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05 February 2015 - WARDEN'S HERE SO BEHAVE!

Yup. Chief Warden of a US prison on board with us today, so crew behaviour was exemplary - well, when he wasn't looking! 

Tour Time : 9:30am (standard tour) & 2:15pm (private tour)

Guests from : NCL Epic cruise ship, Navigator of the Seas Cruises and resident

Star Stingray : Snowflake

No Shows : 7 - OUCH!!

Today started off with a bang - 7 cruise ships in port today which mean it was madness downtown! Captain Mario found all of our guests except for one booking of 7 guests - it hurts us big time when we have this many no-shows!

But what a beautiful morning - the caribbean sun was gorgeous, the wind low and fresh, and very few clouds in the sky. You can see from the photo below that oceans were reflecting magnificent blues!

Looking directly at the Reef in Grand Cayman - North Sound

Looking directly at the Reef in Grand Cayman - North Sound

Captain Mario got quite poetic about the morning tour, and said there were so many sea stars spread out across the sands that it was like seeing the stars during daytime! He does not often get poetic, so it must have been pretty awesome!

Rasta was reported cavorting around at Starfish Point again, but his two other buddies were nowhere to be seen. Dwayne the 1st Mate stumbled upon a Sea Hare (or Sea Slug) which was a lovely and unusual find - they feed on mostly green algae and are hermaphrodites (can be boys or girls as the mood suits).

Sea Hare or Sea Slug

Sea Hare or Sea Slug

A favourite stop on our tours - view from Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

A favourite stop on our tours - view from Starfish Point in Grand Cayman

The snorkelling today was beautiful with clear waters, sparkling waters. Our excursions guests found some conch shells and we cleaned them up for them to take home as souvenirs. We were also joined by an inquisitive little Parrot Fish - they are normally very timid, so we felt well spoilt!

Snorkel guests and conch shells - Grand Cayman

Snorkel guests and conch shells - Grand Cayman

Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish

It really was an awesome tour, and it primed the crew for the afternoon trip which was a chartered excursion. The horizons got a little more cloudy than we would have liked, but this provided some beautiful lighting for photos at Stingray City - gorgeous tints of pink and grey while we were at the sandbar. A great day all round, and we hope that our visitors had a fantastic time and have left only with good memories.

Kissing stingrays at sunset in Grand Cayman

Kissing stingrays at sunset in Grand Cayman

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18 January 2015 - Private Chartered Tour in Grand Cayman

Tour Time : 9:30am

Guests from : The Ritz Carlton - Grand Cayman - private chartered tour to Stingray City Sandbar, one snorkel stop and a visit to Rum Point

Star Stingray : A newcomer - to be named

Each day, our tours present our crew with so many variables - we have island visitors from all over the world, arriving by cruise ship or plane, coming on vacation, for work or perhaps a destination wedding - no day is dull and each tour is special. Throw into that mix the fact that nature is always a surprise and you will understand why the crew love their jobs.

But, we have to admit, that some excursions simply defy words. On these days, everything goes according to plan - the weather is awesome, the timing is perfect, the caribbean ocean surprises us with more of her beauty and the stingray kisses are even sweeter than normal. Today's tour was one of those ......

It is far simpler (and probably way more effective) to let the photos do all the talking, so that's just what we'll do! Enjoy!

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!

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