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Excursions, Captains Log

10 February 2015 - Spott the problem!

Tour Time : 10:30am - turned into 11am - read why below!

Guests from : Carnival Victory Cruise, Costa Luminosa Cruise, Residents

Star Stingray : Snowflake

No Shows : 6 - Independence of the Seas sailed into the horizon without stopping

(1) Our dock  (2) Royal Watler Cruise Terminal  (3) Spotts

(1) Our dock  (2) Royal Watler Cruise Terminal  (3) Spotts

Days like today are tough. Certain weather conditions mean that the cruise ships anchor out at Spotts - and chaos takes over!

The above map shows you the logistics when this happens. # 2 is where we normally collect our cruise guests from the Royal Watler Terminal downtown George Town. The coastal stretch from # 2 to # 1 is the route we cover to collect guests from hotels and/or condos on route to "Big John" berthed at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club. # 3 is Spotts, where, on days like today, the cruise ships set anchor. Hoo boy .... fun and games!

To start off, the ships would usually have set anchor later than scheduled. Next problem is that  the collection at Spotts adds at least 20 minutes travel time, one way. Added to that, the public buses that help transport guests from George Town are restricted from running this side of the island - so the hunt begins for reliable transport. The cherry on the top? There is no WIFI at Spotts which means that the instant communication that we tour operators rely on to stay available to their guests is now not so instant. You can imagine the knock-on effect this has for all the tour operators on island! They all look pretty haggard by the end of the day .......

But our crew is a robust and tough one, and there is not much that can prevent them from having a good time on excursion with visitors. They appreciate the fact that their guests have come a long way, and have probably been saving for a long time, for this experience. Starfish Point had to be missed due to the ensuing time constrictions, however, Stingray City with Snowflake the stingray was a huge success, and the snorkelling at Coral Gardens greatly enjoyed. Best spot of the day (excuse the pun)? A large Barracuda lazily drifting through our snorkelling crowd ...... 

We have a niggling suspicion that tomorrow will offer a repeat of today, but can only hope not. Either way, we look forward to meeting our guests and giving the best experience we can!

A very large Barracuda lazily swims through our snorkel crowd at the Coral Garden in Grand Cayman

A very large Barracuda lazily swims through our snorkel crowd at the Coral Garden in Grand Cayman

Captains Log, Stingrays

3 February 2015 - GLUM DAYS BUT BRIGHT SPIRITS!

Our last post showcased a video of a glory day in Grand Cayman ..... now you can see a really glum day in the caribbean! 

A glum day in Grand Cayman

A glum day in Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 9:30am

Guests from : MSC Divina Cruise Ship, Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort, Coral Stone Club Condominiums

Star Stingray : Lilly (Dwayne's favourite)

No Shows : 0

Talk about 50 shades of grey .... and none of them particular saucy! We woke to grumpy skies and cheeky winds which stirred up the waters and lowered the temps!

Kudos to our awesome guests who turned up despite this - they were determined to have a good time, and we were determined to make that happen. So nice to have "Barbara" the stingray back in circulation again - she went missing for a short while, and were concerned for her - she joined us both at the snorkel site as well as at the sandbar.

Close up of "Barbara" - Captain Mario's favourite girl!

Close up of "Barbara" - Captain Mario's favourite girl!

The clarity of the water at the snorkel site was good though, and our excursion guests had a good time admiring the coral and tropical fish, and were thrilled at the company of some stingrays. Captain Mario managed to some lovely snorkelling photos for our visitors, and we hope they they keep the memories alive for a long time - come back soon, you hear?!

 Snorkel Grand Cayman

snorkel, Stingrays

31 January 2015 - GO AWAY, HUMAN BEING!

Tour Time : 10:30am

Guests from : Aida Bella Cruise

Star Stingray : Kim

No Shows : 0

Tough conditions today for our excursion guests, but kudos to our guests for getting out there and giving it all they could!

Captain Mario found a sleepy stingray during the stop at the stingray site. The stingray found his presence somewhat annoying, gave him the hairy eyeballs and moved on - and Captain Mario got it all in pictures which was pretty cool.

It looks like tomorrow's tour is to be cancelled due to worsening conditions. Again. NOT COOL. Let's hope we can get everyone out there on Monday.

Have a super weekend!

Sleepy stingray ..... NOT impressed with being disturbed (snorkelling in Grand Cayman)

Excursions, Starfish Point, sunset

24 December 2014 - Grand Cayman Islands Tours

Everyone passes gas some time .......

Captain Mario and crew saw every kind of weather today ....... black skies, squalls, gusting winds, rainbows through to shots of sparkling caribbean sun and clarity under the water!

Kudos to our excursion guests who took it all in their stride and were rewarded with awesome snorkelling, finding a Queen Helmut and a sunset that could only mean christmas would be here the next day!

For the most of the day, it was better to keep the head under water to watch the breath taking coral formations and the tropical fish. It is quite extraordinary how the reef can still be so lit up on a dark day. 

Above the surface .......

Above the surface .......

Below the surface ........

Below the surface ........

Grand Cayman island seems to always dish out superb sunsets around the festive season, and she did not let us down this year either. How quiet people become when they behold such beautiful work by Mother Nature - I am quite sure you would have to be souless not to be affected ....... we hope it added a touch of special christmas feelings to all who we were lucky to be hosting!

 Things to do on vacation in Grand Cayman