Grand Cayman)

Today was Grand Cayman day! Lots of fun on the island, lots of fun on the ship.

We got up this morning a little before 0700, greeted by room service again. I had a roll and a muffin. It was fun watching the ship channel on the stateroom TV -- it's a view out the front of the ship, and we got to see the ship pulling into the harbor and situating itself. We took our time getting ready to leave the ship, then headed for one of the tenders.

Once on Grand Cayman, we headed to the tourist shops that are all around the port. We poked around a little and picked up a few things. I was especially excited to go to the cigar store and pick up a few cigars for the rest of the cruise.

After some quick shopping, we walked over to a memorial wall, which happens to be a geocache (virtual), and took some pictures. That makes three countries I've cached in now (US, Bahamas, Cayman Islands). With any luck, I'll add Mexico to the list tomorrow. After recording the necessary info for the cache in Georgetown, we hopped on a bus that took us to Hell. There's not much in Hell, but they have a post office. So we send a handful of postcards out. A postmark from Hell is kinda cool. They also have some really interesting rock formations in Hell. We took lots of pictures.

Once we were ready to leave, we started to get worried, 'cause we couldn't find a bus. We waited. And waited. And waited. But no bus showed up. OK, it wasn't as long as it seemed, but I was anxious because I didn't want to miss the ship. Eventually, a bus came through and we were headed back to Georgetown. yarbiedoll wanted to stop at the beach and put her foot in the water, so we stopped for a little bit. We caught the next bus and got back to the port just in time to get in line for the last tender, where we found ccohoon and olga_ukraine holding our spot in line.

I was detained a little bit getting back on the ship because I had more metal in my pocket than I remembered (a case of mints and a sunglass case). We headed back to the room for a few minutes before today's dance lesson. I'm glad that they moved the lesson to 1600 instead of 1300, so it didn't interfere with our shore excursion.

The dance lesson was OK -- it was line dancing, not couples dancing. After the lesson, I headed up to Deck Seven for my daily run. Two miles, thirty-three minutes. It was a more reasonable pace for me than yesterday's pace, but it was more tiring than yesterday's run. Probably because it was later in the day (approx 1700) and I was already wore out from a day in Grand Cayman. Anyway, it was good to be out on the track.

After the run, I relaxed in the stateroom until it was time to meet at Le Bistro for supper. Supper was great! I had salmon. Half the people at the table had duck, which was really neat, too.

I'm really tired now. Since supper, I've just been relaxing in the room, gathering my stuff together for tomorrow's shore excursion at the Mayan ruins of Tulum. It's going to be a long, jam-packed day. I have to rest up. I'm watching All The King's Men right now. It seems to be OK, but I'm not paying a lot of attention to it. I think I'm going to have to either catch it again this week or put it on my NetFlix....

Well, that's enough for today. Tomorrow should be another exciting day!


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Mar. 20th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
We've been considering going on a cruise, but can't decide between that or just going to a nice resort on a beach somewhere. We like the idea of the whole "cruise experience" and seeing lots of different places with lots of fun things available to do, but OTOH we don't want to feel hurried or pressured either since it is a vacation, and staying in one place gives lots more opportunity to take in the local color.

Tulum was pretty cool, IMHO. Small but nice looking beach below the cliff, if you're inclined to splash a bit while there. (I spent 4 days in Playa del Carmen several years ago.) We climbed a pyramid out in the jungle somewhere too.
Mar. 20th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
You don't have to feel hurried or pressured on a cruise. Yes, there is a lot available to do. If you do try to do everything that looks interesting to you, you will feel hurried and pressured. The secret is to recognize that you won't be able to do everything available and to not even try.
Mar. 20th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
We keep telling ourselves that. But we think there is perhaps too much "beach bum" in our nature that we'd miss the opportunity to spend all day on the sand. The port layovers are too short on cruises! We'd love to be able to stop in only 2 or 3 places and stay a day and a half, rather than trying to hit 4 or 5 ports in a week. I think we are leaning toward resort at the moment, but a cruise sure does sound enticing!
Mar. 20th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
If you ever go back to Grand Cayman, you have to swim with the stingrays. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Kimber and Virtual had to coax me in because I was scared, but once in it was amazing!
Mar. 20th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
That was one of the things we thought of doing, but we decided to not take any organized excursions in GC this time -- instead, we took an excursion to the Mayan ruins in Tulum (see the next entry about the cruise, when I get a chance to put it up).
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