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WC 2017 – Day 5 – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

by on Dec.12, 2017, under Vacation, Western Caribbean 2017

During the night Regal Princess maintained a Westerly heading across the Cayman Trench. In the early morning, as we left the islands of “Little Cayman” and “Cayman Brac” on our Starboard side, we set a West North-Westerly heading, following the Southern Coast of Grand Cayman Island. As we were abeam of “South West Point”, we altered to the North, approaching our designated anchorage area. Once we reached our position in the anchorage, we let go our Port anchor at 06:45, and at 07:00 started to lower our tenders. With vessel brought up to the anchor, passenger operation commenced.

When we woke up this morning, we were the only ship here at Grand Cayman… a few hours later, there were four ships, including Carnival Breeze and Sensation, and Celebrity Equinox. We had breakfast and then boarded a tender to go walk around the shopping area.

When we arrived over there, we were bombarded by locals who wanted to take us on island tours. We almost took one, but decided to just walk around instead. We visited a church and found our way to a small craft market, where we were able to buy a magnet made on this island. This may not sound like much, but not a single gift shop had anything made locally.

When we returned to the ship, we had lunch at Alfredo’s and then took a swim in the Retreat Pool before taking a short nap. Mom called and said that she was making Mardi Gras masks, so Heather and I met her in Club 6 and Heather made one too.

Tonight we’re going to the Crown Grill for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a bit non-traditional, but they make great food there. I hope Mom and Dad like it as they’ve never been, and Dad’s tough to please.

At 15:55 with all passengers and crew back onboard, we commenced heaving up the anchor and to recover the tenders. Anchor was aweigh at 16:12, and once we cleared the anchorage, we set a West-North-Westerly course across the Cayman Trench towards our next port of call, Cozumel.

Something happened in the Crown Grill tonight. I think that they were training a new chef or something. Our French Onion Soups were excellent as always. We then waited for a full hour for our meals. When they arrived, everything was cooked well-done when we all ordered medium. It was a big disappointment. I felt bad because I had talked this place up so much to my parents, and we would have been better off just going to the buffet upstairs. The service was good, and you could tell that the servers were stressed out about something. It will definitely be a memorable Thanksgiving meal.

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