Cruise Post #2: Grand Cayman and Mexico
Alright, our first stop of the cruise was Grand Cayman. We decided that it would be a beach day. So we lathered up (50 SPF all week, no wonder I’m not that tan), and got off the boat. Did you know that Grand Cayman is a British Island? And that they drive on the left side of the road. We hopped a cab to “Seven Mile Beach” while it was waiting at the light. Did I mention that this “cab” was actually a van with about 10 people in it and we sat up front?
We soaked up some sun for a while, swam in the salty, blue ocean, and then decided to go to HELL! Yup, Hell is a little tourist spot on the island. We found a bus (again a 10 passenger van) outside of the beach. To catch the bus in Grand Cayman, you have to stand on the side of the road. When they spot you, they will honk, then you wave and they stop. It’s a bit odd. The bus cost $2.50 in American and $2 in CI (Cayman money).
We made our way through the tiny houses (that had a cow or two, maybe some chickens, maybe a pony) to Hell, which was a tiny little post office with a crappy gift shop. Behind the house was a weird landscape. The whole thing took maybe 10 minutes before we were ready to head back to the ship. Caught a bus back (thank goodness, because we thought that we were in the middle of nowhere), and went back on board.
I don’t have any pictures of Grand Cayman at the moment, since I took our disposable camera to the beach, but I’ll try to get some soon. Here’s a picture of another Carnival ship in port at Grand Cayman:
That night after dinner, we went up to the 11th deck and took in some (windy) mini-golf:
Our towel animal of the night was:
Cobra? Peacock? Swan? Name it!
Cozumel / Ruins at Tulum, Mexico
When we booked our cruise, I said that there was one excursion that we had to take: Mayan Ruins at Tulum. From the dock at Cozumel, we took a 45 minute boat ride across the Yucatan Channel to Playa Del Carmen.
From there we took a 50 minute bus ride down to the ruins. I have tons of pictures so here are the highlights:
These ruins are unique in that this site is the only one on the coast. So there’s a beautiful beach right next to it.
There were giant iguanas everywhere
After walking around for awhile, we had time to kill before we could get back on the bus (it was still hot). The area around the parking lot was full of people trying to sell us stuff (really annoying). So we sat down at “Senor Frosty’s” for some authentic Mexican food (of course down there they just call it food).
Chicken Quesadilla. They also brought out some pico de gallo “ei-ei-ei, ei-ei-ei”.
It was SUPER HOT! I had about three pieces out of this bowl (yes pieces) and that was enough for me. It has habanero peppers in it!
Here’s Diet Coke in Mexico:
Another 50 minute bus ride, and 45 minute boat ride, and we were back on board. Time for dinner!
I had Thanksgiving Dinner: turkey, stuffing, fried green beans, and some yucky mashed pumpkin.
Matt had Short Rib Concrete Confit.
If only we’d had my iPhone, we could have looked up what confit was. We did later and learned it’s like stewed/marinated meat. Not as exciting as it sounds in French.
After dinner, we went to the comedian show of the night. I was very impressed with all of the comedians that they brought on board. Did you know that they pick them up / drop them off at different ports. One night we didn’t get our scheduled guy, because his flight was delayed and missed us going out of port.
I also believe that this was the night that someone fell overboard while we were in port at Cozumel. Our cruise director, a short, rotund, Scottish man named “Weeeee Jimmy”, had warned us that Cozumel would be where people would get SMASHED, since Mexican tequila is like 150 proof. Obviously, someone had a bit too much and decided to take a swim. So we were delayed in leaving port, but I guess it didn’t affect our time the next day.
Towel Animal of the night:
Seductive bunny? Jackalope?
Take your guesses on the towel animals!
Have you ever been to Mexico? Were you harassed by people wanting you to buy stuff?