All ashore 7:30 am- 4:15 pm. We woke up at 6am and put on our swim suits then went up to Cabanas buffet for breakfast at 6:30. After breakfast we went to the Walt Disney Theatre to meet up with our excursion group. Then we took a tender boat over to Grand Cayman. We took a trolley bus to a marina where we boarded our excursion boat. Then we were off to swim with the stingrays!!!
We boated out to Stingray City in some pretty choppy water. The guide came around and yelled some things to us but I couldn’t hear a thing over the motor of the boat. I’m pretty sure we were sitting right on the engine. Luckily we’d done the stingray thing before so we knew how to behave around them. We got to Stingray City ( a sand bar in the middle of the ocean where stingrays convene). We disembarked the boat and our guide had us (try to) get in a circle. Do you know how hard it is to make a circle out of 50 people when the waves are covering your head sometimes??? That water was choppy! It was only up to our waist but the waves were big. The day was perfect- 80* and sunny and the water was nice and cool.
The guides would dive down and catch stingrays then hold them so we could pet them. And then we got to feed them! We had a ball!!!! CSP is a stingray hog! He’s so good at holding them and they just swim up against him. But then one ran him over!!! There were big fish in the water too.
Up close with a stingray. See her eye?
We had SO much fun once the whole circle thing was over and we could just bob around playing with the stingrays. They are such gentle creatures! The guides called us back to the boat and we headed back to Grand Cayman. It was a busy day for them- 5 ships in port!
Back on the ship we grabbed a quick bite to eat up by the pool as we were still wet and Cabanas wasn’t open yet. We went back to the room to change into dry clothes after showers and a nap!
At 4pm we met up with some of our Facebook cruise group friends for a mixology class! We were in the Keys Piano Bar. Tea the bartender taught us how to make 5 drinks.
We made Paradise Punch, Elder Bubble, French Martini, Moji-do, and Bubble Gum. This is the Bubble Gum. It’s a layered shot. It was SO good. I drank mine and CSP’s!
CSP discovered he’s a French Martini lover. James Bond in disguise. The bar was really cool with these neat wall coverings. They look like regular wallpaper until you get up close and see all the hidden Mickeys!
After the class was over we ended up staying there until 6 chatting with our new friends A & K McC from Ohio. They happen to be on our next cruise too!
We went up to the Cove Cafe for a chai tea for me and O’Gill’s pub for a beer for CSP. They had Irish soda bread! Not exactly like my Nanny used to make it but close! Back to the room to change for dinner and we couldn’t get in! Turns out our door lock had died. Had to wait for someone to come fix it for us. Took about a half hour but we were finally back in our room.
After a quick change of clothes we went to Carioca’s for dinner.
At dinner I always take a pic of CSP looking nice and get him to take a pic of me too. Tonight was a little difficult as CSP was in a playful mood. Probably from that mixology class!
But I finally got a good shot.
For his appetizer CSP chose the Salmon Royal (again with the ROYAL food!) and Blue Cheese Polenta Cakes.
I got the Roasted Roma Tomatoes with Goat Cheese.
I’m always amazed at the nice presentation. Look at the little dots of balsamic. They had to do that on like 400 dishes!
For our soups CSP got the Saffron Mussel soup, which he loved. I got the Potato and Sausage, which I did not love. But CSP liked it so that was good.
Entrees: CSP went with the Turbot (still on his seafood kick) and I had the roasted portobello mushroom pasta. Very yummy.
For dessert I had the Banana Bread Pudding and CSP had the Flourless Chocolate Cake.
Back to our room for bed! I loved this snake Edwin made us! How cute!!!
Up Next….Cozumel! Fireworks at sea!