Monday, September 21, 2009

Cruisin' the Caribbean...Day 3

Day 3
Sept 9

Grand Cayman
After a day and a half at sea we finally docked at our first port of call, which was Grand Cayman Island. I have always wanted to go to the Cayman Islands, so my wish finally came true. We had a more limited amount of time in Grand Cayman so we decided not to do any excursions and opted for good old fashioned sightseeing and shopping instead.
We docked at 8:00 am but we decided to wait until closer till 9:00 to get off, so I wouldn't be so crowded. Before we headed over we went to the top of the ship for some pics.

Our first stop was Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. We had been to the Margaritaville in the Turk Cacaos Islands several years ago, so we knew we couldn't go wrong. From there we did a little shopping. One of the places we went was The Tortuga Rum Company they have a huge selection of liquor at excellent prices but they are know for their Rum Cakes. There are probably 12 different flavors and they have them all available for you to sample. I did my best to try them all and not look like a total pig. My favorite was the Coconut Rum Cake. It was sooo good, of course I bought a small one. It wasn't until we were back home and Heath kept trying to eat it all that I realized I should have gotten more. We will be ordering more because they are EXCELLENT!

Next we headed on over to an open air market where locals were selling handmade crafts. While we were there a man was selling fresh coconuts. He would cut the top off, stick a straw in so you could drink the milk. Then once you were done if you brought it back to him he would cut it open so you could eat the insides. Heath couldn't resist he had to try it. Here is a little video...Please excuse the swine flu commentary in the background.

I tried some of the milk and it was SUPER sweet, too sweet for me. I tried a little of the insides too but, I DID NOT like that, it was a little like jelly...ugh! I thought it was going to be like the little shredded coconut that I like so much, for the record...ITS NOT!

After a little more shopping along the waterfront, we headed over to the Hard Rock Cafe and Senor Frogs...which I love! Here is what greeted us at Senor Frogs...
I thought is was so funny I had to get a pic. Ok, so maybe I am the only one who thought it was funny! I am easily entertained, what can I say!
After we had been on the island for awhile we decided to head back to the ship because we thought it was getting close to time to leave. Well apparently we were wrong... we were about an hour earlier than we thought getting back on. Which in the end turned out to be a good thing because as soon as we got back on the ship and went to lunch it started to pour down rain. Glad we weren't stuck on the island in it!.

The rest of the afternoon we took it easy. Lounging by the pool and then later taking a nap. After arriving back on board in our room was a pretty little invitation, requesting our presence at a past guest reception at 5:00. We went and of course got more free drinks...WOO HOO! Several blue margaritas and a glass of wine later we went back to our room to get ready for dinner (Don't worry, I snagged another glass of wine to take with me for dinner!) Dinner was yummy as per usual. That evening after dinner they had a party out on the adult lounge deck. It was a Mojitos and Cigars under the Stars Party! We went for a little while and then eventually headed to bed. Cruises really take it out of you or maybe it's the drinking, who knows ?!?

Here are a few more pics from the day...

The water was so beautiful...

Shops along the shore...

Our ship, from the island...

Heath with his coconut!

Heading back to the boat!

Towel Animal: When we opened our door that evening, there was a frog on our bed! A towel frog at least...of all the animals he could have made.... I took my picture with Kermit, it tuned out a little more cheeky than I had anticipated...must have been the free drinks...