Western Caribbean Cruise day 6

Our final port of call was at Georgetown in Grand Cayman. It was raining as we woke but the sun started shining and we saw a rainbow right before going for breakfast. 





I had fruit and yogurt 

and a giant plate of veggies for breakfast


Since we weren't docking until 10, we went on a walk around the deck after breakfast.



We had plans to go on a bike tour but the water had other plans.  After waiting 40 minutes they told us to go enjoy the ship since it wasn't safe to launch the tenders.  

We found a quiet spot to read and wait. 


We honestly thought it was going to be canceled but around noon they had us board a tender.. that is quite an experience when the waves are moving the two boats all around. 

Luckily it was just a short 15 minute tender today


Once in Georgetown we met up with our tour guide and got on a bus.  We were doing a bike tour of the west end... which meant we had a nice drive through town and all along 7 mile Beach. 


We pulled up to some guys house and I was a bit skeptical but it was really well run and we had a good time.  We biked 5-6 miles; stopping a few times. 


Our first stop was in hell (seriously that's what is called!). A field of dead,  blackened coral.


Our guide explaining how it got it's name, how it formed, and a bit more about the whole island too.


From there we went to see more coral along the shore and learn more about the volcanic crater that encompasses Grand Cayman. 

We went to a rum distillery (really it was just a store though!) and tried rum cake.



By then it was time to return to our guide's house and a bus picked us up for an hour at the beach.  

However, Coral Beach was a disappointment.. since the water was so rough we couldn't get in and so we were enclosed in this one area with a small tiki hut type restaurant and surrounded by walls and fences.  I had been looking forward to waking along 7 mile Beach but we couldn't access it from where we were. 


We were hungry but had been warned that it took forever to get food but we only had an hour and the line was very long so we opted to just wait until we were back on the ship. 



at least the weather was beautiful and we found a shady spot to relax and read. 



After an hour, we boarded our bus back to the port and got right on a tender. 
We showered and got ready for dinner.  We headed to the Cosmopolitan (once again) and since we had not eaten since breakfast we were starving!


the cauliflower flan was interesting

It was surf and turf night but I was able to get surf and surf with herb crusted haddock and a lobster tail with some fresh veggies.

I treated myself to carrot cake for dessert.


Our only souvenirs this whole trip were 2 shipboard photos of us that I elected to buy


After dinner we waited around for a special 8 o'clock show by Tommy Green Jr. We enjoyed his skit so much earlier in the trip that we skipped the regularly programmed singer in the theater to see him in The Club. 

We hadn't planned on seeing the headlining act at all but Tommy's show got out just as Charity  Lockhart's second show was about to start.  We found two of the last seats and enjoyed hearing her belt out Aretha Franklin hits. 

Immediately after her show we wanted to stay up late (well, the 10:15 show is late for us) to see an adult only comedy show with Ralph Harris. It was hilarious and well worth staying up until nearly 11:30. It was a good thing we sat through Charity's show too as hardly anyone got up and left and we would have had to stand through Ralph's show. 


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  1. I would have wanted to walk along that beach also!

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  2. Glad you got to make it on the bike tour, those waves at the beach were wild!!

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    1. We could feel the whole ground shaking! It was crazy; especially since the couple sitting next to us was telling us what the water and beach had been like just the day before-- so calm and completely blue-green without any of the cloudiness we were seeing.

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  3. Looks like you got a good mix of relaxation and fun!

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  4. The cruise I last went on went to Grand Cayman too. It looks like the beach was pretty nice from where you were.

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    1. It was just incredibly tiny.. but it was really well maintained and there were tons of chairs and lots of shady places so it was very relaxing.

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  5. Great that you're enjoying the entertainment so much! A bike tour sounds like a nice way to see the island.

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    1. The entertainment was fabulous! I was a bit nervous about biking in a group and keeping up but it was a really nice, easy ride.

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  6. So glad you were able to get to Grand Cayman. This weather the last couple of months in the Caribbean has not been ideal for cruisers. :-(

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    1. Yeah we were told by a few crew members we were lucky we hit such nice weather.

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  7. Love this day.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  8. So cool that you got to see a rainbow! I love the navy pantsuit you wore. The ruffled sleeves are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks!! I was thrilled to finally get to wear it and take off the tags!

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  9. I was so bummed because we read so much about 7 mile beach and I didn't even get to see it!

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  10. 7 Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I am so sorry you got robbed of that walk

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    1. I'm sure we wouldn't have gone in the water but I still would have loved to have walk on it!

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  11. Love the navy pantsuit! And the photo of you and your husband is a keepsake!

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  12. That is a lovely bicycle ride. Pity about the walk though. That's another lunch skipped!

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  13. The entertainment sounds like such fun! Love the rainbow and it sounds like a good way to see the area!

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  14. That rainbow! And cauliflower...flan?? 🤣

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    1. I had to order it just so I could see what it was!

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  15. Joanne, it looks like another nice day but too bad you didn't get that walk on the beach. I love that navy jumpsuit on you and where is the outfit from - what store?

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    1. I have no idea where I got that jumpsuit; it's a few years old but I just never had any reason to wear it since it's such a dressy material.

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  16. Talk about a fun filled day! You did a lot and it sounded fabulous!
    Xoxo
    Jodie

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  17. That water looks so rough (when you were on beach), especially for the Caribbean!

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    1. Yeah, we were hearing from a lot of people that it has been a real rough season so far in the Caribbean; apparently we actually lucked out with pretty calm seas compared to the weeks prior.

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  18. When I went to Grand Cayman last year, we just walked around and didn't do an excursion there. The water was beautiful and enjoyed just walking around the area. Looks like you ate so healthy on the cruise!

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    1. Yeah, I felt like (for the most part) I managed to eat pretty healthy on our trip. It was nice to come home and find that I didn't gain any weight but still got to enjoy sweet treats and richer foods; just in small portion sizes.

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  19. Another friend of mine was just on a cruise to Belize. They also had high winds and couldn't even make it to land. I'm glad you were able to take the bike tour. I'm not sure about cauliflower flan, though!

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    1. There were 3 other ships that left Grand Cayman that day without letting anyone off; I thought for sure that's what our ship was going to do too!

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  20. Hi Joanne, you're bringing back so many memories of the one and only cruise I've ever been on. It's was a south pacific cruise to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. I'm glad the tenders were eventually able to take you. Shame the beach was a disappointment and you had to wait till back on board the ship to eat but still always interesting to explore and learn about new places isn't it? I love your outfit that you wore to dinner and your dinner looks rather delicious too! Thanks so much for linking up with #WWWhimsy - hope to see you again next week! xo

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    1. It really is and I like that with a cruise we get to see so many new places all at once.

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  21. Great pictures as your cruise comes to an end, thanks for taking us along with you!

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  22. I've never done a tender on a cruise but it sounds nerve wracking with those waves. I love the pictures you got of the water on the beach (especially as it splashed) but I'm sorry you didn't get to walk or enjoy it.

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    1. I had never tendered before either but it was definitely more nerve wracking with these waves than the previous tender out to Belize when it was fairly calm. Those waves were incredible.

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  23. Thanks for taking us along on your cruise... with all its ups and downs! Looks like it was definitely a memorable experience!

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  24. Those waves look dangerous for sure. I've never heard of a tender before or difficulty making it to shore when on a cruise, but I've never looked into taking a cruise either. That's crazy that all the seats get taken at those shows. I'd be upset if I couldn't see a show. So they just closed the beach because of the waves? That's weird you could even walk on it.

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    1. We couldn't get to 7 mile beach because of the walls built around the section we were on... if it had been calmer seas we could have walked through the water around the wall and gotten to the wide open beach. The beach was open but it seemed like our tour group had us trapped on this one little section.

      Most of the shows on the ship have multiple showings-- typically an early and a late show. We almost always went to the early show (at 7) and there were plenty of seats but I guess the late shows draw more of a crowd.

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  25. So happy you guys made the bike tour. You look stunning in your dinner outfit and the surf and surf looks great.
    Visiting today from PoCoLo #3

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    1. Ha, no I'm not. Visiting today from Crazy Little Love Birds 22 #27,28&29.

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    2. We were so happy our tour wasn't canceled and they were able to make it work.

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  26. I hope you had a fab time on your cruise. It looks absolutely amazing. I would love to do something like this. :)

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  27. What a beautiful rainbow! And the bike ride looks like a fun way to explore a bit! Sorry you missed out on walking along the beach, I am sure that would have been so nice! The evening shows look like a great way to end the day!

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  28. What a fabulous cruise for you and your hubby, Joanne!

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  29. Joanne, happy to see that you all had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing your cruise adventure with us at The Crazy Little Lovebirds link party #22.

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    1. Thanks! It was a lot of fun... definitely better than dealing with the snowstorms we had at home while we were gone.

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