Whew, we’re finally coming to a close! Just this one, and then probably one more, just talking about the cruise in general!
Anyway, on Wednesday morning, we dropped anchor in the beautiful Cayman Islands. We had planned to book an excursion to see the turtles, the stingrays, a beach, and do some snorkeling. But, unfortunately for us, our last minute planning landed us without any tickets for the excursion. They didn’t have enough for all 3 of us. But, we figured hey, we’ll be there for 8 hours. We’ll just do it independently. O_O
Now, Grand Cayman doesn’t have a port big enough for the cruise ships to dock. So, you have to take a “tender boat” from the cruise ship to the actual dock. This should have gone smoothly. Only, it didn’t. Apparently, the current was too strong, so we had to wait, wait, and wait a little more before we were able to start getting on the boats. It was nearly 1pm when got off of the boat. We needed to be back by 3:!5pm to leave with the ship. OK. So, we got off of the boat, and the first thing we see is a lady with a big sign, saying that she and her company would take us to see the stingrays. The sign said $40/each, but she told us $25/each and that Izzy would be free. OK, where do we sign up, lol! We ended up on a little excursion with about 15 other people from the Magic, including 2 couples we had previously met on the ship. And we had a great time!
When it was time to get back on the ship, there was a loooong line, and we were at the very end. Then suddenly, one of the crew members from the Magic popped up, and starting sending people with small children to the front of the line, because it was very hot. #SCORE (Thanks Izzy!)
We got back on the ship, washed up, then went to go have dinner
And the next day, we hit Jamaica! Izzy stayed on the ship for this one! We ended up meeting back up with some of the people we had met in Grand Cayman the previous day, and went to Doctors Cove Beach, in Montego Bay!
After that, we did a little souvenir shopping, which I kinda, definitely, hated. The Merchants were like, extra pushy about you seeing their store, even though they mostly had the same, mass-produced things, trying to pass them off as handmade. O_O We did by a few handmade bracelets, a little dress for Izzy, and Byron bought a cool looking necklace, which ended up lost somewhere on the ship :(. If I ever have occasion to go back to Jamaica, we’ll try Negril, which was very highly recommended, or Ocho Rios!
Next time, my overall thoughts on cruising, and the vacation itself! Thank you so much for all of your comments! I know I’m dragging this out, but there are SO many pictures, and so many things to tell about that I have to spread it out, lol! Thanks for reading!