Blogs from George Town , Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Central America Caribbean

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As we had to be off the boat early this morning, we decided to try the room service breakfast. There is no extra cost for this and they will deliver as much food and drink as you ask them to. It arrived exactly as ordered at 6.15 am. We should have ordered more. The ship docked in Grand Cayman at 7.30am this morning. The dock here is not big enough for these huge cruise ships, so we docked out to sea and got tenders to transport everyone onto the island. We have a trip booked to a turtle farm this morning that starts at 8.00am so are some of the first people off the ship. Those with booked trips through Carnival, always disembark from the ship first. They are very strict about this. With so many ... read more
Largest Green turtle in the park
6 month old turtle
6 month old turtle


Grand Cayman – Cruise Ship Central We arrive in Grand Cayman 1hr 10 mins after taking off from Miami International Airport (MIA). The irony is that we fly across Cuba to get here (Cuba is where we really want to go – GC is really the entry and exit point for us but we’ve decided to spend a few days R&R here before and after Cuba as it’s supposed to be stunning. We are unable to fly to Cuba direct from the USA due to the very childish behaviour of both countries over many years! The airport at GC is very small and looks more like a large bungalow. It’s tropical, clean and basic with good Tourist info. It’s Sunday and we don’t realise that the main shops are all closed – so it’s eating out ... read more
Beach BBQ Little Cayman
Lifes a Beach - L C
Our plan to  L C


We arrived to a grand Costco Travel sign awaiting us at the exit of customs. It was then declared by A that we weren't traveling any other way from now on. It was pretty nice to have someone waiting there and not having to fight with the taxis (yes, Manda I am looking at you) and we were the only people in the nice bus. We had to stop and wait for a giant lizard to cross the road. Ugh, I forgot about those nasty things. Then again a tiny one scared me while I was standing around outside so... Westin is right on the beach so that is great. it was a little overcast after we finally got out to the beach but the water is clear and pretty. Dinner was at the Sunshine Grill, ... read more
Yes, this one scared me
From the room
7 mi beach


It seems that the longer we live on the boat, the less frequently I update my blog. That's probably because living on the boat has become more of a lifestyle now rather than an adventure. We still have plenty of adventures, but as the years go by we have less of the adventures of the not so welcome kind as we become more experienced in living on the boat. It is like anything else, the more you do it the easier it becomes. In 2012 we traveled alot the first part of the year but then we brought the boat to a dead halt during the hurricane season, holing up in the Rio Dulce of Guatemala for the remainder of the year. In April 2012 we spent several weeks in the Cayman Islands. Boy are these ... read more


Last summer Cruise Specialists asked us if we would like to try out a new ship in December. We had heard rave reviews about Oceania’s two recently launched ships and we were eager to give it a go. Since we would embark the Oceania Riviera in Miami, we decided to spend some time in Florida prior to the cruise. Once the Giants brought home the World Series Trophy and the Presidential election was over, we took off like snow birds for the warmth of Ft Myers, Florida. We lucked out with perfect weather for our month long visit and watched a series of winter storms pound the San Francisco Bay area in our absence. We met up with friends and spent time walking and biking the long stretches of white sand beaches on the barrier islands. ... read more
CAPT. GUNNAR ROMTVEIT
THE ATRIUM
INDAH


Grand Cayman - 2012 Day 7 On Grand Cayman, Sunday is a day of rest. Actually, we rested for 8 days, but stores are closed on Sunday. You can't run and get milk, bread or other things we often do at home. You plan ahead, and get it on Saturday. With that being said, Sunday we decided to just play in the pool in the back yard. We paddled the kayak around, snorkled, swam, and just had a grand time. Todd, Noah and Yvette powered one Kayak, Andie and Jason the other. They searched and viewed just about every spot between the house and reef. Some depths were about ten feet, others 3 feet, but they had a great time. Yvette and Jason paired up to come in early, before Todd and Andie, since they were ... read more
First Shift Returns
Second Shift Comes in
Coral 1


Grand Cayman - 2012 Day 6 After breakfast today, we decided to go to the Bodden Town festival. We had heard from one of the vendors downtown, that there was going to be festival at the Bodden Grounds. We had to find it first, but we waned to go since lots of vendors and chefs were going to be there letting the visitors and guests taste the various local food. Some of the chefs were from the 7 Mile Beach main international hotels. After that, a trip downtown to check on t-shirts for those folks back home. Along the way, we stopped to take a few pictures of all the beautiful flowers on the trees. We did see an iguana in the Bayshore Mall parking lot, but he slipped away before we could capture it on ... read more
Launa the Jewler
Parking lot into BayShore Maqll
Fish at the market downtown


Grand Cayman - 2012 Day 5 Today was the day we played in the back yard pool, in the morning after breakfast. After everyone came in to clean up, several folks wanted to parasail. So we went into town and the parasailers got on a boat and sailed while the land lubbers hung out at Royal Palms, watching the sails get brought in, and let out on the boats. When everyone was back, we chilled at the Royal Palms, let the kids play in the sand and surf, and decided to eat supper there, and watch the sun go down.... read more
Looking for litttle crabs
Headed out to sea
Land Lovers Chillin


Day 4 - Encourage the Economy Today, we had breakfast, and began our trip to Georgetown, to help encourage the local street vendors, cafes, souvinier shops and just about everyone with their hand out. We had free parking (worth less than $4) at the Bayshore Mall because we had an Andy's rent-a-car. There were two boats in the harbor, so lots of folks were ashore. A visit with Launa, the jeweler that we met in September, recognized us and said today the people were very rude. She didn't know where the boats were from, but I did see the Carnival Magic from Galveston in port. The other Carnival was a smaller ship. We visited with her, and went to the shop where we had bought some stuff last trip, and it had moved, wasn't the same ... read more
Lunch at Paradise
Cayman Island Berwery
The start of the process


Day 2 We got up this morning, cooked breakfast, got dressed to go play on the beach at Rum Point before going out to swim with the Stingrays. We ate lunch then went on the boat to swim with the Stingrays. The North Sound is where fishermen cleaned their catch coming back in from fishing, and dumped the culls. Stingrays caught on quickly and about 40 years ago, a guy thought he could get them to come and play with 'visitors' and the rest is history. The stingrays are very docile and you can hold them as well as feed them. Everyone had a great time. After that, we were all tired, and went home, showered, and went to the Lighthouse for supper. We had conch chowder, seafood, and went home for a great nights rest. ... read more
Helen.
The Lighthouse
Waiting for Cappy




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