Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Just a few more cruise re-caps to go, and then it’s back to real life, for REAL. Sad face.
When I last ended my re-caps on Friday, we had just finished our day in Honduras. Next Stop: Grand Cayman!
I’m going to preface the rest of this post and say that Grand Cayman was probably my favorite stop. I loved Mexico, I loved Central America, but I was MOST excited about our excursion here (stingray city!) and it just felt so flippin’ great to be back in civilization. For a girl who’s used to being connected to the world 24/7 I was doing really darn well without any internet or way to contact home for a week, but being in a real little town just felt very nice.
Not to mention one of my all time favorite things in the world is being on a small boat, sailing through the bright blue seas:
When we arrived in Grand Cayman, things didn’t actually start off so great. We got off the boat and had a lot of difficulty figuring out where our excursion was, where we were meeting, and where we had to go. It was very delayed too and we received no explanation until much later. We made friends by joking around about how this really wasn’t going well. My travel BFF and I thought we were having terrible cruise luck. Things would turn around very quickly when we were lead to a little boat with a handful of people, a captain, and his assistant David.
David cranked up the tunes and we sped through the beautiful Caribbean waters for at least half an hour before arriving to the Stingray Sandbar. I really had no idea what to expect, but basically you just stop in the middle of the ocean and all of a sudden you can stand on your two feet and the water reaches your chest. The stingrays swim all around you, and it’s awesome.
Our captain and David got out of the boat with us and gave us all our snorkeling gear. I was SO DUMB and forgot to bring an underwater camera, so I have no photos with the stingrays! But I snorkeled with them for about an hour or so, held them, played with them underwater, and even got a massage from one! I didn’t have the guts to kiss one (they have the same texture as raw, wet mushrooms!) but I’d probably give it a try if I ever did this again. It’s so strange because they are just the most affectionate little creatures, and they look so WEIRD up close. They’re like mushy dogs!
After snorkeling with stingrays, we got back on our boat & went a little further to the Rum Point Beach, which, despite being too small, was beautiful. There was nothing for miles around, and yet we were greeted with unlimited wifi, delicious food, and crystal clear water to swim along in. I took advantage to call my family back home and eat a much needed meal before heading into the water for half an hour.
Before long, our boat came back to pick us up & we headed back to the mainland, and then eventually back on the ship. This day definitely flew by and I didn’t have the opportunity to take many photos, but it was SUCH a great time!
The ‘anytime dining’ takes place in the Golden Dining Hall, which is very chic and had great service, for the most part. I definitely recommend doing ‘anytime dining’, if you’re debating it, which we had been. You’re always seated according to the number in your party, and often times you make friends with the people around you. But I loved having the opportunity to dine anytime between 5:30 and 9:45. It definitely gave us more leeway each evening as we never really got to dinner before 8-8:30pm!
Our last day on the ship was another ‘fun day at sea’, which I didn’t actually take any photos of. I ended up reading and finishing another great book, but after two straight weeks in the sun? I was pretty sick of being in it!I called it a day pretty early in the afternoon, around 3, and feeling rather sizzled to a crisp, relaxed until dinner that evening in the state room. We had made reservations at the Diamond Steakhouse for our last evening at 6pm, so I made sure to eat moderately all day in preparation.
We put on some cute dresses and tried to prepare ourselves for the meal. WE WERE JUST NOT PREPARED. There was SO. MUCH. FOOD. It was amazing. Probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my LIFE, not to mention the best service I’ve definitely ever had in my life. It was rather expensive, but so so so worth it. I was so full by the time I was done my meal, I literally thought I was going to pass out.
I had an appetizer of Ahi Tuna Tartare (the portion was too big, but I finished it, it was so good!) followed by a play on caprese salad. Again, the portion was far too big, so I only ate half. My meal was a piece of perfectly cooked filet mignon, a side of two small lobster tails with mashed potatoes. Dessert? Travel BFF and I shared a dessert plate that included 4 mini chocolate cakes, and they were just oh-so-good.
It was definitely the perfect way to end off a great 7 day cruise. We did some shopping after dinner before calling it a night. After all, we thought we had a relatively early morning disembarkation back in Miami…