Our third day on the ship was Monday, November 28 and it was my birthday! Yay!
We didn’t have to meet to leave on our excursion until 10:00, so we slept in a bit, got ready, and then had breakfast on the lido deck before leaving the ship for the day. We left early enough that we were able to poke around in the shops around the port. I didn’t see anything worth getting, but my mom bought two cool shot glasses.
Our excursion was going to be a low-key and easy one. I wanted to go to Stingray City again (I go there every time I go to Grand Cayman!), but none of the offered excursions seemed worth the price, so we settled on a beach-type excursion that included lunch.
The White House in Grand Cayman is a beautiful destination, just breathtaking. Mom and I decided to set up shop by the pool, though the water was just a little too cold to be enjoyable. After about an hour of lounging, we were summoned for lunch, which might have been one of the best lunches I’ve had on a cruise excursion! I only managed to get a photo of the appetizer and dessert, mostly because I dug into my main course the minute it arrived. We had a choice for main courses, and I settled on chicken and potatoes. The chicken was juicy and cooked to perfection – yum, yum! It might have been the best meal I had all cruise!
After lunch, we had some more time to lounge and I read my book while relaxing in a cabana. Eventually, it was time to go and on our way back to the port, we got a great history lesson from the bus driver. One of the things that stuck out to me is that he said that police officers on Grand Cayman don’t carry guns because they believe in a lawful society and that the people of Grand Cayman believe that everyone working together to instill peace and order leads to a peaceful society. Hearing this was a breath of fresh air after everything that’s been happening in the US for the past month! I mean, granted, the Cayman Islands have a tiny population compared to the US, but it’s an interesting concept.
We got back on the ship around 2:30 and played a game of cards before I decided to take a nap. Around 6 or so, I showered and got ready for dinner. I was nervous about dinner because I knew I was going to be sung happy birthday in front of a full dining room (eeks), but I made it through and the cake I was given was pretty good. I also took a shot of Fireball because birthdays, amirite?! This is after I had a fruity cocktail, so I was feeling prettttty good afterwards, haha. Ahhh, vacation!
Once we were done with dinner, it was time for one of my favorite events of any cruise: the Love & Marriage Show! We had a couple that had gotten married four days ago, a couple married for 16 years, and a couple married for 57 years. Let me tell you – Ed, the husband married for 57 years, became everyone’s hero throughout the program because his answers were hilarious! I will say that seeing those two was a little bittersweet because they could have been my grandparents. Ed’s wife is the same age my grandma would have been, and it made me realize how much life cancer stole from my grandma.
After the show, we headed back to our room to prepare for bed because tomorrow we were going to be in Jamaica!