Stingray Kisses and Swimming with the Fishes

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful day! I think it’s Tuesday as I type this (I’m having a hard time keeping track of any concept of time or date here in the Caribbean) and we’re having a little bit of down time after a full day of excursions in the Cayman Islands. Life is rough 😉 However, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to publish, as I learned yesterday that internet here costs a pretty penny – and it takes forever since it’s satellite. So it could be Wednesday by the time you’re reading this. (edit – it’s now Friday. Was too busy doing fun all-day excursions to take the lap top on the islands to find wifi!)

After I left off from the last cruise post, we ended up going out to the fun deck for a while and watched an awesome game of dodge ball:

 

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Twas intense. Then we decided to start up our own game of miniature golf. They have a pretty sweet course (?) on the very top of the cruise ship:

 

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FORE!!!

After the girls kicked the boys butts (that’s how I remember it anyway…) we headed down to the room and started getting ready for the formal night on the cruise. So we put on our Monday bests, and headed out to the captain’s dinner:

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I told Shane to thug it out for the camera 🙂

Hey look, it’s a towel animal!

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I don’t know why these things excite me so much, but they dooo 🙂 hehe

Heading down to the formal dinner, there was a pretty decent sized line, so we decided to hit up the bar for some pinot noir:

 

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and liked it so much, that we ordered a whole bottle at dinner!

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I’m blaming it on the sea air that I didn’t take a picture of my lobster, spinach salad, stuffed mushrooms, and chocolate melting cake 😉

The husband didn’t sleep well the night before, and I was pretty beat, too, so we headed back to the room around 10:30.

Plus, our ship was docking at the Grand Caymens at 7:00 the next morning! Bright and early, we headed up for pre-excursion breakfasts, where I had a delicious meal of peanut butter on rye, a veggie omelet, and a cute little pear.

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Note: I only ate one piece of pb bread, because I saw a hair on the second one 😦

Then it was time to head on over the Caymans!!!

 

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Kim and I had never been to Senor Frogs before, and we had a little time before our excursion bus was taking off, so we stopped in for a mojito!

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Everyone needs a froggy hug!

 

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So refreshing 😉

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Other random Cayman sitings:

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Tequila with “the worm:”IMG_2605

Then we hopped on a little boat, and were off to sea again!

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But this time it wasn’t on the cruise ship. It was to snorkel in the reef and swim with Sting rays!!

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We literally drove out to a sting ray hotspot in the sea, parked it, and hopped in the water, and there were seriously TONS of stingrays swimming around. It was craaazy! They were in the wild, and not afraid to swim right up against us! I freaked the F out for about ten minutes– My friend, Kim, and I wouldn’t let go of each other for fear we’d get stung by a ray! haha However, I got over it in no time, and was soon giving the stingray some love 🙂

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In one word…amazing. Nothing like I’ve experienced before.

Before I knew it, we were back on the cruise ship, and saying goooodbye to the island.

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And hellloooo to room service!

Fresh salad with oil and vinegar:

 

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Fresh mozerella, portabella, tomato, and zucchini on foccacia. This sandwich was unbelievably good. And room service is available 24/7! You can bet I’ll be ordering it again.

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The husband was happy to eat the potato chips off my plate 😀

 

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Not sure what the game plan is for tonight. I’m hoping to sneak in a nap before going “out” for the night. Up next tomorrow: Cozumel, Mexico to hike the Mayan Ruins. I am suuupah pumped for this business. (edit – Cozumel, Mexico was a blast. I loved it so much I left them my camera on the bus…and all the pictures double sad face. Thankfully, we’re traveling with another couple, whose photos I’ll upload on our last night here. The husband did say it’s a good excuse to get the camera I really want though! Not so sad face 😉 )

Water loggers: What’s the weirdest animal you’ve swum with?

Land lovers: Where’s the farthest you’ve been from home?

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27 Responses

  1. My husband and I regret not swimming with the sting rays in the Caymans when we were there, it looks so much fun!
    I swam with dolphins in Mexico, great experience too!

  2. Love the elephant towel 🙂

    SO jealous of your island get-a-way! It’s 22 degrees in NYC today, eek.

  3. How fun!! It looks like a blast 🙂 Enjoy your vacay – you deserve it in each and every way!

  4. Aww swimming with sting rays is a blast! I haven’t gone in almost 10 years so I think it’s about time for another trip 😉

    I’ve been on two far-away trips: an Alaskan cruise and my honeymoon in Santorini, Greece. It’s so exciting to experience places so far from your usual surroundings.

    Glad you’re having a great time and now have a good excuse for a new camera!!

  5. So glad you’re enjoying yourself!

  6. looks like your all having a blast…. BTW its neg 9 here in Chicago…… so be glad you aren’t here FReeZing! : ) but when you get back, there WILL be snow on the ground— tis beginning to look a lot like Christmassssss (in a singing voice of course)
    enjoy the food sand and company, and i will see your lovely faces when you return…… oh yeah and im reading this post on Thursday……. BOOO to the Caribbean satellites! … but you know that’s what you get when you Try to work on vacay : )
    xoxoxoxo

  7. Omg, so much fun. Love the stingray pics 🙂

  8. OMG, everything sounds like SO much fun!!! How amazing that you got to kiss that sting ray! I remember Cozumel being one of my favorites on my cruise. The city is just so alive and exciting!

    xxoo
    Heather

  9. I am so glad you are having such a great time to remember forever. I swam with skates yuk and jelly fish yuk yuk, but do you remember the whole school of manatee in Florida? Wonderful experience.
    Niko is looking wonderful too…she visited a groomer today to prepare for your return.

  10. holy amazing time you must be having! i just caught up on some (well, eight!) of your posts and i have gotta say i am jealous times infinity plus three!!! the worm made me a little queasy though 😉 XOXOXO

  11. AHHH! Glad you’re having so much fun!!!

  12. Looks like you are having a great time! Love the kissy pictures with the stingrays 🙂

  13. looks like such a great time – those towel animals excited me when i was on my last cruise too

  14. My husband and I swam with whale sharks on our honeymoon. It was so amazing. Whale sharks are HUGE!! I was really scared at first but I’m glad I got over it.

  15. I love the towel elephant!! I swam with stingrays when I was about 12!

  16. I’ve swam with stingrays and dolphins before. I think the sting rays were crazier because of the feedings. And because they’re known for stinging people!!

    The farthest I’ve been from home was Greece….or England. Which ever is farther. I’ve also been to Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, and maybe a few other places…I’m a lucky girl : ) Husband and I are *HOPEFULLY* going to Singapore and/or Thailand within the next year…THAT will have been the furthest (24 hours plane ride, eww!). Enjoy the rest of your trip, Paige!

    P.S. I left you a blog award yesterday!

  17. Im in the caribbean right now too!!! Just got here yesterday!

    Farthest from home? Well this, Europe, Costa Rica, all about the same.

    Swam with? I SCUBA so I’m sure Ive “swam with” more than I even wanna know about 🙂

    I loved diving in the Caymans, toooo fun! Go snorkeling or scuba’ing if your certified! GReat marine life!!!!

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