15.04.2017 - 21.04.2017
On Saturday 15/4 we flew from Raleigh-Durham Airport, NC to Orlando and took the shuttle to Port Canaveral to embark at about 2.30 pm. All went to plan and the trip was uneventful. We were happy to catch up with Laura, watch the "Welcome Aboard" show and have a nice dinner, the first of many on this cruise.
Sunday 16/4 was a sea day with nothing much to do but relax and eat. And eat we did. Only had a very light breakfast because we had a reservation for Brunch/Lunch at Palo at 12.00 noon. “Palo Brunch” is legendary as a food experience. We did this on Wonder and Dream and we (with Laura) did it again today. It didn’t disappoint. The afternoon was spent digesting lunch and I had a session in the gym to work some of it off (Liz went to the gym before lunch).
In the evening, we went to “Aladdin”, the first show of the cruise in which Laura performs. It was very entertaining. And then we had dinner. We didn’t really need a three course meal but we had it anyway.
On Monday 17/4, we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico about 7.30 am. We didn't book a shore excursion because we wanted to spend time with Laura who wasn’t free until 1.00pm. So we went ashore and ran the gauntlet of all the souvenir shops and tourist bars for about an hour and then returned to the ship for a break.
In the afternoon Laura took us to a restaurant “Pancho's Backyard” which was a good walk from the port and far enough to deter most of the tourists. They served great big margaritas and really good Mexican food. Very nice.
For dinner we again went “Palo” with Laura and two of her friends from the cast. Sam and Zac. Again, great food and good company. A great day but far to much food than is good for us……again.
Tuesday 18/4 we are in Grand Cayman. This is a tender port where we have to go ashore on a boat. As we were doing an afternoon port excursion we didn't get off the ship until midday. Just did some laundry, had a (light) breakfast and did some relaxing and reading.
The excursion was a bit ordinary. The George Town port was very crowded, there were two other (Carnival) cruise ship in, and the organisation was poor. Grand Cayman doesn’t seem to have much going for it. There are a lot of resorts and hotels but you don’t get to see much from the road as we were driven past them. And there is not much else to see. The beach we were taken to was unexciting and the visit to “Hell” was laughable. Well “Hell” was laughable. The most interesting part of the trip was a boat ride into the mangroves which included a lecture on mangroves and their life cycle. We also got to see some iguana which was the most exciting part.
In the evening we saw Laura perform in the night’s show and, again, had a nice dinner.
Wednesday 19/4 we visited Falmouth, Jamaica and played golf at the White Witch course, about 30 minutes from the port. The course was spectacular and fun to play. Liz played under her handicap and I just played. On the way back to the ship we stopped for some jerk pork which everyone enjoyed.
Previously visited Jamaica in 1987 and while the country is doing better than back then, it doesn’t seem to have changed much. Still second world at best but quite interesting.
Thursday 20/4 was “Star Wars Day at Sea”. The day was taken up with photo opportunities with Star Wars characters, watching kids and adults parade in their Star Wars costumes and, for us, a 3D viewing of “Rogue One”, (my first ever Star Wars movie). Of course dinner was Star Wars themed and then a Star Wars show on pool deck followed by fireworks. A good day but probably much better for Star Wars fans.
On Friday 21/4 we spent the day at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in The Bahamas. It's a great fun spot with lots of activities, if you want them, beautiful beaches and blue water. Spent some time on the beach, had a swim, and ate on the island then returned to the ship to watch "Beauty and the Beast", in 3D. Great movie.
Today is our last day on the Fantasy. Tomorrow we head for Washington DC.