Tuesday, March 19, 2013—Georgetown, Grand Cayman

We had a relatively early breakfast even though arrival in Georgetown, Grand Cayman is not until later in mid-morning.

Grand CaymanGrand Cayman is the largest of 3 islands, all comprising a self-governing colony under Great Britain. Columbus called the islands “Las Tortugas” because of the turtles he found living off shore.  The islands have also been known as Caimanau, the Carib word for crocodile, used to describe the native iguanas.  Today, the turtles, iguanas, and stingrays are the most popular residents.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt Grand Cayman, passengers going ashore have to be tendered, i.e. taken ashore by ferry. Kay, Ron, and Kaden scheduled a “shore excursion” to swim with the sting rays at Stingray City, an area where locals have fed the stingrays for many years, and thus left early with other shore excursion passengers. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I had planned to walk around town; however, the tendering operations took forever–the queue took two hours as paid shore excursions received priority and then the remainder of the passengers who wanted to go ashore were next. By that time, I had gotten comfortable in the hot tub and opted to remain on board; one advantage was that the pool and spa area was practically empty. Consequently, I had a quiet day enjoying the hot tub and some sun, and reading and listening to music (play lists include Linda Ronstadt, Diana Krall, Gordon Lightfoot, Sierra Hull, and Allison Krauss).

We opted to have dinner at the buffet, and are really beginning to enjoying the food.  The sweet and sour pork was very good as was the ham potato salad. The food on Navigator of the Seas has more of an American flair and seasonings, and our opinion of Royal Caribbean, at least as far as food is concerned, is improving.

Entertainment tonight was an evening performance of Ice Dancin’ which we saw earlier. Consequently, we had a quiet night, and I finished another book.

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