Sailing Away to Grand Cayman

Earlier this month my mom, sisters and I took a relaxing cruise on a Carnival fun ship for a few days while my sister Patty was visiting here from California.  

The first sea day is always fun and full of anticipation!!

Here we are during the Sail Away party!

Mom and Patty

Karan

Having fun!


Sailing away


We had a nice sea day the next day and then off the ship at Grand Cayman!



As you can see, the traffic is set up for left handed driving.
It's even a bit disconcerting while walking.  You really have to watch when crossing streets and such.
Ruby red tile roofs lined the street!


We walked down to the shops in the cool of the morning.




They were full of colorful textiles inside and out.  


What to do in Grand Cayman?  

We discovered that just around the corner there was a national museum inside the oldest building on the island!
That was a must see!
Admission was quite reasonable at $6.00 a person.


I really urge all visitors to make this little museum a destination point, just a short walk from where the ship docks.  


Original art by local artists were on display




   A film presentation gave us the history of the islands, with a local in native dress as the narrator.



It was really well presented and very informative.



Here is a photo of the actual building we were in from days long ago. It actually looked almost the same today, but with a lot of new buildings around it.





                       Upstairs an animated figure told stories!  My Favorite Shadow Shot for this week.                                                                              

It really gave us a good overall picture of the history and culture of the islands we were visiting.  

Mom was enjoying the display of a 1950's era home.


There were great displays
on the natural part of the island as well of the many birds, turtles and other wildlife.
Grand Cayman was originally named for the abundance of  large turtles.  



Afterwards, we split up to do some individual shopping and to see what we could see.


I really loved this fountain.
It was like a little oasis in the midst of the modern buildings.   Look at those gorgeous blue tiles!
The sculpture is of stingrays.  Just to the right is the sea.  




The rest of the afternoon was spent ambling more slowly back towards the ship in the much hotter
sunshine.  Many of the little colorful shops along the coastal road offered local arts and crafts.  



 All too soon it was back to the ship to sail on to Cozumel.  

For more of this cruise my sis Karan has done a very cute and funny blog post!   


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Comments

Gerald (SK14) said…
good to see they drive on the "correct" side of the road! - they even have the same double yellow-lines (for no parking) as we do.
Klara said…
what a fun trip.
My name is Riet said…
That must have been a lotof fun. Lovely pictures.
Rebecca said…
Yet another great adventure! I enjoy seeing it all through via your camera.
Michelle said…
Looks like a fantastic trip!
Su-sieee! Mac said…
I like that sting ray fountain. You don't see something like that everyday. :-)
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ladyfi said…
Love that last shot!
Gattina said…
What a nice trip ! I am jealous !
NC Sue said…
Looks grand! We'll be heading that way next year. Will look forward to it!
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Rajesh said…
This is a wonderful experience.
Patty said…
Yes, it WAS a wonderful trip! And I too love the last photo! Also glad you got a pic of the original house we toured. Nice job Jeanne!!
Looks like you had a great trip. I've never been on a cruise ship, but we do cruise in our small boat. In the summer, I can see large cruise ships going up the Inside Passage here in British Columbia. On a rare occasion, a smaller ship will come over on our side. It's funny to see the flashes go off from camera's as the tourists take pictures of our town. - Margy
Molly said…
What an amazing trip and that is a great shot from the back of the boat

Mollyxxx
Jim said…
Looks like a great trip
Chubskulit Rose said…
It's cold and dreary here so your photos warms my heart!
LV said…
When my husband was alive, we went on many cruises and lovd them all. However now, they have too many issues so have not been in awhile. Never took a trip on the Carnival either.
Norma Ruttan said…
lots to see and do on your cruise- how marvelous you got to share this with your mom and sisters!
Lovely pictures, looks like so much fun :)
Sheila Brown said…
It looks like you had a wonderful time! I love your pics! We did a cruise and also stopped at the Cayman Islands. We swam with the sting rays and did a little shopping. It is such a beautiful place!
SmilingSally said…
Hi Jeannie Marie,

You made some special memories that will last a lifetime. It's a beautiful place. Thanks for "taking me along."

Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!
Annesphamily said…
Beautiful photo shares! I have to tell you, you are one kind lady! It is always nice to see you here and around the blog world. Have a wonderful week and enjoy the blues!
Wow-what a fun trip! And to spend it with your mom: priceless!
Must have been a wonderful trip!! Good for you!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
Deb
Joy H said…
Looks like an awesome cruise! I can't wait to take one. One of these days. Have a great week!
We stayed in Grand Cayman for a week, and never made it to that museum. I think I remember seeing it, though. Looks like you had a great day!

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