Cass, Rob & Kira - Christmas on the Wonder - 2018. Third time's a charm!

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  1. unwritten01

    unwritten01 Mouseketeer

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    Joining in a little late but loving it! You always have the best photos and LOL moments. Kira has grown so much - we have six kids and every trip to Disney you look at the last and think he/she was seriously that little back then.. Look forward to more!
     
  2. jenseib

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    How fun! That water is so nice and clear too. When we did it in Tortola, the water was disgusting green and made us itch.
     
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  4. bcwife76

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    The cheesy VR experience aside, I think that looks like a fabulous dolphin excursion!!! And a lovely lunch included too!

    We did a dolphin encounter a few years ago (so we were in the pool but did not swim with them), we chose the encounter over swimming as our girls were younger at the time (3 1/2 and 6) and we paid about $140US for the cd (usb stick??) for our photos, figuring it would be one and done, too ;-) Meh, when in Rome, right?
     
  5. DnA2010

    DnA2010 Rope Drop!

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    Fellow Canadian (Kamloops) newbie jumping on board, I love your writing style, and am going to be going back to read some of your other reports!
    You capture the essence of a Disney cruise wonderfully!
     
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  6. Timon

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    Well, I haven't experienced Rapunzel's yet but yes, Tiana's is awesome!! :cool1:

    I can't wait to hear what you think about it after your cruise on the Magic :thumbsup2



    Yes, I remember cruising before they added the Funnel Vision TV screen, it's so weird looking back on those pics and videos but yes, so much quieter! :goodvibes

    The main different in QC on the classic ships compared to the new ships...no fun porthole window to laugh at people through :rotfl2:

    I would say about the same size, just laid out differently :thumbsup2

    Yeah, the neighbour thing just got worse as the cruise went on sadly but we still managed to enjoy our verandah :goodvibes

    I can't say I blame him! I like that this cruise it was "optional" and wish they were all like that. ::yes::

    You are going to love Tiana's :woohoo:

    Thanks so much! :flower3:

    Yes, really, the best weather evah :worship::worship::worship:

    It's normally so hot there that I can't think straight :faint:

    Hahaha, gotta leave some suspense, right? :rotfl2:

    I only went in that one time all by lonesome, I knew I would just get sad if I went in without you :sad:

    Okay, Tiramisu for us both next time :p

    Gosh, I was longing for our Remy after hearing our neighbours :rolleyes1

    Yup, he's crazy!! :scared: :rotfl2:

    Yup, it took sooo long to get there! I would have rather just walked there on my own, it's close and we probably would have beat everyone there!:goodvibes

    Oh yes! Those beignets, right? :love:

    Not long at all :p

    LOL! The best shows on TV do it...why not a trippie? :laughing::laughing::laughing:

    I try to write a post a day when I am feeling good, sorry, it takes awhile to get through these suckers :rolleyes1 ;)

    Awww thanks for joining in :cool1:

    Thanks! I picked it out for her, I thought it was super cute and very age appropriate and she loved it AND it was on sale. :P

    Thanks for letting me know you're reading :D

    Not even half-way through, so perfect timing :flower:

    Yes, you are sooo right! I remember going to WDW in 2013, thinking she was so grown up and now I look back think how little she was :laughing:

    They grow up so fast! ::yes:::wizard:

    Oh no, that's not fun! :scared::crazy2:

    The water was beautiful and I really felt like the dolphins were happy and well taken care of :love:

    It really was a fabulous excursion, perfect weather and I am sooo glad we did it :worship:

    I hear ya! We will probably do it again one day but I would like to try Discovery Cove again and get a full day experience there again :thumbsup2

    Hello my fellow Canuck :wave2:

    Thanks for joining in on the fun :woohoo:

    Enjoy the other reports, you can go backwards and see Kira get smaller and smaller :lmao:
     
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  7. MAeroGirl

    MAeroGirl Earning My Ears

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    Hi — coming out of lurkerdom for the first time in YEARS to say thanks for these great trip reports! We just returned from our first cruise in November, and these TRs give me a wonderful sense of nostalgia for our trip. :earsgirl: Love all the pictures, and your family is adorable. Best wishes from the American Midwest!
     
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  8. cheermom2four

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    wow, thats some excursion with the dolphins!!! I love the pics!
     
  9. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    Yeah, that is a bit annoying. I do appreciate the educational aspect of the excursion, but the whole production of getting on a boat and everything is a bit much.

    Sweet! Sounds like the VIP is the way to go!

    Darn! Oh well!

    I would have gotten all the photos too!
     
  10. cntkg1

    cntkg1 <b><font color=blue>Runs with Scissors!!<br><font

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    Beautiful pics, Cass! I love all those close ups of the rides with the dolphins. Were all those taken with just your iphone?

    Did you end up ordering anything to eat or am i being impatient (as usual) and it’ll be covered in your next installment? :)
     
  11. Timon

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    December 23rd, 2018, part 3

    It wasn't too long after we ordered that Jorge brought our food. I just got an appetizer, the Mexican platter, which was delicious!! I was worried that it would be too spicy for me since I am a woos but it was all delicious and the only thing that had a kick in it was the thing on the bottom right but it wasn't too bad. The guacomole was the best I've ever had! I was wishing it came with more! :worship:

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    Rob started with the Lime Soup, which he said was delicious.

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    And since there wasn't many kid-friendly choices, Kira got a Caesar Salad.

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    Rob also got the shrimp, which he lovingly share with his girls who were obviously hungrier than they had thought and should have ordered more. :rolleyes1 :rotfl2:

    The risotto was soooo good!!!

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    For dessert, we got two cheesecakes and a brownie. None of us cared for these at all.

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    Also, Rob had ordered a virgin Pina Colada and Kira and I just had some bottled waters. Alcoholic drinks were included, however.

    During this meal, I noticed that Rob was calling Luis, "Louis" and Jorge, "George" :lmao:

    Jorge dropped off our appies and Rob said "Thanks, George!" and I was like...."Did you just call him GEORGE??" :rotfl2:

    "His name is Jorge...as in HOR-HAY, not George!"

    Jorge was very kind and never corrected him and he told us that he gets it all the time. :p

    And then Luis came around with the ipads and Rob said "Thanks, Louis!"

    "Babe, this is LOU-EESE, not LOU-IS" :laughing:

    Luis also had a good sense of humour about it and also said he gets it all the time. Like I said, easy to laugh, he was :p

    Rob tries very hard, he really does, but he's not the best at different languages :rolleyes1

    Once we were done with our meals, Luis made it clear that if he wanted to tip Jorge, to do it here and now because they didn't split tips.

    Wink wink, nudge, nudge. Know what I mean. ;) ::yes::

    So, we tipped him and thanked him and apologized once more. :lmao:

    The other group with us had ordered quite a bit and they were only on appetizers by the time we were done so I wasn't sure if we had to wait for them or what?

    Luis said when we were ready, he would walk us over to the other side to pay for the photos because that is a separate company/area, so we said we were ready!

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    This was the other side of Dolphinaris, where most people book. He asked us if we wanted to see the baby dolphin (calf) and we said heck yeah, we do! :woohoo: :lmao:

    The dolphins in this area seemed very happy to see us! There were no other meets or encounters going on, they were done for the day. Some were just swimming, some were getting fed and doing some training. It was so nice to see. Although you just never know for sure but they seemed truly happy here. A lot of people are against dolphins in captivity but I see both sides of the coin here but they did seem happy.



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    The calf is in the middle below...

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    The momma seemed particularly happy to see me and kept showing off for me :love:

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    The calf next to her momma...

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    We went in through the gift shop/photo area. This is where this side goes to check out their photos.

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    This is the front entrance of the Dolphinaris side...

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    The eating area looking over the dolphin tanks...

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    Back to the gift shop...

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    Where my daughter tried to get a stuffy but her plans were thwarted by her momma, exclaiming she had two at home already. :rolleyes2

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    Closer look at the dolphin areas, with the calf in the foreground..

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    And this is where we picked up our three prints. The rest were emailed to us a few days later.

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    This is the check-in area of Dolphinaris, where we had to pay for our photos.

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    Once we were done, Luis asked if we wanted to head back to Blu or just head back to the ship. He said he would get us a taxi and pay for it upfront here so we didn't have to walk back and I said "Perfect, Louis!" :rotfl2: :rotfl:

    He laughed at my joke and then I tipped him and said good-bye and thank you :laughing::p :thumbsup2

    I loved this tree!

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    We pulled around and I got a photo of the Dolphinaris entrance.

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    A few minutes later we were back in the mall!

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    We passed this and decided to wait in the short line to get a pic.

    I had all of our stuff in my hands so it wasn't easy to get a pic and I totally failed :rotfl:

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    Thankfully the kind lady behind me offered to take a photo of all three of us.

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    Then we headed back to the ship! I asked Kira if she wanted to do some shopping, get something to remember her time in Mexico but she was very eager to get back on the ship. She sadly missed the ONE Edge activity she actually wanted to do, and that was "Invade Vibe" where the tweens and teens swap clubs.

    Sorry doll, we had dolphins to see :o

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    We took the obligatory selfie with the ship in the background...

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    And then we went directly to Pete's because Kira and I were starving marvins! :worship:

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    Delish!!

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    So, thus ends our Cozumel excursion, which I HIGHLY recommend to those with guests that are 12 and over :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    I feel the true testament to any experience I have is "Would I do it again?" and the answer for this one is an astounding YES! ::yes::
     
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  12. bcwife76

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    Awww, love the bonus dolphin time you got :love: Safe to say this is an excursion you will remember for years to come :flower1:
     
  13. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    That was a great excursion! That place looks so nice too.

    I want those fries....and someone is like me....mayo with ketchup!!! MMMMM!

    Ironically, Claire had school off today and we went and had mexican! It was good, but your sampler plate looked divine!
     
  14. cheermom2four

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    I need to remember this excursion because it looks like so much fun and worth it! Great pics of the dolphins!
     
  15. tinkerbellmagic

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    Terrific updates! Those trip excursion, ship, and food photos, are amazing! Thank you for taking the time to share with others! :)
     
  16. SplashMom

    SplashMom I have a whole new perspective on life!

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    Yayy! Just caught up on your newest trip report and loving it! We just cruised on the Magic in mid-December so I love reading your report and remembering my cruise as well, lol. This was our fifth Disney cruise and third on the Magic. I just love the smaller ships. We haven't done the Wonder yet--maybe soon depending on the port.

    I love reading all of your details and watching Kira grow up...and she is growing up quickly! Can't wait to read the rest of your report. :)
     
  17. Timon

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    December 23rd, Part 4

    Rob and I took showers after our lunch and then watched us sail away from Cozumel.

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    Just as we were pulling away, the blanket of cloud that had been so graciously covering us all day began to blow away. It reminded me of Chinooks that we get at home.

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    While Kira showered, Rob and I watched the sunset from our balcony...

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    Then we all headed down to the Walt Disney Theater for the variety act.

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    The Great DuBois...

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    They were amazing!!

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    After the show, we did some shopping in the stores and I grabbed this beautiful tote...

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    We had every intention of skipping Pirate Night completely but Kira wanted to grab an ice cream and wanted me to go with her so we headed to deck 9, which we found out was shut down on the starboard side already, for the fireworks. They close it and water it down for safety.

    So, we had to head up to the very windy deck 10, cross over at the funnel and then come back that same way once we procured the ice cream. Crazy crowds , no thanks :crazy2:

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    Then back to our gloriously, crowd-free room to watch the fireworks from our lovely, quiet verandah :cloud9:

    I had moved our lights around a bit because I wanted to see them while I was laying down in bed :love:

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    Then we heard the show begin and headed out there. Technically, they ask you not to watch from your verandah due to safety concerns but we watched for stray embers and weren't that close to them and I didn't feel like leaving the room :rolleyes:



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    Then it was time for dinner! We didn't have the pirate menu the past two Christmas cruises so it was a nice change. :thumbsup2

    Arrrrgh, matey, look how piratey we be pirate:pirate:pirate::rotfl2:

    This is actually the least piratey we have ever been on a cruise. Normally, we will at least wear our pirate shirts but yeah, I'm so done with pirate night, I didn't even pack anything piratey. :duck:

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    Kira organized all of the crayons :teeth:

    And then Wayan came over and gave her a puzzle (with said crayons) for us to figure out. She's a smart cookie because she figured it out before we did. :p

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    She asked for another Caesar salad...

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    And Rob got this, which he gets every time but then is always surprised when it comes because it looks so weird :rotfl:

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    I think this was a soup from the kids menu that I wanted to try...

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    Rob's soup...

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    My entree...

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    Rob's...

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    Rob's...

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    Mine...

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    And I think we shared this one? I took a bite but didn't care for it.

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    Back to the room to change into my swimsuit...

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    And then I headed to the pool. Normally I don't take my phone with me but that night I did so I could share with you all how peaceful and quiet it is there (most nights!) and why I love it so much!

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    This was my favourite pool time! The pool had warmed up a bit, so very swimable for me but too cold for most people so I had it all to myself and the hot tubs were rather empty for most of my glorious, serene hour to myself. :love:

    I met a few couples (some that I would see again on future pool nights) that were very nice but mostly I enjoyed my alone time. I am the baby of five kids so alone time was not something I had often growing up but 100% need as an adult. ::yes::

    I think my evening pool time is my favourite thing about cruising on the classic ships. :love::worship::cloud9:

    Back to the room to change and get ready for bed. Kira had ventured out to Edge for Heroes and Villains but promptly returned when it was over.

    She said she had tons of fun so I don't know why she was still so reluctant to spend more time in there? :confused3


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    It was an amazing day, long and full and fun and we were tired! Need to get some zzzz's because tomorrow was our second port day at Grand Cayman :goodvibes

    I will post the Nav's in tomorrow's post because I am already at my 35 image limit. :crazy2:
     
  18. Timon

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    Yay, thanks for coming out of lurkdom to let me know you're reading :wave: :cool1: :cheer2:

    First cruise? How exciting! I hope you loved it :goodvibes

    It was great :thumbsup2 :cool1:

    Yup, very skippable but definitely would still recommend the VIP tour :thumbsup2

    You are not allowed to take your phones or camera near any dolphin swim, for the dolphin's safety and so they can charge you a bazillion dollars for photos :rotfl2:

    Luis took all of the photos and I am wishing I ordered more food :rolleyes:

    Yes, it sure was memorable! :love:

    Beautiful place, even on the other side but we were there when almost no one else was and I know how crowded it can get :scared:

    Mayo & ketchup, always and forever :lovestruc :rotfl2:

    Too funny about your getting Mexican that day :laughing:

    Definitely, highly recommend :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    Thanks for reading, tink :hug:

    Thanks for the very kind words :hug:

    Our first 4 cruises were on the Magic, so I hear ya :love: You will love the Wonder just as much ;)::yes::
     
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  19. bcwife76

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    Glorious adult pool time :flower1: I guess everyone else was busy with pirate stuff pirate: Certainly my least favourite night of any cruise, too o_O Glad you got some nice fireworks shots from your balcony:love:
     
  20. Timon

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    December 24th, Part 1

    Here's the Navs for today...

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    Our plan for Grand Cayman was to head up to the Turtle Farm, which is now called Turtle "Center" :rolleyes1

    I guess it looks better on paper but they are still a farm, if you know what I mean :rolleyes:

    They also do a lot of conservation with the turtles and we've never been there so we thought it would be a good thing to do for this trip.

    We originally were going to book the big package with the snorkeling but after Rob was using the snorkel mask at Dolphinaris, he decided that snorkeling right now with his mouth issues was not a good idea and I agreed with him so we would only be doing the turtle tanks and not the swim/lagoon area.

    We woke up and watched as we sailed into the area..



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    The tenders were getting ready for us!

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    Only one other ship that day.

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    Rob and I headed up for breakfast. Yay, I finally get to have breakfast on this cruise :p :rotfl:

    First, Rob's three plates (technically five actually) :rolleyes1

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    And here's mine :love:


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    The classic ships don't seem to serve ham or fried eggs at breakfast like the new ships do so I always grab some plain eggs benedict and then just toss the muffins. Works for me but I do hate wasting the muffins :scared:

    It was delicious, I love breakfast...any time of the day :worship:

    Kira skipped breakfast and eventually went up and got an apple and cookies from Daisy's :rolleyes1

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    We were not wanting to have to get tender tickets and wait with the crowds so we waited until open tenders so we had time to kill so we did some laundry. Well, Rob did some laundry and I organized and helped him fold ;)

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    I love how the app tells you when your load is done. It also calls the wave phones and leaves a text message on them. :rolleyes:

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    With a load done, it was now time to head off the ship.


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    And onto a tender boat. Kira was mad at me because I made her leave her phone in the room. :rolleyes2 She refused to look at me. :joker:

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    Looking back at the ship...

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    We got off the tender boat and headed out of the terminal area. I stopped at the taxi area and asked how much it was to go to the Turtle Center and he said it was $8 each one way! Umm no thanks! :rolleyes2

    $24 USD one way? Ugh! Let's keep walking and either find a cheaper taxi or grab the public bus.

    We stopped for a pic at this cool tree 8-)

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    And walked up a bit further. It was hot out but not bad at all actually. Definitely our warmest day but nothing to complain about!

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    A quick photo op with the two ships...

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    We didn't see any other taxis and just as we got to a bus stop, the public bus (which is actually a van) pulled up so we decided to hop in. It's only $2.50 USD per person one way all the way to the Turtle Center. They make stops picking up and dropping people off (mostly locals and a few tourists that aren't afraid to take local transport) but the stops were so quick and it was a good experience. :thumbsup2

    There was one nice couple in the van with us who were staying at the Ritz-Carlton so we chatted with them a bit. And we met another guy from Seattle who had come here three months ago and never went back home :laughing:



    It's weird seeing the driver on the wrong side :rotfl2:

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    Don't be fooled by this smile, she was grouchy the whole way up :eek:

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    She was mad because the ride took 30 minutes and she could have spent those precious moments with her face in her phone but her mean mother made her look around and actually see Grand Cayman :rolleyes1

    I, on the other hand, loved looking out the window seeing all the different things. We did see some familiar things too, like Esso stations...

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    KFC...

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    Wendy's...

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    Another Esso..

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    And I took this photo because I loved this cool looking palm tree. :flower:

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    As people would come and go, Kira, who eventually sat far away from her educational mother, would help close to the door :p Better than being on her phone :p :rolleyes1

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    Have to stop here because I am at my photo limit :rolleyes2
     
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  21. lorimay

    lorimay My littlest Loves

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    Oh your breakfast.....just perfect!!! Eggs Benedict minus the Hollandaise sauce and the delicious hash browns, yummmmooooo
    I usually add some oatmeal, I love DCL oatmeal, then a chocolate pastry for dessert, what better way to start a day???
     

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