We boarded a boat named the "Falcon" along with those from another bus, and after about a 20 minute ride, we arrived at the famous sandbar reef where all the stingrays live. We could see the sting rays circling in the water before we even stopped. A half-dozen (or more) boats were in the area, and after our guide reminded us of the name of our boat so we would re-board correctly, we got out in the water with these graceful animals. I loved the experience, but Rosemary did not. She liked to look at them from the boat, but didn't stay in the water long. She was not alone, and wasn't even the first back on the boat. Evidently this happens every day--some people love 'em, others do not. I had my photo taken holding and even kissing a ray since it's supposed to bring you good luck. Stingray City is definitely the place to be, with dozens of people in the water with the rays and many more on boats watching.
After our Stingray City visit, we motored back ashore and boarded a bus for "Tiki Beach", one of many beaches on the island. We had a great view of the six ships in the Georgetown harbor. Rosemary and I found two lounge chairs in the shade. The water was much colder than at Stingray City, so I only went in for a little while and Rosemary passed. We had some Oriental tourists near our shady spot, and they kept taking photos of a relatively small iguana in a tree overhead. Wish they could see some of the giant iguanas like I've seen in the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico!
We returned to the ship about 2 pm and ate lunch outside at the Mast Grill in our swimsuits. Both of us were craving hotdogs, so we had chili dogs, french fries, and onion rings. Very tasty. We showered off the saltwater and went to tea about 4:30 in the Tuscan Grill, which offered a great view of the wake of the ship as we sailed away from Grand Cayman.
At around 5 pm, we were back at the Observation Lounge for the happy hour. It was fun comparing notes about our day in Grand Cayman with our fellow cruisers.
Dinner was at 7 pm in the Murano specialty restaurant. The meal and the service were exceptional.
Our dinner lasted so long that we were a little late for the 9 pm show. It was SRO again, so we stood in the back of the balcony (even the balcony was full) for a while to watch the singer/impressionist perform. However, we were both exhausted from our long day, so we returned to the room about 9:45 to find that we were supposed to set back our clocks! It was only 8:45; however, we were so tired we went right to sleep!
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