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First but not Last Cruise ~ Carnival LegendAuthor: ColoradoSweetheart
Date of Trip: March 2008
We had not booked any excursions for Grand Cayman, were just going to play the first one by ear and see what there was. We walked up and down, checked out the shops, the shoreline ... then when we got back from down the road we saw a tour for $30 per person to go around the island and said what the heck and did it. It was a nice, air-conditioned bus and the driver was friendly and informative. Had a bunch of Canadians on though and they weren't very friendly, but oh well, not letting them ruin my vacation.
We saw the Governor's mansion, the resorts, the beaches. Stopped for a while at the beach and Robert bought is "Panama Jack Vacation Hat". Which I think is quite debonair!!! LOL!!!
When we got back I was still searching for trinkets for the kids and by then I was hot, thirsty, getting hungry and then what usually follows ~ getting crabby. So we headed back to the tender to go back to the ship. Put our stuff in the cabin and went up to the Unicorn for something cold to drink and a light lunch. Then nap time. We opened up the doors to the balcony, and rested ... which led to a nap (which would become routine) ... between the waves and the oh so comfortable bedding, napping was an easy easy think to start doing.
We woke up around sixish and started getting ready for dinner ... As usual, no complaints with dinner, great wait staff. The only annoying thing with our eating (late) was across the aisle was a table of about 9 20'ish spring break females ... oh the drama each night. LOL!!!
After dinner we wandered the ship, we were always amazed at everything. Took in a late piece of pizza on the top deck ... very romantic ... and then caught this hilarious comedian. We were rolling.
Our night ended with the door open, listening to the waves as we drifted off to the best sleep we've had in forever.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Cozumel Woke up early, enjoying the sunrise ... and early breakfast. And we were at a pier; so easy on - easy off. (Kinda like clap on clap off????).
We had booked through Carnival a 3 hour jungle hike and had really looked forward to it ... but the night before we got our envelope with our excursion tickets for Roatan and a letter stating that the jungle hike had been cancelled. We were really bummed and had spent some time the night before and that morning looking but nothing popped at us. So we left the ship and roamed around.
Had some great open air shopping, we did enjoy looking around. Saw Senor Frog, Carlos & Charlies (but we're not drinkers / partyers so didn't care if we went in or not) ... Robert was thrilled buying Cuban Cigars. Just one at first, then three. I don't like cigarette smoke but cigar and pipe smoke smells good for some reason.
After wandering a bit we saw a bus tour of Hell, Turtle Farm, Governor's Mansion and Paradise Beach, and it was marked 1/2 price from 20.00 per person to 10.00 so we said what the heck and hopped on.
The tourism part is fun but only for a short while, I highly recommend having excursions booked or planning something at all stops ... just my worldly advice from first cruise!!! LOL!!!
We enjoyed this trip ... Stopped at Tortuga Factory where Robert ordered 2 1.75 liter bottles of rum for some friends that asked him to bring it back ... we didn't go to the Turtle Farm, did stop at hell but they kicked us both out ... guess we are heavenly bound after all!!!!
Got back and wandered the pier back to the ship; I wanted to see the late runners to the ship ... I only saw one though ... Robert went to his AA meeting and I watched and there was this girl in a wheelchair QUITE intoxicated that everytime 3 men would help her up and out she'd slither to the ground.
This night we had reservations at the Golden Fleece specialty restaurant. We him-hawed back and forth if we were going or not and decided what the heck. Let me tell you it was the best 80.00 (30.00 per person and we added an additional 20.00) we EVER spent.
Eat very slowly as there is a lot of food over the 2 1/2 hours you spend there. Robert ordered: Trio of Escargot Tossed Garden Salad Surf & Turf (very very good) Fresh Fruits I ordered: Sushi Caesar Salad Surf & Turf Cheese Plate (HUGE and very good)
Did not take pictures there as I didn't know if I should ... the ambiance didn't seem the type to be snapping photo's but next time, I WILL!!! We literally rolled out of there. Holy Heck!!!
After dinner caught a show and also later a comedian. Had a great time. Stayed in the formal clothes until after the shows and then late, we grabbed some pizza and headed up top. Nothing quite like eating pizza watching the stars and the ocean.
Thursday, March 6, 2008 Belize
This is the day that gave me the most queasy stomach and it wasn't sea sickness.
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