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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Grand Cayman

Okay folks...  we're finally at our last port.  And...  wouldn't you know...  it's one of those you have to tender in.  Not my favorite as you have to kind of plan when you want to leave the ship so you don't get caught up in the mad rush.  

We've been at Grand Cayman a time or two in the past.  I'll readily admit that these cruise ship day trips aren't our favorite.  In fact, the next blog will tell you exactly why we're on this cruise and that sort of thing.  Not that I didn't want to go through the Panama Canal....  it's just that these 6 hour "shore leaves" on a ship approved excursion just aren't us.

Okay...  our last day trip...
The day started out pretty nice... 
A big shower...  followed by a lovely rainbow.
Can't ask for anything better.
We had to tender into shore.
That means getting into one of the ship's lifeboats while it was moored out in the harbor and chugging along into a dock.  Really....  no problem.  But Bill & I both cracked up...  a young woman sitting across from us while seated in the lifeboat...  waiting for it to take off...  quickly downed a Dramamine....  Now... it's really just a few hundred yards to where we're going to dock and get off...  AND...  how long does it take for a Dramamine to take effect?  I get horribly motion sick...  but even I know meds just aren't going to help at this point.  Oh well....

 Walking into town we see our first (and only) iguana.
Hey...  this guy is in technicolor!... Must have been 10' long....  
Indianapolis has race cars...  Lake Charles, LA has alligators...  why not iguanas here?

Not only iguanas....  but looky here!
Chickens....  roaming around the city streets!
I loved it...  but did wonder where those chickys laid their eggs every day.  Hmmm....???

Well, we've been in Grand Cayman a few times in the past...  no excursion tours for us...
We wandered around the city streets...  hit up all the touristy bazaars...  

And...  Yep...  you got it...
Found this geocache...
Hidden in a coconut shell under a palm tree....
Not a new country for us, but still a find.

Not much else to do until it's time to get back on the ship...  so....
Try one of the beers...
Actually, this is Red Stripe...  a really good beer from Jamaica.
I was trying to take a "selfie" when someone happened along the sidewalk and offered to take this photo.  Not too bad for a point and shoot camera that is totally screwed up, huh?  (that's another blog for another time)

We didn't stay on shore a long time...  both of us were ready to head back to the ship for a late lunch.

This pirate ship is actually a tourist attraction...  takes folks for a trip out in the harbor somewhere.
Like I wrote...  this is a nice place, but we've been here before...  been on this cruise for well over a week and were ready to head back to Ft Lauderdale.  So much for traveling big-time....

And so....  later in the day we left Grand Cayman and headed back to the States.

Now...  those 5 ports were fun...  we saw things we'd never seen before and especially the Panama Canal was a wonder.

But...  soon I'll write about the real purpose of this cruise...  yes..  all these sights were great, but there was a reason we went...  and it wasn't about geocaching ;-)

The story continues....

That's All For Today!


  1. My BFF has a time share in the Caymens. She takes books and sits on the beach and reads when she's there.
    Looking forward to your next installment.

  2. We enjoyed Grand Caymen a few years ago, interesting island.
    Let me guess, Genealogy?

  3. Now you've really got me curious. I won't miss tomorrow's post.

  4. And you left us up in the air. . . I guess I will have to wait until tomorrow.

  5. Looks like lots of fun! It is still on pour list:)

  6. Glad you didn't get Noro Virus on the cruise.

  7. I love that technicolor iguana! He looks like a big guy. Did you see any others?