Writing about a 2 week vacation is daunting! Especially when you’re trying to do it 6 months after the fact. Luckily I have a few notes from each day jaunted down during the trip to help me remember some of the details.
Let’s jump into Day 4 of our Back to Back Cruise on the Carnival Glory. We arrived at our docking location near George Town, Grand Cayman. The thing about this port is you don’t dock next to the island. You dock a ways out and have to get on a tender boat that brings you to shore. Then, you may pop over here if you decide to go on a shopping spree.
While most people choose to rent boats, some are interested in buying their own dream boat. If you’re passionate about boating, then you might want to start looking for a used or new boat online. You may also look for a harbor or marina with the right amenities and adequate Marina Security.
We got breakfast at the inside buffet before heading down to the Amber Palace lounge and wait for them to call our excursion so we could get on the tender.
The process that occurs when having to tender to the island for an excursion is usually a bit tedious. It’s a bunch of hurry up and wait and walking in large groups of people…blah blah blah. There are so many ways they could stream line this. So I’m just hopeful that one day they will do that.
The excursion we signed up for was called the Stingray City Sandbar and Starfish Point. Here is what Carnival says about the tour:
During approximately 35 minutes, the boat will cruise to the world-renowned Stingray City, where you will experience exploring this majestic sandbar to interact with friendly Southern Atlantic Stingrays, as featured on several nature shows! After departing Stingray City, participants will enjoy a short cruise to Starfish Point where guests will discover starfish of various sizes in shallow waters. After your visit with your new friends, enjoy the secluded tropical setting on Starfish Beach. Take the opportunity to swim and relax in the shallow waters or explore the surrounding area of this location before the trip back to your ship.
Here we are leaving on our tender. They will often have 2 embarkation areas open to allow you to exit front and back of ship, which is really nice.
Here’s our captain of our ship who was the stingray handler.
Here’s Rob in the water. All the boats circle around the island backed in, so you just go down the ladder. I think really tall people could touch right there, but if not you just swim a couple feet to you’re to where you can touch to bottom.
While on the charter boat they served punch. A lot of time its rum punch, but I don’t believe this had rum in this time.
When we got to Starfish Point we jumped into the water and made our way over to the shore to grab our lunch.
Instead of just getting back on the ship, we knew we needed to get a shot glass for our cruise collection, but we were starving. We ended up at Cabana for lunch. Rob had the Shrimp Scampi.
That was one thing that’s painful about having to tender is that you can’t just walk back onto the ship, you have to wait in a line and once the tender boat fills up they have to get another in place for people to get on to it.
When we got back on the ship, we headed back to the cabin for a shower and I took a nap. That evening we enjoyed the Amor Cubano show and dinner.
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Double Roasted Pineapple
Roasted Broccoli & Three Cheese
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Bitter N Blanc
That evening was the the 80’s Rock & Glow Party, which was a lot of fun.