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We have no plans for any activities on Grand Cayman. Not that there isn't anything to do. Some of the tours may be too strenuous for Karen and others too boring for me. I attempted to find something that met Karen's approval prior to leaving home to no avail so I guess we'll just check out the area around the port and call it good. Not too exciting. No crocodiles, no monster trucks, maybe some shopping. Sorry. George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands and one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean thanks to its year-round tropical weather, white sand beaches and clear blue waters. It serves as the capital of the Cayman Islands, in the British West Indies. George Town is the heart of the Cayman Islands financial services ... read more
4 Ships Here Today
Aft Pool Empty on Port Days
Gym always Too Crowded For Me


Dear ones, We are learning fast: Traffic to the west and the capital of Georgetown is heavy, esp the 2 rush hours, whereas the way we are tending to go - to the less crowded, less fancy East, is like real island time. Yes, we get behind work trucks, and yes we have seen an inordinate number of crashes since arriving - 4. Slept well enough, since both are coughing, ate the muesli we brought from home, said goodbye to Jennifer - she is back to Canada till 12/24 as she starts her job iin Jan. They moved down here for his job. Heard last night about how the cat, Chowder, took many months and about $1000 to process him thru the rabies requirements. Not sure any cat is worth quite that much. Oh, right, we ... read more
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Grand Cayman 19th April Grand Cayman A very humid and sultry day as we dropped anchor off Georgetown this morning. We arrived after two other ships, it was going to be busy!!! The population is some 50,000, outnumbered 20:1 every year by cruise passengers Discovered by Christopher Columbus when blown off course has gone through the gambit of Spanish rule, part of Jamaica linked until 1962 when it became a Crown Colony with the Queen as Head of State and Jamaica became an Independent State. In 1970 Cayman was established as a financial centre and is now recognised as the best known in the world. Georgetown is charming or would be if there weren't 6000 cruise passengers getting of tenders to swamp the place. We had a gentle walk away from the hustle and bustle of ... read more
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We were in Grand Cayman in 2014, so are happy this time to do our own thing, rather than doing something organised by the ship. Grand Cayman has strong connections with Britain / UK. There are six big cruise ships in dock today and ours is the last to arrive. It is 11.00am by the time we get off the boat. We head off to the public bus station and are soon on our way to a little village we have heard about called Hell. Your eyes are not misleading you. This village had grown up around a small area of strange looking volcanic rock looking very much like a lunar landscape. They have a quaint village post office that can post mail with a Hell post stamp, and can also do passport stamps, which we ... read more
MSC Divina in port - Not a cruise line we like
Freedom of the Seas in port
Disney Magic moored nearby


Geo: 19.3086, -81.2521 We arrived at Grand Cayman around 9:00 this morning with an all ashore time at 9:30. Today we had booked an excursion not from the cruise line. Our tour was with Captain Bryan’s to take a Catamaran to Stingray City and snorkeling. Originally we were booked on a tour at noon but it had been changed to 1 pm due to cruise ship arrival times. We got off the ship at about 10:30 and looked to find a place to eat and decided on Dairy Queen (because there wasn’t many other choices near the cruise terminal). Then we went to meet up with Captain Bryan’s. We were informed that due to the weather, they were not taking the cruise out and it had been cancelled. They arranged for us to go with a ... read more
Welcome to the Cayman Islands
Stingray
Stingray


We had the morning to ourselves, spent some time looking at maps of West Bay and Georgetown….opted for a walk to the beach…only a few minutes from the house. We had the whole beach to ourselves…nice sand for walking on at low tide, but rocky with turtle grass in the water. Probably best swimming is at high tide so the rocks can be avoided. Back at the house, went in the pool….so refreshing after getting hot and steamy on our walk. A nice lazy morning before heading into Georgetown for Fred’s interview at the hospital later this afternoon. We found our way into Georgetown on our own, had lunch at Legendz….we knew we could find it…then to the hospital for Fred’s interview. I waited in the car, reading tourists guides about restaurants on Grand Cayman. I ... read more
Conch Point condos - for sale!!!!
West Bay beach...in the other direction
Freddie


Our trip began with an hour drive to Burlington Saturday afternoon. Our flight leaves at 5:45 am Sunday so we thought it best to get a hotel room close to the airport. Nice room with comfy king sized bed. We were both falling asleep watching TV at 4:30 pm so decided we’d better get an early dinner and picked the 99 Restaurant near the hotel. We sat at the bar, Freddie got a tropical drink made with their pineapple infused vodka, I had a yummy Manhattan….off to a great start. I got a text from my mother’s live-in aide agency…more aide drama…Fred said “shut your phone off”…I complied. After more cocktails and dinner we were waiting for our check, and nature called….no not in the way you usually think. Fred and I both had colds and ... read more


Jerry tells us about a Easter weekend tradition for the locals here...they camp out on the beach...you could see the tents and shelters all along the beach as we drove into Georgetown. We started our day with breakfast at the cafe next to Legendz. Good omelets....ham and cheese, jerk chicken...home fries, etc. then drove out to the eastern side of the island. Checked out the areas of Prospect and Savannah...going farther east there's really not much for shops within walking distance of residential neighborhoods. We drove around Georgetown, past the hospital where Fred has his interview on Wed. There are free clinics for hospital employees....might be a good place for me to get my aching knee replaced! Lots of jewelry and clothing stores that cater to tourists and cruise ships that come into the harbor, making ... read more
View down Seven Mile Beach looking towards Georgetown
Calico Jacks beach side
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Our flight home wasn’t until 4:30 in the afternoon; we had a late check out for 1PM so we were able to enjoy our last morning. We started off with the breakfast buffet and some swimming down at the beach. Jeff and Jake had made a reservation on a banana boat excursion. It’s pretty much a speed boat towing a long inflatable raft shaped like a banana. You hold on tight and they take you for a ride. Izzy and I enjoyed swimming out to the dock while they were away. After they got back my friend Diane from High School came over with her baby Travis and we enjoyed some time on the beach and in the pool. Before you knew it, it was time to pack up and get ready to go home. We ... read more
We LOVE cotton candy
gonna miss the caymans


The beds at the Marriott weren’t as comfortable as the condo and the pillows were awful. Everyone slept in enough that I felt rested but a little stiff. We got dressed and headed over to breakfast at the Anchor Restaurant in the lobby of the hotel. One look at the breakfast buffet and we were sold. Made to order omelets, pastries, sautéed vegetables, unique quiches and brunch type combinations I had never thought of mixing together and to top it all off, hot, fresh, churros. It was amazing and hands down the best breakfast buffet I’ve ever been to. After breakfast we headed down to the beach and grabbed four beach chairs on the beach. We rented our snorkels and reserved a time for paddle boarding. Jeff left to return the rental car and the kids ... read more
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