Captains Log, Excursions, Stingray City
Tour Time : 9:30am
Guests from : Celebrity Equinox cruise, Serenade of the Seas cruise, Disney Magic cruise
Star Stingray : Stumpy
No Shows : 8 (oh boy, that hurts!)
Nosy little Needle Nose at Stingray City in Grand Cayman
It's not only stingrays that you get to meet at the Sandbar in Grand Cayman, there are other cute little critters who dart through this area as well. Above is the Needle Nose - very pretty fish who reflect the silver blue of the caribbean ocean so very beautifully - faster than light these little guys! We often see conch, are sometimes spoilt with a King Helmut, and Blue Runners are seen darting about between the people. Don't forget the sea gulls who hover above trying to steal the squid from your hands!
Today was somewhat choppy but oh so wonderfully bright and cheerful. Our guests took on the tour with gusto and we had an amazing time with them. The waters were back to the beautiful blue and the clarity of it was truly awesome.
We are expecting some idyllic conditions tomorrow, so can't wait to share photos (Captain Mario - take lots!), but the weather is not looking too happy for Saturday and Sunday - ugh! Well, you never know ..... it can change in hours!
Hope you all have a beautiful day and come visit us soon!
Captains Log, private tours
Determination pays off occasionally.......
Of course there is ALWAYS argument about whether it is stubbornness or determination ..... anyways .....
On Friday just past, our Captain noted that there were not one, but two brown pelicans at Starfish Point (see post here). Initially, one had previously been spotted and named "Rasta" by our 1st Mate Dwayne, but then a second pelican appeared!!
Two of the Brown Pelicans spotted at Starfish Point in Grand Cayman
Mandy (pale skinned office slave of the company) had not managed to get out on the boat since October - but this was NOT to be missed. And so it was that poor Captain Mario was forced into turning the boat back from the dock at the end of the morning tour - he might have been able to refuse Mandy, but definitely not his daughter Gina who was itching to see Starfish Point - her all time favourite place on the island!!
Starfish Point revealed not one, not two, but THREE pelicans!! They had become the centre of attention and were happily whooping it up - swooshing through the air over our heads and just generally showing off their flying skills. They do not make very elegant landings, we must say. They fly over head so gracefully but tended to look like an inebriated party-goer trying to negotiation an "invisible" glass door - just a big splat with wings and legs everywhere!
They put on this display for some 10 minutes before taking off for another spot, so what luck we had in witnessing them - awesome moment!
Captains Log, Excursions, Stingray City
Tour Time : 9:30am (departed 9:30am)
Guests from : Island Princess cruise, Aida Bella cruise, residents
Star Stingray : Barbara
It is tempting to say that "Barbara" was the star of today's tour, but I think perhaps she came second today.
Although she was the perfect host at Stingray City Sandbar, cuddling and kissing her gorgeous heart out, there was one tour guest who had NEVER set foot in the ocean before, and she did it today, with us, with stingrays swimming around. WAY TO GO!
We have hosted many island visitors who are unable to swim, and they have trusted our crew enough to join in the snorkelling and maximise their visit to some of Grand Cayman's best attractions. But to have someone who has never even put her foot into an ocean before, do it with us AND do it with stingrays .... well ... we think she is a pretty awesome woman!
Mom has never been in the ocean before .... but she did it with us and the stingrays! Kudos!
Unlike yesterday's tour, today everything went perfectly and the excursion was great. The gorgeous Caribbean sun was out and the island was bathed in the holiday feeling again ... if there were any destination weddings on the go today, we are pretty sure that they were accompanied by huge sighs of relief after the tropical cold fronts we have been experiencing!
And yes, Barbara, you can go back to being the star again tomorrow!
Captains Log, Excursions, Starfish Point
Tour Time : 10:30am (departed 10:40am - a little late due to trying guests who were MIA)
Guests from : Treasure Island Hotel, Lime Tree Bay, Westin, Marriott
Star Stingray : Snowflake
Today's caribbean skies was a constant battle between radiant Caribbean sun and sulky grey clouds. The winds have weakened but we were still feeling a strong breeze and experiencing choppy waters in the North Sound (see below!). This is Grand Cayman's winter weather......
However, a good time was had by our tour guests. Captain Mario reports that one had the most infectious laugh he has ever heard, and that this laugh was owned by a really jolly person - so the excursion was one ripple of laughter of the other. How awesome.
The north side of Starfish Point proved unpleasant, so Captain Mario opted for the North Side of the beach. Every captain has "those" days, and Captain Mario put on a display of first - how not to anchor the boat and then a second - exactly how to anchor the boat - to much teasing from those aboard!
It proved to be absolutely worth it! All enjoyed this little piece of caribbean paradise, ogling the starfish in the awesomely translucent water. One vacation visitor even enjoyed a pedicure by a tiny little crab whilst here!
Can you spot the little white crab giving our guest a pedicure at Starfish Point? And just look at the clarity of the water there today!
These are the kind of moments that make each and every one of our shore excursions in Grand Cayman so unique - and we love it!
So if you are planning your next caribbean holiday, we hope you pop on over and give us something exciting to write about!