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Published: April 6th 2009
Majesty of the Seas
Sailing away on the tender to CocoCay
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
There are two sides to the little island owned by Royal Caribbean, its original self, Little Stirrup Key; and CocoCay, the zoo put together by RCCL. Little Stirrup is a great island, CocoCay is okay and you have to take it in small doses by bringing out Little Stirrup. The photos sum it up. In short, this cruise is worth it, if anything, because of the stop to Little Stirrup Cay, you can experience a largely unspoilt environment with great opportunities to see sea life. I have no doubt that because of our willingness to go out there and explore, we had the best experience on the island. What lends further credence to the island’s unspoilt nature is that all of the wildlife we approached was curious of us and came without very close proximity, we saw - a two-foot barracuda, 2 baby barracudas, 2 large sting rays that would pop up 3 feet in front of us underwater, striped angel fish, and a starfish (though someone had chewed a chunk out of him). Not the most impressive list you can find somewhere but again it was great that they came in such proximity.
Little Stirrup Cay
Approach on the tender.
island is not very large but it is amazing how little people will walk, if you look at the attached map, it is my suggested guide to seeing the sites that I have photographed and enjoying the beach we enjoyed. The water looked clear but because there are patches of seagrass it was less clear underwater, but because it is more of a lagoon the seas were very calm, giving most of the area a swimming pool feel. RCCL also keeps the island pretty clean so no shards of glass like in Jamaica or annoying buildings like in most Florida beaches.
My walk pretty much took me around the island, I left Jennifer near the stop where the fake wishing well is (there is a grotto below with no water which I wouldn't mind exploring though) and wandered west on the main sand road all the way to the western point of the island. I clambered over the rock wall with my flip-flops and somehow managed not to fall on the coral rock. I got some great shots of our boat and the Norwegian Sky. This area was quite so unspoilt - people, most likely employees, had dragged some
CocoCay . . . or Disney World?
THIS is what most people see of Little Stirrup, and why we didn't stick around for too long.
chaise longues into the brush and a chair onto the rocks. Aside from the waverunners zooming by at times and the sound of heavy equipment being offloaded from the resupply ship around the bend, the area felt lunar and desolate, definitely worth a visit on a long day on the island.
I then proceded back through a small path and ran into the source of the noise, some large equipment, fuel truck, motorized golf carts offloading from the resupply ship. These guys looked like the bad guys out of a James Bond movie with their overalls, hard hats, and accents. They were pretty surprised to see me but then one of them gave me a lift on the golf cart back to my wishing well "exit". I didn't see Mr. Largo
from Thunderball so I don't think Royal Caribbean is a cover for his nefarious activities.
We had our formal dinner tonight which was nice, food okay also. Vanessa and John-Paul went missing, I guess they had said the night before that they weren't being served enough food, so they went to Windjammer or wherever else one could get more food, no one must have told them
On Our Beach
We almost glow we are so white.
you could get multiple entrees.
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