Friday, September 30, 2011

Last, Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands

A beautiful cruise from Roatan to Grand Cayman, the last port of call on this Cruise.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 277

One channel on the room TV was the ships location. Here is the map of our last trip before heading home. we left down near the green (roatan) and headed up towards Cuba. We joked about if we missed it we would go home to GITMO Bay where we lived for 3 1/2 years. the blue is shallow water 100ft or less, the white is deep water and green of course is land mass.On the left is the Yucatan Peninsula upper right is Cuba.

There were two other channels showing the view forward on the ship and one showing Aft.(where we have been).

CRUISE FOR 7 days 284

I went down to the 3rd deck and took this picture up to see Sherry on our Balcony on the 5th deck.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 285

(Above is the third deck, empty as we are pulling into port and folks getting ready to catch the ‘tender’ launches) Now I am one interested in boats. These guys are about as good as USN Coxswains. The first boat: (a smaller one)

CRUISE FOR 7 days 290

#2 boat much bigger, watch this maneuver.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 294

CRUISE FOR 7 days 295

Swinging around while the first boat stays tied up.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 296

Now I walked back on the third deck and shot this down so you can see how close that skipper swung that boat around. Neat.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 298

There is two feet between these boats. Below the #1 boat is departing with folks going ashore at Grand Cayman.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 303

After we got ashore I took the first picture of the clear water, you are looking about 40’ down. Clear aqua water.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 307

A storm on the horizon behind our ship. Note the differences in water colors as you go out to sea. Beautiful Aqua to light blue to dark blue.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 308

We are tourists of course, and done the tourist thing, a picture with this Pirate, the friendly kind.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 309

We had a tour here but decided to give it up to friends, but they never took it either because of mixup in tour scheduling. We just walked near ships landing then headed back to the ship for a snack before dinner.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 311

CRUISE FOR 7 days 335

Back aboard, Sherry found out it was a Chocolate celebration. Fruit on sticks covered with milk chocolate. But look above at that beautiful fruit. The watermelon is carved into some beautiful roses with white tipped pedals.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 336

CRUISE FOR 7 days 337

Above was a sushi bar, I don’t do sushi, but it was pretty. I had a cookie swan filled with Pineapple ice cream. (below)

CRUISE FOR 7 days 339

CRUISE FOR 7 days 322

We had three regular waiters Left is Kwan Right is Jayjay.

Below is the festive time after dinner in the dining room.CRUISE FOR 7 days 326

Our final waiter Marlon, dancing,

CRUISE FOR 7 days 323Back at the room we found the bed made and an elephant wearing my sun glasses and two mints.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 328

CRUISE FOR 7 days 331

A cool towel Elephant and an open sea what could be better?

CRUISE FOR 7 days 340

CRUISE FOR 7 days 341

My after dinner yogurt on the balcony.

CRUISE FOR 7 days 342

The ship is now headed back toward Tampa and we are packing for disembarking.

Thanks for coming this way and joining us.

Nite Shipslog


Notice in health food shop window:

The most expensive car in the world:


This is the only one built. Prototype of an 88 Oldsmobile it sold for 3.4 million. GM refused to allow Olds to build it because it was too much competition for the Vette.



I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Once again I am amazed at the size of that ship. I guess you all really ate well. Too bad about that tour with no one able to enjoy it. Doesn't sound like those things are very well planned out. The colors and clearness of the ocean are just breathtakingly beautiful. Thanks again for sharing your trip. I've been cruising along right with you. I'm at my camper today but it is raining. Very few other diehards here. But it is a perfect day to sit and watch the leaves fall...from inside my camper of course. Love from Ohio!

Anonymous said...

Trying to comment again....Shirl

Cindi said...

awesome trip!!! thx for sharing with us!

Glenda said...

oh this makes me hungry, had to go back and look at the photos one more time, love the ice cream filled swan and ooh the chocolate! Jack you look right at home in that Greek sailor's cap and Sherry appears to enjoy all that luxury, beds turned back, mints, the works!
Great photos, that water is amazing, and the boat captains preparing the launch, incredibly
skilled at their craft. Great memories!


It is fantastic that you had a channel on your TV to watch the ship's location at any given time. That skipper was quite skilled to pull off that maneuver with the boats. The color of the water was beautiful... aqua, light and dark blue. I've seen that difference from the east coast to the west coast. My husband would have gone gaga over the sushi bar. Yours truly would have prefered the fruit bar. Looks delicious. That little towel elephant was adorable. I have really enjoyed myself on your tour. Thanks for taking me along.

Paula said...

Love that blue water, the watermelon, the swan, the elehant, oh I love it all.

betty said...

I would have spent a lot of time at the chocolate celebration! That watermelon did look so clever designed like that; and what a cute elephant made of towels! So talented people can be and make it look effortlessly too!

Very interesting change in water color! Glad you guys did this and thanks for sharing it with us!!


Fred Alton said...

Loved the clear blue water where you can see 40 feet down. It would be fun to scuba dive there. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Ken Riches said...

The towel animals were a favorite.