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Old 12-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #556
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I didn't see "Guitar Man" get on the tender! I just saw him going through security, when I practically killed myself with my lanyard (and totally got talked about that night on Deck 0 I'm SURE! The dude remembered me at the next port! ). I was so baffled by his guitar, I asked him if he was going out to play on the corner!

Between that, and the lanyard, I needed to find a hole that moment to go crawl into and DIE.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #557
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I didn't see "Guitar Man" get on the tender! I just saw him going through security, when I practically killed myself with my lanyard (and totally got talked about that night on Deck 0 I'm SURE! The dude remembered me at the next port! ). I was so baffled by his guitar, I asked him if he was going out to play on the corner!

Between that, and the lanyard, I needed to find a hole that moment to go crawl into and DIE.
Now you got me trying to remember. How did you kill yourself with the lanyard? I was probably too mesmorized following him on the ship because I LOVED his sweatshirt so much. You were probably dying next to me and I was ignoring you.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:06 PM   #558
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Snorkeling sure works up an appetite, so we headed straight for some food.



We all got chicken tenders and fries.



They were pretty good too.

A view of Grand Cayman.



We all headed back to our rooms to freshen up a bit. I guess I felt the need to take a picture of our towel animals lined up. LOL



We met back up and headed to the tenders once again.









A peek over the side at the water.





A look back at the ship.



We have arrived once again. Which way to go?



There it is.





Letís stop and take a touristy picture!!



I tried to get a shot of the floor, but as you can see, that wasnít too successful.



It was kind of a maze to get to the restaurant part, up stairs over this way and that, but we found them.







The place was pretty empty and we found sat a table next to them.





Here is the view out the windows. And there is a deck out here as well.





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Old 12-11-2012, 07:39 AM   #559
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The other gals had ordered food, but since we had just eaten, we didn't, but we did each order a pop.



We weren't there for long and decided to get moving. For some reason the waitress put it all on one bill. So annoying. I swear she said that it was $1.50 American to $1 Grand Cayman, but we asked Carolyn how much we owed her and she gave us a price that seemed way too little. I think Lisa gave her the money for our drinks since I paid the tip on the snorkeling excursion, so I am not for sure what the exact total came to.

We decided to take a bus around the island and see what it looked like. Lisa and I debated on this a bit. It sounded fun, yet we weren't sure we wanted to do it. Finally we said OK and went along.

As we headed out we took picture of Margaritaville.











Lisa and I.






They had a pool area here too.









Another stop for touristy pictures.






We had a few issues finding this bus stop. We were told it was behind Margaritaville, but honestly we just didnt see it, nor any buses around.



We decided to look in here a minute because who ever heard of bamboo socks?



Well they had them and sheets and just about anything you could think of made out of bamboo. The clothing was VERY soft, and PRICEY.

We won't be taking those home with us.

We kept on looking



Lots of Banks in Grand Cayman. And jewelry stores. At one point Shelly asked what the local time was as it was an hour ahead on clock she saw. I thought that was correct, but the ship stayed on Galveston time. But then later we saw another clock that had the same time as Galveston. Weird. We never figured it out. Some people said they were the same, while other said it was an hour ahead.



Finally we asked someone where the bus stop was. Well we weren't too far ......and this was not really a bus. There was an area with lots of vans parked. These were the buses. They asked where you wanted to go, more like a taxi that followed a route. We said we just wanted to make a loop and end up back here. So we all got in and started off. This van still made stops throughout the island, but very few people got on or off. You could tell some people used this to get to and from work, and I must say, if you got on near the beginning of the route and worked near the end, that is a long ride ....at least it seemed like it to me.





The whole reason for this ride was to see some local life. I will warn you now, I took quite a few pictures .......through a window in a moving van, so needless to say, they are not great, but it will give you an idea what the island is like.

Our bus is fresh too!



Lets just say some of the decor is kind of interesting.









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Old 12-11-2012, 09:13 AM   #560
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I'm wearing bamboo socks right now (but they came from Target!)

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:46 AM   #561
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Your pictures of the town look similar to Nassau but a lot cleaner.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:08 PM   #562
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I'm wearing bamboo socks right now (but they came from Target!)

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REally...Wow..Are they comfy

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Your pictures of the town look similar to Nassau but a lot cleaner.
Yeah, Nassau is not very clean looking at all, especially outer areas.
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they are really nice...they help my feet stay cool too.

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When we were in Grand Cayman, thier money was worth more than American money. For that reason things were expensive. Grand Cayman's main industry is offshore banking. This is where the supper duper rich from all over the world keep a lot of their money!
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:57 AM   #565
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they are really nice...they help my feet stay cool too.

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Oh, I might have to look into that then.

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When we were in Grand Cayman, thier money was worth more than American money. For that reason things were expensive. Grand Cayman's main industry is offshore banking. This is where the supper duper rich from all over the world keep a lot of their money!
Well of course. I have 2 accounts myself there.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:58 AM   #566
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We passed some resorts and nice houses along the way. And some not so nice as well.







And we spot some beach!

















I think they mustíve been doing some remodeling, as all the bedroom furniture was outside.













And here is a sight you donít normally see every day ÖÖÖ.





Unless you are me! This is a common sight out in my back yard every day.





In case you didnít know, my husband is a dairy farmer.

On our route we made stops and picked up some people and dropped them off. It was obvious that some were coming or going to work. I wouldnít mind taking this bus to the beach, as it was close, but coming back would take a lot longer. Keep that in mind if you ever decide to use this option. It would be cheap transportation, but time wise coming back, not very good.

One last shot before we made it back to where we started.

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Old 12-13-2012, 04:17 AM   #567
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Thanks for sharing all the photos. That bus ride looks interesting as you saw a lot of things the average tourist won't see.

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Thanks for sharing all the photos. That bus ride looks interesting as you saw a lot of things the average tourist won't see.

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It was. not something i would do again probably, but interesting to see the area.
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Before our trip, Lisa had talked to Verizon about adding international calling so she could call her husband. While at Margaritaville she had tried and punched in the code she was given. It did not work. I think she said she heard a recording and it wasn’t in English, so she had no clue what it even said. She was frustrated. I didn’t even bother with my phone, as I figured it wouldn’t work if hers didn’t.

She tried a few times throughout the day and never did get it figured out.

After our bus tour we split up with the others. I wanted to shop for some junk. You know what I mean, right? That stuff that is very touristy and fun to bring home to the kids. The others didn’t want to so they went back to the ship. I think Lisa would’ve rather gone back too, but she stuck back with me. I want to add it was super-hot this day. We were roasting. Some places were cooler than others and that determined how long we stayed in the store.

I thought this fountain was cute.



Sadly, I just couldn’t find what I wanted.



This area seemed to have more high dollar places, or really cruddy places. I bought a few small things, I think a magnet for myself…this was my new “thing”, starting to buy magnets from different places and Grand Cayman was my very 1st one …sadly I don’t always remember to do so ….a stone turtle for Claire, and I think Lisa bought one for her grandson. I don’t think anything else was purchased, but it’s been a while, so I may have forgotten.

It was so darn hot that we didn’t venture too far down the road and gave up. I have heard that if I went further, I probably would’ve found more of what I was looking for.
We made our way back to the tenders then. We were getting closer to all aboard time and we didn’t want to be rushing back.

We spotted an airplane coming in.



It didn’t take too long to get on the tender. This time is was more crowded and we had to wait a little bit. They were bringing on supplies. Boxes of food, etc. I assume this was all for the ship. We also saw several people bringing on cases of alcohol. I need to brush up on this, but I thought there was a limit on how much you could take home, but I am not sure if it is the same from all ports. Maybe these people were hearty drinkers and planned to drink it all before they got back?

Finally we set sail back to the Magic.





I took this picture after we boarded, but I can’t remember where it was now.



We headed back to the room to lounge a bit. We decided we should order room service, after all it had been at least 2 hours since we last ate. LOL! I made the call and ordered some Mickey bars, cheese plate, and chocolate chip cookies.

While we waited for the order to come I stood out on the balcony and soon we started turning around.









I wondered if we had everyone onboard, as it was not 4 PM yet. I then saw some more tenders come. I heard that some people barely made it back and were on the last tender …….I believe those people were part of Mary’s gang too. LOL

I wanted to capture the ships horn on my video, but it never worked out. I kept turning on the camera and I would get nothing, in hopes of it playing. I got some really crappy video that will make you sick, and no horn. I kept walking back in the room to listen for the room service knock, and wouldn’t you know it played while I did that.

We did eventually get the food though.



Lisa arranged our Mickey bars.



They were melting fast, so we went right after them. YUM! I ate the ear off of it and then plop! The whole darn thing fell off the stick onto the carpet. I think I had those eyes of horror and shock! Lisa looked down at it and me and smiled and kept eating hers. I looked down at it and back at her and said “I’m still gonna eat”! She started laughing. But when I picked it up, it had carpet fuzz all over half of it. There was just no way to do so. I could handle the germs, but not the fuzz. The other ear was still free from fuzz and I did eat that. I figure the best way to build the immune system is introduce a few germs into it.
That was such a disappointment.

Lisa kept eating hers and after a bit she said she really wasn’t an icecream person, and she didn’t know if she could finish hers. Then she looked up at me, saw the look on my face, and said, “but I think I better”. LOL.
I did enjoy the cookie. It was huge, but just as good as the ones they serve at Topsiders. I think we put the 2nd cookie in the fridge for a snack later, which at some point I did eat too.

The cheese plate was great too!

I got a last picture of Grand Cayman as we pulled away.



I had started carrying my Castaway club backpack instead of my camera bag. This was sooooo much better on my shoulders. I happened to find this little goodie in there that I had missed earlier.



We then showered and got ready for the evening show and Pirate night.

Tonights show was Villians tonight.



I had seen this on the Dream and it wasn’t a favorite of mine. I was going to give it a 2nd chance. I am glad I did. I liked it much better this time around. I am not sure if there was much difference, but I guess I liked the jokes a bit better, or maybe it was the way they were presented this time around. They do change some of the jokes to keep up with current events. I also think a few things were slightly different.
I was happy we went and saw it and that I gave it a 2nd chance.

After the show, we headed back to the room for a bit.



This guy was waiting for us. Lisa informed me that he could only wear her sunglasses tonight as she would need them tomorrow, so I better get a picture now. LOL.



We started watching Men in Black 3. Lisa had never seen it, but I did, but we both really got into it and we almost were late for dinner because we got so engrossed in it.

As we walked to the dining room we saw Pirate Stitch. Sadly I didn’t have a good setting on my camera as I took the picture and it was really dark and grainy. Such a shame, because he posed for me too.


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Ah, what a shame you "lost" your Mickey bar!
Looks like you had a fun day! I cannot believe we will (hopefully - no hurricanes please this coming August ) be able to see all that for ourselves too!
You know, with all our cruises we have yet to order from room service (other than the breakfast, where you hang the list outside your stateroom) and we have yet to see a movie on board.

I cannot wait to read more....... and I love the picture of Stitch - so cute!
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